Virtual Camp 2020 Coaches
Many of our regular faculty have agreed to transfer their excellent camp coaching to an on-line experience.
Below are the coaches participating in this summer's virtual camp.
Click on the faculty name to view their bios below.
Coach Bios (in alphabetical order)
Karen Gerbrecht: Violin
Karen is Associate Principal Second Violin with the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra and past Director of Chamber Music at
Davidson College, NC. She taught at the Vancouver Academy of
Music for twelve years. She has twice attended the Banff
School of the Arts as an Artist in Residence, and is the past
Artistic Director for the Roedde House Concert Series.
David Haskins: Horn
David (B.Mus., Toronto; M.Mus., McGill) joined the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Horn in 2008. He was
previously the Principal Horn of the Windsor Symphony
Orchestra and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and has
performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National
Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company
Heather Haydu: Oboe
Heather Haydu holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and earned a Master of Music degree
from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers include Sara Lambert Bloom
and Ray Still. Heather is currently a full time property manager and feels
fortunate to also stay very active in the musical community.
Eric Hominick: Accompanist, Piano
Eric studied piano at the Toronto Conservatory and Dalhousie
University. He is on the music faculty at Vancouver
Community College, where he has accompanied the Classical
Voice, Pop Voice, Music Theatre and Choral Programs. Also an
accomplished singer and arranger, Eric runs a piano and voice
studio, has recorded and toured widely, and accompanies the BC
Girls Choir. Visit Eric at www.erichominick.com
Cris Inguanti: Clarinet
Cris began teaching at Northern Arizona University in the Fall
of 2014 after serving as the Assistant Principal and Bass
Clarinettist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for
seventeen years. He has a far too extensive overview of the
wines of Italy.
Lars Kaario: Choral Director, Conducting
Lars is Director of Choral and Conducting Studies in the Music
Diploma Program at Capilano University. He conducts the
national and international prize-winning 40-voice Capilano
University Singers and 120-voice Capilano University
Festival Chorus as well as teaches the Conducting
Certificate Program. He is also founder and director of the
professional choir Laudate Singers. A respected voice
teacher and clinician, he has also performed leading roles in
opera, light opera, and musical theatre.
Sharman King: Low Brass
Sharman is Bass Trombonist with the Vancouver Opera
Orchestra and a frequent pit performer for musical
theatre and ballet. He has performed with many of the jazz
greats, including Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and
Cristian Markos: Cello
Romanian-Canadian cellist Cristian Márkos has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra since 1999. Wanting to experience a 'true' Canadian winter, Cristian sat as
Associate Principal Cellist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2012-2013
concert season. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician he has performed on stages
in Romania, France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, United States, and Canada.
Cristian is also a dedicated teacher and maintains a vibrant private teaching studio at
the VSO School of Music.
Julia Nolan: Saxophone
Saxophonist Julia Nolan has performed as soloist, recitalist,
and chamber musician with many of Vancouver's contemporary,
orchestral, and jazz groups. An enthusiast of all the
woodwinds, Julia has developed an obsession to playing the
bassoon and maintains her flute playing as a member of the
Capilano Flute Choir. Julia has taught saxophone, chamber
music, and woodwind techniques at Douglas College, Kwantlen
Polytechnic University, Trinity Western University, UBC, and
Vancouver Community College.
Patricia Plumley: Accompanist, Chamber Choir, Body Awareness
Patricia studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music while
teaching ballet in Guelph Ontario. She has been on faculty at
the VCC School of music since 1988 teaching piano, voice,
class piano, piano pedagogy and conducting the VCC Willan
and Concert Choirs. In Nanoose, she teaches piano and
voice, works with the VIS choral programs and studies
Alexander Technique to further her love of integrating
bodywork and music.
Tawnya Popoff: Viola
Tawnya is principal violist with the Vancouver Opera, is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (TX),
the Walden School Players (NH) and founding member of Microcosmos string quartet/Kessler Academy.
She has given solo and chamber music recitals, including the North American premiere of the viola concerto
Dark Light by Ching-Wei Chao.
As a keen supporter of inter-disciplinary projects and works by living artists, she has commissioned,
premiered and recorded dozens of works. She has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program,
University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo.
Aside from musical pursuits, Ms. Popoff had a cycling tour company in NYC, designs handmade games and toys,
volunteers regularly and passionately enjoys the great outdoors in all seasons!
Christie Reside: Flute
Christie Reside began her career in the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra at the age of 19 has been Principal Flute of the VSO
since 2004. She was also Principal Flute of the Seattle
Symphony for their 2013-2014 season and has been guest
Principal Flute of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She
has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras across the
country, is on faculty at UBC and the Vancouver Academy of
Music, and is a proud member of the new music group Standing
George Roberts: Camp Director, Vocal Technique, Choral Reading
Geordie holds a B.Mus. from UBC and a Performing Arts Diploma
from the Vancouver Academy of Music. Geordie is the
Coordinator of the Diploma in Music Program at Capilano
University. He also directs choirs at Highlands United Church
in North Vancouver.
Amy Stephen: Celtic Music
Amy holds a B.Mus. and B.Ed. from UBC, is a pianist, harpist,
accordionist, vocalist, and penny whistle player. She performs
solo, in duo with her husband, Amir Haghighi, and with world
music ensemble Jou Tou. During the day, Amy teaches
choral and instrumental music at Archbishop Carney Secondary
School. During the other hours of the day, she directs two
community choirs, and composes, arranges, performs, records
and plays with her son Youssof. Read more about Amy and her music at
Rebecca Whitling: Violin
A graduate of McGill and Indiana, Rebecca plays in the First
Violin section of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and
is Principal Second Violin of the National Broadcast
Orchestra. She is a member of the acclaimed new music
ensemble Standing Wave, and has performed as soloist
with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver
Philharmonic, the Semiahmoo Strings, and the Prince
George Symphony Orchestra.
Meaghan Williams: Double Bass
Meaghan studied with Joel Quarrington at Toronto's RCM, and then earned her Konzertexam with Michael Wolf
at Universität der Künste in Berlin. She also studied with double bass phenomenon Janne Saksala.
Following her studies, Meaghan performed with the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie in Goerlitz, Germany and
she was founding member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
In Canada, Meaghan has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony,
Turning Point Ensemble and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Meaghan is the Principal Bass
of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.
Meaghan teaches at St. James Music Academy, and at the Kelowna Community Music School in the Okanagan.