WCAMS: Faculty

Virtual Camp 2021 Coaches

Most 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.


Sophie Dansereau

Karen Gerbrecht

Heather Haydu
Oboe / English Horn

Eric Hominick

Cris Inguanti

Deborah Jackson

Lars Kaario

Sharman King
Lower Brass

Elliot Langford

Jim Littleford

Cristian Markos

Andrew Mee
French Horn

Julia Nolan

Patricia Plumley
Piano, Body Awareness

Christie Reside

George Roberts
Vocal Coach

Isabelle Roland
Violas Only

Amy Stephen
Celtic Music

Heather Stubbs

Juhli Weiss
Vocal Jazz

Rebecca Whitling

Meaghan Williams
Double Bass


Coach Bios

Sophie Dansereau: Bassoon
Sophie is Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a member of the National Broadcast Orchestra. She is on the faculty of the Vancouver Academy of Music and is a founding member of the Ad Mare Wind Quintet.

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.

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.

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.

Deborah Jackson: Recorder
Deborah received her B Mus at McGill University, and then studied recorder at the Utrecht Conservatory. She has performed extensively on recorder, including with groups such as Tafelmusik, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal and the Toronto Consort. She currently teaches core music for Surrey Schools.

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 Ella Fitzgerald.

Elliot Langford: Guitar
Elliot maintains a busy schedule as a performer and teacher based out of Vancouver. He plays in numerous rock, pop and jazz groups and has played hundreds of shows across North America, Europe and China. Elliot has taught thousands of music lessons over the last 10 years, and is currently teaching privately. He holds a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University and a Bachelor of Applied Music from Vancouver Community College. Visit Elliot at www.elliotlangford.com.

Jim Littleford: Trumpet
Jim Littleford has been an active freelance musician for 4 decades. A member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra since 1981 Jim has also played with the Vancouver Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and touring productions of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Teaching has always been an important aspect to Jim's career. He has been on faculty at UBC since the '80s as well as starting the brass program at Saint James Music Academy. Jim is the founder and music director of the Little Mountain Brass which just celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Jim has been a member of A Touch of Brass for over 20 years and together with Fred Stride recently formed the new Brass/Jazz ensemble, BRAZZ.

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.

Andrew Mee: French Horn
Andrew joined the horn section of the Vancouver Symphony in 2012. In addition to his role in the orchestra, he regularly performs with the Vancouver Symphony Chamber Players and is a member of the Admare Wind Quintet. Andrew has participated in concerts or recording sessions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Victoria Symphony.
He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Yale University. His main teachers were Harcus Hennigar, James Sommerville and William Purvis. Outside of the orchestra, Andrew loves being outdoors and enjoys as much time as possible on his road bike or snowboard.

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: Piano, Classical 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.

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 Wave.

Isabelle Roland: Viola
Isabelle holds a B.Mus. (U.Vic.), M.Mus.(Perf.) (Cleveland Institute). She is Principal Viola with Lions Gate Sinfonia and a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and performs with the National Broadcast Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She was Assistant Principal Viola of the Victoria Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival. She has appeared as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Lions Gate Sinfonia and West Coast Symphony, is a busy chamber musician. In September 2014, she was appointed the head of the viola department at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

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 www.amystephenmusic.com.

Heather Stubbs: Ukulele
Heather has worked for countless years as a classroom teacher, music itinerant and volunteer music educator. She plays decent piano and passable flute and is now exploring and sharing the delights of the mighty little uke. Please join her in the ukulele (+singing) workshops, all levels welcome. She aims for fun and participation, zoom or otherwise, and maybe learning a few music skills along the way.

Juhli Weiss: Vocal Jazz
Juhli Conlinn Weiss has been a professional touring singer and private music instructor since 2007, and a jazz choral director since 2015. Holding a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Jazz from Capilano University, she is currently completing her Bachelor of Education at UBC. Drawn to the close harmonies of vocal jazz from an early age, she is inspired by singing groups from the Boswell Sisters, to The Real Group, to the Pentatonix.

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.