Learning is something special when it is done in an ensemble. Instead of simply learning to play an instrument by oneself, group lessons have the added benefit of helping students to learn to play together. When musicians share the same space they become conscious of others’ playing and conscious of their own contributions to the musical whole.

Learning to play proficiently alone is a great accomplishment, but learning to play as a part of a music ensemble is both an intuitive and independent art.

  • Learn to share the space with other players
  • Build valuable interpersonal skills
  • Develop the ability to perform as part of a group


  • Teaching focussed on how to play together
  • Instructors matched to students’ skill levels
  • Collective learning
  • Students gain confidence
  • Learn what success feels like

Junior String Ensemble

Our String Ensemble classes provides beginning musicians with an opportunity to learn to play in an ensemble, preparing them as musicians for future contributions to full-scale orchestras.

Musicians who are brand new to violin, viola, cello and bass, as well as those who have been playing for up to one year, are encouraged to sign up. Players work directly with string coaches, and the smaller group allows for greater personal attention in order to build strong fundamental skills. Students from outside the school are welcome to audition.

Senior String Ensemble

Our Senior String Ensemble is for advanced students playing challenging repertoires, at Level 4 Royal Conservatory of Music and up. Entrance is only available by audition and members are expected to attend regularly. There will be several performances and competitions throughout the year of repertoire from the Baroque period through to the modern era.

Students outside the school are welcome to audition.


The Vaughan’s Voice Choir practices at the school every Thursday 8-9 pm and is free for anyone to attend.

Singing together teaches students how to balance and blend their combined vocal energies within each section and across all sections, achieving unity as a choir.

Learning to sing in tune with others will develop skills in precision and accuracy through the tuning of the cords and achieving beauty.

Learning how to use nuances, will teach everyone to respect the perception and fulfillment of conductor’s demands, by achieving expressivity.


The jazz ensemble course places young musicians into small ensembles where most of their learning and performing is done. Work is largely practical, focusing on improvisation, study of harmonic and rhythmic elements and playing in a variety of styles.

The Jazz ensemble course also provides the invaluable opportunity to meet and make music with like-minded young players. The Jazz course goal here at Kollari Institute of Music is to prepare students thoroughly for further specialist study at higher education levels.

Classical & Chamber Music

Kollari Institute of Music offers vocal chamber music to vocal students, ages 12 and up, with unchanged treble voices by audition. This group is an advanced ensemble. Students should have notation and score-reading ability. Students perform in many styles and languages with plenty of performance opportunities. The instrumental Chamber Music Ensembles are groups of our talented students from 3-5 players based on compatible abilities.They perform a wide variety of classical music from all time periods. Acceptance is granted via audition.

Rock Band

We have assembled a number of student rock bands in our ranks who work with their instructors to tighten their repertoire and sharpen their playing skills as they prepare to enthrall live audiences! Our rock bands are often called upon to entertain our audiences at our regularly-scheduled performances, and our practice rooms are outfitted with amplifiers, drum kits, and other difficult-to-move equipment for ease of use and facilitation of scheduling.

What Our Students Say

  • “My daughter, Martina, has been educated musically by Yevi and Mimosa Kollari for over 10 years now. They developed Martina’s musical skills and most importantly they showed her to play with passion. The Kollari’s are very dedicated in helping their students grow to become successful musicians and confident persons.”

    James Ortiz Luis

    Vaughan, Ontario

  • “My dream has always been to sing on stage! Kollari Institute of Music has helped me achieve that dream and so much more. The teachers are passionate about teaching and that passion transforms our dreams into reality. I started lessons with Kollari Institute of Music almost five years ago. To date my entire family are taking music lessons with the school… What I love the most about this establishment is the way Miss Mossa and Dr Yevi treat us. We are NOT students – we are their family, their children, and their friends! Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for us.”

    Mari Faraone

    Vaughan, Ontario

  • “My children have been attending music lessons at the Kollari Institute of Music for 8 years. I am very pleased with the level of commitment by the staff to engage my children to explore their artistic ability with the piano, guitar and singing. My childrens’ teachers are exceptional in their ability to teach, collaborate, and bring them to new heights! This music school has provided many opportunities for my children to showcase their talents through RCM, music performances, and other opportunities for competitions and band programs. The director Mimosa, has been a pleasure to work with since the first day I walked in. She is flexible, supportive and has helped to motivate my children to learn music in a warm and inviting environment. Thank you for bringing music into my home!”

    Anita Brant-Bonavota

    Vaughan, Ontario

  • “Our children Mark and Naomi have been with the school for more than 15 years and have experienced great teaching in violin and piano. I dare say that Mimosa and Yevi give their very best to each child and are always willing to accommodate requests or address any concerns we may have. Monthly concerts at the school and the annual Christmas concerts at the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre provide the students the exuberance of public performance, the pride of personal accomplishment and the focused discipline required for it. You will never sense this school as a business entity. It is a place where music thrives enriching the lives of young and upcoming musicians.”

    Yohani Lewis

    Vaughan, Ontario