Our Teachers

JU DEE ANG, B.A. (Brown University), M.Mus. (Indiana), D.M.A. (University of Wisconsin)
Violin and Viola
Originally from Singapore, Ju Dee Ang completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the guidance of Sally Chisholm at the University of Wisconsin, where she was a member of the graduate string quartet. Previously, she completed a Master of Music degree at Indiana University, where she studied with Atar Arad of the Cleveland string quartet and also studied violin/viola pedagogy with well-known pedagogue Mimi Zweig. Ju Dee has been teaching the violin and viola since 2007, and has experience teaching a wide variety of ages and levels. In the Vancouver area, Ju Dee performs with the Pro Nova quartet (pronova.ca), which has had a regular concert series in West and North Vancouver for over 30 years. She has also performed with the Vancouver Island Symphony, and is an extra musician with the Vancouver Symphony.

SALVO BARRALE, M.Mus. (Conservatory of Music, Palermo, Italy)
Violin
Salvo Barrale was born in Palermo, Italy where he began playing the violin at the age of six. At the age of ten he was accepted into the Teacher/Performer Violin Professional Program at the “Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini”. After graduation in 1987 he began teaching at the Conservatory (“Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini”) and after many successful years at the Conservatory, Mr. Barrale decided to move into teaching privately where he has been enjoying this chapter in his career ever since. His teaching method includes the traditional methods of Galamian and Flesch and, the relatively new teaching methods of Kato Havas, Suzuki, and Alexander methods. He also has been a member of the Vancouver Island Symphony, B.C. Chamber Orchestra, Burnaby Symphony Orchestra and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra.

KRISTIAN BRAATHEN, B.Mus. (Capilano University)
Percussion

Kristian has worked as a professional musician, both as a performer and educator for more than twenty years.  He studied with jazz drummers Dave Robbins and Blaine Wikjord as well as percussionists Ken Moore, Graham Boyle and Craig Scott.  Kristian performed for several cruise line companies, which took him to many exotic destinations, such as Tahiti, Mexico and the Western Caribbean.  Kristian then toured extensively in Canada and the United States with the Russell Jackson Band (former bassist with BB King) from 2000 to 2003. While on tour, Kristian shared the stage with such names as renowned jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Terence Blanchard,) and Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy (The Blues Brothers.)  In 2005, Kristian studied with world renowned jazz drummer, Jeff Hamilton (drummer with Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, and many others.) Kristian also balances his time as a private drum set and mallet percussion teacher.

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.

HEY WOUN HYUN, B.Mus. (South Korea), B.Ed. & M.Ed. (Potsdam, Germany), PhD.edu (Potsdam, Germany)
Cello
Dr. Hey Woun Hyun is a highly organized and motivated professional music teacher with solid experience. For the past fifteen years, she has been teaching Cello, Piano and Music Theory. Hey Woun has been principle cellist in numerous symphonies which included the Opera Appassionata, the North Shore Opera Society Orchestra and the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. She has also been performing chamber music for charitable organizations such as Genesis Safe House and fundraisers for spinal research.   Hey Woun holds a B.A. in Music from South Korea. She furthered her studies at the University of Potsdam in Germany where she received another B.A and M.A. in Music Education. With a post graduate scholarship from the University of Potsdam, Hey Woun completed her PhD in Education. She also has a Teaching Certificate for elementary school in Germany. She is currently a Faculty of Douglas College Community Music School, West Vancouver Community Centre and Member of BCRMTA since 2011. Her passion for music and education are what she wants to share with all her students, resulting in high marks in RCM exams and festivals.

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.

NICOLE LINAKSITA, ARCT (Performer), LRCM,  B.Mus. (UBC)
Piano
Nicole  has performed solo and chamber concerts in Canada, USA and Europe. She recently won First Prize and the Audience Choice prize in the 2017 BC Bösendorfer Piano Competition. In addition, she was awarded a silver medal and a certificate for the best performance of a Canadian work for the piano artists division of the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition. In December 2017, Nicole performed Moritz Moszkowski’s Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59 in the Music Without Borders Society Concerto Gala with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. Nicole completed undergraduate studies in Piano Performance and Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, studying under Corey Hamm and Ryo Yanagitani, receiving the Director’s Graduation Prize for Outstanding Piano Performance. She is currently teaching privately around Vancouver and finds enjoyment in helping students discover their hidden passion in music.

KIMBERLY MARKARIAN, BA. (Augustana University,) B.Mus. (UBC), M.Mus. (UBC)
Voice
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. 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)
Cello
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)
Piano
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)
Voice
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.

KEN SPELLER,
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.