Our Talented Teachers and Instructors are the best in their field and we are very proud to have them on our team at Inspire Arts Academy serving South Surrey & White Rock.
Here are some interesting facts about our amazing teachers including:
Voice and Piano
Paula is one of our Directors at Inspire Arts Academy. She has been a full time teacher in our community for the past 11 years with a wait list of students. Paula holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia with a major in Opera Performance. Paula has performed for numerous Fringe Festivals, in Edmonton and Athabasca Alberta; as Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” at the Arts Club, and she has performed with Vancouver’s Sing-along Messiah. Inspire Arts Academy is the realization of her long-time vision to create an encouraging environment for students and Instructors to flourish, nurture talents and raise the bar for Performing Arts.
Kathryn is one of our Directors at Inspire Arts Academy. She holds a degree in Flute Performance from the University of Victoria and has been teaching and performing full time for the past 15 years. Kathryn's passion is to make music a life long part of her students lives by allowing them to have fun and enjoy learning new music while teaching them to communicate in their own musical voice. She also encourages ensemble playing from chamber music to orchestral performances and hopes to develop a rich ensemble program at Inspire Arts. Kathryn specializes in preparing students for auditions, festivals and Royal Conservatory of Music Exams up to the ARCT level. Inspire Arts Academy is the fruition of her dream to bring the very best of instructors together in a creative and energized environment that enhances the musical experience for the community of Surrey.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Flute Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Kathryn Evenson.
Trumpet, Trombone, Piano and Voice
Elizabeth comes to Inspire with a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet performance from UBC and is a Registered Music Teacher. She has been a Church Music Director for 25+ years, and brings with her 30+ years private teaching experience that includes Exam, Festival and Recital preparation. Elizabeth enjoys teaching all ages, has successful and positive experience working with special needs students such as blindness or autism. Elizabeth’s philosophy is that Music teaching is about inspiring a lifelong passion for music, and that along the way students learn discipline, skills, coordination and the joy of striving for perfection.
Susanna obtained her Music Degree from the Georgian Music College for study in Piano, Chamber Music, Music Theory and Musical Pedagogy (the science of teaching). She has been passionate about teaching since instructing her first students while still in College. “I love teaching all ages and levels of piano. I customize my lessons based on the needs and goals of my students, also passionate in guiding my students to achieve their potential and discover the artistry of musical expression through natural technique.” Susanna brings over 30 years of successful teaching experience in classical piano performance to Inspire Arts Academy.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Piano Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Susanna Rezgo.
Piano and Voice
Dionne Sellinger received her Bachelor and Masters in Opera from the University of British Columbia. Dionne performed a number of leading roles with the UBC ensemble including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp. Dionne is currently a member of the Vancouver Opera Chorus and has performed such roles as Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. Most recently, Dionne has completed a role in the Vancouver showing of Evita. Her passions of Singing. Performing and working with students make Dionne a great addition to the Inspire team!
Piano and Saxophone
Braeden graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a major in Jazz Piano and Saxophone. Braeden is currently working towards his PDP (Teachers degree) and is an active and avid local performer. His patient and cheerful nature make his classes a positive and motivating atmosphere, encouraging confidence and developing a life-long love of music.
Laurel has been teaching Violin in our community for the past 13 years. Laurel was educated at the Royal Conservatory of Music (with Honours) and holds her degree from the University of British Columbia. Laurel brings the students of Inspire her extensive training in the International Suzuki Method as well as Music Theory and the Royal Conservatory of Music Exam preparation.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Violin Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Laurel MacCulloch.
Drama, Musical Theatre
Sherry has her Musical Theatre Diploma from Capilano University where she trained not only in Acting, Singing and Performance, but also Masterclass Series. Along with her working experiences with Theatre Under the Stars, We Day and other Vancouver based Theatres in key roles like Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde, Lily from the Secret Garden and Wendy from Peter Pan -Sherry brings our Musical Theatre Program her training in Acting, Drama, Master Class, Tap dance, Ballet, Jazz dance, Jazz Vocals, her experience as Wardrobe Mistress and Dresser and enthusiasm for teaching.
Drama and Film/TV Acting
Shayn’s resume and work ethic are definitely a bonus to Inspire Arts Academy’s Acting department, but his warm and friendly personal character and charm make him a true asset! Shayn is an active working Canadian character actor. He has had many roles in television and film since 1996, the most notable of which is probably that of Spencer Martin in the TV Series Eureka and co-starring role of Tom Stewart in the Disney Air Bud movies. Other noteworthy television shows Shayn has been part of include Smallville, Supernatural and the X Files.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Film & TV Classes and Drama Programs in South Surrey, BC with Shayn Solberg.
Drama, Film/TV Acting and Musical Theatre
Alyssa has her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SFU and was the winner of the Betty Lambert Memorial Prize in 2012. Alyssa is a working actor with supporting and principal roles in the different aspects of film, television, commercial and theatre. With experience Directing and Set Organization, Alyssa is a welcome addition to our cast of amazing Instructors in the Musical Theatre Program at Inspire.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Film & TV Classes and Drama Programs and Musical Theatre Classes in South Surrey, BC with Alyssa Smith.
Michelle has her Bachelors of Music from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In addition to her classical training, she is also experienced in teaching the Suzuki and Orff methods, and has a real passion and gift for pedagogy. While Michelle has also been trained in Voice, Saxophone and Piano; the Flute and Ukulele are where her heart and true talent excel. Her teaching strategy “to assist students in developing their talents while nurturing their passion for music", is an excellent fit for our team here at Inspire.
Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass
Colin is an accomplished musician with a Bachelor of Music from VCC. He has performed with many prestigious musicians, including three-time Juno nominee Francois Houle, John Korsrud, Bryan Deans and the Plastic Acid Orchestra, Steve Danielsen, and multiple Juno winner Hugh Fraser. Currently, Colin performs in venues around the Lower Mainland with his prolific progressive rock band Air Stranger. His enthusiasm encourages students to achieve their full potential, and his versatility in a variety of styles of music enable him to relate well to any student.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Guitar Lessons, Bass & Upright Bass Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Colin Sankey.
Karen has been teaching classical and contemporary Voice and Performance, Music Theory and Audition Prep for over 20 years locally. She has experience teaching ESL, special needs and students in the autism spectrum. Karen has performed live on the main Disneyland Stage in Disneyland Anaheim, and participated in Behind the Scene workshops at Disney Studios, as well as extensive experience with community performances and showcases throughout Metro Vancouver. She has recorded back up vocals for the band Mary’s Gunns album Smuggler’s Cabaret, and appeared in Marianas Trench music video for Pop 101. Many of Karen’s students have gone on to success, including one student who has gone on to the Boston production of Billy Elliot.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Voice Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Karen McKenzie.
Drama and Film/TV Acting
Drums and Percussion
We are very happy to add Chris to our impressive list of Inspiring Instructors! Chris comes to Inspire Arts Academy from KPU’s Music program. He shares an emphasis on quality, a passion for teaching, and a desire to play music continuously. Chris is an accomplished Jazz Combo and Big Band Drummer, Wind Symphony Percussionist –including Timpani, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Djembe, Bongos, and Cymbals. For the past 3 years, Chris has enjoyed being the drummer for Lowkey –a Jazz Quintet, performing throughout the lower mainland.
See here for more information on Inspire Arts Academy Drum & Percussion Lessons in South Surrey, BC with Chris Dawson.
Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano
A graduate of McGill's Schulich School of Music and the University of Ottawa, Vancouver clarinetist Krystal Morrison serves as the second clarinet with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Having begun her musical career with the Canadian military, she made her debut on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill as a musician in the daily changing of the guard ceremony. Since then she has had the opportunity to play for a wide variety of ensembles across North America and Europe. An enthusiastic teacher and student, Krystal has taught at music schools across Canada, from conservatories to Cadet Camps. She is also currently a student at the Vancouver School of Alexander Technique and writing the thesis for her Masters of Musicology. Additionally, Krystal has a passion for Argentine tango and can be heard locally performing with Vancouver's Orquesta Paraguas.
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