Who We Are

Our Mission

Mission Statement

The Calgary Musicians Association is a member-drive organization that represents musicians involved in all aspects of music throughout southern Alberta and the Columbia Valley of British Columbia. Our mission is to work for the interests and well-being of musicians working in our geographic jurisdiction. Through our collective efforts in promoting the value of music and the essential contribution of musicians to society, we work to ensure that musicians receive fair treatment and fair wages for their services. A CMA membership gives musicians access to the benefits and services available to members, as well as contributing to the enhancement of status of music and musicians within our community.

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The Association is affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, with the head office of the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) in Toronto. Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. The AFM represents all types of professional musicians, including those who perform music of every genre in every sort of venue from small jazz clubs to symphony orchestra halls to major stadiums, as well as those who record music for sound recordings, film scores, videogames, radio, television and commercial announcements. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape. 

Our Mission

The objectives of the Calgary Musicians Association

Meet Our Team

Officers of the Association

Matt Heller

PRESIDENT

Matthew Heller joined the CMA Executive Committee in 2018, he was appointed Vice President of the CMA in 2022. He is passionate about engaging, organizing, and advocating for musicians, improving working conditions, and building an inclusive and welcoming union. Matthew has been a double bassist with the Calgary Philharmonic since 2007. During his time with the CPO, he has served on the Orchestra, Negotiating, and Artistic Review Committees. He is a past President of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM), the AFM’s symphonic player conference representing 21
Canadian orchestras.

Maxwell Stein

VICE-PRESIDENT

A native of Jupiter, Florida, Maxwell Stein joined the Calgary Philharmonic
Orchestra in 2019 in the position of Third Horn. Maxwell received his Bachelor
of Music degree from The University of Michigan where he studied with Adam
Unsworth and Bryan Kennedy. He also completed one‐year of study at the
Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the tutelage of William
VerMeulen. Maxwell has performed with numerous orchestras including the
Detroit, Toledo, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Ann Arbor Symphonies. He has participated in many summer institutes including The Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Banff Centre for Music, The Texas Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center in the fellowship program. A new member to the CMA Executive Committee, Maxwell hopes to connect with the union membership and foster a strong sense of community amongst musicians of Calgary, Alberta. He is a member of multiple volunteer committees of the Calgary Phil and has always sought to better the organizations he is a part of.

Tricia Edwards

SEC-TREASURER

Tricia Edwards’ musical journey has taken many diverse paths. She earned both
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Alberta, with summer studies at the Banff Centre and Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. During this time she was a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition and performed with
the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Sinfonietta.
Tricia is now based in Calgary as a freelance musician, working as a solo artist, as leader of her own jazz trio/quartet, as a classical collaborative pianist and as the bandleader of the
salsa band “Klave.”
Her sophomore recording “Intaglios,” released January 2018, sought to blend her three musical passions for
classical, jazz, and latin genres and met with a great reception, including charting on the National Earshot jazz charts, being awarded a Gold Medal for album and composition from the Global Music Awards and winning MusicYYC’s Best Jazz Recording of the Year for 2018.
Tricia has served on the board of the Calgary Musicians’ Association since 2016, and looks forward to now
serving the membership of local 547 in the role of Secretary‐Treasurer.
Tricia Edwards’ musical journey has taken many diverse paths. She earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees in piano performance from the University of Alberta, with summer studies at the Banff Centre and
Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. During this time she was a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition
and performed with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Sinfonietta.
Tricia is now based in Calgary as a freelance musician, working as a solo artist, as leader of her own jazz
trio/quartet, as a classical collaborative pianist and as the bandleader of the salsa band “Klave.”
Her sophomore recording “Intaglios,” released January 2018, sought to blend her three musical passions for
classical, jazz, and latin genres and met with a great reception, including charting on the National Earshot jazz
charts, being awarded a Gold Medal for album and composition from the Global Music Awards and winning
MusicYYC’s Best Jazz Recording of the Year for 2018.
Tricia has served on the board of the Calgary Musicians’ Association since 2016, and looks forward to now
serving the membership of local 547 in the role of Secretary‐Treasurer.

Afo Fapojuwo

ASSISTANT TO SEC-TREASURER

Afo Fapojuwo was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He began learning music at the young age of five years. It wasn’t until age twelve that he settled on the drum set as his main instrument. Upon high school graduation, Afo continued his musical education at Mount Royal University and then went on to earn a Jazz Performance Degree at the prestigious McGill University. His performance experience includes touring with various musical groups across Canada and the United States, performing at internationally renowned festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Osheaga Music Festival and the Jazz de Verano located in Queretaro, Mexico. Upon returning to Calgary, Afo has managed to maintain a busy schedule of performing/teaching drum set, as well as earning a Business Administration Diploma from SAIT. Afo is excited to apply his new business skills in his new role of assistant to the Secretary
Treasurer of the CMA

Gerry Hebert

Executive Committee

Whether performing, recording, teaching, working as an artistic director or serving as an executive for organizations that further music programs and culture, Gerry Hébert has always been a strong advocate for the live music scene in Alberta and beyond. Throughout his impressive list of accomplishments the same message continually percolates to the surface: Hébert is dedicated to bringing out the musical best in everyone. This dedication is evidenced in producing concerts and recordings in which all participants are
challenged and engaged creatively and expressively. At these moments, Hébert’s music takes flight and inspires
the listener to explore creative and emotional possibilities. The same applies in classrooms and clinics where
Hébert works with students and professionals who are invited to excel and learn to love the process.
Ask anyone about music in Calgary and Hébert’s name is likely to come up. When Calgary Inc. featured him in
its annual Top 40 under 40 award, the magazine said, “He has helped raise Calgary’s profile in the national and
international jazz community by making the city a destination for musicians.” His reputation and propensity
for undertaking large‐scale projects has been a large part of this success.
Hébert was the artistic director of destination central for jazz in Calgary, the Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club, for 12
years. He was a founder and director of the Calgary Youth Jazz Orchestra, and served 2 terms as president of
the Calgary Musicians Association. Currently he is President for JazzYYC, Calgary’s Jazz Collaborative
(www.jazzyyc.com). He studied music in Paris, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Grande Prairie Regional College
and the University of Calgary, where he received his bachelor of music with a major in secondary education in 1990.
Born and raised in Alberta, Hébert has worked as a professional musician for more than 30 years and has enjoyed
a busy playing career that included being a founding member of The Swinging Bovines, a professional touring
saxophone quartet that played over 500 concerts internationally. His performance credits include many
appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, multiple professional theatre productions, the Calgary Jazz Orchestra and his own Gerry Hébert Quartet which has released 3 CD recordings. Overall he has appeared
on over 25 CD recordings and numerous television and radio broadcasts. Among the most recent praises sung
for his recordings by such luminaries as Canadian band leader Hugh Fraser and international jazz master Kenny
Werner, who said “Gerry has created an environment and it’s what makes jazz more interesting than a series of
solos. . . “

Mark Limacher

Executive Committee

Mark Limacher is a JUNO- nominated pianist, composer, and arranger, and frequent collaborator with Theatre Calgary, the Calgary Philharmonic, and multi JUNO award winning vocalist Caity Gyorgy.

He is a graduate of New School University in New York City, and has studied with composers Bunita Marcus (NYC), Laurence Crane (London, UK), and Linda Catlin Smith (Toronto, Canada). His arrangements and orchestrations have been heard in collaboration with Caity Gyorgy, vocalist & playwright Allison Lynch, vocalist Ellen Doty, Kensington Sinfonia, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Kingsley Udofia

Executive Committee

Kingsley Udofia: The first thing you need to know is I absolutely love music and I’m a big advocate of using it as a tool to help transform lives for the better. This has pushed me to learn and develop ways to better shape and package the musical projects I’m involved in in southern Alberta and around North America.

I’m currently working as a Worship Director at Hopevale Bay City and it has been absolutely amazing planning and executing the worship experience every Sunday. Prior to this, you might have seen me in different Calgary projects conducting orchestras or playing the piano in front of 20,000 people. I’ve freelanced on numerous shows playing different instruments over the years. And yes, I’m one of those multi-instrumental directors x_x

I have a Bachelors degree from Capilano University and my major was Music Composition with a minor in music performance. There, I learnt about the various instruments and how to write for them. So alongside my role as a worship director, I actively engage in composing, arranging and orchestrating music for artists and organizations. As a member of the Calgary Musicians Association, and now a board member, I look forward to using my perspective on both the Calgary scene and my work in other locations to better the lives of musicians.

Sandra Sutter

Executive Committee

Sandra Sutter is the Aboriginal Partnerships Manager for PTW Energy Services and serves on several Indigenous economic development and employment and training focused boards and committees across Canada including the Circle for Aboriginal Relations Society, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the Métis Women’s Economic Security Council (Alberta), the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and Careers – Take On the Future.

Sandra enjoys a concurrent career as an independent self-managed award-winning recording artist and filmmaker with a focus on Truth and Reconciliation and more than 40 Industry nominations in the last five years.

Raised in a loving non-Indigenous family, Sandra affirmed and embraced her ancestral and cultural roots later in life when she reconnected with her birth family. Her heritage influences her every step through life and she has grown into an active and passionate advocate for Indigenous culture and rights. Her life journey in both the non-Indigenous and Indigenous worlds has given her a unique perspective and opportunity to bring people together on the path towards reconciliation. Making her home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Sandra travels across Turtle Island for performances, speaking engagements and educational opportunities to further her work in business and the arts.

In 2019, Sandra was honoured as one of the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada for making a distinct and describable difference to the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace as a role model and change agent, impacting other women locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and through community service.