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2017 Camp Instructors

Anneli Loepp Thiessen, Co-director and Musical Director

Anneli Loepp Thiessen 2017

Anneli Loepp Thiessen will be entering her final year of a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Ministry in September, 2017. Her early piano education had a strong emphasis on composition and improvisation, skills she has continued to develop. Anneli has co-written three operettas, which have been performed by several musical theatre programs in Southern Ontario. Anneli is currently studying piano with Shirley Elias. Her recent piano education has focused on healthy engagement of the body, using the Alexander Technique as a basis. In 2015 Anneli was the soloist for the Mennonite Community Orchestra’s Fall Concert, and will be representing Winnipeg in the Senior Canadian Composers class of the Associated Manitoba Arts Provincial Festival Competition in May, 2017. Anneli won 1st place in the Verna Mae Janzen Competition in 2017, after winning 2nd place in the 2015. Anneli was honoured to be selected for the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, which is preparing the next Mennonite song collection to be released in 2020. She brings an interest in how churches engage their youth in worship practices. Anneli is so excited to be returning to camp as co-director this summer, and can’t wait for the late nights, loud singing, and messy meals.

Kim Rempel, Co-director and Spiritual Director

Kim Rempel 2017

Kim is excited to be back at OMMC after a great year as spiritual director and choir director.  Kim is a church music enthusiast.  During her time studying at Acadia University, where she dabbled in chemistry, theology and history, Kim took a particular interest in organ music.  She has enjoyed playing at Acadia’s Manning Memorial Chapel, Zion United Church, and at Pereaux United Baptist Church, where she worked as organist and choir director.  Folk and Bluegrass music hold a special place in Kim’s heart, and she can often be found playing guitar and jamming with kindred spirits. For four summers, Kim served on staff at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp, most recently in the role of Camp Pastor.  Outside of music, Kim enjoys Anabaptist history and theology, New Testament Greek, and spending time with Ginger, her chihuahua.

Alyssa Hildebrand, Voice Instructor

Alyssa Hildebrand

Alyssa Hildebrand recently completed her bachelors in music at Canadian Mennonite University, with a concentration in vocal performance, studying with David Klassen.  Alyssa grew up in the small town of Crystal City, and it was in this community that her love of performance grew through local festivals and other musical opportunities.  Alyssa has enjoyed performing in opera workshop and singing in various choirs at CMU.  A favourite role was Josephine in HMS Pinafore.  She is looking forward to developing her musicianship further at Western University through a Masters of Performance degree.  Alyssa has a passion for music education, and hopes to continue teaching private voice lessons in the future.

Joanna Loepp Thiessen, Vocal Coach

Joanna Loepp Thiessen 2017

Soprano and classical pianist Joanna Loepp Thiessen compels audiences by telling stories through songs. She is completing her second year in voice studies at Wilfred Laurier University, where she enjoys studying with Marianne Bindig. She sings in the Maureen Forrester Singers, and is a choral scholar at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Joanna has received scholarships both in voice and piano from the Kiwanis Music Festival, is the recipient of the William Kruger Scholarship, and has received merit scholarships for academic excellence in University. Joanna has completed her Grade 10 Piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She teaches private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages. She has sung roles such as Maria in The Sound of Music and Gertrude in Seussical. Joanna is incredibly excited to be fulfilling her teenage dream of returning to OMMC as an instructor this summer, and is delighted to take on the role of Vocal Coach.

Emily Rempel, Choir Director

Emily Rempel 2017

Emily Rempel is currently a student at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. She has completed her second year in the Bachelor of Music program will return to CMU in the fall to continue her degree in collaborative piano and music ministry. During her time at CMU, Emily has enjoyed taking classes in hymnology, conducting, and biblical and theological studies, as well as accompanying CMU choirs and participating in chapel services. When not at school, Emily is involved in leading music at her home church, East Zorra Mennonite. Emily has been on staff at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp for the past three summers as a counsellor and most recently the Nature Director. Emily is looking forward to camp this summer and working with the campers and staff in the choir.

Laura Snyder, Recreation Director

Laura Snyder 2017

Laura Snyder is a graduate of the Honours Clinical Psychology program at Redeemer University. She currently lives in Kingston Ontario where she works as a Direct Support Professional for adults with developmental disabilities. Although Laura is not pursuing music academically, she enjoys tenor saxophone as a hobby and has played in University jazz ensembles as well as a church worship band. Laura comes to OMMC with seven years of camp experience in leadership positions. She is passionate about faith, community development, and the outdoors.

Jonah Thiessen, Counsellor at Large

Jonah Thiessen 2017

Jonah Thiessen is primarily a violinist of solo and ensemble music, but also enjoys guitar and vocal music. He will be a University of Waterloo student in the department of Planning, but spent the past year as a student of Canadian Mennonite University's Outtatown Discipleship School, traveling across Canada and South Africa. Jonah took violin lessons from the age of 4 to 17, and completed all 10 Suzuki Volumes. He has won scholarships from multiple music festivals in Toronto. Jonah also enjoys working with children, and is a staff member at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. When not playing music, Jonah enjoys playing sports and learning trivial information. He is excited to be working at OMMC this summer.

Madeline Weber, Piano Masterclass Instructor

Madeline Weber

Classical pianist and collaborative artist, Madeline Weber, currently pursues her passions in music in Montreal where she is currently completing the second year of her undergraduate degree in piano performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Recently being awarded the Abner Martin Music Scholarship this Fall, Madeline continues to engage and attract her audiences with her musical gifts. Madeline has had many performance opportunities since attending McGill, including the privilege of studying with the internationally renowned Russian pianist Marina Mdivani, and the astounding conductor Jean-Sébastien Vallée, involvement with chamber music and choir accompaniment. Born in St. Jacob's, Ontario, Madeline began studying piano at the age of 5. Her talent flourished over the younger years within her community, devoting great involvement to the music at St. Jacob's Mennonite Church, competing in multiple Kiwanis Music Festivals in Ontario and proceeding to provincials as a finalist. Madeline began teaching piano 5 years ago, after the spurred interest in inspiring others with music. This past summer, Madeline performed a public benefit concert for Shalom Counselling in Waterloo, Ontario. With every new opportunity that comes, Madeline seeks to embrace the beauties and challenges that build a strong and emerging musician. Madeline is thrilled to be the piano instructor for this summer's OMMC!