Susan Butler Morris is a professional oboist, pianist, and recorder player, and is the director of the Summermusic day-camp for young musicians aged 3 to 18 in Deep River.  She is principal oboist of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, oboist with the Harmonious Pigs Reed Trio, and has an active career as a freelance musician.  She performs frequently with many different ensembles and choirs in the Ottawa area, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, l’Ensemble Prisme, and the Ottawa Choral Society, in addition to various regional orchestras and choirs throughout the Ottawa Valley.  As a pianist, Susan is in demand as an accompanist for students and choirs.Susan is a dedicated teacher, working with music students of all levels and ages in her private studio in Deep River, Ontario. She is conductor of the Deep River Youth Orchestra and teaches recorder ensembles and small chamber groups. Susan also enjoys working with adult amateur musicians in community orchestras and with CAMMAC, and she is choir director for the Deep River Community Church.  As director of Summermusic, Susan is responsible for planning, programming, hiring, and scheduling for all operations of the music camp; she also teaches woodwinds of all levels and conducts an orchestra at the camp.

Susan obtained her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Ottawa in 1980, followed by post-graduate studies in the Orchestral Training Program at the RCM in Toronto.  Her studies at UOttawa included piano pedagogy and early music.  When she is not busy with musical activities, Susan enjoys cooking and outdoor pursuits such as gardening, camping and snowshoeing.

Susan Butler


Kevin Myers was born and raised in Deep River, where he studied music with Susan and Peter Morris. He went to McGill University and got a bachelor’s and master’s degree studying voice with Stefano Algieri and Sanford Sylvan. Since his time in university, Kevin has been abroad and all over Canada singing with various choirs, orchestras and opera companies. Some personal highlights include singing Victorin in the North American premiere of Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt with Calgary Opera, Telemann’s Tageszeiten with the Victoria Baroque Players, Pilate in Arvo Pärt’s Passio in Montreal, performances of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles in Montreal and Calgary, Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin, and touring in China performing arias in concert as a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques program. Currently Kevin sings with the Canadian Opera Company chorus and Tafelmusik in Toronto.

Kevin Myers

Natasha MacDonald is a violinist and educator. She studied under David Thies-Thompson of the NAC Orchestra while completing her Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, before pursuing her Bachelor of Education. She is also a trained Suzuki teacher, who learned violin from the Suzuki method as a child herself. Natasha has always had a passion for group performances, perhaps stemming from her Suzuki background.

Before leaving Ottawa, Natasha led the Parkdale Orchestra as concertmaster for 2 years, working closely with their conductor Angus Armstrong. During that time, she had the privilege of working with Jethro Marks and Louis Schryer, who each starred as a soloist in two of their concerts. Natasha also recorded the violin parts for Lora Bidner’s Album “To The North” which was released in 2015.

For the past two years, Natasha has been teaching and running a music program at a school in London, England. Now returning to her hometown, Ottawa, she is eager to spend another summer at Deep River Summermusic!

Natasha MacDonald

Marion is a contemporary cellist, music educator and singer-songwriter living and working in Ottawa, Ontario.   Since graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in music performance. Marion has contributed her talent to many ensembles in a wide variety of genres as a performer and recording artist.  This year’s projects include recording sessions with French Canadian singer songwriter, Kristine St Pierre and Song for a Lost Kingdom, a collaborative chamber music and literary project with composer Steve Moretti.  She also appeared with the the Mud Lake Ensemble in November and has been working on a new set of solo cello and voice music. Marion is looking forward to another fun year of Summermusic!

Marion Arthur

April Morris is a violinist and musicologist originally from Deep River. She holds a Bachelor of Music (2013) from the University of Ottawa, where she studied violin with David Thies-Thompson of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In 2021, she earned a PhD in Musicology from Western University, studying the involvement of U.S. composers in Vietnam War protest. She also completed a Master of Arts degree in Musicology from Western in 2015. Born into a musical family, April began playing the violin at age seven, studying initially with her father Peter Morris and later with Elaine Klimasko in Ottawa. Currently based in London, Ontario, she teaches violin lessons to students of all ages at the School of Music Arts (SMArts). April particularly enjoys orchestral playing and often performs with ensembles in the London area and in Deep River. April was a camper at Deep River Summermusic for eight years and has been on faculty since 2008.

April was a camper at Deep River Summermusic for eight years, and is thrilled to be returning for her twelfth summer on faculty.

 April Morris

Liz Hart received her Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, where she studied flute with Donelda Hunter. Since graduating, Liz has continued to teach flute privately and perform in various community events and ensembles.  Currently, Liz is a member of the Deep River Symphony Orchestra.  She is also very involved in the administrative side of the Arts which began when she completed the Arts Administration course at the Banff Centre, shortly after graduation.  Liz has been the Administrator for Summermusic since 2008. She is thrilled to be part of the wonderful group of teachers and campers that make up Summermusic.

 Liz Hart

Karen Christian is a graduate from the secondary music education program at the University of Alberta with over 15 years of music instruction experience both privately and publicly.  She has directed wind ensembles, concert bands, jazz ensembles, and choirs that have travelled across Western Canada performing at festivals and on tour at schools and community events.  She has been awarded the Alberta Band Association 2001 Young Band Director of the Year as well as the 2006 Alberta Excellence in Teaching.  Karen’s enthusiasm for music continued with her move to Deep River in 2007 where she became involved with the Deep River Choral Group and the Deep River Community Band.  Currently Karen is a member of the Ontario Music Educators Association, and teaches music, drama and math at Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke.

Karen Christian

Karen Christian

Sandra Allen discovered a passion for teaching children’s music early on in her career. She has taught K-8 music across Southern Ontario and in the Ottawa Valley for many years, in both private and public establishments. Sandra has lead teacher training through workshops and courses for school boards and Carl Orff Canada. She also teaches flute, piano and advanced theory to private students.

Sandra holds bachelors and masters degrees in music and education and is certified in Orff Pedagogy. She has published a number of articles on music education and is the author of The Reflective Recorder.

Sandra Allen

Sandra photo 2022

Wendy Sur has been an active member of the Deep River music community since arriving here in 1992. She is former director of the Community Church Choir, the Deep River Youth Choir and the Deep River Girls Choir. She has also been involved in a number of music theatre productions in the area – on stage, in the orchestra and as a vocal coach. She is currently a member of the Deep River Symphony Orchestra, the Deep River Choral Group and is the rehearsal accompanist for the Mackenzie Community School Choir. She has been an avid fan of Deep River Summermusic for many years and is delighted to be a part of the faculty.

Wendy Sur