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Music Instructors

Evan Bates

Born and raised in Vancouver, Evan has been pursuing his musical career since he was young. In addition to teaching double bass, cello and guitar, he has been performing with a variety of groups across Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island since the mid ’90s. Evan’s musical experience spans a wide range of styles from classical to folk, and jazz to world music. After earning his Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria and having taught privately in Victoria for several years, he returned to the mainland to further his musical career and to continue to teach and share his love for music. Evan teaches private lessons and group guitar classes at the Shadbolt Centre.

Annie Brown

Annie started classical violin at 5 years with the Suzuki method and studied as a teen with Carla Birston and her Youth Orchestra in White Rock and as an adult with Toni Stanick. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, with her family’s encouragement she dove into performing and discovered a talent at improvising over a variety of genres. Fiddle music from eastern Canada and Ireland is her specialty, and she has been an instructor to individuals and groups for the past eight years. Annie teaches Violin Basics and private violin at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Miranda Clingwall

Miranda is a highly experienced and dedicated flute instructor with an extensive teaching background both locally and internationally.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, and she continued her post-graduate classical studies in England and Scotland with various legendary flutists.  Inspired by acoustic music’s ability to connect the physical and mental parts of our bodies for better overall health and happiness, Miranda is driven to using the flute and music to help improve her students’ lives.  Her own deep musical understanding and experience allows her to be very versatile and flexible in her approach (pop/jazz, folk, classical), and she enjoys working with students of all ages either for fun or for serious classical study to the highest level.

Ross Curran

Ross holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria and an advanced performer’s certificate from VCC. He received the Outstanding Musician Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators, and he attended the Pacific Jazz Workshop and Master Classed with Nick Fiore, Marcel Moyse, Gervaise De Peyer and Eugene Rousseau.  In addition to teaching flute, clarinet, and saxophone Ross works as a freelance musician throughout the lower mainland and plays with the Telemann Wedding Trio. He has also recorded for CBC and film and performed with Preservation of Swing Big Band for 22 years.  Ross has been teaching at the Shadbolt since 1977.

Mathew Davidson

Mathew is a graduate of Simon Fraser University - BFA in music, He studied Music Theory and Ethnomusicology at UBC for six years after that. Mathew has played violin with the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra and the UBC Chamber Strings. He has also played in non-western ensembles, having studied Chinese, Balinese, Japanese, Korean and African music. He played erhu (Chinese fiddle) in the UBC Chinese ensemble for several years.  He has been teaching violin since 1997 and studied pedagogy for two years with Martina Smazal.  Mathew teaches private violin at the Shadbolt Centre.

Miriam Davidson

Miriam obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and since then has been very active as a performer and instructor. She is currently a member of the Laudate Singers and teaches voice throughout the lower mainland. Miriam has been teaching singing classes at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts since 2002.

Holly Denney

Holly has been a singer and teacher for over 30 years, performing in a capella groups and jazz bands and teaching vocal classes and private lessons. Currently she directs the Vancouver City Singers and works with the Berwick Child Development Centre, teaching music to preschool children. Holly leads the Shadbolt Singers Ensemble for adults at the Shadbolt Centre.

Allan Dionne

Allan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1995 where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion. In 1997, he joined the Celtic funk band Mad Pudding, with whom he has toured extensively and has played at festivals worldwide.  Because of his involvement in the Vancouver music scene, Allan has been called to perform with such notables as Ashley MacIsaac, Tim Readman, Mari Rankin, Jocelyn Pettit and Alpha Yaya Diallo. He is also a member of the Francophone group Pastiche, with whom he plays accordion, and is a member of the rockabilly-Mexican band Rocabrones and the progressive rock band The Undoing. Allan has also recorded extensively and has performed with both the Prince George Symphony and Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestras. Allan is a drum instructor at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and has been teaching and performing in the Vancouver area since 1995.

Lana Djordan

Lana is a pianist/piano teacher, a Registered Music Teacher (piano) who holds a Master’s degree in Music Education. She recently presented at the 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education, held in Thessaloniki, Greece. Lana completed her undergraduate musical training at UBC and also holds a Kelly Kirby Teacher’s Certificate. Besides playing and teaching the piano, she also studied the guitar and has an interest and experience in voice and dance. Lana is a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association, International Society for Music Education and Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Lana teaches Piano Basics, as well as private piano at the Shadbolt Centre. 

Zeljko Krakan

Zeljko has been teaching for over 20 years, and many of his students have achieved outstanding results in their competitions and examinations. He holds a teaches Private Violin lessons at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Bachelor of Music degree from Sarajevo University and has travelled throughout Europe and Asia with the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra and the Strings Chamber Orchestra. Zeljko is founder of the trio "Allegra,” which is known for its ability to play convincingly in many different styles. Currently, Zeljko teaches Violin at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Candy Lam

Candy graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Music. She also holds an Associate Diploma (ARCT) in Piano Performance and is an RCM certified teacher. Her music career began during high school, where she taught piano through the Community School Team program, an initiative of the Vancouver School Board. During her university years, she taught at private music studios. In addition to teaching piano, Candy has performed contemporary works with her SFU classmates and with Gamelan Alligator Joy, a Javanese ensemble. Candy has been teaching private piano at the Shadbolt Centre since 2016.

Eva Law

Eva attained a diploma at the London Trinity College in Piano Performance and she is an active member of the Canadian Registered Music Teachers Assn. She earned a Masters Degree in Music Education at the University of Calgary and she is specialized in various pedagogies such as Kelly Kirby Kindergarten Piano Method, Kodάly and Carl Orff Philosophy. She started teaching at the Shadbolt in 2011.

Charmaine Liu

With a great passion for teaching, Charmaine enjoys motivating and sharing her love of music with students of all ages and levels. Charmaine has dedicated herself to music education for more than 10 years and has worked with the communities of Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam. Charmaine obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an Associated Diploma in Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is presently completing her Masters of Education degree at UBC. Her students participate in annual concerts and music festivals, as well as in the British Columbia Conservatory of Music (BCCM) and Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) piano and theory examinations. Charmaine teaches Piano Basics, Private Piano, and Theory at the Shadbolt Centre and the BCCM. She also collaborates with voice, violin, and flute students for RCM examinations, festivals, and concerts.

Mark Luongo

Mark is a recording artist, performer and songwriter, and one song from his group PRTY H3RO was released by Sony Music Canada. He has taught guitar, bass and ukulele for various municipalities and school districts in British Columbia and is also an accomplished audio engineer. He teaches private guitar and bass, group guitar and will also be teaching song writing and recording in the Shadbolt Media Lab.

Mark MacIntosh

Mark is a guitar instructor and elementary school music teacher. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music and English as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from Simon Fraser University. He also holds a Conducting in Music Certificate from Capilano University. Mark is proficient in a diverse array of musical styles including rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, reggae, and classical. He teaches private guitar and bass guitar as well as group guitar classes at the Shadbolt Centre.

Brad Muirhead

Brad Muirhead is well known to audiences across Canada and Europe for his powerful sound and inventive improvising. He has been involved in the Vancouver music scene as a performer, composer/arranger and music educator for over 30 years. He has performed, recorded and toured extensively with three of Vancouver's large jazz ensembles: Hugh Fraser's VEJI, the NOW Orchestra and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. Brad teaches a Jazz Ensemble class and private trombone lessons.

Elisabeta Podut

Elisabeta obtained her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Music Pedagogy at the AG Dima Music Academy in Romania, Europe. Her Master’s studies included the interaction between music, sociology and psychology. Since moving to Vancouver, Elisabeta has accompanied dance artists and classes at Main Dance Society, Harbour Dance, and Richmond Academy of Dance. She has been teaching private piano, theory and adult piano classes at the Shadbolt Centre since 1995.

Jayeon Rew

Jayeon holds a music diploma from Capilano University and a music degree from UBC. She began her piano lessons at the age of 7 in Korea. At Capilano University she studied with David Vandereyk, and later at UBC she studied with Dr. Corey Hamm. She has participated in many interesting concerts of a variety of musical genres and cultures. As a result, Jayeon has much to offer to those who are open to learning.

Joel De Stefano

Joel earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and his Masters of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University. He is working as a freelance composer and performer in the lower mainland and is the co-founder of ”Proximity Lab,” an interdisciplinary performance society. Currently he teaches private piano and is the Theatre and Literary Arts Programmer at the Shadbolt Centre.

Alyssa Stoffberg

Alyssa began taking piano lessons at the age of four from her mother, Hiroko Sheppard. Her mother holds a Masters in Piano Performance and taught at the University level so Alyssa had the advantage of excellent training in all musical aspects. She also studied violin with Eleanor Amir from the age of eight and performed regularly in the Burnaby String Ensemble. After high school, Alyssa obtained a Diploma in Performing Arts (Piano) from Douglas College. She minored in Voice at Douglas College and Capilano University and rounded off her education by obtaining her A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching music lessons at her private studio Alyssa teaches music at a Montessori Preschool and sings with the Japanese choir Cattleya Chorus. She also performs regularly in both solo and collaborative concerts and as an accompanist.

Aouda Yen

Aouda completed a Master of Education degree in Art Education at Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Capilano University as well as being an RCM registered educator. She has taught piano and music theory at the Richmond Art Centre, the Edmonds Community Centre in Burnaby and has worked as a piano accompanist for the ABC Montessori pre-school. She is also fluent in English and Cantonese.

Karyn Way

Karyn completed a Master of Music in Opera Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, both at the University of British Columbia. She also earned diplomas in musical theatre at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at Grant MacEwan College in Alberta. She has taught vocal technique in the jazz program at Capilano College and musical theatre at Stagecraft Musical Theatre, as well as having her own private teaching practice. Karyn also teaches singing for Lights Up Theatre School. She was a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir for four years and has had a myriad of singing roles in musicals and operas including Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Anne of Green Gables. She holds an Advanced Level Voice Teacher Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Karyn is happy to be teaching private and group voice as well as piano at the Shadbolt Centre.

Taylor Hett

Taylor has a Bachelor of Music degree from VCC school of Music, where he majored in Classical Piano and minored in Contemporary Piano. He teaches piano at Staccato Studios and Douglas Park Community Center, as well as at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. His performances include pianist for art galleries and graduation ceremonies at Douglas College, performer at Edge of the World Music Festival in Haida Gwaii, featured performer in Wetfoot Collective Showcase, and performer at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. He also performs in both small and large ensembles. Taylor teaches private piano at the Shadbolt Centre.

Isaac Juarez-Flores

His musical style spans more than 400 years. Isaac holds a Bachelor’s degree at the National University of Mexico and an Artist Diploma at the Superior School of Music, both in Mexico City, as well as an RCM ARCT and a BCCM Licentiate. Isaac has received numerous medals, awards and scholarships at music festivals and competitions.  He has performed as a solo accompanist in a wide range of styles and musical genres. His students have won first place in many music festivals as well as high marks in music exams. Alongside teaching piano, Isaac adjudicates in music festivals in the lower mainland.

Michael Klein

Michael has a Diploma of Jazz Studies and a BA in Music Education from Capilano University and UBC. He has taught music for over 10 years, including the provision of lessons for early learners ages 3 and up. He first gained experience as a side musician for multiple projects and has performed at many concerts, charity events, weddings, music festivals, conventions, and clubs. He has since launched his own project in missingNo, a band that has gained a worldwide audience and has since recorded 3 albums and a multitude of music videos. Michael teaches Piano Basics and private piano at the Shadbolt Centre.

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