Talent is only a starting point.
- Irving Berlin
Seycove staff and students work closely with a team of highly accomplished professional musicians to provide exceptional musical instruction. Because the Artists-in-Residence teach on the premises at Seycove, we have incredible access to one-on-one instruction, group clinics, chamber music and combo coaching, which gives students comprehensive, high-quality music education. Instructors are private business-owners and all instruction and payment is arranged by parents or students directly with the instructor. Instructors are listed in alphabetical order below - scroll down to find the instrument you are looking for.
Evan Bates, B.Mus., Electric and Upright Bass and 'Cello
Evan teaches private lessons and coaches string chamber groups and jazz combos at Seycove on Mondays after 2pm in the band room and bass room.
Evan Bates began his musical studies early in life on the cello at the Vancouver Academy of Music, before quickly transitioning to bass as his principal instrument. Evan has received masterclasses from Gary Karr, studied bass with Sidney Keats and David Brown from the VSO, and at the University of Victoria with Mary Rannie, Principal Bass of the Victoria Symphony. Evan is one of Vancouver's busiest professional bassists and has performed with The Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, The New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, The Richmond Orchestra, The Vancouver Island Symphony and the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, amongst others. In addition to his classical experience, Evan plays with several local bands in a wide range of musical genres, from rock to roots, and from jazz to world music. He performs regularly with his Afro-Funk group Jarimba, tours with spoken word artist C.R. Avery, country music group The Washboard Union, bluegrass trio Bluegrass Madness, and countless other projects. His proficiency in a broad range of musical styles has allowed him to play all across North America and Europe. Evan is also a session musician in Vancouver and has appeared on many popular Canadian artists' recordings.
Julie Begg, F.T.C.L., L.T.C.L., L.L.C.M.,R.M.T., Clarinet and Saxophone
Julie teaches private lessons and coaches woodwind chamber groups on Wednesdays after school in the band room.
Julie has been teaching the clarinet and saxophone for over 23 years both in England and in Canada. Julie was formally trained at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland and Trinity College of Music in London, England. She was a member of the Thayer Octet and Amabile Wind Quintet. These ensembles were booked for engagements in London and were chosen to perform for HRH Elizabeth II, to whom Julie was introduced. She was bass clarinetist with the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra which regularly performed at such prestigious venues as the Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Centre in London. Julie was also a member of a renowned British saxophone quartet which was regularly featured on TV and on radio. As a soloist, she toured Germany with the Thames Wind Ensemble performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto. She emigrated to Canada in 1993 and has since established herself as a peripatetic instructor and clinician. Julie currently freelances, performing in pit orchestras and various chamber groups including the Erato Ensemble and Wind Song Trio.
Marina Bennett, B.Mus., Voice
Marina is available for lessons at Seycove by appointment.
Marina Bennett is a graduate from Capilano University and holds A Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies as a vocal major. She sang as lead soprano in the programs elite choir "Nitecap" under the direction of Rejean Marois performing alongside Ernie Watts, Claudia Villela, and John Abercrombie to name a few. She was chosen to sing lead vocals with the program's "A-Band" during a tribute concert to Kenny Wheeler, which was a huge honour for her. During her education at Capilano she received two Scholarships to help further her studies. Marina is currently in the professional North Vancouver classical choir "Laudate" under the direction of Lars Kaario and has sung with them for 4 years. Beyond jazz and classical, Marina has a musical theatre/acting background, performing in Jesus Christ Superstar at Theatre Under the Stars, and various plays in the North Shore Festivals. She currently writes original music and performs with her alternative pop/rock band "Dubai", and performs with her jazz/soul quartet for corporate events and weddings.
Dr. Alex Cannon, B.Mus., DMA, Trumpet
Al teaches private lessons at Seycove on Thursdays in Mr. McPhail's room.
Al Cannon is a freelance musician and brass educator based in Vancouver, BC. He has performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, and as principal trumpet with numerous regional orchestras including the Prince George Symphony Orchestra in 2007-2009 and 2012-2015. At the University of British Columbia he was twice a recipient of the university’s highly competitive University Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Cannon is currently the Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music and conducts ensembles at the St. James Music Academy, and enjoys an active schedule as a freelance trumpet performer, private instructor, juror and clinician, brass arranger, and orchestral conductor.
Tanya Kliefoth, B.Mus., Flute
More information about Tanya to come soon!
Bassoon Instructor information coming soon!
Jim Hopson, B.Mus., Trombone and Low Brass
Jim teaches at Seycove on Tuesdays after 3pm in Ms. Williamson's and Mr. Osif's room.
Jim Hopson completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Victoria, where he studied with Ian McDougall. While at UVic, Jim was a featured soloist with both the UVic Wind Symphony and Jazz Orchestra, and was a finalist in the University’s Concerto Competition. Jim has since established himself as a versatile soloist, sideman and arranger. He has performed throughout the Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, the United States, and Mexico and his recordings have been broadcast on local, national, and international radio and television. Current projects include Ten Souljers, One Tonne Brass and Tubes & Grooves. Some of his performing and recording credits include Chucho Valdes, Nikki Yanofsky, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dan Mangan, Shera Kelly, Marc-Alexandre Porier, Karin Streule, Headley, Said the Whale, Jill Townsend Big Band, Orquesta Goma Dura, the Banff Jazz Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, Mackenzie Jones Big Band, The Whiskeydicks, Livin' in the Swing Orchestra, Plastic Acid Ensemble, Mariachi Ensemble, Mariachi Los Dorados, The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, The Kamloops Symphony, The Prince George Symphony, The Okanagan Symphony, and many more.
Sarah Kinsman, B.Mus., French Horn
Please contact Sarah for her teaching schedule.
Originally from Missouri, Sarah Kinsman received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. During her time there, she won both the MMTA and MTNA state-wide brass competitions. Sarah later received her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Sarah has held principal horn positions with the Hingham Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and was an Orchestra Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival. Sarah has a growing horn studio in the Lower Mainland, and her students have been accepted into many honourable local ensembles such as the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, the BCMEA Honour Band, and Greater Vancouver Youth Music Academy.
Daniel Shook, B.Mus., Oboe and Saxophone
www.danshook.com for saxophone lessons
werkstattmusic.ca for woodwind repairs
Daniel teaches private lessons and coaches jazz combos on Mondays after 3pm in the Band Room
Daniel Shook is a creative and talented wind musician and educator. He holds and Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of British Columbia, where he studied the oboe and english horn with Beth Orson, of the VSO. He has also spent 4 years studying jazz and the saxophone with renowned sax master Stan Karp. Daniel believes strongly in the importance of diversity and improvisation in music and has extensive experience performing in a wide variety of ensembles, in styles ranging from orchestral and chamber music to contemporary classical, folk, blues, jazz, Indian, and Afro-Cuban music. While based in Vancouver, Daniel has performed in China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Cuba, Hawaii, and throughout the continental U.S. and Canada. Daniel is a faculty clinician and featured performer with the Whistler and Sun Peaks music festivals, the West Vancouver Youth Band, in addition to teaching teaching regular clinics and lessons with elementary and high school students throughout the lower mainland. Daniel is also the owner-operator of Werkstatt Music, a woodwind repair shop. Daniel has completed high-quality work on Seycove instruments, is fully insured and offers fantastic rates.
Craig Stevenson, B.Mus., Guitar
Craig holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, as well as a Jazz Studies Diploma from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. As a performing musician, Craig has been a guitarist in many types of ensembles including jazz trios, quartets, big bands, rock and folk groups, as well as performing solely as a singer-songwriter. He believes in keeping music exciting and enjoys adapting to different musical environments. As a dedicated teacher, Craig works to instill a solid musical foundation in his students while working on material they are interested in. Craig’s strong, diverse musical knowledge makes him well-equipped to teach students of all skill levels with different musical aspirations.
Paul Townsend, B.Mus., Drums
Paul teaches in private homes by appointment.
Dr. Timothy Van Cleave, B.Mus., DMA, Concert Percussion, Mallet Percussion including Jazz Vibraphone
Timothy lives in Oregon, but returns to Vancouver for performances nearly every month. Timothy is available for lessons by appointment.
Timothy Van Cleave is a Vancouver based collaborative musical artist and music educator. He pursues a variety of performing opportunities with orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, indie-classical-pop, and Indian Classical Music. He has performed as a contemporary improvisor at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York, the Greencastle Summer Music Festival in Greencastle, Indiana, and the Columbia Chamber Players in Chatham, New York. As a contemporary chamber musician Timothy has performed with Fringe Percussion, Ethos Collective, Erato Ensemble, RedShift Music Society, and Vancouver New Music. As an orchestral percussionist he has performed with the Vancouver, Kamloops, and Vancouver Island symphonies. As a jazz vibraphonist he has performed in many groups with Vancouver's jazz greats. Timothy has a Doctorate of Arts degree in percussion performance and music theory and composition from Ball State University in his home town of Muncie, Indiana. His principle teachers were Dr. Erwin C. Mueller, Dr. Jody Nagel, and Mr. Frank Puzzullo.