Yukon Summer Music Camp

Faculty


Logan bennet

Logan Bennett

Teaches: Concert Band

Years Experience: 15


Logan grew up traveling the world and absorbing the sounds of many cultures.  His passion for music began with his self-taught piano studies of swing jazz and the blues, inspired by recordings of Ellington and Oscar Peterson.  He went on to study orchestral trumpet at the University of British Columbia, completing his master’s degree in 2014.  He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Westben Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Brass Project, and Qatar Philharmonic Brass Ensemble. During all this, Logan continued to study piano, seeking lessons from local jazz masters throughout his travels. He also absorbed important lessons about music and life while living in Western New York and working with Musician's Wellness of North America. Since moving to the Yukon, he has led various musical undertakings including The BLANK Project, a month of multi-disciplinary collaborations with improvised music, and Muster Point, a new collective playing jazz-infused instrumental music.

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Renn Madeleine Bibeau

Teaches: Voice, Ukulele, Piano


Renn was trained in piano from the age of four, under the tutelage of Jocelyn Savage (piano), and in voice from the age of fourteen with Elaine Case, and later with Dr. Reid Spencer (voice). Renn also explored percussion, clarinet, saxophone, ukulele, and guitar in junior and high school band and private lesson settings. She performed regularly across her home province of Alberta with a variety of bands, festivals, and theatre companies. Renn is well versed in classical music, musical theatre, and contemporary commercial music (CCM), and thrives on the diverse nature of her students’ interests.


Renn holds a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Vocal Performance. She received her Associate’s Degree from Mount Royal University before transferring to the University of Victoria, where she worked with a number of incredible educators, coaches, choirs and vocal jazz ensembles. An ardent lifelong learner, she has continued her professional development with many tremendous educators across the globe. Renn has completed Levels I, II, and III through the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ (via Baldwin Wallace University), which explores an organized method of vocal training for contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles, based upon somatic (physical) awareness and aural discernment. She has trained in the Feldenkrais Method®, and has studied with Dr. Shannon Coates (The Vocal Instrument 101).


Renn is a member of the Somatic Voicework™ Teachers Association, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.


An active performing and recording musician and composer, Renn has contributed to artistic endeavours worldwide. Renn’s folk-rock project Fox Glove has released three albums and performs in festivals and concerts nation-wide. She performs regularly as a soloist and collaborates extensively with other artists. She can be heard on recordings with outfits such as Astrocolor, Carmanah, and Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea.

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Caity Gyorgy

Teaches: Vocal Jazz

Years Experience: 20



Caity Gyorgy (pronounced George) is a 2 time JUNO award winning Canadian vocalist known for singing bebop and swing music. She has performed at jazz clubs and festivals across Canada, Mexico, Japan and the USA and has worked and recorded with incredible musicians including Christine Jensen, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, Ira Coleman, Bryn Roberts and Joe LaBarbera, to name a few.


 


In addition to being a performer, Caity is an avid writer and composes songs in the style of the Great American Songbook. Her compositions have been sung by other vocalists around the world, and have won multiple awards including the Grand Prize in the jazz category of the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is also a sought after clinician and is currently on faculty as a vocal jazz instructor at the Yukon Summer Music Camp in Whitehorse, Yukon and the Interprovincial Music Camp in McKellar, Ontario.


 


She is currently signed to Brooklyn label La Reserve Records and has released several albums of original and standard music with them including her two JUNO award winning albums "Now Pronouncing" and "Featuring" and her JUNO nominated album with pianist Mark Limacher "You’re Alike, You Two”. Her upcoming album "Hello! How Are You?" features Caity accompanied by her regular piano trio and will be released on August 9th, 2024


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Sarah Hamilton

Teaches: Fiddle

Years Experience: 20


Raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, by two professional musicians, Sarah Hamilton was surrounded by oldtime, bluegrass, ragtime and swing music from an early age. She has been playing fiddle since the age of six and started performing shortly after that in youth fiddle and theatre group, The Fiddleheads. At the age of 13, she started playing professional gigs in an oldtime stringband with her brother Patrick Hamilton, her father Bob Hamilton and singer songwriter Anne Louise Genest. The Done Gone Stringband played many local gigs across Canada and gave Sarah her first international touring opportunities in the US and China. 


In 2010 Sarah relocated to Calgary to study at the Southern Alberta Institute on Technology, but it wasn’t long before she was playing fiddle with folk punk bands The Shillelaghs, Spencer Jo, and Calgary indie king Reuben and the Dark. A few years later with a taste for the city and a fresh diploma in her hand Sarah set out for Toronto to continue to pursue a career in music.  


During her time in Toronto, Sarah worked as a supporting musician for Annie Lou, Donne Roberts, and many others. She also continued to grow as an oldtime musician in groups Pigeonhawk Stringband, The Living Daylights Stringband and by traveling to Appalachia for oldtime music contests and gatherings. In 2013 Sarah discovered a new musical passion: traditional jazz. Playing violin on old jazz and swing tunes in local jazz orchestra Combo Royale, she started to gain confidence as a soloist in this genre. Sarah he also discovered another side of her singing voice and gained more control and diversity but kept the old-fashioned charm she has become known for. This expansion into jazz led Sarah to seek further education at Humber with jazz violin guru Drew Jureka.  


Sarah is currently located in her hometown of Whitehorse, where she is plays and sings with her family’s western swing band the Swingin’ Pines, teaches fiddle, writes songs and runs her small donut business Sourdoughnuts.

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Rob Jones

Teaches: Drum Kit

Years Experience: 10


Rob Jones is a drummer based out of Whitehorse, Yukon. Rob got his first drum set when he was 14 and quickly became obsessed with the instrument. Since moving to Whitehorse, he’s had the opportunity to play drums with Paris Pick, Patrick Keenan, The Elijah Bekk Band, Vanstones, Bria Rose n’ Thorns, The Compassion Pills, Pleasurecraft, and Speed Control.

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Matthew Lien

Teaches: Piano

Years Experience: 35


Matthew Lien is a producer, composer, performer and sound artist. With a passion for field recording, he often seeks out remote destinations from the arctic to the tropics, mountain peaks to underwater volcanoes, in search of sound, music and inspiration. His first international release “Bleeding Wolves” became a multi-platinum legend in Southeast Asia where his music remains popular today. His concerts in the region have attracted 30,000 people, and he was the first foreigner win the region's Grammy equivalent. He's since garnered six more music award nominations, while his contributions to television and radio have earned him the region's Emmy-equivalent and four nominations. In recognition of Matthew’s effort to promote indigenous and traditional culture through music and sound, he's Cultural Ambassador by the ROC government and Man of the Year by Esquire magazine. Back home in Canada, he's been awarded Best Yukon Artist and received two nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards, was awarded the Parliamentary Certificate of Honour, and has been appointed Special Envoy to Taiwan. Matthew’s 20+ solo albums, concerts, soundtracks, sound art, commissioned works, documentaries, and the television series he hosts, all retain an emphasis on culture and the environment.


 

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Hannah Mazurek

Teaches: Voice, Guitar, Music Composition


Hannah Mazurek is a Whitehorse-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and technician. They are as likely to be found onstage as they are behind the scenes, and they have appeared in musical theatre and concert settings across the country. Some favourite performances include the oratorio Miziwe... everywhere by Odawa composer Barbara Assiginaak (Koerner Hall, Toronto, 2019), Larrikin Entertainment's WYRD: A Musical Unfairytale (Yukon Arts Centre, 2023), as The Loon in The Loon Returns (Problematic Orchestra, 2023), and a recent appearance in I Think I'm Fallin: The Songs of Joni Mitchell (Belfry Theatre, Victoria, 2023). Their sound design work has appeared in The Guild Hall's productions of Young Frankenstein (2022), The Wolves (2023), and Mustard (2024), and their solo sound art was featured as part of (s)hiver Arts Festival in Dawson City in 2022. Their piece La marée rouge for six vocalists and chamber orchestra was premiered at the Yukon Arts Centre in December of 2023 as part of The Problematic Orchestra's yearly winter solstice concert, where they also appeared as a soloist and ensemble member. 


 


When they're not writing or performing, you can find Hannah coiling cables and plugging things in, as well as playing in many, many, many bands. They also do other things, perhaps too many things, but they'll spare you from having to read a list of them. Learn more at hannahmazurek.com

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Andrea McColeman

Teaches: Piano, Accordion

Years Experience: 30


Andrea has been part of the vibrant Whitehorse music community for over 3 decades. She is a multi- instrumentalist, arranger, composer and teacher. Andrea got the music bug from her piano playing grandmother, then went on to received her Bachelor of Music in performance(percussion and piano) from Wilfrid Laurier University and began her lifelong study of jazz piano at Humber College shortly thereafter. Since moving to the Yukon in 1991 she has played, recorded and toured with countless groups, even snagging a Juno award in 1995 as a member of Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat. Andrea has been referred to as “Whitehorse’s musical Swiss army knife” and loves to be part of any musical puzzle no matter what the style. When not teaching at music camp Andrea teaches piano and drums privately, is a percussionist in the Problematic Orchestra and collaborates musically any chance she gets in the Yukon and beyond!

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Elayne Sayney

Teaches: Harp

Years Experience: 13


Elayne was born in Dublin, Ireland. During her early school years, Gaelic and Harp were mandatory subjects along with the choice of Irish Step Dancing or the Irish Pipes. She studied all four until she passed her A-levels in England. Then, for a change of scene, she moved to Virginia in the USA where she completed two degrees along with an Associate in Music.


After university, her friends and teachers from Ireland, the United States and Canada all encouraged her to revisit the harp. Elayne has taught Royal Conservatory piano and theory in Whitehorse for the past thirteen years, and harp for the last seven. “Caol lorg duilleoga ar geroi egus cinamada" “Music leaves footprints on our hearts and souls.

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Andy slade

Andy Slade

Teaches: Piano and Music Theory

Years Experience: 15


Andy Slade - Hailing from the Cowichan valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC, Andy Slade is a force on the piano. With a Bachelor’s degree in classical music from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Music in jazz from the University of Toronto, he is quickly becoming well known on the Toronto music scene. As a performer, Andy has worked in nearly every style of music, playing in Pop, Hip-hop, Orchestral, Funk, Choral, Folk, and Jazz projects across Canada the U.S. and China. Andy has been on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where he taught jazz piano at the post-secondary level, as well as working with the undergrad ensembles at the University of Toronto as part of his Master’s degree. He is a passionate educator and is dedicated to sharing his love of music with his students.


Andy's website link here: http://andrewslade.ca/

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Steve Slade

Teaches: Guitar, Harmonica, Smart Chords, Ukulele

Years Experience: 35


Steve Slade is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player with a “big” voice. Steve performs on concert hall, festival and coffee house stages from northern Yukon to Newfoundland. For the past 18 years his summer months have been spent at home in Whitehorse producing the concert series, Arts in the Park. He has taught in schools and workshops from coast to coast to coast.

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Nico Stephenson

Teaches: Cello, pop orchestra, full day camp

Years Experience: 15


Nico Stephenson is a cellist and music educator based in Vancouver, BC. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in cello performance at the University of Montreal under prof. Johanne Perron, and received his Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University. Nico teaches at Saint James Music Academy, a music school for disadvantaged youth, and at other schools in the Vancouver School Board and New Westminster School District. Nico has been mentored by, and collaborated with, a variety of pop, folk, and jazz musicians, resulting in a versatile and open-minded perspective on music making. He has performed extensively in North America and Europe, including the Chan Centre in Vancouver, Koerner Hall in Toronto, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Maison Symphonique in Montreal, as well as various festivals across the globe.

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Ellen Thompson

Years Experience: 12


Ellen Thompson was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. She holds an ARCT in piano performance and level 9 voice with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She is in continuing Orff Schulwerk training and holds her level 1 Orff Schulwerk from VCC and the BC Off Chapter. Ellen teaches a full studio of students with a focus on piano and early childhood music. 


 


Yukon Summer Music Camp is where Ellen got her start in music, and she is so excited to offer these classes to young new musicians. Ellen believes in the importance of music in every person’s life, and teaching children music at a young age so they can have the gift of music for the rest of their lives.


 


Ellen’s website can be found here www.ellenthompsonsmusicstudio.com