SoPA instructors come to the school straight from the stage and studio, and are still working in the performing arts.
Jennifer holds a bachelor of music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied voice performance and piano. She has performed in Canada, the United States, and Germany. In Prince Edward Island, she has performed the role of Elsa in Confederation Centre’s Sound of Music, and Maggie in Harvest Moon at the Guild, and has sung with the choral ensemble Sirens. Jennifer has been assistant music director for the Confederation Centre’s Christmas productions, and was the musical director of the Charlottetown Festival’s 2012 and 2013 Young Company production of Feux Follets. Last summer, she was music director for the Charlottetown Festival’s workshop of A Misfortune. Jennifer also has a private voice and piano studio in Charlottetown.
Originally from Victoria, B.C., Kylie is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She received her early training in ballet, contemporary and modern at the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance and the Victoria Academy of Ballet. She moved to Toronto for post-secondary studies in dance at York University and is a graduate of the Performance Studies program at George Brown College.
Kylie holds a Certificate of Professionalism from Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, and has voice and acting training. She has a strong base in movement improvisation and dance for camera work, and has taught and danced professionally in Toronto. In addition to creating her own repertoire of works on her collective Influuent Momentum, Kylie has performed in solo pieces, duets, and group work in a variety of settings, including backup dancer for international artists. The opportunity to work with and train under some of the industry’s most exciting professionals has instilled within her a passion for creating and a love of teaching to one’s highest potential. Kylie is thrilled to be continuing as an instructor with the Holland College School of Performing Arts and Dance Umbrella.
Katie is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. While studying, she played Wendla in Spring Awakening, and originated characters in Come From Away, and The Theory of Relativity, two new Canadian Music Theatre works. She has appeared on stage and screen in Canada and overseas. Katie has just finished her sixth season at the Charlottetown Festival. She has played various roles, with highlights including Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, Gnat in Alice Through the Looking Glass, as well as a company member in the world premiere of Evangeline. She can also be heard on the Evangeline original cast recording. She is thrilled to return for her third year of teaching at the Holland College School of Performing Arts.
Cameron has worked in professional theatre in Canada for over twenty years. Companies include: Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Lunchbox Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, CanStage, Acting Upstage, Theatre Aquarius, Grand Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Lighthouse Festival, Red Barn, Stirling Festival, Segal Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre, Stephenville Festival, Harbourfront Theatre, Mirvish, LivENT, and several seasons at the Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals. He has been nominated for a Dora Award and a Merrit award and has been in several Dora, Jesse, Stirling, Masques and Merrit award-winning productions.
Cameron has also worked as a producer and playwright with his company The Department of Everything. Highlights include Turtle Island, with award-winning children’s entertainer Chris McKhool, and six Dora Award nominations for the production of Matt MacFadzean’s richardthesecond.
Cameron holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Windsor.
Julain has been a fixture in the Canadian theatre world for the past 35 years. She has played lead roles in more than 100 plays and musicals across the country and in the United States, including The Shaw Festival, Canstage-Toronto, the Goodman Theatre – Chicago, Neptune Theatre, Stratford Festival, and 14 seasons with the Charlottetown Festival. Julain’s abilities as an interpreter of new material are highly valued and she has been involved in the development process of more than 30 new musicals.
Julain has an honours certificate in vocal performance from Trinity College, UK, and was a member of the Stratford Festival Conservatory. She has over 20 years of experience as a singing and acting coach and was head of the voice department for the Charlottetown Festival’s Young Company training program for 11 years. Julain has taught extensively in Canada and the United States with the Shaw Festival education program, and designed and implemented the vocal program in the initial stages of the Theatre Performance and Music Performance programs for SoPA.
Marlane has been a professional member of the entertainment industry in Canada for nearly forty years. Theatre, Film, Television, Radio, Voice Over, Actor, Singer, Director, Producer, Choreographer, Dancer; her experience and skill set is deep and wide ranging. She is well known on Prince Edward Island for her work at the Charlottetown Festival: Patsy Cline in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Marilla Cuthbert, Rachael Lynde, Mrs. Sloane/Mrs. Spenser over several seasons of Anne of Green Gables, Jeannette in The Full Monty, as well as her work in Ring of Fire, If You could Read My Mind, Dads, her own productions of Maritime Star and Menopositive! The Musical, and her featured work on the television series Emily of New Moon and the animated series Eckart. Her Island teaching credits include four years with the Stage Door Theatre School, three years with the Confederation Centre’s Arts Discovery Days, Shakespeare and scene study coach with the Charlottetown Festival’s Young Company, Holland College acting teacher, as well as offering private tutorials for voice, audition and monologue preparation.
Jody has played over 100 roles in his theatre, film and television career. Highlights include Neanderthal in Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the hotel manager, Giorgio, in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Dr. Zarkov in Flash Gordon (Leo Award winner; best supporting actor in a TV series), Vernon in Stargate SG-1 (Leo Award nominee; best guest star in a TV series). Theatre goers may remember him as the hilarious evil stepmother, Putrid Von Farfrompoopin, in the Confederation Centre’s pantomime Cinderella, Lopakin (Larry) in Watermark Theatre’s updated The Cherry Orchard and Toby in Victoria Playhouse’s Rope’s End. On the eve of the last federal election, Jody produced and starred in Harold Pinter’s terrifying political masterpiece One For The Road at The Guild in Charlottetown. Jody is the founding producer and director of St Andrews Summer Theatre and former board member of the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts.
Peggy is Director of Arts Education at Confederation Centre of the Arts. In 1988, she co-founded dance umbrella with Julia Sauvé and has served as its director since 1996. She is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and holds a BA (Philosophy) from the University of Prince Edward Island. Ms. Reddin taught with Charlottetown Ballet Theatre, DancEast, and the Charlottetown Festival Young Company, and has directed and choreographed numerous events on the Island. She was also the project founder for Dance with D.A.W.N., an innovative dance programme for women with disabilities. In addition to her work in arts education, Ms. Reddin is very involved in the local arts community. She has worked in collaboration with Theatre PEI, the PEI Symphony, and the UPEI Music Department, among others. She has served on the boards of the PEI Council of the Arts and Culture PEI, and as a juror for the New Brunswick Arts Board and the PEI Council of the Arts.
Jan has 30 years of experience as a performer, director, writer, teacher and arts educator. Actors training at Michael Chekhov Acting Studio & MICHA; Labrynth Theatre Co at the Public NYC; Rod Menzies Acting Studio; Sedgwick Russell Acting Studio among others. During her 15 years in NYC, Jan worked extensively on educational projects with YoYo Ma, the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, and Rosie O’Donnell’s musical theatre program. She was a curriculum consultant for the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall and collaborated with Carnegie Hall to create a Model Music & Arts School in Harlem. Along with teaching at SOPA, Jan taught the Confederation Centre’s Young Company, the Confederation Players and in UPEI’s Theatre Department. Jan was a founding member, writer and performer of the drill queens and a cast member in the original Annekenstein. Her one-woman show Safety in Numbers was produced @ Midtown International Festival and picked up as “best of” to play at Theatre Row NYC. Jan is also a certified film production manager. Some of her other credits include the Confederation Center of the Arts Summer Festival (actor), Confed Centre’s Christmas Shows (film direction) Halifax Comedy Festival (comic), PEI Fringe Festival (directing), The Guild (acting/directing/ producing), CBC Radio and TV and comedy clubs in Canada and the US.
Julia Sauvé has been performing, teaching, and choreographing dance in Canada and the U.S. for the past 40 years. A co-founder of dance umbrella, Julia has a bachelor’s degree in Dance and a master’s in Movement Education. She has performed with the Charlottetown Festival, was a co-founder of Montage Dance Theatre, and has choreographed numerous productions on P.E.I. Julia’s passion is in how we learn through the body.
Taryn holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance-Dance from Ryerson University. She has trained and performed around the world in various styles such as contemporary, jazz, ballet, and tap. Prior to moving to the Island to teach with Dance Umbrella and the Holland College School of Performing Arts, a partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts, Taryn spent several years teaching and choreographing in British Columbia.
Maria is a contemporary artist and singer. Most recently, she has been praised for her “…gorgeous soprano [voice], compelling stage presence and detailed dramatic skills…” [localxpress.ca, 2017] in Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart at Neptune Theatre. Other theatre credits include Robyn Hood: This Tale’s Even Fairlier at Confederation Centre of the Arts, Aladdin: Another Fairly Tall Tale, Harvest Moon Rising, The Guild, Anne and Gilbert, Harbourfront Theatre and Victoria Playhouse, Abegweit: Soul of the Island, Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Maria graduated with a Masters of Music in Performance from the University of Auckland where she was awarded first class honours and performed the role of Nancy in the UoA/Opera Factory production of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. She has attended both the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, and holds an Artist Diploma from Western University. Maria also sings soul and folk styles, and slays with Charlottetown Motown band, The Motones.
She has served as a board member for arts organizations Ars Longa, and the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts. She also works as a visual artist, fitness trainer, and movement director for various projects; and was voted Fusion Charlottetown’s 2017 Influencer of the Year for the work she does in her community.
Sara’s musical career began early on PEI with piano lessons, church choir, concert band and jazz band. After taking voice lessons through high school, she went on to graduate with first class honours from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Jazz. She completed a Masters of Sacred Music at the University of Toronto and Emmanuel College. Sara studied Vocal performance and pedagogy with Lynn Blaser, and had the pleasure of learning conducting and choral techniques from Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Dr. Lori Dolloff, and Zimfira Poloz. Sara is particularly interested in Vocal Science and how bringing new visual techniques into private lessons can enhance a singers performance and understanding of their instrument.
Sara sings in the alto section of Sirens, an eleven-member, award-winning women’s chorus in Charlottetown. The choir is enjoying a busy 2018 season with a performance in March and a feature concert at the Indian River Festival in June. Sirens will also be featured at Podium this summer, a national choral and conducting conference taking place in St. John’s NFLD. While there, they will perform the world premiere of composer Jeff Enns new commission, “Sorrow Song of Whales.” This work was made possible with partnership from Mi’kmaq elder Methillda Knockwood and PEI Poet Laureate Deidre Kessler with funding from the PEI government.
When she’s not busy singing and teaching, Sara spends time at home with her husband Dave, and their two-year-old son Ben.
An award-winning singer/songwriter, John Connolly has released several of his own works, produced albums for other artists and served as a performer, director, musical director and writer in theatre, film, radio and television.
John has been a member of the Charlottetown Festival Company for six seasons. Highlights include Dutch Mason in On the Road With Dutch Mason and co-writer, musical director and performer in two seasons of Come All Ye. John wrote the music and lyrics for Marathon of Hope, a musical based on the life of Terry Fox, developed in collaboration with the Terry Fox Foundation and Sheridan College’s CMTP program and produced by Drayton Entertainment. John recently served as director, co-writer and performer for Catherine MacLellan’s show If It’s Alright With You at The P.E.I Brewing Company. He has also performed with Soulpepper Theatre, taught at Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre program and was honoured to perform at the Olympics.
Liam holds a B.Ed. and B.Sc. from the University of Prince Edward Island and is currently working towards an MBA with a Music Industry focus from Southern New Hampshire University and the Berklee College of Music. Liam was the co-founder of the Charlottetown indie rock band Two Hours Traffic. He continues to release solo material.
An accomplished guitar and music instructor, Chad completed Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music program in 2003; Yamaha International Guitar Pedagogy courses in 2004, at the Yamaha Music Centre in Toronto; and, in 2009, graduated from UPEI with a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical guitar performance and musicology, first class standing. During his studies he was the recipient of several scholarships and university prizes. He has also studied and performed in master classes with esteemed players such as Dr. Jim Dickson and Eugene Cormier (Acadia University).
Recently, Chad completed a year of studies with Chilean virtuoso Dani Vargas via Hollywood, California. He has also studied with Canada’s own, Nick Johnston. Chad has extensive and diverse performing experiences on stages from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, performing numerous styles from R & B, rock and metal, to classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and folk. While in university, he performed early Renaissance music with the UPEI Wind Symphony. Chad has been the lead guitarist in some of PEI’s hottest rock acts and has done studio session work, appearing on recordings all across Canada. Recent theatre credits include occupying the guitar chair for the international hit Mama Mia! The Musical with the Charlottetown Festival, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Chad has been a guitar instructor for over 15 years, with teaching experience in all styles, levels and age groups. He has been teaching guitar on P.E.I. since 2003 and he runs the P.E.I. School of Guitar in Charlottetown.
Chad was recently appointed to the Contemporary Music & Technology Program Advisory Committee for Selkirk College.
An award-winning audio designer and film, television, and video game composer, Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Major in Classical Guitar and Musicology, as well as a Specialist Certificate in Orchestrating and Producing Music for Film and Video Games from the Berklee College of Music.
As a film and television composer, his music is currently heard in over 120 films and television shows airing daily in over 110 countries worldwide. He has also composed music for more than 35 video games, also acting as the lead audio designer for the projects.
Craig has performed in many genres of music including classical, Latin, blues, rock and country. He was one of the original members of the Latin group Esté Mundo, and has played with many local and regional touring bands, including his own blues band, Dodge and the Pushbutton Automatics.
Just a few of the companies that he has worked with include: National Geographic, A&E Television, History Television, BBC, Barclay’s Premier League, New York Knicks/MSG Basketball, National Football League, National Hockey League, CTV/Bell Media, Fox Sports 1, NBC, CNN, Six Flags, MTV, Discovery Channel, and Disney.
A dedicated music educator, Craig teaches Music Performance students how to create multiple revenue streams with their music and how to properly manage their music careers. Visit Craig’s Taris Studios website and his IMDb page.
Nick Doneff is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Fort Erie, Ontario. As a child, Nick was immersed in Rock & Roll, Pop, Country & Western, and Rhythm & Blues music and developed a love for the guitar and for the art of songwriting. In 2008, Nick moved to Toronto, Ontario to attend Humber College’s music program, where he studied with guitarists such as Ted Quinlan, David Occhipinti, and Tony Zorzi. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree in 2012, Nick relocated to Prince Edward Island where he has since been nominated for 10 Music PEI awards, received the Music PEI musician of the year award in 2017, and found success as a trusted sideman for many regional acts, singers, and recording projects. As an individual performer and creator, Nick often performs in many of the province’s well-known festivals. His 2016 debut album receives national and international airplay and has been featured on several radio shows including The International Americana Music Show as well as CBC’s flagship arts & culture program, Q.
Alan Dowling is a drummer and music educator based in Charlottetown, PEI. He has performed and/or recorded with KINLEY, Dylan Menzie, Dennis Ellsworth, Jenni & The Hummingbird, Irish Mythen, Meaghan Blanchard, the Charlottetown Festival, Doug Riley, The Jive Kings, Measha Bruggergosman and many others.
Alan is a Sessional Drum Instructor at Holland College and served for seven years as Head of the Music Performance program at the Holland College School of Performing Arts. He is an active performer and studio musician in many genres and has played and recorded with artists covering such styles as rock, country, pop, Celtic, jazz, classical and world music.
He performed as the onstage drummer with the Charlottetown Festival for five years and earned four ECMA awards and several Music PEI awards for recordings. He has performed at jazz festivals in Quebec, Nova Scotia and PEI and has made guest appearances with Symphony Nova Scotia and the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
Alan is endorsed by Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks.
2017 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Kinley completed a Bachelor of Music with a Major in Viola Performance from Dalhousie University, studying under Philippe Djokic. She plays violin, percussion, and sings backup in the indie rock band Hey Rosetta! She has appeared on stage with Matt Mays, In Flight Safety, Jenn Grant, Rose Cousins, Broken Social Scene as well as being a regular player with Classic Albums Live. She also completed a tour with Grammy-winning artist Anne Murray. Her album credits include: Hey Rosetta, Matt Mays, Jenn Grant, Two Hours Traffic, Molly Rankin, In Flight Safety, Buck 65, Classified, Christina Martin, Dennis Ellsworth, Rita MacNeil, and multiple others. She has a singer/songwriter project, The Express, with Liam Corcoran and the duo has released a self-titled album of their original compositions. Kinley enjoys performing lots of different genres of music. She has toured Australia, USA, Canada and Europe multiple times, appearing at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road tour.
Sean completed studies in composition, experimental / electronic music and jazz improvisation at McGill University. His compositions include electro-acoustic music, installations, experimental music
videos, avant garde chamber and orchestral pieces, dance and theatre. He also scores extensively for film and television.
As a performer, he has had the opportunity to play jazz, blues and alternative music with many regional, national and international artists over the years.
Sean is a board member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and a founding member of the Canadian Electro-Acoustic Community.
For over 20 years, Deryl has been involved in the PEI music scene as a sought after performing, touring, recording, and instructing bassist.
Comfortable in any style of music, most notably he is known as a member of the Jive Kings, The Dennis Lee Project, many Charlottetown Festival productions, as Sonny Caulfield’s bassist, and, most recently, Deryl has been working with the Glen Strickey Winterjazz Quartet, Ian Toms Trio, The Collective, Island Jazz, Alan Dowling Trio, Brian Dunn, Amy & Rachel Beck, Jill Chandler, Kelley Mooney, and Amanda Jackson Band, along with many more.
In 2015, he was awarded the Music PEI Musician of the Year Award and named the 2015 Doug Riley Artist by the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival.
Deryl has tracked bass on 26 recordings in his career and is currently enjoying his role as a classical bass professor at the University of PEI and bass instructor at the Holland College School of Performing Arts.
Find out more about Deryl on his website, www.dbass.ca.
Karen has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Post Graduate Diploma of Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. She freelanced in the Toronto music scene for twenty years before returning to the East Coast to settle on PEI. During that time she played with the National Ballet Orchestra, The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Hamilton, Windsor, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, as well as playing in the pit orchestras of several shows in Toronto- Crazy For You, The Lion King, and The Sound of Music. She was a member of the orchestra at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake for seven years, during which time she was also part of the quartet in residence.
When she isn’t playing classical music, she can be found performing onstage with many pop and rock artists, from Ray Price to Ron Sexsmith. She is currently a member in Chantal Kreviazuk’s touring band, and recently toured the USA as a member of Steven Page’s band. In addition to her live appearances Karen has spent many hours in the recording studio. Her playing can be heard on the albums of Tom Cochrane, Sarah Slean, K-OS, Royal Wood, July Black, Michael Kaeshammer and Dolores O’Riordan, to name a few.
Adam Hill is a composer and bassist from Cleveland, Ohio. He has received awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, SCI/ASCAP, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Elektra Women’s Choir have presented his music. Recently, he served as artist-in-residence at Prairie Wind and Silver Sage/Grasslands National Park. He has been commissioned by Erato Ensemble, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Central Oregon Symphony, and the Singers’ Club of Cleveland. Adam is fluent in several genres, and has appeared at the Sisters Jazz Festival, the River City Bluegrass Festival, and Electronic Music Midwest; and has performed with the Walla Walla Symphony and the Obsidian Opera Chamber Orchestra. He has released four albums of roots music that have received airplay across North America, and has appeared on more than a dozen recordings by rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, and jazz groups. Adam holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, Western Washington University, and Whitman College. Before joining the faculty at Holland College, he taught at Mount Allison University, Quest University, and Western Washington University.
Katie is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. While studying, she played Wendla in Spring Awakening, and originated characters in Come From Away, and The Theory of Relativity, two new Canadian Music Theatre works. She has appeared on stage and screen in Canada and overseas. Katie was also an Honours student at the University of Windsor studying Classical Voice. She has been a featured soloist and guest artist with multiple symphonies across the country.
Katie has just finished her seventh season at the Charlottetown Festival. She has played various roles, with highlights including Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, Gnat in Alice Through the Looking Glass, as well as being a company member in the world premiere of Evangeline. She can also be heard on the Evangeline original cast recording.
Mark holds a Master of Music Degree in Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from the University of Prince Edward Island. His principal instructors on trumpet were Russell DeVuyst and Charles Daval (McGill), Gregory Irvine (UPEI) and Don E. Johnson (Humber College). As a performer, Mark was an original member of the ECMA award winning group, The Jive Kings. He has also performed with the PEI Symphony, Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble, the R&B/Soul Band Dry Toast, Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, Northumberland Brass, and various other brass, jazz and R&B ensembles. Mark is the former conductor of the Holland College Welshmen Community Band, and has taught at UPEI, Acadia University summer music camp, Three Oaks Senior High School. He is currently the music director at Charlottetown Rural High School.
Morgan holds a Masters in Flute Performance from Memorial University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island. She has performed extensively throughout Atlantic Canada, appearing as soloist with various ensembles including the PEI Symphony Orchestra, Memorial University Chamber Orchestra, UPEI Wind Symphony. She maintains an active role in the music scene on Prince Edward Island, and is in high demand as a flute and piano educator, soloist, and collaborator. Morgan is principal flute of the PEI Symphony Orchestra and holds sessional appointments at UPEI and Holland College. In 2014, she released a CD of French flute music with pianist Mark Ramsay. Morgan lives in Charlottetown with her husband and two daughters.
Mezzo soprano Hannah O’Donnell holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island. Her recent opera credits include the title role in Menotti’s The Medium (St. John’s, NL), Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina (Lucca, Italy), Marcellina in Mozart’s The of Marriage Figaro (Charlottetown, PEI) and two seasons with Opera RoadShow (St. John’s, NL). Hannah recently performed the premiere of Cantata for Canada 150, a commission with the PEI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Shapiro (Juilliard Opera) as well as her debut performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (Charlottetown, PEI). In March 2018, she made her debut with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as a guest soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
In addition to her work in opera and art song, O’Donnell is a passionate performer of many genres of music and a trained double bassist who has performed and recorded with a variety of ensembles and artists. Many of the albums to her credit have won Music PEI and East Coast Music Association awards. She has performed with Juno award-winning artists Rose Cousins and Tim Chaisson of The East Pointers, and has performed for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Nikki Waite has been teaching music in the public school system for the past eight years and one of her biggest passions is bridging the gap between genres in music education. Nikki co-founded Island Rock Camps in 2013 to support the increasing need for popular and contemporary music education. Along with being an educator, Nikki is also an active musician and saxophonist who regularly performs with groups such as Andrew Waite, Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble and jazz fusion quartet Salt Licks.
Alan first started playing drums in junior high and high school jazz and concert bands. He enrolled in the Humber College Music program and studied drums with some of Canada’s top drummers, including Mark Kelso, Paul DeLong and Ted Warren. After graduating from Humber College with honours in 2007, Alan started playing drums professionally. Knowledgeable and functional in many different styles including jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban, rock, funk, country, Celtic and pop music, he has performed alongside some of Canada’s finest musicians. His professional credits include several main stage productions with the Charlottetown Festival, including The Full Monty, Christmas Blaze, Christmas Rocks, and British Invasion: America Strikes Back. Internationally, Alan has entertained passengers on Celebrity Cruises of the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. Currently Alan performs with the Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble, Groove Company and More Soul.
Jacqueline Sorensen Young enjoys a multi-faceted career as both a performer and educator. As a versatile pianist she collaborates with many soloists in classical recitals, as well as ensembles such as The Piano Collective (2 Pianos 8 Hands), eklektikos new music project, Luminos Ensemble, and has also worked as an accompanist for many university and community choirs. Her musical theatre credits have included Music Director of Anne and Gilbert, Performer at the Beaconsfield Children’s Festival, and Rehearsal Pianist for the Charlottetown Festival. She currently holds positions as Director of Music at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, Piano Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and, as a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association, is in demand as a music festival adjudicator across Atlantic Canada and Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island, where she also taught as a sessional lecturer for 19 years. With more than 30 years of teaching experience, she currently operates a successful private piano teaching studio in downtown Charlottetown, is a certified teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is the registrar of the Prince Edward Island Registered Music Teachers’ Association.