John Littlejohn

John Littlejohn

John Littlejohn is a violinist who is an equally adept soloist, chamber musician, educator, and alternative hip-hop artist. After graduating from the Peabody Institute (MM, GPD) and the University of Michigan (BM), John toured North America and Europe, performing as a soloist with various orchestras, as well as solo recitals. John has served as the concertmaster of the Newark Symphony, and has been a member of numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Baltimore Opera Orchestra.

He is currently a member of the critically-acclaimed beatboxing string trio, Infinitus. With a repertoire featuring classical standards and original jazz/hip-hop arrangements and compositions, Infinitus is quickly becoming one of North America’s premiere chamber groups. Since 2006, they have performed over 800 community, education, and outreach concerts.

John LittlejohnAs an alternative hip-hop artist, John performs under the moniker “A.d.i.d.a.m.”, which is a acronym for “All Day I Dream About Music.” His music is a blend of hip-hop, classical, jazz, and gospel, threaded together into a refreshingly unique sound. He has been featured in a variety of publications and programs, including CBC, National Public Radio (USA), and USA Today. A VH1 entertainment journalist called his music “extremely original and magnificently arranged and played.”

John is dedicated to quality music education and outreach. He teaches in various settings, including: private lessons, group classes, coachings, workshops, and seminars. He is passionate about equipping students with a strong technical foundation, while simultaneously encouraging them to freely express their creativity through their instruments. His students have won competitions, and have attended a few of the world’s finest music institutions.

He is the director and founder of the Thrive City String Academy and Boot Camp, and has been on the faculty of several music programs, including the Austin Chamber Music Center, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Young Artist Experience. He is currently a faculty member of the Delta Community Music School, Vancouver Academy of Music, and Saint James Music Academy.

For more information, please visit: www.AdidamMusic.com | www.InfinitusMusic.com | www.ThriveCityMusic.com

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Domagoj Ivanovic – S.O.A. Asst. Director, Violin Faculty

Domagoj Ivanovic moved to Canada in 2007, after graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Miami, where he held a post of a Teaching Assistant, as well as served as an Assistant Concertmaster for the Miami Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006).

In the past few years, he has to performed with some of the top ensembles in Vancouver, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and West Coast Chamber Music.  Currently he is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and concertmaster of Orchestra Armonia and Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra. More recently, he started performing in a duo with pianist Karen Lee-Morlang.. He is also on the faculty of Arbutus Music Academy, and maintains a private violin studio in the Kitsilano/Point Grey area in Vancouver.

Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, he began studying violin at the age of seven. During his studies he was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards in violin competitions at the national and international level, the most important being First Prize in the National Violin competition and First Prize in the National Chamber Music competition. He also appeared as a soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto and with the Miami Symphony orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Romanze in F major and Vivaldi’s Winter. Described as a player with “clear technique and great sensitivity” by El Nuevo Herald, he has performed in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Canada, and the United States.

On a more personal note, having recorded  Paganini’s 24 Caprices for violin solo, he is currently working on his own recording of J. S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo.

Domagoj Ivanovic

Ben Goheen

Ben Goheen

Ben Goheen holds his MMus degree in cello performance from UBC, where he graduated in 2008. Since then he has enjoyed performing with several symphonies in BC’s lower mainland including Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as well as Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Symphony.

He loves performing with a wide variety of chamber ensembles including the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and his own Trio Amitié; and as an active soloist, he has enjoyed the opportunity to perform for a season with Ballet de Printemps, for festivals such as Vancouver’s Sonic Boom, and for countless concerts and studio recordings. As an instructor of over ten years, Ben has been on faculty for several music schools, including Surrey (Studio G Music), Langley (LCMS), Abbotsford (CVAM), and as far as Lillooet (Fountainview Academy). He has also been a dynamic coach and guest conductor with several ensembles including Surrey Youth Symphony and Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has been on faculty for various summer music camps.

Ben continues to appreciate the camaraderie that develops from the time and energy devoted to all things music — with both professionals and students alike. When he is not practising or performing, he loves spending time in the garden or doing just about anything with his wife and growing family.

Helena Jung - Cello Faculty (S.O.A.)

Helena Jung has had a diverse career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher in Vancouver Island, B.C. She vigorously pursues an eclectic repertoire, having performed with many well-known pianists such as Sarah Hagen, Lynn Robinson, Dagmar Kilian, Linda Lee Thomas, Glen Montgomery and Sean Mooney, as well as with the Vancouver Island Symphony since 2005. Helena received her BMus and MMus from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea, and has performed with the Jeunesses Musical World Orchestra as a member, the Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gyeonggi Provincial Philharmonic Orchestra as a principal.

As well, she joined various musical programs, such as the Ratzeburger Sommer Akademie Festival in Germany and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She has appeared as a soloist with the Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ewha University symphony Orchestra, the Gyeonggi Provincial Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra.

Helena is a member of the Comox Valley Piano Society and BC Registered Teachers Music Association. Furthermore, she plays with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Island Baroque Ensemble, and is the leader of Vancouver Island Cello Ensemble. Also, she has annually held her own cello recital series;“Cellobration” and her students` concerts ; ” Hello,Cello!”, since 2007.

For more information, please visit helenajung.com.

helena Jung

Manti Poon - Viola

Manti Poon

After moving to Vancouver in 1993, Manti Poon furthered his studies on viola performance with Professor David Harding at the University of British Columbia on full scholarship. Since then he has become a much sought-after musician in British Columbia as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber music collaborator.

Apart from holding the position of principal violist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, he has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, to name a few. Mr. Poon is one of the founding members of the Classical String Quartet and also performs regularly with the Vancouver Intercultural Ensemble and the Pacific Rim String Quartet on both violin and viola. Mr. Poon is on faculty at the Douglas College, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Vancouver Academy of Music, and at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre summer camp. He also coaches the Vancouver, Surrey and Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Poon performs on a fine viola by Paulus Pilat, 1940.

Dr. Corey Hamm - Piano

Pianist Corey Hamm  is establishing a unique musical profile performing widely in North America and in Asia as both soloist and chamber musician. His CD of Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift Records)  won Spotify's Best Classical Recording 2014, and Best Classical Recording at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards. He has performed the work over 80 times and many more performances are to come in 2018,  the year of Rzewski’s 80th Birthday. Corey Hamm’s extensive work in the 1990s with  the great French composer Henri Dutilleux will  come to fruition in his plan to record Dutilleux’s complete works for solo piano and chamber with piano in the near future. Among his other recording plans is a soon-to-be-released CD of solo works written for him by Keith Hamel, Jocelyn Morlock, Jordan Nobles, Dorothy Chang, and  Scott Godin, and he will perform two works on a CD of the music of Jocelyn Morlock on Redshift Records.

Corey Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over three hundred works by composers  from all over the world.  These commissions have been for solo piano, various chamber music formations as well as concerti.

His most extensive collection of commissioned works includes over 70 pieces  for  PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) with whom he has toured China.  To date the composers for the project come from China, Canada, UK,  and the United States, and include Michael Finnissy, GAO Ping, Brian Cherney. The result is a new and flourishing catalogue of works for piano and erhu composed in the musical languages of the 21st century.  This combination of instruments bringing together two of the world’s great musical traditions,  now has a unique collection of works for Nicole Ge Li and Corey Hamm to draw from for audiences of the 21st century. They have released some of these works on their PEP CDs, Vols. 1 and 2 (Redshift TK437 and 440). Volume 2 was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. Volumes 3, 4 & 5 are in preparation for release in 2018.

He has also commissioned  over 50 works for The Nu:BC  Collective and for  Hammerhead Consort  (two piano and two percussion).  As pianist for The Nu:BC Collective  he has released the critically acclaimed CD Beyond Shadows (Redshift TK432). As a founding member of Hammerhead Consort, he received the 1993 Sir Ernest Macmillan Memorial Foundation Chamber Music Award, and was winner of the 1992 National Chamber Music Competition.

In recent years, Corey Hamm has studied, recorded and toured one of the great piano works of the last decades, Frederic Rzewski's monumental hour-long solo piano epic, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift TK431). This work, made up of a theme and 36 variations, has been recorded by a small number of pianists including Marc-André Hamelin, Ursula Oppens,  and Stephen Drury. Frederic Rzewski received Corey Hamm’s interpretation as one of the finest to date. “Excellent! Bravo! This may be the best recording.”

Corey Hamm will premiere Dorothy Chang’s new PEP Double Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in Apr. 2018, and was soloist in the World Premiere of Jordan Nobles’ Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey and the VSO. He gave the World Premiere of Howard Bashaw's Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion with conductor Grzegorz Nowak and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and  has recent and upcoming performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto 3, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto 3, Bartok’s Piano Concerto 2, Lutoslawski’s Piano Concerto, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Faure’s Fantasie, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Dr. Hamm is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he was awarded the prestigious Killam Teaching Award. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at NEC in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O'Neill.

Dr. Corey Hamm

Angelique Po - Piano

Angelique Po
Angelique Po is a pianist, harpsichordist, organist and composer living and working in Vancouver, BC. Her versatility and broad range of interests in music style have led her into collaborations with a number of local ensembles and soloists. Her recent projects including playing the piano in Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, a rare performance of Galina Ustvolskaya’s Grand Duet, and Tomoe Arts’ production of Farshid Samandari’s new chamber opera Kayoi Komachi.
As a composer, she has written for various small ensembles, including the Piano and Erhu Project (PEP) with Corey Hamm and Nicole Li. She studied piano at the University of British Columbia under Dr. Sara Buechner. She also studied harpsichord with Doreen Oke, organ with Michael Murray, and composition with Dr. Dorothy Chang, Dr. Stephen Chatman, and Bradshaw Pack. She is currently a board member with Vancouver Pro Musica, an organization dedicated to promoting and performing new music created by BC composers.

Carol Anne Parkinson - Choir Program Director

Carol Anne Parkinson has been surrounded by music her whole life. With a barbershop singing grandfather and a piano teaching mother, it is no surprise that Carol Anne has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music with others. A joyful singer, voice teacher, and conductor, Carol Anne received her Bachelor of Music from UBC in 1995. She was the founding director of the Nova Voce Choral Society which she directed from 1995-2008. For the past decade, she has been the owner/operator of Kindermusik with Carol Anne, focusing her time and energy on providing the best possible start in music for children ages newborn to seven. She has been a featured soloist with the Capilano College Music Program, CYMC, Timbre!, NICS, and with many churches. She has cherished choral memories as part of the award-winning Capilano College Singers under the direction of Lars Kaario, the UBC Choral Union under the direction of the late Diane Loomer, the University Singers with James Fankhauser, and has recorded two CD’s with the Vancouver Cantata Singers (also under the direction of James Fankhauser). Carol Anne is currently singing with Island Voices Chamber Choir. She resides in Comox with her husband, her two energetic home-schooled boys, and her wheaten terrier.

Carol Anne Parkinson

Sean Mooney, Accompanist

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney has been accompanying choirs, collaborating with other musicians, and teaching piano in the Comox Valley for many years. He is well known for his versatility, virtuosic piano skills, and his ability to convey the subtleties of any style of music.  Sean earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in Ontario and was a top competitor in piano competitions.

Sean’s friendly, easy-going nature makes working with him a pleasure. He teaches private piano lessons in Comox, accompanies a wide variety of choral groups, and annually performs momentous piano works.