Monique Simone, Collaborative Pianist

Monique Simone started playing with the Windsor Classic Chorale in 1994. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree in violin, and A.R.C.T. Teachers Certificate in piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and Bachelor of Education degree. She studied piano with Sister Elizabeth Therese of the Ursuline School of Music, and Earl Moss at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Professor affiliated with Wayne State University. Monique studied violin with Lillian Sheirich at the University of Windsor, Arlene Jansen at the University of Windsor and began with Mrs. St. Germaine at St. Cecile Academy.

Monique has taught at various music schools including the Ursuline School of Music, St Cecile Academy, the Artist’s Journey, Walkerville Centre for the Performing Arts for woodwinds and piano, and currently teaches private lessons since 2004 in LaSalle. While Monique was an accompanist at the University of Windsor for the Music Program for many years she also played for festivals, and had many solo recitals. In July of 2013, Monique performed as the accompanist in a workshop/concert hosted by Kathy Costa with special guests from New York; Kait Kerrigan (Lyricist) and Brian Lowdermilk (composer) in “Future of Broadway” at All Saints Church in Windsor. Highlights of Monique’s career include playing for John Washburn of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, being the rehearsal pianist for Maestro John Morris Russell, and playing the second piano part of Carmina Burana for the Classic Chorale. In May of 2012, Monique performed a solo community recital with vocalist Mari Voelker in “Mari Sings” at Paulin Memorial Presbyterian Church in Windsor.  Monique was born and raised in Windsor, and has been teaching music privately since 1986. She performs throughout Windsor and Essex county at various events and weddings.