Instrumental Program Faculty

Instrumental Program Faculty

John Littlejohn – Instrumental Program & S.O.A. Director, Violin Faculty

John Littlejohn Instrumental FacultyJohn 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.

As 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.

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

Photo if Domagoj Ivanovic Violin Faculty Strings and WindsDomagoj 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.

Manti Poon – Viola Faculty (S.O.A.)

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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.

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 Ben Goheen – Jr. Strings Director

BenGoheenBen 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.

Corey Hamm – Piano Program Director

cropped-HR-Corey-Hamm-3Dr. Corey Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over 200 solo, chamber and concerto works from composers from all over the world.

His CD of Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift Records) was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Rzewski himself said it was “Excellent! Maybe the best recording!”. He also has a new CD, Beyond Shadows (Redshift Records), with his ensemble The Nu:BC Collective, plus a soon-to-be-released CD of solo works written for him by Hamel, Morlock, Nobles, Chang, and Godin, and a CD of the music of Jocelyn Morlock on Naxos.

Corey is also part of an exciting duo with erhu virtuoso Nicole Li, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project), they have three CD volumes of over forty new works for piano and erhu written for them coming out in 2014/15 (Redshift Records). PEP will be touring China in 2015.

Corey was soloist in the World Premiere of Jordan Nobles’ Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey and the VSO, and recently performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Faure’s Fantasie, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Hamm is in demand as an adjudicator and teacher in Asia, and North America. He is Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he received the Killam Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. There, he also Co-Directs the Contemporary Players. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O’Neill.

Carol Anne Parkinson – Choir Program Director

scan0001Carol 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.