Our Talented Teachers and Instructors are the best in their field and we are very proud to have them on our team at Inspire Arts Academy serving South Surrey & White Rock.
Here are some interesting facts about our amazing teachers including:
Flute & Piano
Kathryn is one of our Directors at Inspire Arts Academy. She holds a degree in Flute Performance from the University of Victoria and has been teaching and performing Flute and Piano full time for the past 17 years. Kathryn's passion is to make music a life long part of her students lives by allowing them to have fun and enjoy learning new music while teaching them to communicate in their own musical voice. She also encourages ensemble playing from chamber music to orchestral performances and hopes to develop a rich ensemble program at Inspire Arts. Kathryn specializes in preparing students for auditions, festivals and Royal Conservatory of Music Exams up to the ARCT level. Inspire Arts Academy is the fruition of her dream to bring the very best of instructors together in a creative and energized environment that enhances the musical experience for the community of Surrey.
Voice and Piano
Paula is one of our Directors at Inspire Arts Academy. She has been a full time teacher in our community for the past 11 years with a wait list of students. Paula holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia with a major in Opera Performance. Paula has performed for numerous Fringe Festivals, in Edmonton and Athabasca Alberta; as Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” at the Arts Club, and she has performed with Vancouver’s Sing-along Messiah. Inspire Arts Academy is the realization of her long-time vision to create an encouraging environment for students and Instructors to flourish, nurture talents and raise the bar for Performing Arts.
Trumpet, Trombone, Piano and Voice
Elizabeth comes to Inspire with a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet performance from UBC and is a Registered Music Teacher. She has been a Church Music Director for 25+ years, and brings with her 30+ years private teaching experience that includes Exam, Festival and Recital preparation. Elizabeth enjoys teaching all ages, has successful and positive experience working with special needs students such as blindness or autism. Elizabeth’s philosophy is that Music teaching is about inspiring a lifelong passion for music, and that along the way students learn discipline, skills, coordination and the joy of striving for perfection.
Susanna obtained her Music Degree from the Georgian Music College for study in Piano, Chamber Music, Music Theory and Musical Pedagogy (the science of teaching). She has been passionate about teaching since instructing her first students while still in College. “I love teaching all ages and levels of piano. I customize my lessons based on the needs and goals of my students, also passionate in guiding my students to achieve their potential and discover the artistry of musical expression through natural technique.” Susanna brings over 30 years of successful teaching experience in classical piano performance to Inspire Arts Academy.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Piano Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Susanna Rezgo.
Violin & Piano
Laurel has been teaching Violin in our community for the past 13 years. Laurel was educated at the Royal Conservatory of Music (with Honours) and holds her degree from the University of British Columbia. Laurel brings the students of Inspire her extensive training in the International Suzuki Method as well as Music Theory and the Royal Conservatory of Music Exam preparation.
Drama, Film/TV Acting and Musical Theatre
Alyssa has her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SFU and was the winner of the Betty Lambert Memorial Prize in 2012. Alyssa is a working actor with supporting and principal roles in the different aspects of film, television, commercial and theatre. With experience Directing and Set Organization, Alyssa is a welcome addition to our cast of amazing Instructors in the Musical Theatre Program at Inspire.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Film & TV Classes and Drama Programs and Musical Theatre Classes in South Surrey, BC with Alyssa Smith.
Voice & Singing Coach
Karen has been teaching classical and contemporary Voice and Performance, Music Theory and Audition Prep for over 20 years locally. She has experience teaching ESL, special needs and students in the autism spectrum. Karen has performed live on the main Disneyland Stage in Disneyland Anaheim, and participated in Behind the Scene workshops at Disney Studios, as well as extensive experience with community performances and showcases throughout Metro Vancouver. She has recorded back up vocals for the band Mary’s Gunns album Smuggler’s Cabaret, and appeared in Marianas Trench music video for Pop 101. Many of Karen’s students have gone on to success, including one student who has gone on to the Boston production of Billy Elliot.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Voice Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Karen McKenzie.
Drums and Percussion
We are very happy to add Chris to our impressive list of Inspiring Instructors! Chris comes to Inspire Arts Academy from KPU’s Music program. He shares an emphasis on quality, a passion for teaching, and a desire to play music continuously. Chris is an accomplished Jazz Combo and Big Band Drummer, Wind Symphony Percussionist –including Timpani, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Djembe, Bongos, and Cymbals. For the past 3 years, Chris has enjoyed being the drummer for Lowkey –a Jazz Quintet, performing throughout the lower mainland.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Drum & Percussion Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Chris Dawson.
Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano
Vancouver clarinetist Krystal Morrison serves as the second clarinet with the Vancouver Island Symphony, and is a graduate of McGill's Schulich School of Music and the University of Ottawa. Holding Master’s degrees in both Performance and Musicology, Krystal's teaching style blends practise and theory, both in the studio and the classroom. She began her musical career with the Canadian military, making her debut on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill as a musician in the daily changing of the guard ceremony. Since then she has had the opportunity to play for a wide variety of ensembles across North America and Europe. An enthusiastic teacher, Krystal has taught at music schools throughout Canada, from conservatories to Cadet Camps.
Also a certified Alexander Technique teacher, Krystal has worked with musicians, actors and dancers to help them find ease in movement and bring new energy to their craft. This background influences her instrumental teaching, and can also be accessed through private lessons in the Alexander Technique at Inspire Arts. Additionally, Krystal has a passion for Argentine tango music and can be heard locally performing with Vancouver's Orquesta Paraguas.
Voice, Piano, Guitar, and Musical Theatre
Tristan began his post-secondary music education at Capilano University where he obtained diplomas in piano, voice and conducting. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from University of Victoria, where he received the Bea Scott Voice Scholarship in 2014. He was also the recipient of the City of White Rock Award for Music in 2010. Aside from his vocal studies, Tristan is an accomplished pianist, organist and guitarist, having received instruction in classical and jazz at both universities. He has sung with several highly acclaimed vocal ensembles such as Laudate Singers, Vox Humana, and more recently the Vancouver Opera Chorus. Furthermore, Tristan has been actively teaching and performing for many years, having appeared as a tenor soloist with the UVic Orchestra and Chorus, UVic Chamber Singers, and the Vancouver Bach Choir.
Matt Chanway is a solo artist and guitarist specializing in contemporary music styles. He has released a self-titled solo album to critical acclaim, and currently performs with the progressive metal band Expain. His style has been compared to many modern virtuoso guitarists. Matt holds DipLCM and LLCM diplomas in guitar performance from the University of West London/London College of Music, and is currently working on an FLCM diploma, the highest qualification awarded by the London College of Music.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Guitar Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Matt Chanway.
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