Powell River Academy of Music



Don James, CM
Founder &
Artistic Director Emeritus
Conducting, Music History, Organ
B.A., Seattle Pacific University; M. Mus. (Orchestral Conducting) University of Washington; Doctoral studies (Orchestral Conducting) University of Washington; ARCT (Piano Performance), Royal Conservatory of Music; studies with Elmer Iseler, Sir David Willcocks, Stanley Chapelle, Samuel Krackmalnick
Walter Martella
Music Director
Artistic Director,
International Choral
Conductor, Trumpet, Piano, Theory, Musicianship, Jazz
B. Mus. University of Victoria; Diploma in Jazz, Malaspina College; Banff School of Fine Arts. Level 1,2,3 BCCF Conducting Program

John Burton Guitar
Professional guitar career, co-founder Doug and the Slugs, studio and tour experience.

Ron Campbell Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Harmonica, Singing (Popular Styles)
Guitartist and songwriter, Ron has spent 45 years as performer and teacher. As bandleader or sideman, he's played with hundreds of great musicians.

Patti Coburn Early Years Creative Music & Movement Program
Patti has joined the Academy of Music Instructors after recently retiring from a long professional career in field of Recreation. Patti has a Degree in Education and years of program planning, facilitation, coaching & teaching experience with children & adults of all ages.

Steven Cramaro Saxophone, Accordion & Woodwinds
BMus, BEd, University of Victoria

Maryna Gray Piano & Accompanist
M.Mus., Kharkiv State Institute of the Arts of Lethbridge Singers, Musical Theatre groups.

Moira Hopfe-Ostensen
Artist in Residence
Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Chamber Music and Collaborative Studies

BMus., MMus., A.R.C.M., L.R.A.M., D.M.A.
Pianist, Educator, Adjudicator & Clinician
College of Examiners- Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music

Matt Hull Conductor

Classical Voice and Vocal Performance, BYU Idaho; Master in Educational Technology:
BA in Spanish Education

Joanne Hansen Conductor
Joanne Hansen studied piano in Victoria where she completed her A.R.C.T in Piano Performance and graduated from Uvic with a Bachelor of Education. For many years she taught elementary school music in Powell River but has recently retired. She believes singing feeds a child’s soul.

Ildiko Kelly Voice, Piano, Conductor
Artists Diploma Hungary; Music Studies, Malaspina University College; member of the Zoltán Kodály Society of Hungary

Susan Lines Voice
M.A. Vocal Performance Queen’s University; B.Mus. University of Ulster; B.A. University of Leicester

Lowell Morris Flute, Music Composition
BFA Music Compositon and Digital Music, Simon Fraser University; Diploma Music Composition and Flute Performance Vancouver Community College; Diploma Interdisciplinart Studies, Performance Art and Audio, Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

Tim Poole Saxophone
Eleven years study with Karen Grave, Ross Taggart, Stan Karp (Capilano College) in Saxophone, music theoy and saxophone pedagogy specializing in the"holistc" approach to the saxophone.

Hugh Prichard Cello

Bachelor of Fine Art, Concordia University, Montreal. Royal Conservatory Trained, Mississauga Youth Symphony, Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Simon Schumph
on leave
Classical Guitar, Music Composition
B.F.A Honors Mus., Classical Guitar, York University; Diploma in Music, Capilano College; Completed first year M. Mus. Classical Guitar Performance, University of Victoria; Studied Composition and Theory, Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Lesley Sutherland

Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition, UBC - Lesley is a Composer and Choral Conductor with 25 years experience leading Children’s Choirs, Youth Choirs and Community Choirs in Vancouver, and Tsawwassen BC, composing and arranging a large repertoire of choral music.

Olga Tereshchenko Piano
Graduate (piano performance) Gnesinysh State College of Music, Moscow

Pam Wadden Voice
B. Mus, St. Francis Xavier University

Darcy Watmough Guitar
Diploma Musicians Institute (Guitar Institue of Technology Hollywood, CA)
Over 20 year of private guitar lessons, Juno Nomiations for 1992 & 1993
12 years touring and recording experience

Lyell Woloschuk Drums & Percussion
Certificate, Berklee College of Music (Performance Drums); Diploma, Art Institute of Vancouver (Professional Recording Arts)


Laszlo Tamasik
Ballet, Jazz Modern Dance
Graduate of the Hungarian Ballet Institute, Budapest and the Szeged National Theatre Company; studied in France with Rosella Hightower, Anton Dolin and Mr. Franchetti
Paige Anderson
Artistic Director/Manager
Ballet, Lyrical & Choreographer 
Studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School & under The Alberta Ballet School. National Competitive Ice Dancer; Choreographed competitive numbers for figure skaters & dancers. Choreographed many ice shows & musical theatre productions.

Visual Arts

Megan Dulcie-Dill
Art Instructor, Administrator ArtReach Program
BFA; Nova Scotia College of Art, art studies at University of Toronto, Victoria College of Art, University of Victoria
Barbara Langmaid Instructor
B.A., California State University, Chico