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Music is more than communication and connection; it is an experience that can never be recaptured or recreated, a moment in time and sound that binds us

I believe enjoyment in music comes from the intrinsic value of the music itself, not because music makes us good at math or teamwork, but because music is an essential element of the human experience. I enjoy building self- confidence and lifting others up by facilitating positive performance experiences and setting people up for success, fulfilment and efficacy.




  • Phone

  • (250) 882 7702

  • Location

  • North Vancouver, BC

    Pender Island, BC

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    I would love to work with you

    Arrangements for YOUR ensemble

    I love to customize these for you and your ensemble. I have enjoyed arranging popular, Christmas, folk, bluegrass and jazz pieces for various ensembles.

    Accompaniment for solo projects

    I would love to work with you to make your project exactly the way you want it.  I will enjoy playing together and can easily adjust to your needs.

    Choral Conducting

    I enjoy working in the contemporary, gospel and jazz genres.

    Workshops and Camps

    I especially enjoy 2-3 day transformative workshops and summer camp settings.  Music camp can change lives!

    Choral Accompaniment

    I enjoy choral accompaniment on piano, I have worked with several choirs in this way and especially enjoy the community choir setting.

    Jazz and Concert Band

    Let me start with where your members are at and help give them the skills they need to tackle the tunes they want to play.

    Get My Help with Your Choir or Ensemble

    Recent Projects

    Pender Island Jazz Band

    I have enjoyed working with these musicians from Pender island. With a full rhythm section, woodwinds and some brass they are dedicated musicians of all levels, most of them multi-instrumentalists and I love the arrangements we work on together.

    Pender Island Choir

    I have always held high expectations for the Pender Island Community Choir and they have never let me down. I have enjoyed working with this group of vocalists more than any other recent project. We have fostered fierce friendships, strong community and held themed concerts every six months.

    Tim Johnson Quartet

    Tim Johnson is a jazz guitar player from Portland, Oregon. I have enjoyed playing with him and Charlie Knowles in this ensemble. It is a chance for me to work on my piano chops and sing a few tunes and Tim arranges songs with plenty of space for me to play all the ridiculous voicings I enjoy and he is a joy to play with.

    Welcome

    I want to encourage in others a deep, intrinsic love of music, to encourage understanding between peoples and musics and to instil a love of learning and enthusiasm for holistic musicianship. I believe in learning musics in cultural contexts and in setting students and ensemble participants up for success through positive performance experiences.  


    Music speaks directly to the amygdala, the emotional centre of the brain, and is able to communicate more clearly in the spiritual and emotional language than words in any tongue. We have a shared human experience and unlike the other arts that are made to be looked at, music pulls us in and brings us all together for a fleeting moment which may be, just may be enough to change hearts and minds.


    I have been leading and coaching music for over twenty-five years from lessons to summer camps and K-12 school settings.  I hold two post-graduate degrees in music education with a major in jazz studies on guitar.  I will always learn and grow my credentials and experience.  My focus has been mainly on jazz guitar, piano accompaniment, band and choral ensembles.  I especially enjoy local and world musics, collaborating to develop greater musical, spiritual and cultural understandings that break down walls and bring communities together.



    Musical Services

    Arranging

    My passion is customizing arrangements for unique ensembles. If you can't find the arrangement you are looking for I can help you. I especially enjoy arranging in jazz and contemporary idioms.  I love arranging for choral and instrumental ensembles at all levels.

    Performance

    I enjoy supporting roles where I can use my ear to respond to you in the moment, fill in spaces and create the feel that you want. I am comfortable improvising and sight reading on piano and guitar and have a working playing knowledge of several other instruments in the strings, percussion, woodwind and brass families.

    Conducting

    I deeply value my work with a variety of choral ensembles, auditioned and community choirs.  I welcome new experiences with different groups.  I enjoy the expressive qualities of the human voice, especially in gospel, jazz and contemporary arrangements.

    Workshops

    I love hosting workshops focused on approaching improvisation on standard tunes, jazz analysis and playing lines by thinking harmonically rather than being locked into patterns. I love customizing workshop content for your band or ensemble in my Pender studio or in your choice of venue.

    Private Lessons

    I can show you what you need to play the songs YOU want. Whatever your goal I can make a clear, straight path through the skills and technique you need to get there on piano, guitar or voice. I especially enjoy working with classical and contemporary piano, jazz guitar and voice in all styles.

    Accompanying

    I love accompanying choirs and small ensembles.  I enjoy leading sectional practices and accompanying community choirs the most.

    Stay in Touch

    I would love to help with your next personal or community musical project.  Until then, keep in touch and I will only send you information about projects that are musically innovative, full of heart and worth supporting.