Laurie teaches violin and viola students in the small community of Bergen, Alberta. A former member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, she has performed as soloist in a wide variety of venues in western Canada and in Europe. Laurie is a founding member of Calgary’s Allegra String Quartet, and has performed as a chamber musician with such groups as the Lyric Chamber Players, New Works Calgary and many other ensembles, both in Alberta and British Columbia. She is founding Artistic co-Director of Strings & Keys: a summer music workshop which welcomed dozens of students to Bergen beginning in 1995. Laurie is involved with many community projects, and enjoys gardening, baking in her outdoor wood-fired oven, and hanging out with her Boder Collie, Skipper.
George Roberts is a graduate of the School of Music UBC and the Vancouver Academy of Music where he was privileged to study under Phyllis Mailing. A member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, he is a frequent soloist in concert and on recordings. He has adjudicated music festivals from Victoria to Winnipeg, and has facilitated choral workshops throughout BC. His solo career has included engagements with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Festival Vancouver, Trinity Western University, the Vancouver Symphony, and many community organizations in the Lower Mainland. For 25 summers, George has been the vocal instructor at the West Coast Family Music Festival, offering group instruction in vocal technique, song interpretation and diction for singers. He is an instructor in the Music Department at Capilano University, North Vancouver and the Co-ordinator of Music at Highlands United Church, North Vancouver. The Highlands Youth Choir were musical guests of First United Church in May 2018. He occasionally presents solo recitals and is highly regarded for his ease of production and expressive singing. Originally from Enderby, Geordie makes his home in North Vancouver with his wife, Frances, and sons, Aidan and Garreth and Liam, no longer all sopranos.
Anita (A.D.) Perry is proud to call the Okanagan her home. She has written works for orchestra, concert band, piano, voice and choir as well as seven children’s musicals and five ballets. In 2011 she was honoured with the Summerland Arts Appreciation Award and in 2014 and 2017 won the CFMTA Call for Compositions for her piano work “Skeleton Dance” and her choral work “Go Canada Go”. Perry is a member of the Canadian League of Composers, an affiliate of the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Society for Composers and Authors, a Registered Music Teacher and a Certified Advanced Music Teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Perry has adjudicated both piano and composition competitions and festivals throughout BC. On top of her compositional and educational activities, she also serves as Provincial Secretary for the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association and National Secretary for the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher Associations. She currently teaches piano, composition and theory in Summerland, B.C.
Dan Wardrope holds his A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and a Licentiate degree from Trinity College in London, England.
Wardrope is an active composer, producer, clinician and instructor. His album of original compositions receives radio airplay across North America including regular play on CBC radio. His students have won many prestigious awards and scholarships and many have continued on to professional teaching careers. Other students have developed successful professional performing careers in music including a major record label signing with Virgin Records, another with EMI Records, a Juno Award, as well as many television and radio performances. His students have won auditions to perform for international concert pianists Janina Fialkowska, Angela Cheng, Stephen Lemelin and Lang Lang. For twenty one consecutive years, Dan’s advanced students have hosted, performed and sold out a benefit concert which has raised support for organizations such as the B.C. Cancer Foundation, World Vision and Free the Children. Wardrope has directed and produced the recording of many commercial projects spanning a wide range of genres including classical, pop, jazz, and choral music. He is also the author of the student handbook “Practicing With Creative Discipline: 100 Practice Ideas For the Pianist”.
Dan spends time teaching workshops and adjudicating festivals across Canada as a member of the Canadian Music Federation Adjudicators Association. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners and has conducted examinations for the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program. He has also served as a mentor examiner in the United States. Mr. Wardrope teaches a private music studio with an extensive waiting list in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.