2020 Online Camp Instructors

Anneli Loepp Thiessen, Director

Anneli 2018

Anneli Loepp Thiessen is delighted to be directing OMMC for the fifth summer. She is currently a PhD student in music at the University of Ottawa, where she received her Masters of Music in Piano Performance. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Ministry from Canadian Mennonite University, and her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has worked as an educator with kids and teens in several capacities, including as a private piano instructor, a Music for Young Children teacher, operetta director for the Southern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and choir director for Cadenza Summer Music Week. Anneli is passionate about the way the church worships and is on the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, preparing the new Mennonite hymnal, Voices Together. She is the co-director of the Anabaptist Worship Network and enjoys leading worship at Mennonite gatherings across North America. Her favourite aspect of camp is the intersection of spirituality and music from a Mennonite perspective. A close second is wacky utensil meal. She’s looking forward to another great summer!

Matthew Boutda

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Matthew Boutda is delighted to be returning this summer as the piano instructor for this summer's OMMC. He completed his Bachelors of Music (B.Mus.) from the University of Toronto. Matthew also holds an Associated Diploma in Piano Performance (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). Recently, Matthew completed the Masters of Sacred Music (MSM) program at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto in organ performance. With a passion and desire for choral music, Matthew is delighted to develop and be apart of the rich music program at Leaside United Church as their Director of Music. He has also sung with the Victorian Scholars Choir, MacMillan Singers (University of Toronto), and Pax Christi Chorale. Currently, Matthew is the Assistant Conductor for Pax Christi Chorale. In his spare time, he also plays handbells with Bronze Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Austin C. Lovelace Scholarship (Hymn Society in the United States and Canada) and Healey Willan Memorial Award, and most recently, the Abner Martin Scholarship. As an advocate for church music, Matthew is on the board of directors for the Summer Institute of Church Music (SICM), as well as Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO).

Courtney Dakers

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Courtney is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who has been instructing lessons in a private setting for over a decade – specializing in piano, voice, theory and woodwinds. Courtney is a graduate of OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at the University of Toronto from the Masters of Teaching program and is currently an Occasional Teacher with the York and Peel public school boards. Courtney holds her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, in Voice and Music Education as well as her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano and ARCT in Voice Performance. She plays the flute in the Wild Wind Flute Choir and is an alumni of La Jeunesse Girls Choir and La Jeunesse Orchestra. Courtney also serves as a supply music director at various churches in the GTA. Courtney delights in working with a variety of music lovers of all ages and levels and is an outstanding teacher with a life-long passion for music. Courtney is excited to have the opportunity to be back at OMMC for 2020!

Rachel Kalap

Rachel 2018

Rachel Kalap recently completed her Bachelor of Music in classical voice performance at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a voice teacher at Renaissance School of the Arts, and has been the assistant conductor with the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir for the past 3 years. Rachel grew up in KW and has performed with many local theatre groups including Lost & Found Theatre, The Singer’s Theatre, The MT Space Young Company, and The Community Players of New Hamburg. She has also worked as the stage director for Vera Cause Opera during their 2016-2017 season. In 2012 Rachel was presented with a KW Arts Award in the Leading Edge category for her involvement in and contributions to a wide variety of local arts projects.  Rachel is passionate about working with young musicians and artists to explore their gifts. She has served as a youth leader in her home church for the last 4 years, leading worship with youth coming from diverse backgrounds. Rachel is excited to be a part of OMMC for the first time as the Musical Theatre Director, and to have the opportunity to create and connect with so many new people. 

Jacob deGroot-Magetti

Jacob 2018

Jacob deGroot-Maggetti is excited to be back as a staff member at OMMC for a fourth year! A graduate of the music program at Conrad Grebel, Jacob began a Masters degree in Music Theory at McGill University in Fall 2019. While in Montreal, Jacob joined Gamelan Giri Ketadon at the Université de Montréal, performed with the Orpheus Singers, and played very, very many Irish and Quebecois fiddle tunes at sessions around the city. Before moving to Quebec, Jacob was part of many musical circles around Kitchener-Waterloo: he sang in the Grand Philharmonic Choir, performed in the house band at Hep Cat's Swing Dance studio, taught at the Uptown School of Music, directed the Propter Hoc Chamber Choir, served as Director of Music at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and participated in many student and community ensembles at the University of Waterloo, including the University Choir and the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble. When not playing, listening to or reading about music, Jacob enjoys learning about science, natural history and computer programming, going rock climbing, and walking and cycling through the natural and urban spaces in and around Kitchener-Waterloo.

Erik Mohr

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Erik Mohr recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Computer Engineering. Though he is professionally a computer programmer, he devotes himself to his passions of music, writing, Dungeons & Dragons and spirituality in his free time. Erik has been playing acoustic guitar since 2008 and writing music since 2015. Additionally, Erik has used his musical talents to assist in worship leading since 2013. Erik comes from outside the Mennonite tradition, hailing originally from the Evangelical Missionary Church, but now regularly attending a small Mennonite Brethren congregation in downtown Toronto. Erik is passionate about how the church can create and engage with art in new ways. In addition to writing music, Erik writes poetry about topics such as spirituality, gender, and creation. He is passionate about inclusion and helping to make spiritual spaces accessible and safer for everyone, and intends to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree in the future.

Joanna Loepp Thiessen

Joanna Loepp Thiessen

Joanna is thrilled to be a part of the OMMC staff team. She is entering her fourth year of voice performance at Canadian Mennonite University. Joanna was a camper at OMMC From 2010-2013. These are some of her fondest memories. Joannas favourite things about camp are the theme meals, and the musical production at the end! When Joanna isn’t doing musicy things she likes to hangout with her 2 hamsters, and pursue her passions in social justice work, specifically in the area of homelessness. She is sad that there will be no in-person camp this year but is excited for the next time camp can happen in person!