Yukon Summer Music Camp


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Krista Austad

Teaches: Guitar

Years Experience: 10

Krista Austad - Born & raised in the Yukon, Krista studied classical guitar performance at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria BC from 2006- 2010. Since returning to the north in 2011 she has taught private, ensemble, and group classes to all ages of beginner players. She uses a unique guitar curriculum designed to introduce newcomers to the instrument in a creative way, emphasizing individual improvisation and expression.

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Michael Beauclerc

Teaches: Drumming, drumline

Years Experience: 15

Michael Beauclerc has established a diverse and exciting career as a drummer, percussionist, composer, and author in Canada. He is also a busy marching percussion clinician for Yamaha Music Canada, having performed over 300 clinics from coast to coast. Michael is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Drumline Association. Currently, Michael is the percussion head and arranger of the St. Michael’s College School Drumline in Toronto ON, Oak Ridge Percussion in Colborne ON, Trinity College School Drumline in Port Hope ON, and a consultant and composer for several additional scholastic drumlines. His books “The Mad Practice Pad” and “Developing Modern Drumlines” have become the literal foundations for Canadian drumlines and marching percussion instructors. Michael continues to be a busy performer as a drummer, hand percussionist, and singer.

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Keitha Clark

Teaches: Violin, fiddle

Years Experience: 20

Keitha Clark has been active in the Yukon music scene since her arrival in the territory in 2005. She has appeared on more than a dozen albums, including the Juno nominated Annie Lou and toured with Yukon bands everywhere from Saskatchewan to Shanghai. Keitha is the Artistic Director of the Fiddleheads, a 30 member youth music ensemble. She also maintains a busy private studio and founded the fiddle programs in both Teslin and Haines Junction. 

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Georgina Craig

Teaches: Orff, early childhood musical development

Years Experience: 20

Georgina Craig has actively taught music in various capacities for over twenty years. She is an educator, performer and composer with a passion for developing musical skills in young children. She is a faculty member in both the Vocal Department and the Department of Early Childhood Music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she develops and delivers the Orff program and teaches voice. She brings a wealth of experience working with musicians of all ages and abilities. Through the Orff program and her community work, Georgina has the pleasure of exploring music with over 200 young children on a weekly basis and believes that Orff methodology is the perfect way to introduce young children to music, allowing them to explore, create and express at their own pace.


Brigitte Desjardins

Teaches: Music Making for Kool Kids

Years Experience: 10

Brigitte Desjardins became a percussionist at 11 years old and grew up in a very musical family. Since then, she’s been involved in many different musical styles, including folk, classical, rock, blues, jazz, old-time, and Cajun. Playing drums has always been her main focus growing up. Throughout her life, she has always been dedicated to her craft as a percussionist and since she moved to the Yukon, she has striven to take her musical's skills further. She received the Advanced Artist Award from the Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture in 2015 to go study traditional jazz in New-Orleans. She also got the musical director position of the show ''Elles se racontent'' presented at the Yukon Art Center in March 2017. She leads the musical duo project called ''Brigitte and Ryan'' and also performs with many significant local artists. Brigitte also focuses her work on children's music in many different ways: she's collaborating with Claire Ness doing children's performances and recording a music album for kids, she's touring to various Yukon community schools offering music workshops with Ryan McNally, she teaches in the after-school music program at the Émilie-Tremblay school with Olivier de Colombel, she teaches at the music program at The Heart of Riverdale and also gives drum kit and washboard private lessons for kids weekly. Brigitte loves supporting children in their musical learning.

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Brock Geiger

Teaches: Rock Band

Years Experience: 15

Brock Geiger is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and all around sonic explorer from Calgary, AB. His primary artistic output is with bands Reuben & the Dark, The Dudes, and RALEIGH where he is an active member both in studio and live. He has toured extensively in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe and has shared the stage with bands including Weezer, Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene, and DEVO to name a few. Additionally, Geiger works as an audio engineer/ producer, collaborating with other artists, and has contributed to foley, scores, and sound design for animations, short films and theatre productions. Experimentation and thoughtful expression are at the forefront of his creative approach. 

Brock's band website link here: http://www.raleigh-sound.com

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Kimberly Hart

Teaches: Percussion

Years Experience: 15

Kimberly Hart has been a music educator in the Yukon for thirteen years in both Dawson City and Whitehorse. She has received her Bachelor of Music in Secondary Education from UBC with her performance focus in percussion. She received her Bachelor of Education in Music K–12 from Memorial University. Kimberly received the Yukon “Excellence in Education” Award in 2017. She established and continues to produce Yukon community tours bringing Whitehorse and Yukon community youth together to share music and cultural experiences. 

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Steve Maddock

Teaches: Jazz Vocal, Musical Theatre

Years Experience: 25

Steve Maddock Over the past two decades, Steve has come to be known as one of Western Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. He’s been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, been featured on CBC radio, has played numerous jazz clubs and festivals, and has starred in musical theatre productions at the Arts Club, the Vancouver Playhouse, and Stage West Calgary. As an ensemble singer, he participated in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and is a former member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, musica intima, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and the Phoenix Chamber Choir. Originally from Toronto, Steve studied acting at the University of Windsor, Ontario, then came to BC in 1990 to study jazz at what was then Capilano College. He has been an instructor at Capilano since 1996, and is currently working towards his MA in musicology at York University.

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Craig Marcuk

Teaches: Mandolin, Dance Calling, Barn Dance

Years Experience: 25

Craig Marcuk is a musician, dance caller, and flatfoot dancer. Currently playing mandolin and calling with the Western Family String Band. Craig sailed away from the Yukon to Vancouver Island where he performed, and toured by sail boat with The Stow Away String Band, and created community dance organization YOMADA. He also tours around singing, playing fiddle and tap dancing as One Foot Chop. He has called and played for square dances for almost a decade at large festivals, events of all kinds, and school workshops. Craig lived in Whitehorse for 8 years and was a part of many artistic endeavors, including barn dance, which inspired his interest in community dancing.

Craig's website link here: https://www.onefootchop.com/

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Scott Maynard

Teaches: Music Theory, Sound Crew

Years Experience: 25

Scott Maynard is a composer, choir director, teacher, improviser, song-writer, and multiinstrumentalist. He has been active in Canada’s independent music community for more than twenty years, and has toured extensively through Europe and North America. He spent several years as a core member of indie-folk band Rock Plaza Central, whose 2006 release Are We Not Horses made top ten lists around the world. He has been Music Director for several theatre productions, and has composed original music for choir, orchestra, dance, film, and theatre. Scott spends his time teaching piano, guitar, and voice, and also hosts the open mic every Thursday at the Gold Rush Inn.

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Andrea McColeman

Teaches: Piano, Percussion

Years Experience: 30

Andrea has been part of the Whitehorse music community for over 2 decades. She is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and teacher. Andrea received her Bachelor of Music in performance (percussion and piano) from Wilfrid Laurier University and began her lifelong study of jazz piano at Humber College. She has played, recorded and toured with countless groups, even snagging a Juno award in 1995 as a member of Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat. Andrea has been referred to as “Whitehorse’s musical swiss army knife” and loves to be part of any musical puzzle no matter what the style – classical to rock and everything in between. These days she teaches K-7 music at Hidden Valley School as well as teaching 20 private piano students.

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Jonny Michel

Teaches: Band class, pop choir, pop orchsetra

Years Experience: 15

Jonny Michel has always experienced music as a language that has an extraordinary power to speak to the heart. He grew up playing brass band music in The Salvation Army Band, where there is a huge band tradition. He started on the cornet and ended up focusing on the trombone, and now plays all brass and percussion instruments. The brass band he played in growing up included his dad as the bandmaster, his grandfather playing 1st cornet, his brother on cornet, uncle on horn, sister on cornet, brother on trombone, cousin on cornet and another cousin on percussion! He completed his Bachelor of Music in Opera/Voice Performance at UBC under the direction of Dale Throness. Jonny is currently teaching music at the Langley Fine Arts School in Fort Langley, B.C.

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Siri Olesen

Teaches: Vocal Masterclass, Focus on Harmony

Years Experience: 20

Siri Olesen works as a vocalist, pianist, organist, choral director and music educator. She’s performed with Early Music Vancouver, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra, as well as being featured regularly on CBC Radio. She can be heard on recordings by Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Silk Road Music and musica intima. Siri earned her degree in classical piano performance from Augustana University in Alberta, and is the music director at Redeemer Lutheran church in Vancouver. She has a diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, where she currently works as a vocal instructor.

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Steve Slade

Teaches: Guitar, Harmonica, Smart Chords, Ukulele

Years Experience: 35

Steve Slade is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player with a “big” voice. Steve performs on concert hall, festival and coffee house stages from northern Yukon to Newfoundland. For the past 18 years his summer months have been spent at home in Whitehorse producing the concert series, Arts in the Park. He has taught in schools and workshops from coast to coast to coast.

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Andy Slade

Teaches: Piano

Years Experience: 15

Andy Slade - Hailing from the Cowichan valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC, Andy Slade is a force on the piano. With a Bachelor’s degree in classical music from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Music in jazz from the University of Toronto, he is quickly becoming well known on the Toronto music scene. As a performer, Andy has worked in nearly every style of music, playing in Pop, Hip-hop, Orchestral, Funk, Choral, Folk, and Jazz projects across Canada the U.S. and China. Andy has been on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where he taught jazz piano at the post-secondary level, as well as working with the undergrad ensembles at the University of Toronto as part of his Master’s degree. He is a passionate educator and is dedicated to sharing his love of music with his students.

Andy's website link here: http://andrewslade.ca/

Nico stephenson

Nico Stephenson

Teaches: Cello, pop orchestra, full day camp

Years Experience: 15

Nico Stephenson is a cellist and music educator based in Vancouver, BC. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in cello performance at the University of Montreal under prof. Johanne Perron, and received his Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University. Nico teaches at Saint James Music Academy, a music school for disadvantaged youth, and at other schools in the Vancouver School Board and New Westminster School District. Nico has been mentored by, and collaborated with, a variety of pop, folk, and jazz musicians, resulting in a versatile and open-minded perspective on music making. He has performed extensively in North America and Europe, including the Chan Centre in Vancouver, Koerner Hall in Toronto, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Maison Symphonique in Montreal, as well as various festivals across the globe.