Tanya Charles, Violin Teaching Artist

Recipient of the Women’s Art Association of Canada – Luella McCleary Award, the Gabriella Dory Prize in Music, and the Hamilton Black History Association’s John C Holland Award for Youth Achievement, Canadian violinist, Tanya Charles, has captivated audiences with her passion, energy, flair and finesse. Her performances have been described as “intense and exciting” (The WholeNote Magazine) and “colourful and bold” (Musical Toronto). She has performed in venues across Canada, the USA and the Caribbean as a soloist, chamber- and orchestral-musician.

Tanya received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Performance from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is an alumnus of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. Currently, she serves as the concertmaster of the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra and the Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi Ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina. In Toronto, she performs with Sinfonia Toronto and she is the second violinist of the newly-formed Odin String Quartet.

Tanya is a dedicated educator and an in-demand string adjudicator and string clinician in the Ontario region and beyond. For over ten years, Tanya has been instrumental in providing assistance with the implementation of a string-training program in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In 2004, she was invited by the Governor General of Saint Vincent to perform a recital at the Government House. As his vision was to promote classical music, Tanya also had the opportunity to meet with young school-students to perform and to speak about classical music and her career as a violinist. Since then, she has returned to the island to provide masterclasses for the upcoming generation of new string players.

Tanya participated as a featured artist with the Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival, in Ajijic, Mexico, for their 2015 season. In conjunction with this, she had the pleasure of providing private lessons, masterclasses, and information sessions, in both English and Spanish, to the young string students, parents and teachers of the Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales program.

Outside of the classical genre, Tanya enjoys improvising and performing as a violinist with Toronto-based mariachi band, Viva Mexico Mariachi, and has recorded and performed alongside many mainstream artists such as Shad, K-Os, the Transiberian Orchestra and Stevie Wonder.

Tanya joined Axis Music as our violin teaching artist in 2016.


Janice Lindskoog, Piano Teaching Artist

Janice Lindskoog began her musical studies on piano and harp in Edmonton, Alberta with Isobel Moore Rolston. She later became a student of Judy Loman at the University of Toronto, where she completed the Bachelor of Music degree program. Sponsored by the Canada Council, she spent two consecutive summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, working with Alice Chalifoux. Ms. Lindskoog currently lives in Toronto, where she enjoys a busy freelance career. As an orchestral musician she has performed coast to coast in Canada including long associations with the Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Solo performances include appearances with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and chamber music and new music recitals in Vancouver and Toronto. Since 2006 she has enjoyed performing with the Charlottetown Music Festival, covering a variety of shows including Anne of Green Gables.

Ms. Lindskoog teaches both piano and harp students, and has participated in the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education offered by the Royal Conservatory of Music in partnership with Ryerson University. She has adjudicated for the Kiwanis Festival in Toronto, Guelph and Ottawa, and often participates on juries at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Janice joined Axis Music as our piano teaching artist in 2012.




Donna Midanik, Program Manager

After receiving a BA from the University of Toronto and a year of teacher training, Donna began her teaching career in a grade 3 classroom in Brampton for two years. Donna then worked with the Toronto District School Board for 42 years, where she taught all regular classroom subjects from grade one to six.

She also holds a Ministry of Ontario Specialist certificate in Reading and a Specialist certificate in Special Education. She spent many years as a Special Education teacher, where she worked with kids with learning disabilities, autism and other challenges.

Donna has taught ESL programs to children, and after receiving a TESOL certificate from the University of Toronto in 2012, she worked as an ESL teacher with a Toronto non-profit agency.

Donna worked on a Special Literacy Project at Parkdale Public School where she provided literacy support and guidance to classroom teachers. She has presented Literacy Workshops and initiated and numerous clubs and programs within the schools. At Ossington/Old Orchard Public School, she won the Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in teaching.

Post retirement, Donna was the Education Coordinator for Esprit Orchestra, where she promoted their student concerts, communicated with educators and developed teacher resource packages. Donna continues to teach as a private tutor for elementary and high school students.


Judith Manger, Founder, Executive Director & Cello Teaching Artist

Cellist Judith Manger has performed with “elegance and poise” and “remarkably mature musicianship” (The Record), in Canada, the United States, and beyond. Judith holds a Masters of Music Performance from Northwestern University (Chicago) where she received the Richard and Helen Thomas Fellowship, and an Honours Bachelor of Music Performance from McGill University (Montreal) where she was awarded the Tani Salsinger Gold Medal in Performance for outstanding achievement in music performance.

Judith has performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra and was a Boone Scholar of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a training program for emerging professional musicians. She performed with McGill Cello Professor Matt Haimovitz in his Uccello Quartet at venues including Lincoln Centre (New York), Sanders Theatre in the Bank of America Celebrity Series (Massachusetts) and the International Cello Congress (Israel). Judith also collaborated in a quintet with McGill Jazz Drum Professor Chris McCann. As cellist of the Schulich String Quartet, she won Bronze Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (Indiana) and frequently performed on CBC Radio Two (Montreal). She was a featured speaker at a community arts conference held at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and has served on Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council granting juries.

Judith has extensive pedagogical experience and is a certified Suzuki teacher. Musical mentors include Hans Jensen, Bryan Epperson, Matt Haimovitz, Andre Roy and Simon Fryer. Judith founded Axis Music in 2010.