Roxana Whetham



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Born in Lima, Peru, Roxana’s passion for music began when she was enrolled in the National Conservatory of Music at age 4. After studying in Sienna, Italy, and the highly prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, she went on to graduate from New York State University, Long Island with a Masters Degree in Music Performance. Being part of several chamber music groups since she was 17 years old, she successfully performed as a solist for the Lima National Orchestra, as well as a violinist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra until 2006. While in Alberta, she was also the junior string orchestra conductor for 13 years at Alberta college, teaching children from 5 to 16 years old.

Roxana began teaching at a young 17 years old, instilling her passion for the violin, viola and piano in her students. After obtaining a highly valued education and years of experience, she enjoys watching the knowledge she has gained flow from her to her students. Roxana finds teaching extremely gratifying as she is able to witness her students accomplish their goals and their love for music.
I have learned a lot from my students – patience, an understanding towards each individual, and an expansion of my technique to better communicate that knowledge to my students.
Furthermore, her fluency in Spanish provides students the option of learning in their first language, and gives them a perspective others may not have.

Passionate about a variety of genres, Roxana adores classical and popular music. She is fond of Latin, Brazilian, Jazz, Spanish, Flamenco and Tango. Depending on her mood, she will choose to listen to legendary composers such as Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Chopin and Bach, as well as Piazolla, Jobim, and Spanish “boleros,” slow lyrical melodies.
I find Bach to be unique at all times – and I love the Romantic period!
During her spare time, Roxana enjoys dancing, listening to all kinds of music, walks, conversations, reading, and social work volunteering.