Domagoj Ivanovic – Director, Violin Faculty (S.O.A.)

Domagoj Ivanovic

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.

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.

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.

Ben Goheen

Bernard Duerksen - piano

Bernard Duerksen, Piano

Bernard Duerksen began playing the piano by ear at the age of 5.  His early training included studies with Hilda Reimer, followed by instruction from pianists Peter Katin, Jane Coop, Robin Wood, John-Paul Bracey, and composers Peter-Paul Koprowski and Gerhard Wuensch.

He is experienced in solo, chamber and concerto work. Performance highlights include numerous solo recitals at the Vancouver Art Gallery where he played the Preludes of Messiaen, Visions Fugitives by Prokofiev, and Tippett Sonata No.2.  In 1991 he was honoured to work with Jean Coulthard in preparation for the world premiere performance of Image Terrestre.  She described him as “a splendid pianist,” and the composer and critic David Gordon Duke described the debut as “radiant”.  In the mid 1990’s, Mr. Duerksen learned the 32 sonatas of Beethoven, performing many of them, as well as piano concertos 3 and 4.

His six-year collaboration with baritone Glen Harder culminated with an invitation to perform Schubert’s Die Winterreise at the 1993 International Schubert Conference and Festival at the University of Victoria.  In 2001 he co-founded, directed and performed in “Simply Piano Recitals”, a series of eight piano recitals with Martin Humphreys.  In 2003 and 2004 he played piano duos of Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Brahms Haydn Variations, Lutoslawski Paganini Variations.  He has made recordings for CBC radio and is also an accomplished organist.

Mr. Duerksen performed on the last 3 seasons of West Coast Chamber Music where he played quintets by Brahms, Dvorak, Schumann and Martinu with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. This season he will play Trios by Beethoven and Schumann at Douglas College and again for West Coast Chamber Music.

He has been actively teaching and adjudicating for 31 years. He has taught music appreciation courses for seniors and given pre-concert lectures for various concert societies. His students are frequent prize winners in festivals. He is a graduate of UBC and holds a MMus degree.  He is an avid reader and runner and was the hand double for John Lithgow playing Bach in the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  He resides in Vancouver.

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, virtuoso 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.