Faculty Photos Lower Mainland British Columbia
Anna Baignoche is a student, performer, and a teacher of jazz, latin, and folk music traditions of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, West Africa, and South African. After completing a degree in Contemporary Voice at Vancouver Community College, Anna has composed, arranged and performed music for 15 years in the Vancouver music scene. In 2013, Anna completed a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at UBC. Teaching is Anna’s main passion, leading Local Vocals, a large community choir, and song circles for underserved youth and children in various school and afterschool contexts where she hopes to inspire a love and enthusiasm for music-making.
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Ciele is a singer-songwriter, currently honing her skills in the electronic music realm. While a lot of her composition involves computers and programming, she is trained in piano, guitar and voice. Ciele has been studying music in various capacities since she was a child, participating in competitions and recording a few albums. Ciele graduated from the University of Victoria in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts; Visual Arts Major. That being said, when she isn't making music, Ciele is a painter/graphic designer.
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Marlie Collins is a multi disciplinary singer-songwriter. She has an extensive background in dance, musical theatre and performing. Having studying classical music and musical theatre for over 10 years she began as a voice major at the University of Saskatchewan, which then led her to the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. Since then she has performed as a lead in an Arts Club Theatre production and went back to her roots performing as a soul singer. She has travelled from Malaysia to Vietnam to Dubai and all over North America singing lead vocals with multiple bands. Along side performing she loves to teach and share her knowledge especially with our youth today. Her experience in the different realms of performing has enabled her to help her students find their style, with ease and technique. Her goal is to inspire our youth using music as an outlet, giving them a chance to not only grow as a singer but in their life as well.
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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 numberous 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. More information about Gordon's work and research can be found at www.GordonCobbPhD.com.
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Growing up in El Salvador and moving to Victoria at age 13, Raul Espinoza taught himself to use turntables in the year 2000 and soon after became DJ Su Comandante. Since then, he has opened for acts such as K-OS, Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, Yellowman, Kinnie Starr, Kytami, Native Guns,the Boom Booms, Long Beach Shortbus, The Furios, and Fishbone. He has also been featured at events such as Groovefest, Skafest and YoFest in Victoria along with Diwali and Under the Volcano in Vancouver, and he has hosted a radio show of underground hip hop for 5 years at CFUV radio in Victoria. Raul is currently one of the staff at Highlife Records on Commercial Drive and spins regularly at the Reef Restaurant on Main Street. He is also a youth empowerment workshop facilitator who works with Hip Hop Hope, the Surrey Urban Youth Project, Leave Out Violence and the Metaphor project.
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Boris holds an A.R.C.T. Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Jazz Diploma from Vancouver Community College and a Bachelor of Music Degree from UBC. Though formally trained in classical piano, Boris’s true passion is for jazz and world music. He currently performs with children’s entertainer Music with Marnie, Latin-Jazz artist Deborah Ledon, traditional French-Canadian trio Pastiche and as bassist for the Celtic-Funk band Mad Pudding with whom he has toured extensively throughout Canada, the US and Europe for over a decade. Boris is also an established bagpipe maker, producing instruments for customers around the globe.
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A veteran of the Canadian jazz community, guitarist/bassist/vocalist Stephen Fisk has built a respected reputation for his creativity and musical openness. He has performed and/or recorded with numerous national and international artists including Bill Coon, Francois Houle, Buff Allen, Chris Tarry, Ian Froman, George Lewis and George Russell.
Fisk has apprenticed over the years with acclaimed jazz artists Jim Hall, Paul Bley, Danilo Perez, George Russell and Gary Peacock, studying all facets of improvisation, composition and musical philosophies. Holding degrees in Arts, Composition and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Stephen has been the recipient of numerous awards for his studies and touring.
In addition to his long time work at Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Stephen also teaches in the Contemporary & Jazz Guitar faculty at Vancouver Community College mentoring up and coming professionals. He is active as a performer, composer, songwriter, recording engineer and producer as well as leading his own projects. Fisk has recorded numerous CD’s on the Plunge Records label.
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Sean Fulton is a pianist, keyboardist, and composer with over 15 years of teaching experience. He has a Diploma of Contemporary Instrumental Music from the School of Music at VCC, where he also received the Chris Gage Memorial Scholarship for Jazz Piano, and the Notable Event Music award. Sean has joined fellow musicians on stages as far away as Hanoi, Vietnam to Iqaluit, Nunavut. In addition to Jazz, he has performed and recorded in numerous projects with styles ranging through Hip Hop, Country, Folk, Latin, and more. Sean has also performed in theatrical productions, and accompanied silent film. As a composer, Sean helped to score the PBS children’s cartoon series “Martha Speaks” under Daniel Ingram. As a member of Cloud People Productions he sound designed and scored Vancouver/Winnipeg produced short film “Tender Wild Animal”, appearing in film festivals and broadcast on the CBC. Sean is excited to be involved with Cloud People on the current production of a feature length film project. As a teacher, Sean joyfully seeks to innovate, facilitate and inspire, drawing from his own experiences and those of others to connect worlds both within and outside of studio and classroom, hoping to impart the tools useful for free creative expression in music.
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Jeff Gammon is a Canadian contemporary/jazz bassist, composer and educator. He is a sought-after emerging musician in the Vancouver jazz scene, playing with well-known creatives such as Steve Kaldestad, Jesse Cahill, Bill Coon, Brad Turner, Hugh Fraser, Mike Allen, and Cory Weeds among others. Jeff has also been involved in pit orchestras for Theatre Under The Stars and Align Entertainment, played at the TD Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vancouver’s CBC’s Musical Nooners and even toured Canada with Blues/Gospel group The Sojourners and Reggae group Mostly Marley. His growing reputation as a flexible, open and multi-disciplinary bassist has catapulted him into performances with international artists such as Naoko Sakata, Mike Murley, Ian Froman, and Randy Brecker. As an educator, Jeff honed his teaching craft as teacher’s assistant to Jodi Proznick at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual Summer Jazz Workshop for three years in a row. He currently holds a Diploma in Music Performance - Jazz from Mt. Royal University and a B. Mus. in Jazz from Capilano University. In his spare time, you’ll find him in one of Vancouver’s many music stores looking to build his collection.
Christina Gaspar is a UBC Music and Theatre graduate. She currently performs world music, Portuguese Fado and children’s music under the banner of Gaspar Studios. Christina has been teaching for the past ten years, and focuses on early childhood or youth-at-risk arts programs. She endeavours to equip children and youth with the tools, resources and knowledge to exceed their goals, and develop a lifelong passion for music and the arts. www.gasparstudios.com.
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Justin Gorrie is a performer, composer and music educator within a vast array of musical mediums. As the son of a working musician and an essential member of the highly successful music program at Semiahmoo Secondary, he was exposed to life as a musician early on and began playing professionally at age 15. Justin has been a part of nearly a thousand live engagements over the last 13 years, ranging from weddings and corporate events to club and festival appearances with his current original music projects: Best Night Ever, Last Ark Out & Tiny Havoc.
While teaching, Justin aims to create a positive learning experience that motivates and inspires his students to achieve great things in music and beyond! Over the past 10 years Justin has helped his students successfully audition to post-secondary music programs at institutions including the University of Victoria, Capilano University, Kwantlen University, Concordia University, University of British Columbia & others. Justin is an avid proponent of music technology and is always keen to share his knowledge with both his students and peers.
Alison Jenkins has been a professional musician and theatre artist for the last twenty years. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alison specializes in writing and playing music for live theatre. She has worked as a composer, performer and music director for many professional theatre companies, including Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Axis Theatre, Studio 58 and UBC. She has also spent five summers working as a performer and musician in the gold rush town of Barkerville, interpreting historical songs and stories for visitors from all over the world. Alison brings her love of collaboration, improv and storytelling through music to SOM, working as a piano instructor, an assistant in the Spring Break Soundlab program, and an outreach assistant at MacDonald Elementary.
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Over the past eight years Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists. His recent touring engagements have led him to Mexico, Italy, China, the U.S. and Canada. He has followed his love of world music to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, and Mexico studying under master drummers and marimbists of those respective traditions. He currently performs with world music groups Locarno, Tambura Rasa, and Mazacote and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Recent highlights include working with Juno Award winning artists Quique Escamilla, The Paperboys, Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit), Alpha Yaya Diallo, Celso Machado and Silk Road Music.
Equally at home on a festival stage or in a classroom, Robin strongly believes that the gift of music should be accessible to everyone. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the Britannia World Rhythms for Youth Society. He also recently started the Vancouver World Music Festival in 2015 with Tom Landa. In his spare time, Robin is working on his solo album featuring original compositions for marimba.
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Coming from a family who enjoys music, Dorothy Chung chose music as a career. At the age of seventeen, she received her ARCT with first class honors and started working as a piano teacher and accompanist. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Music from UBC with a minor in Child Psychology, she continued to study the many methods of teaching where she emphasizes the importance of musicianship in her classes. Dorothy runs a busy private studio in Burnaby offering music lessons for young children and adults in a variety of genres. Her students frequently appear in music festivals and competitions and have received high achievements in exams. She is a member of the B.C. Registered Music Teacher’s Association and continues to instill the joy of music into all her students.
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James Moore is a Vancouver based electronic producer who attended the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Nimbus School of Recording Arts where he earned diplomas in Advanced Music Engineering, Advanced Music Production, Live Audio and Post and Game Audio Production. After Nimbus, James' passion for music brought him back to the Sarah School as a teacher.
While James mostly makes EDM, he's also played in rock bands as a guitarist and a bassist. When he isn't teaching or making music, he is working as an independent recording engineer, live sound tech and post audio mixer. Always eager to expand and share his knowledge, james brings a lot of positivity to all the work he does.
Sasha has been a professional pianist, keyboard player, keyboard programmer, composer, arranger, and musical director for over 30 years. As well as teaching Piano at the School of Music, Sasha is also the accompanist for all of the School's choirs - Youth Choirs 1 & 2, Junior Choirs 1 & 2, and the Vocal Performance Ensemble.
As a performing musician, Sasha has worked all over the world, including 15 years working in professional Musical Theatre in Toronto, where his credits include productions for Livent Inc., Mirvish Productions, and the Shaw Festival; including Phantom Of The Opera, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, Sunset Blvd., Mamma Mia, and many other productions.
Since returning home to Vancouver in 2002, Sasha has worked on over 30 Musical Theatre productions for local professional theatre companies - as a Keyboard Player, Keyboard Programmer, and Musical Director.
In addition to his work with the Arts Club Theatre Company, Sasha can also be seen and heard playing with Chor Leoni Men's Choir, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His work as a Choral Arranger has been performed across North America.
Sasha received his Bachelor of Music with Honours in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and he has been a member of the faculty of the School of Music for the last 10 years.
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Lee Newman has been singing since a young age, and has performed in a variety of musical ensembles in locations around the world, with groups like the Capilano University Singers, Cor Flammae, as well as the two rock bands she performs with currently. Lee studied Classical Voice in the CapilanoU Diploma in Music program, which is also where she obtained a Certificate in Conducting. Meanwhile, Lee has always held an active interest in social issues. Lee has been a support worker in a variety of settings, including several years of community work with youth with disabilities; and in 2014, she obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Lee began teaching music recently and is eager to combine and develop her skills at the SoM. By night, Lee is a queer artist, creating music and making space for queer communities around the lower mainland and the world. By day, Lee is thrilled to work with the youth of the SoM and to support their exploration of music and development in song-writing.
Shane Raman is a baritone who sings with the juno-nominated vocal ensemble, musica intima, and Cor Flammae. Shane conducts the Youth Choirs, the Vocal Ensemble and teaches private voice at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. He also conducts the Anvil Community Choir in New Westminster and regularly leads choral workshops with local choirs and other groups of singers and speakers.
After earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from The University of British Columbia, Shane has gone on to perform with musica intima, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Cor Flammae, Vancouver Opera, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Peace Choir and Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Shane is a composer/arranger/songwriter of choral, broadway and pop music. His pieces have been performed by Vancouver Cantata Singers, musica intima, Cor Flammae, Pro Coro Canada, Indiekör, McGill Choral Society Chamber Choir, and The University of New York at Oneonta Chamber Singers. UBC's University Singers and Vancouver Cantata Singers have recorded Shane's pieces.
More recently Shane has been singing small roles in new operas and vocal works, as well as performing in musicals and performing his own pop music.
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Katie is fascinated by the variety of sounds and colours possible by the many instruments of the percussion family. An active performer of symphonic and new music, she has performed in concerts presented by Music on Main, Vancouver New Music, Redshift Music Society, and the Canadian Music Centre, both as a freelance musician and with her chamber group the Ethos Collective, of which she is a founding member. Katie is the acting principal percussionist of the Okanagan Symphony and performs as an extra musician with the Vancouver Symphony. A dedicated educator, she also teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Langley Community Music School. Katie holds a Masters of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of British Columbia.
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Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator currently residing on unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver BC. Rup’s work meets at the intersection of social justice and the arts. For the past 15 years he has been growing his understanding of anti-oppression and empowerment work. He has created and led hundreds of programs and trainings with youth and adults around the globe.
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Arthur Pascau Smith is a multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Music in Contemporary and Jazz Guitar from Vancouver Community College, as well as a Diploma in Sound Design for Visual Media from Vancouver Film School. Arthur has a passion for jazz and improvisation, as well as hip hop and electronic music. He plays guitar, electric and upright bass, and produces using samplers and synthesizers. He has had the pleasure of composing and recording music for video games and short films, and spent time making funny noises as a foley artist and recordist.
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Heather has worked for countless years as a music teacher in schools in Nanaimo, North Vancouver and Vancouver. She has her ARCT in piano performance (Toronto, First Class) and a degree in Music Ed from the University of Victoria. Heather has led many school based choirs, bands and instrumental groups over the years and has written, produced & directed several musical reviews. In her spare time, she plays keyboard & sings with her pop/blues band, "The Filler-Maniacs!" She also plays flute in the West Vancouver Concert Band, and admits to leading a local Ukulele group--'The Kitsaleles'. Heather is absolutely thrilled to be working for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
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Andrea Unrau is a musician, educator and researcher with 12 years of teaching experience and a passion for bringing high quality arts education to children and adults of all ages. With a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and an Honours thesis on early musical development in children, Andrea spent 5 years working as a research coordinator with world-renowned music cognition expert Dr. Laurel Trainor at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. During this time, Andrea coordinated a large-scale research study looking at the perceptual, communicative and social effects of active musical participation in early childhood. This work was published in two scientific journals, received international press attention, and inspired Andrea to work on bringing these wide-ranging benefits of music participation to as many students as possible. Andrea is also an active keyboardist, collaborative pianist and vocalist, performing in groups ranging from Motown and rock bands to symphonic choirs and musical theatre orchestras. http://www.unlockingmusic.ca
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