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 and Piano
Dr. Hey Woun Hyun is a highly organized and motivated professional music teacher with solid experience in traditional, conservatory and Suzuki methods.  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 member at 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. Helen’s Elementary School in Burnaby.

DAVID LAVOIE, B.Mus. (Capilano University)
Trumpet
David is a trumpet player, guitarist, composer and educator in North Vancouver, BC. He contributes to many projects in the lower mainland. He became interested in trumpet in his teens which led him to study classical and jazz trumpet. Later he majored in trumpet studies in university. Since graduating he has freelanced studio work and played in jazz groups and other bands around the lower mainland.

KIMBERLY MARKARIAN, BA. (Augustana University,) B.Mus. (UBC), M.Mus. (UBC)
Voice
Kimberly Markarian is an operatically trained lyric soprano, with a crazy belt, that has a passion for music and a gift for communicating style and technique to aspiring artists. Since 2002, she has firmly established herself as a Musical Theatre Director and Vocal Instructor on the North Shore. Kimberly teaches a wide range of styles & repertoire to her students and has received her Certificate of Figure Proficiency from Estill Voice International, and is currently working towards finishing her Estill Master Teacher Certification.  Over the last eighteen years as a vocal instructor, through her thriving private studio, Kimberly has taught beginners from the young to “young at heart” and has enjoyed challenging them to participate in recitals, festivals, examinations, and competitions. Many have successfully auditioned for local theatre companies, and for University Music programs across Canada, U.S.A., and the United Kingdom in Classical Music and Musical Theatre Programs. In 2014 she was appointed the Kay Meek Arts Centre Youth Conservatory Program Director, through this role she continues to create opportunity for young artists in her community, to raise the level of their technical skill, and ignite 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  May 2017 and May 2019 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 over five years 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.

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.