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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Lorène Charmetant

Teaches: Jazz Vocal

Years Experience: 15

Lorène started her life in music by listening to other people, her father and as many musicians she could listen to on recordings. She studied piano when she was young, mostly jazz, and also spent her youth singing in different vocal ensembles. As a young adult, she entered the Conservatoire de Lyon, where she studied jazz singing for 4 years. There, she learned arrangement, ear-training, and performance. Lorene moved to Quebec from france, where she deepened her love for music and returned to school at Sherbrooke University where she specialised in jazz singing. Lorene is not only a gifted singer, she is also plays guitar and keyboard. 

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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.

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Sarah Hamilton

Teaches: Fiddle

Years Experience: 20

Raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, by two professional musicians, Sarah Hamilton was surrounded by oldtime, bluegrass, ragtime and swing music from an early age. She has been playing fiddle since the age of six and started performing shortly after that in youth fiddle and theatre group, The Fiddleheads. At the age of 13, she started playing professional gigs in an oldtime stringband with her brother Patrick Hamilton, her father Bob Hamilton and singer songwriter Anne Louise Genest. The Done Gone Stringband played many local gigs across Canada and gave Sarah her first international touring opportunities in the US and China. 

In 2010 Sarah relocated to Calgary to study at the Southern Alberta Institute on Technology, but it wasn’t long before she was playing fiddle with folk punk bands The Shillelaghs, Spencer Jo, and Calgary indie king Reuben and the Dark. A few years later with a taste for the city and a fresh diploma in her hand Sarah set out for Toronto to continue to pursue a career in music.  

During her time in Toronto, Sarah worked as a supporting musician for Annie Lou, Donne Roberts, and many others. She also continued to grow as an oldtime musician in groups Pigeonhawk Stringband, The Living Daylights Stringband and by traveling to Appalachia for oldtime music contests and gatherings. In 2013 Sarah discovered a new musical passion: traditional jazz. Playing violin on old jazz and swing tunes in local jazz orchestra Combo Royale, she started to gain confidence as a soloist in this genre. Sarah he also discovered another side of her singing voice and gained more control and diversity but kept the old-fashioned charm she has become known for. This expansion into jazz led Sarah to seek further education at Humber with jazz violin guru Drew Jureka.  

Sarah is currently located in her hometown of Whitehorse, where she is plays and sings with her family’s western swing band the Swingin’ Pines, teaches fiddle, writes songs and runs her small donut business Sourdoughnuts.

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Selina Heyligers-Hare

Teaches: Beginner Grrrrl Rock Band

Years Experience: 10

Selina was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. She is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist who has performed countless times with in and around the Yukon, at many festivals and different events.

She has played with many musicians in the territory as duos, trios and bands .

Selina has been performing since 12 years old and music has always been her passion. In high school she achieved the RCM Advanced Rudiments First Class Honors and Grade 6 Piano Honors, then decided to continue her practice on her own and go in a more contemporary direction with her music.

After high school she went to post secondary at Selkirk College in Nelson B.C for guitar, majoring in Performance and receiving her diploma in Music and Technology. 

As far as her experience with kids goes, she spent the entire summer of 2016 teaching kids how to be vaudevillians at the Frantic Follies Vaudeville Camp. She has some experience teaching private lessons as well.

Selina is a member of the funk band Major Funk and the Employment who spent the last couple summers touring Western Canada. 

They released their debut studio EP Thoughts in 2018 and are currently working on their first full studio album to be released this summer.

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Matthew Lien

Teaches: Write a Song. Build a Demo.

Years Experience: 35

Matthew Lien is a producer, composer, performer and sound artist. With a passion for field recording, he often seeks out remote destinations from the arctic to the tropics, mountain peaks to underwater volcanoes, in search of sound, music and inspiration.

His first international release “Bleeding Wolves” became a multi-platinum legend in Southeast Asia where his music remains popular today. He was the first foreigner to perform at Mandarin Asia's Grammy-equivalent, first nominated, and first to win the award. He's since garnered six nominations, while his contributions to television and radio have earned him the region's Emmy-equivalent and four nominations.

In recognition of Matthew’s effort to promote indigenous and traditional culture through music andsound, he's been appointed Ambassador and Honourary Citizen by several regional governments, Cultural Ambassador by the ROC government, and Esquire magazine named him Man of the Year.

Back home in Canada, he's been awarded Best Yukon Artist and received two nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards. He was awarded the Parliamentary Certificate of Honour, and appointed Special Envoy to Taiwan.

Matthew’s twenty solo albums, concerts, soundtracks, sound art, commissioned works, documentaries, and the television series he hosts, all retain an emphasis on culture and the environment.

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Scott Maynard

Teaches: Vocal Masterclass, All About The Bass

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 is busy playing music all over Yukon, as well as teaching 20 private piano students.

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Toby Moisey

Teaches: Concert Band

Years Experience: 15

Toby Moisey is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia, (2014) he studied under Prof. Alexandra Mikhailovna Vavilina, former Flute Soloist with the legendary Leningrad Orchestra. 

Toby holds a Bachelor of Education from McGill University (2018) and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria (2009) Mr. Moisey grew up in Smithers, BC, Canada.

Currently Toby teaches Band in Whitehorse at F.H. Collins, and is the Co-Music Director of the Whitehorse All-City Bands.

Exploring approaches to music education though experimental performance, improvisation and composition Toby has been faculty with the Orchestra North Summer Program in Smithers, BC, Directed the Kitimat District Band Adventure program and has Performed with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the Problematic Orchestra.

Toby also hosts Culture Shock, a radio show exploring new art music on CJUC 92.5, Whitehorse Community Radio.

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Graeme Peters

Teaches: Drums and Jazz Combo

Years Experience: 20

After attending U of T for their Jazz Peromance Program in Drums, Graeme toured intenationally with the Peters Drury Trio and released 3 albums. He has been a regular piano player for the Frantic Follies, drummer for New Orleans and is now the vocalist and guitar player in Speed Control. Graeme has worked with Steven Page in the last year on song writing.

History of Speed Control...

Brothers Graeme and Jody Peters started the band in 2010, launching their first album  “The A.D.D. Sides”  with a 16 date western Canadian tour.  2012 saw the band release “FAB” and with that came their first national tour with stops from Whitehorse, Yukon to Toronto, Ontario.  2017 saw the release of “SPEED CONTROL” an 11 song album with 3 singles, Still Standing ,  The Deception of Reality and TENT CITY. 2018 and 2019 have seen the band touring upwards of 6 months a year and play between 150-250 shows per year. Speed Control is currently working on new songs for their next album.

Speed Control is sponsored by Yamaha Canada Music.

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Jody Peters

Teaches: Rock Band

Years Experience: 15

Jody Peters is one third of Speed Control.

He has been teaching in Yukon schools for many years and has taught Rawk Camp all over Canada for the past 5 years while also touring with the band. 

History of Speed Control...

Brothers Graeme and Jody Peters started the band in 2010, launching their first album  “The A.D.D. Sides”  with a 16 date western Canadian tour.  2012 saw the band release “FAB” and with that came their first national tour with stops from Whitehorse, Yukon to Toronto, Ontario.  2017 saw the release of “SPEED CONTROL” an 11 song album with 3 singles, Still Standing ,  The Deception of Reality and TENT CITY. 2018 and 2019 have seen the band touring upwards of 6 months a year and play between 150-250 shows per year. Speed Control is currently working on new songs for their next album.

Speed Control is sponsored by Yamaha Canada Music.

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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 and Music Theory

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/

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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.

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Diyet van Lieshout

Teaches: Voice

Diyet was born in a tent and spent her childhood on the ancestral lands of the Kluane First Nation people in the Yukon Territory. She was raised on the land, in a family rooted in tradition but also with the attitude that there are no limits to dreamers and dreams. It’s from that footing that Diyet has created a musical presence that is as diverse as her Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Japanese and Scottish heritage.

She discovered her voice singing on the school bus, went on to acquire a degree in music, then became a published songwriter. When the pull of the home and the North was too strong, she packed her bags, and her Dutch husband, moving back to her village of 90 people without a plan or even a pub to play in. The result of this unlikely career move has been international collaborations, extensive touring and two acclaimed albums (The Breaking Point & When You Were King,) with the third album: Diyet & The Love Soldiers released in 2018 which received nominations for: “Folk Album Of The Year” at The Indigenous Music Awards, “Indigenous Artist Of The Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards and won “Indigenous Songwriter Of The Year” at the “Canadian Folk Music Awards” in 2020.

Diyet has spent the past 7 years learning, Southern Tutchone with her Grandmother. When she’s not touring, she teaches Southern Tutchone and is relearning and teaching the songs of her ancestors. 

Continuing to live with feet firmly planted in two worlds, Diyet’s adventurous and sometimes chaotic life is on full display in her music. She often says, “yesterday, fishing for our dinner on the ice, the next day, on the stage singing for you!”