Pianist – Educator
Carmen Morin began her piano study at the age of two with her father Dan Morin and has since been an active member of Calgary’s musical community all of her life.
Her orchestral debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony at the age of 10 sparked several guest solo performances with orchestras throughout Canada, including a performance tour for the Canadian Embassy, showcasing Canadian talent.
Ms. Morin holds her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She obtained her Diploma in Music Performance with Dmitry Nesterov at Mount Royal University and studied under the tutelage of Marilyn Engle and Charles Foreman in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Calgary.
With over twenty years of teaching experience, Carmen has nurtured a passion for sharing music education with future generations. Following her faculty position at Mount Royal University’s Conservatory (2008-13) she established Morin Music Studio in 2014. She currently enjoys her role as owner and executive director of this private music school, which boasts a collaborative team of almost 40 faculty and nearly 1000 classical music students.
In addition to her role as pedagogue, Carmen combines her love of the arts with entrepreneurship. In 2016, she received the Horizon Alumni Award from Mount Royal University to celebrate the success of her private music school, and her online training and education programs have allowed her to extend the reach of music education with students in many countries around the world. She is the founder of the Love of Music Calgary Program—a community organization that aims to extend the reach of music education to interested students who may not otherwise have the means to study.
In 2019, Ms. Morin proudly accepted a prestigious induction into the Steinway and Sons Teacher Hall of Fame in New York, a designation recognizing North America’s most committed and passionate piano educators.
Ms. Morin enjoys an active performance schedule and has studied and performed in Europe, including performances in Portugal at the Coimbra World Piano Meeting held by the Academia Internacional de Música de Aquiles Delle Vigne. She was recently awarded first prize in the Coimbra World Piano Duo Competition “Special Prize – Francis Poulenc” with her piano duo partner, Lana Henchell, which led to a performance with the Orquestra Clàssica do Centro in the São Francisco Concert Hall.
In her Music Mindset Podcast, Ms. Morin advocates that all people possess unique seeds of musical talent. The discipline of musical training not only develops tools for artistic expression but also cultivates character traits, which promote success and fulfillment in all areas of life.