Courtney grew up in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood and has been actively involved in the community through her volunteer work with children and young adults for about 6 years. A recent alumni of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Youth Choir, Courtney is greatly familiar with the programs at SoM and a wonderful ambassador for the school. She will soon be attending Langara College, with plans to study child and youth care, and is also looking to further develop her vocal talent on the side. Courtney is grateful for the opportunity to be working at SoM and already feels at home with the great staff and amazing students.
Rob Appleton joined the team at the SoM in November 2013 with a mission to bring stability to the operations and to develop and implement a strategic plan with the Board of Directors. Rob enjoys listening to and experiencing music of all types and is delighted to be part of bringing this excitement into the lives of all those involved in the programs at SoM. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from UBC a Bachelor in Science from the University of Alberta. Rob has worked with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and most recently was the Executive Director of H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
Gordon received his BFA from SFU and his MMus in Composition for New Media from the London College of Music in the UK. He also completed a PhD in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University where his research explored multimodal composing practices and transformative music engagement in music video production with urban youth. His work as a music composer and sound designer has been showcased in numerous public venues, including two Olympic Games commissions (Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010), the VanDusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights 2011, the New York City Ballet, and the Cedar Lake Ensemble, New York; on television with The Knowledge Network, and with The National Film Board of Canada where he was the recipient of a 2013 Leo Award nomination; and in Vancouver with various progressive dance companies, such as Emily Molnar Dance, MovEnt, and Amber Barton Funk.
Gordon has been an instructor at SoM since the pilot project in 2002 and also is on the faculty in the music department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he teaches music technology and music video production.
Chantal joined SoM full-time in June 2015 as the Director of Development. Her passion for improving the lives on young people has lead her to work through both private and non-profit sectors primarily gaining experience in the health care, human rights and client services fields. Chantal also has a background in relationship management, stakeholder engagement and event management. In her role at SoM, she will grow our donor base, engage donors in our work and provide our donors with a rich and rewarding philanthropic journey. She holds an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication from New York University, as well as a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from McGill University. Chantal is comfortable navigating different cultures and contexts and loves to travel, having lived, since childhood, in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Canada.
Stephen joined SoM in September 2002, recognizing the great potential that Sarah’s vision for the school could have upon the future of music education. Over the years Stephen has become a rigorous champion of all things innovative at SoM, mentoring peer dialogue, forward looking teaching practice, inclusive administrative practice and modelling the community building values inherent in SoM’s motto ‘find your voice’. As Creative Director, Fisk stewards instructors and students alike in the artistic abundance that SoM’s culture affords to all. With his extensive background in liberal arts and all things musical, Stephen remains active as a professional performing artist, writer, producer and teacher of over 30 years. Fisk holds degrees in Arts, Composition and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. In addition to his work at SoM, Stephen teaches on faculty in the Contemporary & Jazz Guitar department at Vancouver Community College, mentoring up and coming professionals.
Dorothy Mills joined the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in 2004, where she supports and works closely with the instructional team on a variety of administrative projects. Before joining the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Dorothy worked at the Tom Lee Music Academy overseeing a staff of over fifty instructors and managing the Yamaha Program as well as group and private lessons. She has extensive experience in the fields of administration and customer service and is fluent in Cantonese and English.
Jen joined our team in July 2011. She was drawn to the School through a dual love of music and a desire to extend a hand to her community. Jen holds an Honours Degree from Kings College in Halifax Nova Scotia, where she studied political science and philosophy, and began her involvement with Students for Literacy, implementing volunteer programming across Halifax for underserved youth.
Petra joined the Sarah McLachlan team in 2013. She graduated from UBC with a degree in Political Science and continued in the banking industry after graduation. After 12 years in that industry she left to pursue other interests. She has always been drawn to the nonprofit sector and has enjoyed working with the Zajac Ranch for Children, Easter Seals/The 24 Hour Relay, The BC Centre for Ability, as well as The Scotiabank Dance Centre.
Rhea March has been active in the music scene for over 25 years as a performer, producer, radio host, live performance coach and artist development specialist and youth advocate.
For nearly a decade Rhea has partnered with the Edmonton and Canmore Folk Music Festivals to launch the careers of emerging young songwriters by coaching them in the fundamentals of developing authentic confidence and professionalism.
Rhea has hosted the Sunday Night Song Stage in Edmonton for 11 years - a weekly event that fosters a deep sense of community and belonging for Edmonton’s emerging musicians. Her work with youth has been recognized with a Governor General’s Award for ‘Outstanding Contributions to a Community’ and a Global Woman of Vision Award.
She is in her third year of hosting and producing a weekly campus radio program called ‘It Takes A Village’. Rhea truly believes that it does indeed take a village to raise a musician and dedicates her show to providing a platform for artists of all ages to grow and launch from.
She is also in her third year teaching ‘Managing in the Music Industry’ at MacEwan University. The course provides DIY musicians and managers with the knowledge and tools they need to pursue a rewarding and sustainable career in the music industry.
Rhea is extremely proud to work with the talented team at The Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Edmonton.