WCAMS: Faculty

Virtual Camp 2020 Coaches

Many of our regular faculty have agreed to transfer their excellent camp coaching to an on-line experience. Below are the coaches participating in this summer's virtual camp.

Click on the faculty name to view their bios below.


Karen Gerbrecht

David Haskins

Heather Haydu
Oboe / English Horn

Eric Hominick

Cris Inguanti

Lars Kaario

Sharman King
Lower Brass

Cristian Markos

Julia Nolan

Patricia Plumley
Piano, Body Awareness

Tawnya Popoff

Christie Reside

George Roberts
Vocal Coach

Amy Stephen
Celtic Music

Rebecca Whitling

Meaghan Williams
Double Bass


Coach Bios (in alphabetical order)

Karen Gerbrecht: Violin
Karen is Associate Principal Second Violin with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and past Director of Chamber Music at Davidson College, NC. She taught at the Vancouver Academy of Music for twelve years. She has twice attended the Banff School of the Arts as an Artist in Residence, and is the past Artistic Director for the Roedde House Concert Series.

David Haskins: Horn
David (B.Mus., Toronto; M.Mus., McGill) joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Horn in 2008. He was previously the Principal Horn of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.

Heather Haydu: Oboe
Heather Haydu holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and earned a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers include Sara Lambert Bloom and Ray Still. Heather is currently a full time property manager and feels fortunate to also stay very active in the musical community.

Eric Hominick: Accompanist, Piano
Eric studied piano at the Toronto Conservatory and Dalhousie University. He is on the music faculty at Vancouver Community College, where he has accompanied the Classical Voice, Pop Voice, Music Theatre and Choral Programs. Also an accomplished singer and arranger, Eric runs a piano and voice studio, has recorded and toured widely, and accompanies the BC Girls Choir. Visit Eric at www.erichominick.com

Cris Inguanti: Clarinet
Cris began teaching at Northern Arizona University in the Fall of 2014 after serving as the Assistant Principal and Bass Clarinettist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for seventeen years. He has a far too extensive overview of the wines of Italy.

Lars Kaario: Choral Director, Conducting
Lars is Director of Choral and Conducting Studies in the Music Diploma Program at Capilano University. He conducts the national and international prize-winning 40-voice Capilano University Singers and 120-voice Capilano University Festival Chorus as well as teaches the Conducting Certificate Program. He is also founder and director of the professional choir Laudate Singers. A respected voice teacher and clinician, he has also performed leading roles in opera, light opera, and musical theatre.

Sharman King: Low Brass
Sharman is Bass Trombonist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and a frequent pit performer for musical theatre and ballet. He has performed with many of the jazz greats, including Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald.

Cristian Markos: Cello
Romanian-Canadian cellist Cristian Márkos has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1999. Wanting to experience a 'true' Canadian winter, Cristian sat as Associate Principal Cellist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2012-2013 concert season. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician he has performed on stages in Romania, France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, United States, and Canada. Cristian is also a dedicated teacher and maintains a vibrant private teaching studio at the VSO School of Music.

Julia Nolan: Saxophone
Saxophonist Julia Nolan has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician with many of Vancouver's contemporary, orchestral, and jazz groups. An enthusiast of all the woodwinds, Julia has developed an obsession to playing the bassoon and maintains her flute playing as a member of the Capilano Flute Choir. Julia has taught saxophone, chamber music, and woodwind techniques at Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Trinity Western University, UBC, and Vancouver Community College.

Patricia Plumley: Accompanist, Chamber Choir, Body Awareness
Patricia studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music while teaching ballet in Guelph Ontario. She has been on faculty at the VCC School of music since 1988 teaching piano, voice, class piano, piano pedagogy and conducting the VCC Willan and Concert Choirs. In Nanoose, she teaches piano and voice, works with the VIS choral programs and studies Alexander Technique to further her love of integrating bodywork and music.

Tawnya Popoff: Viola
Tawnya is principal violist with the Vancouver Opera, is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (TX), the Walden School Players (NH) and founding member of Microcosmos string quartet/Kessler Academy. She has given solo and chamber music recitals, including the North American premiere of the viola concerto Dark Light by Ching-Wei Chao. As a keen supporter of inter-disciplinary projects and works by living artists, she has commissioned, premiered and recorded dozens of works. She has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo. Aside from musical pursuits, Ms. Popoff had a cycling tour company in NYC, designs handmade games and toys, volunteers regularly and passionately enjoys the great outdoors in all seasons!

Christie Reside: Flute
Christie Reside began her career in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the age of 19 has been Principal Flute of the VSO since 2004. She was also Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony for their 2013-2014 season and has been guest Principal Flute of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras across the country, is on faculty at UBC and the Vancouver Academy of Music, and is a proud member of the new music group Standing Wave.

George Roberts: Camp Director, Vocal Technique, Choral Reading
Geordie holds a B.Mus. from UBC and a Performing Arts Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music. Geordie is the Coordinator of the Diploma in Music Program at Capilano University. He also directs choirs at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver.

Amy Stephen: Celtic Music
Amy holds a B.Mus. and B.Ed. from UBC, is a pianist, harpist, accordionist, vocalist, and penny whistle player. She performs solo, in duo with her husband, Amir Haghighi, and with world music ensemble Jou Tou. During the day, Amy teaches choral and instrumental music at Archbishop Carney Secondary School. During the other hours of the day, she directs two community choirs, and composes, arranges, performs, records and plays with her son Youssof. Read more about Amy and her music at www.amystephenmusic.com.

Rebecca Whitling: Violin
A graduate of McGill and Indiana, Rebecca plays in the First Violin section of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is Principal Second Violin of the National Broadcast Orchestra. She is a member of the acclaimed new music ensemble Standing Wave, and has performed as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Philharmonic, the Semiahmoo Strings, and the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.

Meaghan Williams: Double Bass
Meaghan studied with Joel Quarrington at Toronto's RCM, and then earned her Konzertexam with Michael Wolf at Universität der Künste in Berlin. She also studied with double bass phenomenon Janne Saksala. Following her studies, Meaghan performed with the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie in Goerlitz, Germany and she was founding member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Symphony Orchestra in Japan. In Canada, Meaghan has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Turning Point Ensemble and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Meaghan is the Principal Bass of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Meaghan teaches at St. James Music Academy, and at the Kelowna Community Music School in the Okanagan.