Members of Place des Arts’ highly qualified music faculty are offering online private lessons during the summer and are accepting new students. Online lessons will be conducted via Zoom. Please review the Requirements and Tips for Online Programs on page 6 of our Summer Guide before registering for lessons.
Registration opens Monday, June 22, 2020 and may be done:
• By emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
• By phone at 604.664.1636, starting June 22 at 9:30am
• in-person at Place des Arts, starting June 29
Inquiries regarding a particular instructor’s availability and fees may be made by emailing email@example.com or by phone.
Summer private music lesson fees
Fee levels vary by instructor and begin at $25 per 30-minute lesson ($19 per 30-minute lesson with Junior Teachers). Longer lesson times are also available. A registration fee of $8.00 will be applied to summer private lesson registrations. Payment in full is due at the time of registration and is payable by VISA®, MasterCard®, American Express® or Interac®. No refunds for missed lessons by students.
Summer music lessons withdrawal policy
A student may withdraw from summer private lessons with two paid lessons notice given to both Place des Arts and the teacher. Place des Arts will refund lesson fees, less the registration fee, once the two paid lesson notice period has lapsed.
The following teachers are offering music lessons during the summer months.
Maria Hwa Yeong Jung
Adrianne (Anne) Stride
Guitar, Group Guitar
Jimmy is an extremely versatile modern guitarist who was born and raised in northern British Columbia. Although primarily self-taught, he moved to Vancouver in 2005 where he was offered a scholarship to study Contemporary Jazz Guitar at Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) School of Music. In June 2007, Jimmy was selected as valedictorian of his graduating diploma class.
In 2009, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Music Degree at VCC. While studying there, Jimmy received numerous scholarships and awards including the Dave Greenall Leadership Award, AJ Bay Memorial Scholarship and a National Millennium Excellence Award. He spent two years with the VCC Latin Jazz Ensemble and another two in the guitar chair of the VCC jazz fusion group Short Fuse.
As a member of Jarimba, Jimmy uses his wide range of influences to contribute to the exciting and eclectic sound of this Afro-funk/world fusion group that released their debut album in May 2008. Jimmy is also the Assistant Guitar Instructor at the Sarah MacLachlan Music Outreach and a private guitar/music theory teacher.
An experienced sideman, Jimmy has most recently been working with South African Munkie Ncapayi’s Nine and a Half Band, country singers Sandra Laratta and AJ Woodworth and Canadian jazz guitar great Stephen Fisk.
Meredith Bates is an award-winning violinist, improvisor and teacher. She grew up in Vancouver, B.C. and has been performing and competing since she was a teenager.
Meredith is a founding member of the celebrated ensembles Pugs and Crows (JUNO Award Winner 2013, JUNO Award Nominee 2016, Western Canadian Music Award Winner 2017, Galaxie Rising Star Award winner 2010, Polaris Longer List 2016), Gentle Party (Polaris Longer List 2017), ElkHorn, Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting, Tony Wilson’s Burn Down the Cornfield, Leah Abramson’s Lost Pod and Ford Pier’s Strength of Materials.
She has collaborated extensively with some of Canada’s most innovative musicians, including C.R. Avery, Laila Biali, Kim Barlow, Annie Lou, Matt Mayes, David Ward, The Fugitives, Mark Berube, Rodney Decroo, Chris Gestrin and Buck 65 and has performed alongside many varied musicians, from Rod Steward to Evan Parker.
Meredith has toured internationally with many bands and has played on over 100 recordings to date. Meredith has also been a core member of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra first violin section for ten years and performs regularly with other civic and regional orchestras around B.C.
Meredith is a passionate music teacher, with certificates in both Orff-Schulwerk and The Suzuki Method. She has taught violin, viola and fiddle and coached ensembles for 20 years to students of all ages and abilities. She also has experience as a conductor, sectional leader, workshop instructor and small ensemble coach.
Meredith is a well-respected teacher whose students return year after year, gaining skill and musicality as they grow. She tailors her teaching to the various desires and needs of each student, with a strong focus on technique and posture, but, above all, finding joy in music and creativity.
Visual Arts for Adults
Rebecca Blair has been an active member of the arts community in Vancouver, which includes a decade of teaching at Place des Arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Lethbridge and a Master’s of Arts from the University of Victoria. For nine years Rebecca taught drawing courses at Whatcom Community College in Washington State.
Rebecca’s art experiences have also taken her to Italy where she taught for a semester in Florence and attended a fresco restoration workshop in Altamura, Puglia. She has participated in several local art events such as the East Vancouver Cultural Crawl and art shows at Place des Arts. She attends the life drawing sessions at Vancouver’s Basic Inquiry studio.
Rebecca’s body of work focuses on watercolour landscapes and portraits in various media which is inspired by her travels both local and abroad. She is presently writing a book on the 17th-century Dutch artist, Jan Vermeer.
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Ukulele
Frank was trained privately by Mr. Faust Pinto. Frank has extensive experience as a live performer in many different musical styles and has written music for television (the CKVU news theme), theatre, film as well as pop tunes. Frank aims to give his students a well-rounded ability on their instrument which will allow them to enjoy playing in whatever style(s) they choose.
Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Mixed Wind Ensemble
Geeta is a highly qualified professional musician who has been performing and teaching music in Vancouver, as well as around the world, for over 20 years. She has studied music at Douglas College in New Westminster, the University of British Columbia, and also privately in New York. She is well versed in a variety of musical styles, including everything from Classical and Jazz, to Latin, Funk, R&B and Broadway Show Tunes.
Geeta has performed with world renowned artists such as jazz trombonist Bill Watrous, the Juno award winning Brad Turner, Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair, rap star Kanye West, UK pop/rock sensation The Heavy, world famous historic big band The Glenn Miller Orchestra and many more. Geeta has a great deal of knowledge and passion for music that she hopes to share with the community.
Cello, Cello Ensemble
Aleksandra received her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from The Academy of Music in Poland. She has performed in various orchestras and chamber groups and has given numerous solo performances throughout Europe, South Africa and North America.
Now living in Vancouver, Aleksandra is an active freelance musician with many of the region’s orchestras and chamber groups. She was the principal cellist for the BC Chamber Orchestra, Burnaby Symphony Orchestra and New Westminster Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is a principal cellist for the Vancouver Camerata and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and is a founding member of the Classical String Quartet.
Aleksandra has had over 20 years of teaching experience. Many of her students have made great achievements in RCM exams (highest marks in the province) and have received gold and silver medals in various music competitions.
Katrina [Kat] Gillis began playing the piano at the age of 6 and has taken Royal Conservatory Piano up to Grade 10. She started singing at the age of 10 and discovered the fun and beauty of combining singing while playing the piano. She composed her first song at age 12! As a child, she competed locally and internationally in festivals in both voice and piano categories. This led her to combine her passions of piano and singing during post-secondary studies at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, where she studied Opera and Vocal Performance. Throughout university, Kat continued to play the piano by accompanying vocalists, playing in bands and acting as band director for school productions.
Upon moving to BC, Kat attended Malaspina University (now called Vancouver Island University) for Jazz Performance. It was then she started creating original compositions, working with bands as a backup singer and keyboard player and as Musical Director for various musical productions on the island. She has performed her original work around Vancouver.
Kat is excited to use her broad range of education and knowledge to share her passion for singing with her students at Place des Arts.
Isaac earned a Bachelor of Music from the National University of Mexico and an Artist Piano Diploma from the Superior School of Music of the National Centre of the Arts, Mexico City. He also has his ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Licentiate Diploma from the British Columbia Conservatory of Music.
Isaac has received numerous awards, including 1st Place Piano Performance and 1st Place Academics medals from the University of Mexico and a silver medal from the RCM. An active performer, Isaac has been a featured soloist and accompanist in a wide range of styles and musical genres on TV and radio programs in Mexico.
Many of his students have won 1st place in music festivals and earned high marks in music exams. Isaac is also an adjudicator for some music festivals.
Maria Hwa Yeong Jung
Maria Hwa Yeong Jung is an active vocal collaborative pianist from Toronto. Before her recent move to the Greater Vancouver area, Maria was a member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music as a vocal coach and staff accompanist and accompanied the renowned Oriana Women’s Chorus and Acquired Taste Choir with conductor Mitchell Pady.
She was also a music director and repetiteur for the Summer Opera Lyric Theater for the productions of Handel’s Cesare and Marschner’s Der Vampyr.
Maria is a graduate of University of Toronto, where she earned her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education under the tutelage of Lydia Wong and Dr. James Parker.
Recently graduated from New England Conservatory of Music, she studied with Dr. Cameron Stowe and John Moriarty in the Collaborative Piano Graduate Diploma program.
Christina received a master’s degree in teaching and composition from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland. Her work experience in Poland includes performing and travelling with the Gdansk Philharmonic Opera.
Christina has been a music director and organist for several churches in Vancouver and is a Royal Conservatory of Music Affiliate Teacher. She is a founder, leader, producer, actor and singer of the Polish Cabaret: “Kropka nad i . . . .”
Christina regularly prepares students for music festival and RCM exams. She teaches a variety of styles, from classical to jazz. An active performer, accompanist and soloist, Christina constantly searches for new ways to nurture her students’ artistic development and is passionate about sharing her experience. She also never forgets to have fun and that progress takes time and requires patience.
Genevieve MacKay is a working musician, educator, arts administrator and writer living in North Vancouver. She is a regular performer and avid teacher of viola and violin, which she has played with the Lions Gate Sinfonia, Plastic Acid Orchestra, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Film Orchestra and many other ensembles.
Genevieve holds a BA (English Literature) and an MA (Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity) from UBC, where she also performed in the UBC Symphony Orchestra and the Early Music Ensemble. Her teaching philosophy is music should be fun and everyone can learn.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, pianist Noel McRobbie first received national attention after receiving top prize at the Eckhardt-Grammatté Piano Competition. In addition, he has received prizes at the CBC Début Concert Artist Series, Grand Konzerteum International Piano Competition, Seiler International Piano Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition.
Noel’s solo performances include the Steinway Series at the University of South Florida, the Vancouver Chopin Society, the Eastport Arts Centre in Maine, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Seoul Arts Centre and the Asian Composers League at Sejong Chamber Hall. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra, the Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra, the Westcoast Symphony, the University of Michigan Philharmonia, Dongduk Women’s University Symphony Orchestra and the New Westminster Symphony. Recent performances include the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Piano Academy, the Turning Point Ensemble and the Canadian Music Centre Concert Series. His performances have been broadcast on CBC radio, and he was featured in International Piano magazine and KBS television’s Classic Odyssey.
For many years, Noel was a student of Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, where he received an Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music respectively. Other teachers include Arthur Greene, Patricia Zander, and Svetozar Ivanov. He received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. Previously Noel was Assistant Professor of Piano at Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, and faculty member at the Summer Music Festival for the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and the St. Andrews Piano Festival in New Brunswick. Currently, he teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he is on the college faculty and the Comox Valley Youth Music Festival.
Piano (Junior Piano Teacher)
Stefan Nazarevich has been both a student and a teacher at Place des Arts, studying piano with Marjory Purdy for 17 years. Additionally, Stefan has studied with renowned pianist and educator May Ling Kwok, and is completing a degree in “electroacoustic music composition and performance” with Sabrina Schroeder at the SFU School for Contemporary Arts. In 2018, Stefan was accepted into the Darmstadt Summer Festival, a two-week intensive workshop in Germany for electronic music. His artistic practice has led him to compose music for several contemporary dance artists in Vancouver, and to co-found the interdisciplinary artist collective olive theory projects with Shion Skye Carter. The collective has been artists-in-residence at What Lab Studio and Left of Main in Vancouver. Stefan’s dedication to his craft has earned him several Conservatory Canada medals of excellence, the Place des Arts Fern Bouvier Arts Legacy Award, the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship Award and the Red FM Music Scholarship Award from Simon Fraser University. His goal as a teacher is to pass on the love of music to all of his students.
Derek Pang attended the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, and earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.
Derek has been a member of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman Graduate Chamber Orchestra, the Whitewater Opera Company, the St. Martin Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Derek is a member of the BC RMTA.
Violin and Piano
Violinist and pianist Sarab Shamoun is a passionate professional musician who graduated with a Teaching Diploma in Music and earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Al Baath University. She has more than 7 years of experience as a music teacher in public and private schools.
Her teaching philosophy is “Believing, Achieving and Serving.” As an educator, she feels that it is important that she is not just setting challenges for herself but also strive to be a positive role model for her students.
The importance of respect, reverence, patience, love and forgiveness has shaped her into the person she have become today. She felt it is her responsibility to teach students how to appreciate the positivity in life through music.
Adrianne (Anne) Stride
Anne Stride received her training in music performance from Portland State University and has performed as an extra musician with the Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Kamloops and Okanagan Symphonies. She has been a member of the Canada West Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Canadiana.
She has also performed with the ITV (now Global) Orchestra in Edmonton, has played for local jingles, recording projects and television productions, and is an active chamber music performer.
Aouda holds a Master of Education degree in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University. She is a certified educator of RCM and a member of BC RMTA.
Two of her students were awarded the Gold Medal in Grade 7 Piano from the RCM for the highest exam mark achieved in BC and the Medal in Grade 2 Piano from the BC RMTA Vancouver branch for excellent achievement, respectively.
Her teaching philosophy is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to explore, learn and grow.