2018 Camp Instructors

Anneli Loepp Thiessen, Director

Anneli 2018

Anneli Loepp Thiessen is delighted to be directing OMMC for the second summer. Trained as a classical pianist, 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 next Mennonite hymnal. Anneli was a leader with Emerging Voices Initiative, which took her on a cross-Canada tour in 2016 to lead workshops on the future of the Mennonite church. She was featured as a soloist in the Mennonite Community Orchestra’s 2015 season, and won the Verna Mae Janzen music competition in 2017. She has won competitions at the regional and provincial level, and is the recipient of the Abner Martin Music Scholarship. Anneli’s 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!

Laura Enns, Spiritual Director

Laura 2018

Laura Enns holds an MA in Community Music from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick ('17), and a BES in International Development from the University of Waterloo ('13). Her passion for music, social and environmental justice, and faith come together in her role as Coordinator of Worship and Neighbourhood Engagement at Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, Laura directs the church choir, plans and leads engaging worship services for all ages, and works to build transformative relationships between the church and community. As Host of the Brubacher House Museum at the University of Waterloo, she gives historical tours for visitors from all over the world, and curates music, arts, and ecology events that create conversation around local history. An accomplished singer and violinist/fiddler, Laura also performs and records with DaCapo Chamber Choir, and local folk duo, Quiet in the Land. Previously, Laura has lent her musical skills to a variety of not-for-profit organisations as a volunteer music teacher, choir director, and performer with the Iona Community, the Community Music School of Waterloo Region, House of Friendship, and Sing Out with Strings. She is thrilled to be joining the OMMC staff this year, as looks forward to journeying with campers as they discover God's gift of music, and explore what it means to be co-creators with God in the world. 

Alyssa Hildebrand, Vocal Coach

Alyssa 2018

Alyssa Hildebrand is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Literature and Performance at Western University, studying with Jackalyn Short. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Canadian Mennonite University. This summer, Alyssa is looking forward to returning to OMMC as the vocal instructor, as well as performing the role of Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro through Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Italy. Alyssa has been a finalist in several music competitions, including the Verna Mae Janzen Competition and Winnipeg’s Tudor Bowl. She has had the opportunity to perform several roles including: Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne, and understudying Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Alyssa spends the majority of her time thinking about singing, studying singing, and actually singing, and she is excited to share some of the things she has learned with the campers at OMMC this summer!

Rachel Kalap, Musical Director/Orchestra

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, Guitar Ensemble/Orchestra

Jacob 2018

Jacob deGroot-Magetti is a recent graduate of the Music program at Conrad Grebel University College. Ostensibly a violin student, he has spent just as much time singing in choirs, playing upright bass in the house band of a local swing dance studio, jamming with friends on the guitar and mandolin, and trying to teach himself how to play piano and penny whistle. He enjoys creating music in genres ranging from fiddle to jazz, from folk to classical, and from blues to bluegrass. Jacob is involved in music in many ways around Kitchener-Waterloo. He sings in both the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Grand Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and is Director of Music at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Kitchener. He teaches at the Uptown School of Music and leads weekly jazz jam sessions at Hep Cat's Swing Dance Studio in Waterloo. At Conrad Grebel, he sings in the University Choir and plays in the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble. When not playing, listening to or reading about music, Jacob enjoys learning about science and natural history, rock climbing, and walking and cycling through the natural and urban spaces in and around Kitchener-Waterloo.

Erik Mohr, Counsellor at Large

Erik 2018

Erik Mohr is a third year Computer Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. However, whenever he isn’t studying he devotes himself to his passions of music, writing and spirituality. 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 a lot of poetry, and has recently begun blogging about spirituality. He is passionate about inclusion and helping to make spiritual spaces accessible and safer for everyone.

Emily Rempel, Choir Director

Emily 2018

Emily Rempel has completed her third year of a Bachelor of Music degree at Canadian Mennonite University, with concentrations in Collaborative Piano Performance and Music Ministry. During her time at CMU, Emily has enjoyed taking classes in hymnology, conducting, leading music and worship, and biblical and theological studies, as well as accompanying CMU choirs and participating in chapel services. Emily is also the 2017-2018 recipient of the Abner Martin Music Scholarship and was a finalist in the 2018 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition. Emily has been on staff at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp for the past four summers in a variety of roles, most recently coordinating the Leader-in-training program. She is looking forward to returning to OMMC this summer as choir director and creating beautiful music with campers and staff!

Jonah Thiessen, Recreation Director/Orchestra

Jonah 2018

Jonah Thiessen is primarily a violinist of solo and ensemble music, but also enjoys guitar and vocal music. He is a University of Waterloo student studying Urban Planning, having conpleted his first year of study. He also spent a 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 also 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 Ensemble

Madeline 2018

Classical pianist and collaborative artist, Madeline Weber, currently pursues her passions in music at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal where she is currently completing the third year of her undergraduate degree in piano performance. With an interest in business, she is also completing a music entrepreneurship minor with the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill. Born in St. Jacob's, Ontario, Madeline began studying piano at the age of 5. Her talent began flourishing within her community, devoting great involvement to the music at her family’s church, St. Jacob's Mennonite Church. Through her performance experience so far at McGill, Madeline has enjoyed working with her peers in chamber music groups including a piano quartet, a piano trio, and piano duos. She just recently completed her Half Recital this spring, under the instruction of pianist Ilya Poletaev. In the summer of 2016, Madeline performed a public benefit concert for Shalom Counselling in Waterloo, Ontario. Madeline has received recognition for her talents most recently with the acceptance of the Abner Martin Music Scholarship in Fall 2016 and multiple McGill piano scholarships over the years. Madeline looked to inspire others with music, so she began teaching piano six years ago. She enjoys the challenge and finds it rewarding to see her students succeed. She is thrilled to be returning this summer as the piano instructor for this summer’s OMMC!