Welcome to Monika's website

Monika Schaefer Monika Schaefer started to play the violin at age 7, under the tutelage of Alexander Nicol, former concert master of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Later she studied with Norman Nelson, co-founder of the renowned chamber group Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

While studying sciences at the University of Alberta, Monika played in the St. Cecilia Orchestra. All her life, she has played with various combinations of people and instruments, wherever she was living and working. In 1982, Monika moved to Jasper, Alberta, to work for Parks Canada.

In 2001, Monika let go of her much-loved National Park Warden position to focus on her violin and viola students as well as an increasing number of performances. She has never looked back. Teaching in both Jasper and Hinton, and playing at weddings, community events, and a variety of other gigs is keeping her busy.

While classical music remains the cornerstone of her musical endeavors, Monika has broadened her horizons in recent years, delving into old-time fiddle, bluegrass, swing, improvisation and "jamming" with all who like to play. Lately she has discovered the joy of composing and has a few tunes to her name.

Nothing gives Monika more pleasure than to share music with others.