Yukon Summer Music Camp


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Krista Austad

Teaches: Guitar

Years Experience: 10

Krista Austad - Born & raised in the Yukon, Krista studied classical guitar performance at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria BC from 2006- 2010. Since returning to the north in 2011 she has taught private, ensemble, and group classes to all ages of beginner players. She uses a unique guitar curriculum designed to introduce newcomers to the instrument in a creative way, emphasizing individual improvisation and expression.

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Michael Beauclerc

Teaches: Drumming, drumline

Years Experience: 15

Michael Beauclerc has established a diverse and exciting career as a drummer, percussionist, composer, and author in Canada. He is also a busy marching percussion clinician for Yamaha Music Canada, having performed over 300 clinics from coast to coast. Michael is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Drumline Association. Currently, Michael is the percussion head and arranger of the St. Michael’s College School Drumline in Toronto ON, Oak Ridge Percussion in Colborne ON, Trinity College School Drumline in Port Hope ON, and a consultant and composer for several additional scholastic drumlines. His books “The Mad Practice Pad” and “Developing Modern Drumlines” have become the literal foundations for Canadian drumlines and marching percussion instructors. Michael continues to be a busy performer as a drummer, hand percussionist, and singer.

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Lorène Charmetant

Teaches: Jazz Vocal

Years Experience: 15

Lorène started her life in music by listening to other people, her father and as many musicians she could listen to on recordings. She studied piano when she was young, mostly jazz, and also spent her youth singing in different vocal ensembles. As a young adult, she entered the Conservatoire de Lyon, where she studied jazz singing for 4 years. There, she learned arrangement, ear-training, and performance. Lorene moved to Quebec from france, where she deepened her love for music and returned to school at Sherbrooke University where she specialised in jazz singing. Lorene is not only a gifted singer, she is also plays guitar and keyboard. 

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Keitha Clark

Teaches: Violin, fiddle

Years Experience: 20

Keitha Clark has been active in the Yukon music scene since her arrival in the territory in 2005. She has appeared on more than a dozen albums, including the Juno nominated Annie Lou and toured with Yukon bands everywhere from Saskatchewan to Shanghai. Keitha is the Artistic Director of the Fiddleheads, a 30 member youth music ensemble. She also maintains a busy private studio and founded the fiddle programs in both Teslin and Haines Junction. 

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Georgina Craig

Teaches: Orff, early childhood musical development

Years Experience: 20

Georgina Craig has actively taught music in various capacities for over twenty years. She is an educator, performer and composer with a passion for developing musical skills in young children. She is a faculty member in both the Vocal Department and the Department of Early Childhood Music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she develops and delivers the Orff program and teaches voice. She brings a wealth of experience working with musicians of all ages and abilities. Through the Orff program and her community work, Georgina has the pleasure of exploring music with over 200 young children on a weekly basis and believes that Orff methodology is the perfect way to introduce young children to music, allowing them to explore, create and express at their own pace.


Brigitte Desjardins

Teaches: Music Making for Kool Kids

Years Experience: 10

Brigitte Desjardins became a percussionist at 11 years old and grew up in a very musical family. Since then, she’s been involved in many different musical styles, including folk, classical, rock, blues, jazz, old-time, and Cajun. Playing drums has always been her main focus growing up. Throughout her life, she has always been dedicated to her craft as a percussionist and since she moved to the Yukon, she has striven to take her musical's skills further. She received the Advanced Artist Award from the Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture in 2015 to go study traditional jazz in New-Orleans. She also got the musical director position of the show ''Elles se racontent'' presented at the Yukon Art Center in March 2017. She leads the musical duo project called ''Brigitte and Ryan'' and also performs with many significant local artists. Brigitte also focuses her work on children's music in many different ways: she's collaborating with Claire Ness doing children's performances and recording a music album for kids, she's touring to various Yukon community schools offering music workshops with Ryan McNally, she teaches in the after-school music program at the Émilie-Tremblay school with Olivier de Colombel, she teaches at the music program at The Heart of Riverdale and also gives drum kit and washboard private lessons for kids weekly. Brigitte loves supporting children in their musical learning.

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Anne Louise Genest

Teaches: Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonies, Song Writing, Old Time Tunes

Years Experience: 25

Vancouver Island based (and former Yukoner) Anne Louise Genest, who performs under the stage name Annie Lou, has been touring festivals and stages nationally and internationally for several years. With banjo and guitar in hand, she invites us in to the joyful marriage of old and new music, where we laugh, cry, dance, reflect and connect. A storyteller at heart with several acclaimed albums under her belt, Anne Louise maps the homescapes of our lives and times in the world, shining a warm light on the hard ones as well as the good ones. A Juno and multiple CFMA and WCMA nominee, she is committed to sharing the joy of music through teaching in both individual and group settings. She is a familiar face at many music workshops across the country, where she has taught vocals, guitar, songwriting, and clawhammer banjo. She loves to teach, and to learn, and shares her delight with her students in an accessible and supportive environment. 

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Laura Hillis

Teaches: Tonal Treats, Musical Mayhem Full Day Camp Leader

Years Experience: 10

Laura started playing violin at the age of four. As the youngest of four girls, she was lucky enough to play in the family string quartet, competing and performing in various festivals throughout Saskatchewan. She was also a member of both the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra and Regina Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011 and 2012, she toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and was the Saskatchewan String Representative at the 2012 Canadian National Music Festival. Now based in Vancouver, BC, Laura continues to play with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and various chamber groups. 

Laura is super-excited to be returning to Whitehorse to share her wealth of knowledge with the children of Yukon.

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Erica Mah

Teaches: Adult Pop Choir

Years Experience: 15

Erica Mah is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with over ten years of experience as an educator. She completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto, and has always loved bringing music into her work. She has been a vocal coach and band leader at Girls Rock Camp Vancouver and a facilitator for an arts-based youth empowerment camp with Leave Out Violence BC. As a solo musician, she has studied classical piano, voice, and guzheng (Chinese zither). Erica moved to Whitehorse in 2013 and is the founder and director of the Whitehorse Pop Choir.

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Scott Maynard

Teaches: Vocal Masterclass, All About The Bass

Years Experience: 25

Scott Maynard is a composer, choir director, teacher, improviser, song-writer, and multiinstrumentalist. He has been active in Canada’s independent music community for more than twenty years, and has toured extensively through Europe and North America. He spent several years as a core member of indie-folk band Rock Plaza Central, whose 2006 release Are We Not Horses made top ten lists around the world. He has been Music Director for several theatre productions, and has composed original music for choir, orchestra, dance, film, and theatre. Scott spends his time teaching piano, guitar, and voice, and also hosts the open mic every Thursday at the Gold Rush Inn.

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Andrea McColeman

Teaches: Piano, Percussion

Years Experience: 30

Andrea has been part of the Whitehorse music community for over 2 decades. She is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and teacher. Andrea 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. 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 – classical to rock and everything in between. These days she is busy playing music all over Yukon, as well as teaching 20 private piano students.

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Jonny Michel

Teaches: Band class, pop choir, pop orchsetra

Years Experience: 15

Jonny Michel has always experienced music as a language that has an extraordinary power to speak to the heart. He grew up playing brass band music in The Salvation Army Band, where there is a huge band tradition. He started on the cornet and ended up focusing on the trombone, and now plays all brass and percussion instruments. The brass band he played in growing up included his dad as the bandmaster, his grandfather playing 1st cornet, his brother on cornet, uncle on horn, sister on cornet, brother on trombone, cousin on cornet and another cousin on percussion! He completed his Bachelor of Music in Opera/Voice Performance at UBC under the direction of Dale Throness. Jonny is currently teaching music at the Langley Fine Arts School in Fort Langley, B.C.

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Elayne Sayner

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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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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Andy Slade

Teaches: Piano

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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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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Jonathan Sykes

Teaches: Rock Band, Sound Crew

Years Experience: 20

Jonathan Sykes is a music educator in the lower mainland of British Columbia. He holds a B.Mus from the University of British Columbia and a B.Ed from Simon Fraser University. Aside from his ample experience teaching jazz band, concert band, music composition and technology, choir, guitar, and general music in the public school system, Jonathan has a long list of accomplishments as a performer and composer. He has been playing and performing as a front man in a rock band for 20 years, and as a side-man in various projects for almost as long. He has spent a good deal of time in recording studios both with his own projects and as a session player. As a rock singer/guitar player, Jonathan has toured Canada, released 4 indie albums, and gained press internationally. As a trumpet player, he has performed and recorded in ensembles ranging from jazz and soul to orchestral and chamber.

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Ellen Thompson

Teaches: Vocal Masterclass for Youth

Years Experience: 7

Ellen Thompson was born and raised in Whitehorse and has her RCM level 9 in voice and also completed her A.R.C.T. in Piano performance.

Ellen is a member of the Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association. She has taught piano and voice in her private studio for five years. 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 their rest of their lives.

Ellen is currently teaching at the Heart of Riverdale music school and offers high energy group classes and private classes in and around Whitehorse.