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VCC Music offers a two-year diploma and a subsequent two-year Bachelor of Applied Music Degree. Both credentials emphasize the development of skills and experience toward becoming a successful professional in music. VCC is highly regarded for its academic and skills curricula, as well as its emphasis on music and media, career opportunities and performance techniques courses.

In addition to classical and jazz studies, VCC welcomes instrumentalists and vocalists in rock and popular music, as well as music traditions from other cultures. This diversity is exemplified by our range of ensembles: Willan Choir, VCC Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Pre-Bop Jazz Ensemble, Classic Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Electric Jazz (Fusion and Funk) Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and others.

VCC faculty are among the finest artist-teachers in the province and, together with our alumni, continue to have significant critical and commercial success in the industry.

 

Instructor Bios

Bernie Arai
Drum set

Bernie's musical career as a performer, educator, composer and recording artist spans styles from jazz to improvised music to Japanese taiko with many stops and tangents in between. On drum set, percussion and electronics, he works with some of Canada's most accomplished musicians. Born, raised and based in Vancouver, Bernie has performed across the country with various ensembles, and has also toured across the United States, Japan and Europe.

 

David Branter
Saxophone, commercial ear training, jazz improv, wind ensemble, and Classic Jazz Ensemble

David Branter is a musician and long-time instructor at VCC. He began teaching at VCC as an auxiliary instructor in 1979. During the 80s he began to teach ensembles and other courses in the music diploma curriculum and became a term instructor. After a hiatus to begin a doctoral degree, he served as department head for the music department from September 1991 to December 1997, and again from August 2008 through January 2012. David began involvement with the VCCFA in 1995 when he was a member of the negotiating committee. He served in that capacity until 1998. More recently, he became a member of the VCCFA Executive and was re-elected to that position in November of 2012. He has served on numerous selection committees in the capacity of FA representative including for Registrar, Associate Registrar, and Director of Facilities plus serving numerous times on the adjudication committee for curriculum development funds. David has been active on the curriculum committee since January 2010, and was elected chair of the committee in 2012—a position he currently holds—and has attended every education council meeting since that date.

 

Elizabeth Brodovitch
Lyric diction

Education: B.A Honours, French and German Literature, McGill University; M.A. French Linguistics, Simon Fraser University; ARCT Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; ESL-TESOL Tutoring Certificate, VCC; Research specialization: Singing Qualities of the French Language; Troubadour poetry, Occitan and Auvergat dialects; three peer-reviewed publications: NATS Journal of Singing, International Symposium of Singing, International Courtly Literature Society.

Elizabeth Brodovitch has performed with Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, Elektra Women's Choir.

Classical diction specialist in Phonetics, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Auvergnat, Russian, Czech, and vocal repertoire specialist in diction and poetic interpretation of French and German art song

 

Georges Couling
Digital and analog tools

Georges Couling is a songwriter, composer, producer, keyboard player, and educator, based in Vancouver, B.C. He is a graduate of Vancouver Community College's Bachelor of Applied Music Program, and has been on faculty at VCC since 2011 teaching recording, production, and online media.

In November 2010, Georges founded Knuckleduster Music Inc., a record label and production company.

His work in TV and film includes the feature film Dawn Rider (Christian Slater, Donald Sutherland), and securing song placements on TV networks such as Showcase, and the CBC.

As a keyboardist, he has performed with the afro-beat group Miami Device, folk rockers Portage and Main, Juno winning reggae artist Elaine Shepherd, and vocalist Jasmin Parkin (Mother Mother) to name a few.

 

Jack Duncan
Latin percussion

Jack "Jakito" Duncan has been described as a rare musical talent that has the ability to play a staggering number of musical styles. He started playing congas at age fourteen and immediately became obsessed with immersing himself into the study of our world's music.

His never-ending quest for knowledge and belief in finding it at the source has taken him to such places as West Africa, where he studied with master drummers Dou Dou N'diaye Rose and Petit Toure, director of the National Ballet of Senegal. From the routes of rhythm in Africa, Jack has traveled to places where these rhythms have had major influences on local music.

Jack has been to Cuba many times, studying for periods up to one year with "Conjunto Folklorico Nacional De Cuba", Los Mu-equitos de Matanzas, conguero "Anga", and the legendary "Changuito". He was also a featured performer at the Havana Jazz Festival with "Pucho Lopez Ensemble".

Above all Jack is a performer that has received numerous awards, including a Juno. He has over 35 ALBUMs to his credit, with groups like Chicago, Spirit of the West, Alpha Ya Ya Diallo among others, leading to tours of India, Mexico, Europe and Canada.

 

David Duke
Composition, history, and theory

David Duke has graduate degrees in historical musicology from the universities of North Carolina and Victoria and teaches history and theory at VCC. As a composer he studied with Jean Coulthard and, at the Banff Centre, with Violet Archer. As a musicologist he has written about Canadian music and composers for the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, MGG and several journals. He worked with Dr. Ida Halpern in her research on the music of the natives of the Pacific Northwest and received a Fellowship from the Society for Ethnomusicology.


Though he is best known for his many educational works, his music has been performed and broadcast at home and abroad by artists such as Jon Kimura Parker, Steven Isserlis, Desmond Hoebig, Elaine Keillor and Rena Sharon. His publishers include Waterloo Music and Frederick Harris; his work has been recorded by the Vancouver Symphony, Studea Musica, and the Circle Singers of Washington D.C., and broadcast on the CBC.

 

Brenda Fedoruk
Flute

Brenda Fedoruk is currently Principal Flute of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, a position she has held for more than 20 years, and a core member of Vancouver's esteemed Turning Point Ensemble. As a long time member (Flute and Piccolo) of the CBC Radio Orchestra, she was also the Musicians' Contractor until the orchestra's disbanding in 2008. A busy free-lance player, she has performed often with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, been Guest Principal Flutist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and has played with the touring orchestras of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet. Ms. Fedoruk has performed in many major musical productions including the Vancouver productions of Les Miserables, Showboat, Sunset Boulevard, Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins.

 

Ted Greene
Music foundations

Ted specialized in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario. Since returning to British Columbia he has taught at the Courtenay Youth Music Centre, the Delta Conservatory of Music, Trebas Institute of Recording Arts, Kwantlen University College and the Banff Centre as well as VCC. His teaching areas have included music theory, ear training, orchestration, computers and MIDI, ensemble and choral conducting in addition to trumpet and chamber music coaching.


After receiving a Certificate in Information Technology from Capilano College, new technologies in music has been added to his list of skills. Ted Greene is presently researching and developing computer assisted materials for the study of music online.

 

Helen Hall
Piano, class piano, and keyboard studies

Helen has been an instructor in the School of Music at VCC since 1998. She is also on the faculty of the VSO School of Music, a board member of the Vancouver International Song Institute and performs regularly in Vancouver as a collaborative pianist.


Helen holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Acadia University and an M.A. in Musicology from the University of Victoria. Her teachers include Dr. Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki (Taubman technique), Louis Kentner (solo piano), Isobel Flinn and Paul Hamburger (collaborative piano-vocal repertoire) and Marta Hunter (Alexander technique).

 

Kate Hammett-Vaughan
Jazz and contemporary voice, and vocal improve

Critically acclaimed as one of Canada's preeminent jazz vocalists, Kate Hammett-Vaughan has been a member of the music faculty at Vancouver Community College since 1998. She teaches Jazz/Contemporary Vocal Master Classes, Lessons and Vocal Improvisation. A successful private instructor for over two decades, she has also been a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at Capilano University since 1998. She has received three Juno nominations and numerous nods from the National Jazz Awards and the West Coast Music Awards. Kate's work as a performer reflects her wide variety of musical interests, embracing the jazz tradition, improvisation, unconventional structures, cabaret and more.

 

Peter Hannan
Music and media, electronic music, and composition

Peter has completed more than 60 commissions, both acoustic and electronic for widely diverse musical situations, including pieces for Vancouver Symphony, Icebreaker London, Stratford Festival and operas for National Arts Centre, Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music.

His most recent recording, Rethink Forever, won "Best Classical Recording" at the 2011 Western Canada Music Awards. He also has many other ALBUM releases with positive Canadian and international press and web reviews, and numerous radio recordings for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, WDR Koln, Radio Bremen, Radio France, and NOS Radio, Holland.

Studies: UBC; Guildhall School, London; Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam

 

François Houle
Clarinet, performance techniques, career opportunities, and creative music improve

François has established himself as one of today's most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music. He has twice been listed by Downbeat magazine as a "talent deserving wider recognition" and was hailed as a "rising star" in Downbeat's 2008 Critics' Poll. His extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe, and he has released more than a dozen recordings, earning multiple Juno Award and West Coast Music Award nominations.

Houle studied at McGill University, went on to win the National Debut competition, and completed his studies at Yale University. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, and was a featured soloist in the International Clarinet Association's 2007 and 2008 ClarinetFests. He is a faculty member at the Vancouver Community College School of Music, and served as Artistic Director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute from 2006 to 2010. In 2008 he was appointed as associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

 

Daryl Jahnke
Jazz and contemporary guitar

François has established himself as one of today's most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music. He has twice been listed by Downbeat magazine as a "talent deserving wider recognition" and was hailed as a "rising star" in Downbeat's 2008 Critics' Poll. His extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe, and he has released more than a dozen recordings, earning multiple Juno Award and West Coast Music Award nominations.

Houle studied at McGill University, went on to win the National Debut competition, and completed his studies at Yale University. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, and was a featured soloist in the International Clarinet Association's 2007 and 2008 ClarinetFests. He is a faculty member at the Vancouver Community College School of Music, and served as Artistic Director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute from 2006 to 2010. In 2008 he was appointed as associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

 

Daryl Jahnke
Jazz and contemporary guitar

Daryl has been an instructor in the guitar department since 2002, taking over as the primary instructor in 2009.

He's also VCC alumni, with further studies including private composition and improvisation work in NY with seminal jazz musicians Kenny Werner and John Abercrombie, and time in Cuba studying son montuno with famous Cuban tres performer Pancho Amat.

As a performer Daryl has an extensive discography and travelled across Canada as well as to Cuba, Japan, New York and the UK to work with great musicians like Jorge Chicoy, Paul Jackson, Kenny Werner, John Stowell, Terumasa Hino and Jeff Berlin.

 

Robyn Klassen
Classical voice

Robyn Driedger-Klassen began at VCC in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from UBC, an opera diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music and was a young artist at Seattle Opera for two years. She has studied art song extensively in Austria and France. She performs widely in opera and concert and focuses mainly on new music. Recent performances include Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Kaija Saariaho's Lonh, Jake Heggie's At the Statue of Venus and David MacIntyre's Love in Public. She can be heard often in performance with pianist Terence Dawson (head of keyboard studies at UBC) and with her quintet, QuintEssence. Robyn teaches lyric diction and opera scene studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music and is a founding faculty artist of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI).

 

John Korsrud
Composition and Latin Jazz Ensemble

Honored with the City of Vancouver's Mayor's Arts Award for Music for 2012, John is a composer, producer, trumpet player, and educator based in Vancouver.

He is the leader and principle composer of the 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, a highly active jazz/new music ensemble that has toured to Europe and across Canada, released two ALBUMs, and is the recipient of Canada's largest arts prize, The Alcan Arts Award.

John graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1990, was a frequent participant at The Banff Centre between 1984 and 1994, and studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997. In 2001, he was awarded the Canada Council's Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for music, literature and visual arts. In 2003 John was the second Canadian to be awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy.

 

Paula Kremer
Voice technique, solfege, piano pedagogy, and VCC Concert Choir

Educated at UBC and the Vancouver Academy of Music, mezzo-soprano Paula Kremer has studied voice with Marisa Gaetanne, Bruce Pullan, Phyllis Mailing, Lauren Wagner, and Laura Pudwell. Ms. Kremer has been a professional member of the Vancouver Cantata Singers since 1994, was a guest conductor for their 2012-13 season, and has sung extensively as a soloist. Holding an ARCT in both piano and voice (for which she received the gold medal award) she began teaching music privately in 1987. In 1997, she joined the faculty of Vancouver Community College's Music department, teaching the program's solfege courses. In addition to solfege, she currently teaches voice and directs the Vancouver Community College Concert Choir. Ms. Kremer has been fortunate to study choral conducting at Eton, Westminster Choir College, and Eastman School of Music, and is also the music director of the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande. When she is not conducting, singing, or playing, Ms. Kremer works on her timing and rhythm whilst paddling in a dragon-boat. 

 

Giorgio Magnanensi
Composition and New Music Ensemble

Born and raised in Italy, Giorgio Magnanensi currently lives in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. His diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music and Laboratorio, and he is lecturer at the School of Music of the Vancouver Community College.

 

Alan Matheson
Jazz piano, trumpet, jazz history, Jazz Orchestra, and Prebop Jazz Ensemble

Alan Matheson is a Vancouver-based pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. He teaches at the music departments of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Community College and Capilano University where he is an instructor in jazz piano and trumpet. He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Alan also leads his own big band, nonet, septet and trio and has written arrangements for jazz legends Clark Terry and Bud Shank. As well, Alan has conducted his big band tributes to Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong. He has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Louis Bellson and Phil Woods.

Alan's compositions have been performed by Julia Nolan (saxophone), Sal Ferreras (percussion), David Palmer (pipe organ) and Martin Hackelman (horn). His arrangements for big band have been performed by the Tulane University Jazz Ensemble and the Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble.

Alan's first album Intrada was released in 2004 and he has a new album Duetti (recorded with bassist Wade Mikkola) that was released in spring 2013.

 

Rob McKenzie
Jazz theory, arranging, composition studies, and trombone

Composer, conductor, performer and teacher, Rob McKenzie brings to his work a lifetime of experience in the Vancouver music scene.

His interest in composition stems from early experimentation with pop, rock, and jazz improvisation. This lead to jazz and classical training in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Banff and Toronto, culminating in a Masters degree in music composition from the University of British Columbia.

McKenzie's works have been recorded and performed on CBC Radio, at Pro-Musica's Sonic Boom series, as well as the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals and Festival Vancouver. Recent completed works include commissions for The Commission Project and Dee Daniels. He is an associate member of the Canadian Music Centre and his works are published by Warwick Music.

As a trombonist, Rob has performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles, big bands, jazz and rock groups, played in concerts, musicals, with touring groups and on studio sessions for television and radio with Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Aerosmith, Muhal Richard Abrams, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Mötley Crue, Phil Woods, Phil Nimmons, Harry Connick Jr., Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony and Rob McConnell.

A regular with the Alan Matheson Septet, the Alan Matheson Big Band and the Red Onion Rhythm Kings, he also leads his own group Solid Brass, a jazz nonet featuring five of the West Coast's finest trombonists.

In his role as educator, Rob has taught trombone, composition, theory and arranging at VCC since 1988.

 

Sharon Minemoto
Jazz and contemporary piano, and class jazz piano

In addition to teaching jazz piano at VCC, Sharon is a regular performer on the Vancouver jazz scene. She can be heard as a soloist, as the leader of a trio and with her own quintet.


Over the past six years, she has written and arranged numerous compositions for her band, The Sharon Minemoto Quintet, which recently released their debut ALBUM, "Side A" on Cellar Live Records.


CBC Radio has also released the quintet and features them on the compilation ALBUM, "Hot Air-Vol. 3".


In addition to performing with her own groups, she has played with ensembles led by Alan Matheson, Cory Weeds, Mike Allen and also the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


Sharon holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Capilano College, where she received private instruction from pianists Miles Black and Brad Turner.


Since graduating, she has also studied with Geoff Keezer and Mark Levine. In January 2000, Sharon received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study composition with Don Thompson in Toronto.

 

Laurence Mollerup
Electric bass, double bass, guitar sight-reading, jazz improv, and Jazz Ensemble

A mainstay of the West Coast music scene, Laurence is active in a wide variety of fields, including classical, jazz, Latin and world music.

Laurence has performed with many symphony orchestras and choirs, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Abbotsford Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Okanagan Symphony and Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

His jazz credits include work with Herb Ellis, Louis Bellson, John Korsrud's Hard Rubber Orchestra/Kokoro Dance, Charlie Byrd, Rob MacKenzie's Bone Band, NOW Orchestra, Alan Matheson big band and trio, Vancouver New Music, Asza, Christine Duncan, and his own jazz quartet.

He can be heard on CBC Radio, and at jazz and folk festivals across the country. Laurence recorded 2 albums with the Chilean band Sumalao, played with Sal Ferreras and the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado, toured with Silk Road, and recorded an album with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

Laurence's versatility has also involved him in the musicals Sweeney Todd and Ain't Misbehavin for the Arts Club Theatre Company, and Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello Dolly for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company.

Laurence has performed at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and at Harbourfront in Toronto as part of Peter Hannan's Hal Band for the 999 Years of Music project.

While teaching at VCC, he also co-developed the Vancouver Bass Conference and the Comprivisation course (with Francois Houle, Ken Morrison and Benoit Delbecq). At VCC, Laurence also directs the Short Fuse Ensemble which specializes in jazz fusion repertoire.

In his spare time, Laurence enjoys making fine bass guitars.

 

Ken Morrison
Department head: Theory, rhythm studies, and musicology

Ken Morrison began his music studies at VCC and transferred to UBC where he finished his Bachelor of Music and M.A. in Music Theory. He completed his Ph. D. in Music Theory at the University of Washington. His primary research interests are contemporary compositional techniques, rhythm, interactive computer music design, and perception.

Ken has presented papers at the Society for Music Theory and the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, and has published articles in Open Space and Nuvo magazine.

He is also a performing percussionist and can be heard on two recent recordings by Los Angeles based saxophonist Robert Reigle on the Acoustic Levitation label.

After teaching full-time at McGill University, he returned to Vancouver. He teaches music theory and rhythm studies at VCC and UBC, and is now the VCC School of Music's department head.

 

Hanh Nguyen
Classical guitar

Hanh has been a faculty member of the Vancouver Academy of Music since 1991 and the Vancouver Community College since 2009. She holds performance diplomas from Vancouver Community College and Western Washington University. She has won numerous competitions, including the first annual Northwest Guitar Competition. She has studied in master classes with Leo Brouwer, Pepe Romero, David Russell, Manual Barrueco and The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. She has performed throughout Canada, United States and Spain as well as teaching master classes and adjudicating music festivals. She also released an almbum Amor del Mundo in 2005. 

 

Patricia Plumley
Piano, class piano, keyboard studies, piano pedago

Patricia studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, receiving scholarships for studies with Reginald Godden and Gordon Kushner as well as for participation in the Chamber Music Program under Greta Kraus. She attended the Courtenay Youth Music Centre where she returned over the next eight summers both as a student and pianist for the choral, vocal and chamber programs. In 1986 she studied with Kristina Sutor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she worked as a vocal, choral, instrumental and ballet pianist. In Vancouver she has studied with Rena Sharon, piano, and Jacob Hamm and Lynn Williams, voice.


Her musical activities include teaching piano, theory and voice in Vancouver as well as founding and directing the Kids Sing Inner City Chorus. As an accompanist she has worked with the British Columbia Boy´s Choir in concerts with Maureen Forrester and Kevin MacMillan, and on their Australia-New Zealand tour.


At VCC she teaches piano, class piano, performance techniques and conducts the VCC Concert Choir and the Willan Choir.


Plumley enjoys combining a love of yoga studies with music and has presented her workshop Body Awareness for Musicians at VCC, Douglas College and at Beethoven Studios in Hong Kong. She has also taught yoga at VCC.

 

Bill Sample
Jazz piano and composition

Bill is a pianist, composer, arranger and music director. His career has spanned four decades and his reputation as a skilled musician is unsurpassed. From recording with well-loved artists to writing and producing jingles for international advertising campaigns, Bill is a ‘first call' musician and composer in Vancouver.

A recent highlight of Bill's career includes playing on the 2008, Grammy-winning Ratatouille soundtrack. Over the past 10 years Bill's recording credits include Ashanti, Simple Plan, Michelle Wright, Jim Brickman, Randy Bachman (Jazz Thing), Eric Bibb, Valdy, Seal, Wakim Chow, Norman Foote and countless TV and radio commercials.

Bill has been the Musical Director for numerous musicals including It's Time to Sing and Cookin' at the Cookery for the Arts Club Theatre Company and The Fantasticks, and La Cage Aux Folles for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company.

In 2003, Bill was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

 

Craig Scott
Drum set

Craig is an accomplished drummer, vibraphone player and percussionist. His drumming credits include concert and club dates with such Canadian jazz luminaries as Tommy Banks, Ian McDougall, Hugh Fraser, Campbell Ryga, PJ Perry, Alan Matheson, Fred Stride, as well as international artists such as Pat LaBarbara, Dianna Krall, Randy Bachmann, Herb Ellis, Frank Wes, Phil Woods , Bud Shank, Clark Terry, Natalie McMaster, Larry Goldings, the HI-LOS, and the late Harry "Sweets" Edison, Rosemary Clooney, and Charlie Byrd. Craig has extensive recording experience in television, film and radio, and has played on such programs as Almanac, Hot Air, Jazz Beat, West Coast Performance, X-Files, and Gabereau. As a session player, he has played on countless local independent jazz albums including three albums for CBC: Jazz Words, Hot Air 50th Anniversary, and Hot Air Two, Randy Bachmann's JazzThing, and the Juno Award nominated album In A Sentimental Mood by the Ian McDougall Quintet. Craig has also been involved with PG Music's software program Band-In-A-Box, recording many of the RealDrums files. Craig holds Bachelors Degrees in both music and education, and currently teaches at Vancouver Community College.

 

Jon Siddall
Composition and Gamelan Ensemble

Jon studied with the influential composers James Tenney, Terry Riley, and Lou Harrison. He has taught at Mills College and at the University of Toronto. He was the adminstrative director for the Canadian Electronic Ensemble 1982 – 1985. A Canada Council grant enabled him to study 1987–1988 in Indonesia. In 1988 he became a music officer for the Canada Council. Since moving to Vancouver he has produced a wide range of recordings and broadcasts for CBC Radio and Television.

Siddall's works have been performed and broadcast throughout North America, Europe and in Indonesia. He has been commissioned by the CBC (Jakarta Sleep), William Beauvais (Skook's Curiosity), Larry Lake (Strange Parade) and David Mott (Ocean). His work shows the strong influence of his association with Indonesian music, an association that began with his studies at Mills College with Lou Harrison and his performing experiences with a gamelan orchestra in Santa Cruz, California. His background as a rock guitarist is apparent in many of the instrumental combinations for which he chooses to write.

In addition to composing for traditional chamber instruments, he has written several works for gamelan ensemble and other works involving the electric guitar, percussion and some for various instrumental groupings, many of which feature him as a performer.

In 1983 Siddall founded the Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble with the aid of a Canada Council grant. From 1983 to 1988 he was director and performed both traditional Indonesian and contemporary music with them. In 1987 they recorded North of Java, a record that included a performance of Siddall's The Greenhouse - Act IV, part of a major music theatre piece which includes dance, puppetry and electronic music in addition to the gamelan.

Siddall was a member of the Glass Orchestra and has been a recitalist on electric guitar, percussion and synthesizers. He is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.

 

Eva Solar-Kinderman
Classical piano

Born in Sweden, Eva Solar-Kinderman studied piano in Prague where she won the Czech Youth Music Competition in 1965. She holds advanced degrees from the Zürich Conservatory and the Vienna State Academy of Music (with distinction), where she studied with the renowned pedagogue Dieter Weber. She has been privileged to work with such distinguished artists as Wilhelm Kemff, Sir Alfred Brendel, and Andras Schiff.

As an active performer of both solo and chamber music repertoire, she has been heard on Canda’s CBC and in the US on National Public Radio. She was a soloist with several symphony orchestras in Canada and Europe. Her recording of the last two Schubert Sonatas was released on the Bayer label in Germany in 1999.

Since 1980, Ms. Solar-Kinderman has taught on the faculty of the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She is currently also a faculty member and head of piano at VCC and until recently was a guest professor at the International Piano Masterclass held annually during the summer in the Czech Republic.

Her concert career has taken her on tours of Canada, the USA, Europe and Japan. She has adjudicated music festivals in BC and given numerous master classes and workshops in Canada, the USA, and Central Europe.

Her former students are pursuing music careers as acclaimed performers, teachers and conductors.

 

Leslie Tilley
World music and rhythm studies

 

Daniel Tones
Percussion

Daniel Tones is an award-winning percussionist equally committed to fostering creative development in aspiring musicians. He earned a doctorate in performance and ethnomusicology and studied with Salvador Ferreras, Russell Hartenberger, and John Rudolph. He has performed with internationally recognized percussionists Bob Becker, Aiyun Huang, Morris Palter, and Steve Schick, has appeared at music festivals on three continents, and has been broadcast nationally on radio and television.

Daniel is best known for his work as a contemporary percussionist, and in addition to performing as a soloist he works regularly with Vancouver New Music and Fringe Percussion. He is also the Principal Percussionist of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria symphonies, the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, and the Vancouver Opera.

Dr. Tones is a proud endorser of Yamaha percussion and SABIAN cymbals, and has taught at VCC since January 2008.

 

Gerald van Wyck
Music history, conducting, and Madrigal Singers

Musicologist, conductor and organist, Gerald has studied at the University of Toronto's Faculty of music with Douglas Bodle (organ) and Charles Heffernen and William Wright (choral conducting).

He teaches Music History at VCC and conducts the Madrigal Singers, an auditioned group of classically trained singers. He also coaches ensembles in Baroque music performance practices.

Music Director of the West Vancouver United Church, he has overseen the design and implementation of a Baroque style mechanical action pipe organ. He is perhaps best known as the Music Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, with whom he has toured extensively in Europe, the South Pacific, and across North America.

He has produced the recordings Legacy, a Christmas Album, and Jubilate with this group and is a respected choral clinician and lecturer on music.

 

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Events

 

Brass Ensemble and Pre-Bop Ensemble

Wednesday, Nov. 19
1 p.m.
Auditorium, Broadway campus


Music Dialogue III: "Drones, timbres and textures are more than the sum of their parts"

Vancouver New Music presents Michael Gordon's "Rushes" for Seven Basoons. With VCC music instructors, Giorgio Magnanensi and Ken Morrison

Thursday, Nov. 20
12 p.m.
Room 1228, building B, Broadway campus


VCC Pre-Bop Ensemble

Thursday, Nov. 20
7:30 p.m.
Our Town Cafe, 245 E Broadway


Classical Jazz Ensemble, VCC Concert Choir, New Music Ensemble

Friday, Nov. 21
1:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Broadway campus


VCC's Latin Jazz Ensemble, Bad Sneakers Ensemble

Friday, Nov. 21
6 p.m.
Event space, building B
Free event

Join us for a night of energetic music in the B building event space!
VCC's Latin Jazz Ensemble plays hot New York -flavoured Afro Cuban salsa, and the Bad Sneakers Ensemble plays hits from jazz-rock group, Steely Dan.


VCC Mount Pleasant Brass Ensemble

Saturday, Nov. 22
Yaletwon Candytown Festival


 

40 years of music at VCC

Monday, Nov. 24
7 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay room, lower level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St.

VCC's Jazz Orchestra, directed by Alan Matheson, present an evening of great big band jazz. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the VCC School of Music by saluting the founder of the VCC jazz prgram, legendary trombonist and educator, Dave Robbins. 

The celebration will include music made famous by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton along with new works by VCC students and alumni. Vocalists Caralyn Taylor and Ila Zbarsky will be featured and VCC faculty member Rob McKenzie will be the trombone soloist. VCC music alumni Jon Roper (guitar) and Koralee Tonack will also be featured along with tap dancer, Barbara Vargas in a great evening of big band jazz.


Fall Choral Celebration

Tuesday, Nov. 25
7:30 p.m.
Event space, building B
Admission by donation

Come and enjoy a Fall Choral Celebration with the VCC Willan Choir and the VCC Concert Choir. Selections include Mozart's Regina Coeli K. 108, Healey Willan's Gloria Deo, selections from Fernando Moruja's Piezas Sacras and Mendelssohn's Ave Maria.


VCC Music Awards

Wednesday, Nov. 26
1:30 p.m.
Event space, building B


Madrigal Singers

Thursday, Nov. 27
7 p.m.
Magee Secondary School
6360 Maple St., Vancouver
Auditorium


Madrigal Singers, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Bad Sneakers Ensemble

Friday, Nov. 28
1:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Broadway campus


VCC Mount Pleasant Brass Ensemble 

Wednesday, Dec. 3
1:30 p.m.
Stanley Park Christam Train (in support of the Firefighters Burn Relief Fund).


Check our Info Session/Tours for the latest schedules.