Teachers

Melissa Braun:

Voice, Piano, Theory,

Department Head: Voice

Melissa is an experienced performer and teacher who is active in the Vancouver and Squamish musical communities. Melissa moved to Squamish in 2002 after completing an Honours Bachelor of Music in voice studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto, and an education internship at the Vancouver Opera Company. Melissa performs regularly in concert and on the musical theater stage and has been acting as Artistic Director for Broadway or Bust Performing Arts since 2007. Melissa draws on her classical foundation to help students apply solid technique to a range of musical genres. Melissa has a passion for music education in all capacities and has acted as private voice & piano teacher, musical theater director, choir director, and public school music teacher. 

 

Linda Hayes:

Piano, Music Theory

Department Head: Piano

Pianist and dancer, Linda Hayes has been teaching and performing for 25 years.  She is a graduate from
the University of Toronto with an Associate Diploma in Piano and Music Theory.  Her teachers are Ellen Silverman and Robert Rogers.  In Jazz Studies, she studied with Robert Doyle for 10 years.  Linda teaches students from beginner to advanced, classical, jazz and latin and has extensive experience preparing advanced students for festivals, exams, and performances.
As a dancer, Linda studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the professional program where she trained
in all genres of Dance with Flamenco being her forte.  She visits Spain yearly to study and perform.
Linda believes that studying the arts is a life long journey and that teaching children and young adults music
is giving them"a gift for life".


 

Lisa Mullaly:

Music Therapy, Cello, Piano, Beginner Guitar

Department Head: Music Therapy

Lisa is a dedicated musician passionate about all genres and styles, with a deep appreciation of the value of a classical foundation. She believes in the power of finding the right style for each student to motivate and inspire them to achieve their full potential. She is a cellist and pianist who has been a member of the Delta Youth Orchestra, the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, the Willingdon Symphony Orchestra, numerous string quartets and small ensembles throughout Vancouver. After completing her diploma in classical cello and piano studies, she discovered music therapy and began studying all forms and styles of music to meet the unique and individual needs of her clients. It was at this time she began playing the cello outside of the classical norms and developed her improvising and jamming skills alongside Vancouver singer-songwriters, bands, and hip-hop artists. She completed her undergrad in music therapy in 2011 and is currently writing her thesis to obtain a Master’s in Neurological Music Therapy from Colorado State University. As both a therapist and a teacher, Lisa’s number one goal is to foster a lasting relationship with music for inspiration, expression, connection to community and continued learning. 

 

Max Konyi:

Electronic Music Production, Guitar, Keyboard Theory 

Department Head: Contemporary Music

A passionate and caring educator, Max strives to enliven musical ability in his students through the creation of strong relationships, trust and inspiration. He believes that discovering a true love for music is the foundation for accelerated learning and creativity. It is this discovery that he introduces to students through curiosity, listening, experimentation and his own excitement for the art. After 15 years in the world of music as both a teacher and student, he has come to see that when we really enjoy what we are learning, the technical and physical aspects may come very easily. Though most of his teaching career has been focussed on guitar, Max has extensive experience in the realms of composition and electronic music production as well, working as a sound designer and composer for various projects. He is now offering instruction in these areas at SAM, both privately as well as in a group setting. 

 

Chad Galpin:

Piano, Stand up Bass 

Music has been an integral part of Chad's life since he began piano lessons at the age of 4. He has since obtained a high level of RCM piano studies, a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at Capilano University, and has toured throughout western Canada. With over 19 years of experience playing a multitude of instruments in a variety of styles - from 1920’s jazz to classical Indian repertoire to old-school rock and roll (and just about everything in between) – Chad has developed a diverse and adaptable musicality. Everyone studies differently, and Chad strives to create individualized lessons for each student while giving them all the tools they need to be confident and creative on their instrument of choice. He has taught high school masterclasses at multiple jazz festivals in BC, and is an established freelance musician in Vancouver.


Connor Gray:

Guitar

Connor has been teaching guitar for 6 years with Studio Nine School of Music in Calgary, Alberta. He worked with some of the best musicians in the city and was mentored by music director, Aaron Lowen, as well as several other fantastic teachers along the way. Connor has just recently made the move to beautiful British Columbia and is overjoyed to start a new chapter in his music career. In his teaching, Connor places an emphasis on his students natural creativity in class, fostering an environment where students feel comfortable to learn new ideas. He has plenty of performing experience, having played regular concerts with multiple bands in the Calgary area over the past 10 years. Connor is proficient in multiple musical styles ranging from rock and metal to blues, jazz and classical. He is naturally fascinated with learning musical theory and application, and incorporates this into his own composition with guitar and electronic music production. Connor welcomes all students regardless of age and experience and looks forward to sharing his passion for music with his students at Squamish Academy of Music. Apart from music, Connor's other passions include: climbing, hiking, travelling, history, technology, nutrition and overall living a healthy, beneficial lifestyle.


Joel Macleod:

Drums

Joel has worked as a drummer and drumming instructor for many years. He is trained at the college level and played for theatre performances, dance troupes and a variety of ensembles. He has acted as a house drummer for several venues and currently records and tours with his band, based originally out of Calgary, and now Vancouver. He likes to teach with a healthy mix of theory, playing, and improvisation. Lessons can include drumkit, hand drums and instruction in multiple styles. He is a fun and engaging teacher who tailors lessons to the individual student's goals and interests. He is very excited to be teaching at SAM.


Kristine Miles:

Flute, Music Therapy

Kristine Miles began flute studies at a very young age & has continued a life-long love for making music & sharing this passion. She played with the Vancouver Youth Symphony as a teen, & then went on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at McGill University. Following flute masterclass studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Kristine then pursued a Bachelor of Music Therapy, & has facilitated special music programs (for preschoolers to seniors) over the past several years. While her flute pedagogy is firmly rooted in a classical approach to technique & sound production, Kristine enjoys playing & teaching a wide variety of musical styles. Kristine lives in the beautiful Upper Squamish Valley with her husband & daughter where she grows vegetables & occasionally rides her horse.


Sabrina Perry:

Violin, Fiddle

Sabrina Perry enjoys a passionate and diverse performing and teaching career, as inspired by her main teachers Sandra Swannell and Nancy Dahn. Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and a minor in psychology from Memorial University. As a classical violinist, she has performed in various chamber ensembles and orchestras across Canada including the Vancouver Island Symphony, Tutta Musica, Symphony New Brunswick, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Bay Symphony. As a fiddler, she was a member of the Celtic-folk-rock band Beggar's Road and was often found fiddling, singing, and step-dancing alongside her brother. A passionate teacher, Sabrina has combined her diverse musicality, Suzuki training, and knowledge of healthy bodymapping movements in a variety of settings including King’s Bridge Montessori Preschool, Sistema New Brunswick, Saint James Music Academy, and her own private studio. Her strong belief in the social, emotional, and psychological benefits of music and its ability to change lives led her to become a global leader through the Youth Orchestra of the America's Global Leader's Program in 2017. Sabrina embraces all opportunities to become a caring mentor to children and youth through teaching music. She loves designing individualized, fun, and stimulating curriculum. Her goal is to empower students to discover their full potential to be beautiful human beings and healthy violinists with high levels of musical excellence. 


Kayla Matzen:

Voice, Beginner Piano

Kayla has been studying voice since she was 7; she loved to sing art songs and opera from a young age and had completed her RCM Grade 9 exam at age 17. Kayla then went on to Douglas College where she and earned a certificate in voice performance. She then went on to UBC and recieved a Bachelors of Art with a Major in Music. While attending UBC Kayla was elected president of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society where she performed in and produced local amature musical theatre and opera for two years. Returning to UBC Kayla then completed her Bachelors of Education specializing in Elementary Music Education. Kayla continues to be a major part of community theatre and choirs. She is currently a member of the North Shore Light Opera Society and reguarly performs with various amature opera companies in Vancouver.  Teaching is a passion of Kayla's and she is very excited to encourage young musicians to be passionate about their voice. 

 

Georgia Broderick:

 

Voice, Beginner Piano

 

Georgia moved to Vancouver in June 2018 from Australia. She started singing in the Australian Girls Choir at the age of 5 and continued throughout her youth and highschool years. Georgia completed her AMEB Singing Exams up to the Certificate of Performance and played professionally with her band around NSW, Australia. She started teaching with the Australian Girls Choir 8 years ago and continued teaching private lessons and in choirs to students ages 5 to 80. Since moving to Vancouver she has performed around British Colombia with her band as well as continued her teaching. Georgia loves to watch her students grow, playing songs they enjoy while also learning necessary skills to develop into well rounded musicians. 


David Lavoie:

Guitar, Brass

David is a trumpet player, guitarist, composer and educator in North Vancouver, BC. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz from Capilano University and contributes to many projects in the lower mainland. He began studying trumpet in his teens which led him to major in trumpet studies in university. He has also studied guitar privately for 11 years and it remained his secondary instrument throughout his degree. Flamenco, rock and jazz guitar styles continue to be a focus in his musical career.


Chris Berner:

Brass, Beginner Piano

Christopher Berner is a trumpet player and composer from Cochrane, Alberta who recently completed the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Program at Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He currently works as a freelance trumpeter, composer, teacher, and copyist around the Lower Mainland. During his time at Capilano University, Christopher has performed with and arranged music for many jazz greats including Maria Schneider, Bria Skonberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Brad Turner, Ineke Van Doorn, and Marc Van Vugt. In his last year at Capilano University, Christopher acted as a composer-in-residence for both the institution’s “A Band” and “B Band” and directed the A Band at the Moberly Big Band Festival in March 2019.  Christopher has played in pit orchestras for the musicals “Annie” and “Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen”, in Jaelem Bhate’s “45th Avenue Jazz Band”, and is a regular substitute musician for many other Lower Mainland jazz ensembles. As a composer, his music has been accepted by the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC) for presentation at their 2019 Symposium in Colorado, where he was able to work with Christine Jensen, Darcy James Argue, and other members of the jazz composition community. Christopher has studied trumpet with Brad Turner, Johnny Summers, Gareth Jones, and Andre Wickenheiser, and composition with Fred Stride and John Korsrud.


Craig Stevenson:

Guitar

Craig holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Concordia University in Montreal, as well as a Jazz Studies Diploma from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. As a performing musician, Craig has been a guitarist in many types of ensembles including jazz trios, quartets, big bands, rock and folk groups and is currently performing with his partner in indie-folk band, Porteau. He believes in keeping music exciting and enjoys adapting to different musical environments. As a dedicated teacher, Craig works to instill a solid musical foundation in his students while working on material they are interested in. Craig’s strong, diverse musical knowledge makes him well-equipped to teach students of all skill levels with different musical aspirations.


Maddie Bourdages

Music Therapy, Piano, Beginner Guitar, Beginner Voice

 

Maddie studied classical piano at Vancouver Community College, then obtained a bachelor degree in music therapy from Capilano University in 2011. Maddie has over 15 years of experience teaching piano and is a fun, energetic and caring educator. She has also worked as a music therapist for the past 8 years, and continues to be amazed at the ways music can be used therapeutically to challenge and engage individuals, overcome barriers and reach goals. As a music therapist, Maddie has worked with people of all ages, abilities and walks of life. She has provided music therapy in care homes, hospitals, mental health and addictions programs, community centre’s and in clients’ homes. 


Lyndon Jhuty

Voice

 

A native of Squamish, Lyndon hopes to help bring music to more rural areas. Coming from a small town, Lyndon hopes to inform more youth of the different styles attributed to classical music, and encourage them to be adventurous and spread the love of music everywhere. Lyndon has been busy on the competition scene. He was named the winner of both the Senior Classical Voice and Vocal Variety competitions at the 2018 BC Performing Arts Provincial Festival, representing the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals. He was also the second runner- up of the inaugural Vancouver Women’s Musical Society’s Art Song Competition for 2018. Lyndon was then a finalist in the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Kay Meek Competition, and then went on to be a winner of the 2018 BC Provincial Concerto Competition. He recently made his international debut as Marco in the Fraser Valley Stage production of The Gondoliers as part of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, UK. For his portrayal, he won the Best Male Vocalist award, and was nominated for Best Male Actor. He was a recipient of a 2018 VAM Emerging Artist Grant, contributing to this experience.  Lyndon will be performing in the Vancouver Opera Chorus in La Traviata and Another Brick in the Wall.