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About Me

Detailed Resume and References

My Goals

I want to work in an environment where I can continue growing in EVERY way so that I can become a better person, more generous leader and cultivate faith, calm and patience while providing a safe space for individuals and communities to learn and grow, to challenge themselves musically, interpersonally and intrapersonally as they as they fulfil their lifelong journey of learning and love.  I want to use music to communicate our shared experience and bring people together so that I can make the world brighter and more inclusive for each person I interact with.

Demonstrated Strengths

  • Choral and instrumental curriculum design

  • Choral and instrumental arranging in multiple styles

  • Student evaluation and assessment

  • Rehearsal management

  • Concert planning and program selection

  • Music theory instruction in Classical, Popular, Jazz and World Musics including teaching musical technical complexities in Asian, East African and First Nations' Musics where appropriate

  • Professional performance and many years of study on piano, guitar, percussion, voice, mandolin and bass

  • Creating a safe, inclusive environment for ensemble participants

  • Building community

  • Working performance knowledge and experience with percussion, woodwind and brass instruments including trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, flute, drum kit, various hand percussion instruments, marimba, vibraphone and strings including formal study on violin, double bass and some flute

  • Online curriculum development and delivery

  • Video and audio recording and editing

  • Successful collaboration with others of differing musical style, ability, ethics, faith and background

  • Customizing solutions for unique ensembles and situations

    Education and Certifications

  • M. Ed, Curriculum and Instruction (2008) Montana State University

  • M. Ed, (2007) Boston University

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (2004), Major:  Education, Jazz Studies, Instrumental focus Guitar, Capilano University (Then BCOU)

  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade Nine Piano Certificate (1994)

  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade Four Violin Certificate (1989)

  • Certification Candidate for the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology (current)

  • Orff Level One

  • IB DP Teacher Certification

  • IB MYP Teacher Certification

Recent Relevant Experience

Conductor/Director, Pender Island Jazz Band

2019-2020 - Conducting and instructing a selection of jazz band arrangements chosen by band members, representing a variety of jazz styles. The Pender Island Jazz band consists of brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar/bass, drums and vocals. Some arrangements have to be altered or created for instruments available. As a non-auditioned community band this group has members ranging from beginners to multi-instrumentalists to advanced performers on single instruments

Teacher/Workshop Facilitator, Ptarmigan Arts

2019 - Music selection, instruction, concert programming and workshop facilitation for Pender, Mayne and Galiano schools, culminating in a musical event integrating each of those schools on Pender Island with local Tsawout First Nation. This project had a major choral component. Leadership in adult music summer program preceded this project.

Director/Conductor, Pender Island Community Choir

2018-2020 - Music selection, rehearsal leadership and planning, communication with choir members, vocal skill building, workshop coordination with experts, concert preparation, performance and group activities for a diverse choir with between 60 and 80 participants.  I hope to work with this choir again, should it become safe to gather in large groups again and if in that case I return to Pender more full time.

Accompanist, Pender Island Community Choir

2016-2017 - Facilitating and organizing sectional rehearsals, accompanying the choir. Performing in a variety of styles from classical to contemporary to pop, jazz and different World Musics.

7-12 Secondary Music Teacher, Utahloy International School

2007-2009 - Curriculum design, classroom instruction and development of new programs for Middle Years and Diploma Programs in this International Baccalaureate school. Leadership of the Secondary School orchestra, choral groups, theory classes and extra curricular activities including musical productions. My activities included being the Personal Project Coordinator.

Co-Director, Pender Island Youth Choir

2016-2020 - Music selection, rehearsal leadership, accompaniment on various instruments, communication with parents, vocal development and instruction, workshop coordination, concert preparation, performance and group activities for choir members aged 5-18. My responsibility was the leadership of the 12-18 year group, Youth 2 and accompaniment for the younger aged group.

K-12 Music, Guangzhou Nanhu International School

2006-2007 - Now Guangzhou Nanfang International School, responsibilities included development of the whole school music program including curriculum, resources, community involvement and performances. Instruction in music theory, voice, composition and instrumental performance. Creation of a student lead program involving student written productions, recordings and intrinsic enjoyment of musical learning. Instrument sourcing, salvaging and repair were included in this position.

Business Owner, Soundz Melodic Studio

2009-2015 - Student instruction on voice, piano and guitar, lesson planning, group adult classes, recital preparation, toddler/preschool group classes, kodallly/orff classes, community concerts and performance opportunities, private recitals, administration and communication. I accepted 50 students per semester.

Interim Music Teacher, Ridgeview Elementary

I am filling in for the music teacher, Ms. Soderling, while she is away on maternity leave from this West Vancouver school.  I am enjoying working with the students and staff immensely.

Keep in Touch

I would love to keep in touch with you, I will only send you information on community musical projects and camps that are worth supporting