Powell River Academy of Music

Dr. Moira Hopfe-Ostensen, piano and Walter Martella, accordion & trumpet
Music for Mothers' Day

Sunday, May 14, 2023 | 2:00 PM | James Hall

Admission $25


Tickets are also available:

• at the Academy Box Office – 7280 Kemano Street, Monday – Thursday 9:30 - 4:30
• by phone at 604 485 9633
• and at the door 30 minutes before the concert

About the Artists

The Powell River Academy of Music has appointed Dr. Moira Hopfe-Ostensen as their Artist in Residence. Praised for her expressive playing and engaged teaching, pianist and pedagogue Dr. Moira is an artist who displays prowess and makes music from the heart, touching her audience with her wonderful communication and sensitivity. She enjoys teaching all levels, from the exploration of music with younger children to mentoring advanced students, to older recreational musicians starting music or returning as adult learners, who often have enormous untapped potential.

Dr. Moira holds both Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Alberta in Piano Performance and Literature. She has earned Certification of Advanced Studies and an Associate Degree from the Royal College of Music (Piano Pedagogy), a Licentiate Degree from the Royal Academy of Music (Piano Performance), London, England, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (Piano Performance & Pedagogy) at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Moira most recently held the position as Chair of the Keyboard Department at SWBTS where she was Professor in Piano Performance and Pedagogy to bachelor, master and doctoral students. Concurrently, Dr. Moira was the Director of the Southwestern Music Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. She is committed to the pursuit of excellence in piano pedagogy and has been certified by the Toronto Conservatory of Music as an Advanced Specialist. Other study and teaching locations include Arizona State University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and the Johanneson Summer School of the Arts, Victoria BC. 

Walter Martella, conductor and Music Director of the Powell River Academy of Music, has long been an integral part of Powell River’s musical community. He is an accomplished pianist, accordionist and trumpeter, starting lessons at age five, and soon joining the original Boys Choir conducted by Don James. Music remained his focus as he earned a Diploma in Jazz Trumpet from Malaspina College (VIU), a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, and attended the Banff School of Fine Arts.

Conducting become a significant part of Martella’s life and career when he returned to Powell River to study at PRAM under Don James. He has participated in the British Columbia Choral Federation’s conducting program and has collaborated with world-renowned conductors. He has led noteworthy works like Holst’s Rig Veda for choir and harp, the Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. He conducts the Academy Chamber Choir, Chor Musica Men’s Choir and the Powell River Chorus as well as currently maintaining a full private teaching schedule.

Martella is a strong believer in the power of music as an important part of community. He has been an adjudicator for instrumental and choral festivals throughout British Columbia and is well known as an enthusiastic mentor, making room for his young students in his own public performances. He has recorded five jazz CDs, performed provincially with many well-known musicians in multiple genres and continues to be in demand all along the West Coast as a trumpet soloist and jazz pianist.