JU DEE ANG, B.A. (Brown University), M.Mus. (Indiana), D.M.A. (University of Wisconsin)
Violin and Viola
Ju Dee recently moved to Vancouver from Madison, Wisconsin where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in viola performance. Dee has performed with Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Allegra Chamber Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, the Dubuque and Madison symphonies, as well as the Singapore Lyric Opera and The Philharmonic Orchestra (Singapore). She will be performing with the Pro Nova Quartet this season. Aside from playing classical repertoire, Ju Dee has also played in the pit orchestra for the Phantom of the Opera (Australian cast), and has been on stage with Tan Dun, Dennis DeYoung, George Lam, Andrea Bocelli, and popular Taiwanese band Mayday (Wu Yue Tian). In addition to private teaching in violin and viola, she has done many music outreach sessions with elementary school students in the Madison, Wisconsin area, and also taught in a program for under-privileged children in Bloomington, Indiana.
TONY CHOTEM, B.A. (McGill)
Guitar and Ukulele
Tony works professionally in a variety of guitar styles. He is a soloist and a member of various classical, jazz, and contemporary ensembles. He is also a producer with several recent CD's to his credit. In 2007, he released a full length original jazz album: "Phoenix Rising"; and in 2008, he released his Christmas album: "Moon of Winter". Tony has many years of teaching experience and is currently an instructor at Capilano University. He offers private lessons in the following areas: beginner, classical, jazz and rock. He also prepares students for RCM guitar exams and coaches high school band guitarists.
ADRIAN DYCK, B.Mus. (University of Alberta), M.Mus. (UBC)
Adrian has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in Europe, Asia and Lower Mainland. He has played with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Film Orchestra and is a core member of Lions Gate Sinfonia. His students have won numerous awards at festivals and competitions, routinely achieving top marks on RCM examinations, and have earned placements in post-secondary music programs at leading Universities. Adrian was a co-founder and member of a folk-influenced ensemble Coastline based in North Vancouver. In addition to his role as a performer in this ensemble, Adrian was active in the composition and production of its music. The ensemble completed a soundtrack recording for a short film for the BC Cancer Agency, which was co-composed and produced by Adrian. One of Adrian's compositions, "Johnson’s Landing", was performed by the North Shore Celtic Ensemble and the Laudate Singers. Adrian is the co-founder and co-director of the World Music Program at Brockton School in North Vancouver. In 2010 the World Music Program was selected by UNESCO's International Society for Music Education (ISME) as the only Canadian ensemble to represent Canada at the ISME conference in Beijing, China. In 2012, the World Music Program was again invited to perform at the ISME conference in Thessaloniki, Greece.
MELINA IVANOVIC, B.Ed. (UBC), B.Mus. (University of Miami), M.Mus. (University of Miami)
Violin and Viola
Melina has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She was a regular violinist and violist with ensembles including the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Classical Orchestra, and Divertimento String Quartet. While in Miami she helped establish a violin program at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and taught group violin classes. Melina was a teaching assistant at the University of Miami and taught private lessons and undergraduate classes. She was also a teacher for the University's "Strings for Kids" program through which she taught private and group classes. She taught music at Collingwood Junior School in West Vancouver and violin at Amati String Studio in Vancouver. Melina currently teaches violin and viola at her private studios in Vancouver and West Vancouver, and music at St. Edmund's Elementary School.
SASHA KAYE, B.Mus. (UBC)
Sasha, mezzo-soprano, is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia, where she studied Classical Voice Performance and Psychology. Sasha incorporates elements from both areas of study to form an interdisciplinary style of teaching, using her understanding of how the mind and body interact with one another to best address individual strengths and challenges in singing. Sasha teaches classical, musical theatre, jazz, and folk styles of singing. Her philosophy of singing success lies in finding the balance between technique and passion. Sasha’s goal is not only to pass on an immaculate technical foundation to her students, but also to nurture an individual’s innate, unique desire to express themselves authentically through music.Sasha currently performs in Greater Vancouver as a solo recitalist, where she delights in sharing her love of Art Song with the community, as well as a chamber musician with the Phoenix Chamber Choir and the Postmodern Camerata.
KIMBERLY MARKARIAN, BA. (Augustana University,) B.Mus. (UBC), M.Mus. (UBC)
Kimberly Markarian, lyric soprano, has performed as a soloist and as part of the UBC Opera Ensemble throughout the lower mainland, Western Canada, and Europe. She has firmly established herself as a musical theatre director and vocal instructor with the West Vancouver School District, North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Uncle Randy’s Productions, Dance Capitol, and her own thriving vocal studio. Kimberly teaches pop, rock, musical theatre, and classical styles of singing. Her particular gift is in communicating technique and style to young artists which has enabled her students to achieve a level of vocal production beyond their tender years. Kimberly’s passion is supporting her students in raising the level of their technique and igniting their passion in performance!
ALEXANDER PECHENYUK, M.Mus (Tashkent State Conservatory, former USSR)
Theory, History and Piano
Alexander Pechenyuk is a composer and teacher. He is an active member of The Canadian Music Center. His symphonic and chamber compositions have been successfully performed at concerts and festivals throughout Canada, Russia and Europe. Amongst performers in recent years are Canada’s largest orchestras, such as The Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphonies. Additionally, many of his compositions have been commissioned by well known Canadian musicians. A new CD release can be found on www.cosmophony.com As a teacher Alexander Pechenyuk is a member of BCRMTA. His students consistently demonstrate a high level of knowledge and have good success at the RCM Examinations in both theory and piano.
BO PENG, B.Mus. (North Texas), M.Mus. (Eastman), Perf. Dip. (Indiana)
Bo studied with renowned cellists Janos Starker, Steven Doane, Carter Enyeart and Marc Johnson. His teaching experiences include being a sectional coach for the Dallas Youth Orchestra, cello instructor in the Dallas Private School District and on faculty at the Young Artist Experience Summer Chamber Music Program at UBC. Bo is currently an instructor of cello and chamber music at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is cellist of the Vancouver String Quartet. He was invited as a chamber musician and assistant principal cellist for Taiwan Connection Music Festival 2012. Bo is a member of the BCRMTA.
DIANE SANFORD, ARCT (Performer), B.Mus. (UBC)
An experienced piano teacher of traditional, conservatory and Suzuki methods, Diane prepares students for music festivals, recitals, university entrance exams, RCM, ABRSM and LCM piano exams as well as for music history and theory exams. She is a member of the BCRMTA, Artistic Director of NSMA Summer Chamber Music Program and former Executive Director of the Young Artist Experience Summer Chamber Music Program (YAE) for young musicians at UBC. She studied Suzuki Method at Bellingham and Langley Suzuki Institutes. In addition to her arrangements for piano solo and string quartet she has written a series of technique and repertoire books for young students. Diane has performed as an accompanist and chamber musician in Vancouver, Miami, Waterloo and Hanover, New Hampshire.
ALEXANDRA SCOTT, B.Mus. (Capilano University), Perf.Dip. (Selkirk College)
Alex, originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, is a singer, composer and private music instructor living in North Vancouver. She recently graduated from Capilano University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. She had the privilege of studying Jazz Technique and Improvisation with Mary Jo Bischoff and Classical Technique with Geordie Roberts. In the Spring/Summer 2016 she completed Level I and II of Estill Voice training with Anne Marie Speed. She also has a diploma in Vocal Performance from Selkirk College where she studied with Laura Landsberg and Cheryl Hodge. Alex has been teaching both classroom music lessons and private music instruction for five years now in Saskatoon and North Vancouver. Since moving to the North Shore, Alex has had the pleasure of teaching alongside Kimberly Markarian at Harmonia Vocal studio and Melina Ivanovic at Music Teachers on the Go since Fall 2015.
Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute
Ken studied at Humber College, Toronto. He has also studied in New York with Bill Evans, and Eddie Daniels, in Los Angles with jazz legend Warne Marsh, as well as with one of Duke Ellington's writers and arrangers, Ron Collier in Toronto. He has performed with Valdi, Rosemary Clooney, New York saxophonist, Mike Adkins, as well as with his own groups, both in North America and Japan. Ken has 30 years of professional experience in both performing - jazz, popular, classical, and teaching - beginners to advanced / children and adults. He is one of the lower mainland's leading woodwind instructors and offers lessons in clarinet, saxophone and flute. Whether beginning or advanced, his students gain an intimate knowledge of their instrument, good productive practicing skills, and, as a result of their hard work, a continuing passion and love for music.
NICOLE THOMAS ZYCZYNSKI, B.Mus. (UBC), Perf.Dip. (France)
Piano and Organ
Born and raised in West Vancouver, Nicole has devoted her entire life to music. She began studying piano at the age of 4, organ at the age of 10 and directing choirs at the age of 14. Her love and enthusiasm for music as a performer and teacher has been a continual inspiration to people across North America and Europe. In addition to Music Director at St. David’s United Church, Nicole is currently directing the West Vancouver Heritage Choir and the North Shore’s French choir A Tout Choeur. Other musical activities include composing, arranging, accompanying, recording and playing for the occasional silent movie. She is an advocate for bringing people together through music, a strong believer in music being a common language, a bridge between the gaps of spoken word.