Renn Madeleine Bibeau
Teaches: Voice, Ukulele, Piano
Renn was trained in piano from the age of four, under the tutelage of Jocelyn Savage (piano), and in voice from the age of fourteen with Elaine Case, and later with Dr. Reid Spencer (voice). Renn also explored percussion, clarinet, saxophone, ukulele, and guitar in junior and high school band and private lesson settings. She performed regularly across her home province of Alberta with a variety of bands, festivals, and theatre companies. Renn is well versed in classical music, musical theatre, and contemporary commercial music (CCM), and thrives on the diverse nature of her students’ interests.
Renn holds a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Vocal Performance. She received her Associate’s Degree from Mount Royal University before transferring to the University of Victoria, where she worked with a number of incredible educators, coaches, choirs and vocal jazz ensembles. An ardent lifelong learner, she has continued her professional development with many tremendous educators across the globe. Renn has completed Levels I, II, and III through the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™ (via Baldwin Wallace University), which explores an organized method of vocal training for contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles, based upon somatic (physical) awareness and aural discernment. She has trained in the Feldenkrais Method®, and has studied with Dr. Shannon Coates (The Vocal Instrument 101).
Renn is a member of the Somatic Voicework™ Teachers Association, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
An active performing and recording musician and composer, Renn has contributed to artistic endeavours worldwide. Renn’s folk-rock project Fox Glove has released three albums and performs in festivals and concerts nation-wide. She performs regularly as a soloist and collaborates extensively with other artists. She can be heard on recordings with outfits such as Astrocolor, Carmanah, and Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea.
Years Experience: 7
Marshall Buyck goes by the stage name John Stosh. He is a born and raised Yukoner and self taught beat boxer with 7 years experience. As a beatboxer he has travelled internationally to Krakow, Poland where he placed in the top 8 in the professional and student category at the SBX Camp 7toSmoke. In 2018 he won the Yukon Rendezvous Superstar Talent Show.
Teaches: Voice, Musical Minds
Lianne Cranfield has been singing since age 3 and has performed thousands of shows. She has played in pubs and cafes, on big stages, at festivals, large private events and most notably, played while touring for an extended period of travel in New Zealand and Australia. Upon her return to Canada, she conducted research on music’s effects on the developing brain as a component of her Masters of Education.
She came to the Yukon in 2012 where she became a mother and a counsellor at a local highschool. During this time, Lianne offered a children’s music program, Musical Minds Yukon, and continued to develop her vocal coaching and art therapy program, Find Your Voice.
Teaches: Vocal Jazz
Being called one of JazzFM91’s 8 Canadian Women in Jazz You Need to Know, Caity has performed at popular clubs and jazz festivals across Canada including the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Calgary Jazz Festival, the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto, Upstairs Jazz in Montreal, and Frankie's Jazz in Vancouver.
Caity has worked and recorded with many luminaries in the Canadian jazz scene including Allison Au, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, Don Thompson, Christine Jensen and Virginia MacDonald.
In addition to performing, Caity runs an instagram account entitled "@Liftaday" where she has gained global recognition from her transcription videos of iconic Jazz solos that are viewed daily by thousands of people. She has posted over 200 videos since 2018. She is also an avid writer and composes songs in the style of the Great American Songbook. Her compositions have been sung by other vocalists around the world, and she was recently crowned the Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Jazz category for her song "Secret Safe”.
She has independently released one self titled EP, several singles and her debut album “No Bounds”, that features guitarist Jocelyn Gould. On July 9th, 2021 she released an EP of original music arranged for large ensemble under Brooklyn based label La Reserve called “Now Pronouncing”. “Now Pronouncing” was selected as CBC Music’s Top 15 Canadian Jazz Albums of 2021. This album is also nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the 2022 JUNO awards. Her next album, entitled "Featuring”, will be released on November 4th, 2022 and each of the thirteen tracks will feature a guest soloist.
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.
Teaches: Bass, Rockband
Years Experience: 25
Over the past forty years, Scott Maynard has been in choirs, dozens of bands, contributed to countless recordings, and toured extensively through Canada, the US, and Europe. He is a composer, songwriter, and producer, and plays multiple instruments including guitar, drums, and piano/keys, but his main instrument has been the electric bass. At past Yukon Summer Music Camps, Scott has taught vocal masterclass, choir, theory, and audio tech. This year he will be offering several classes, and is excited to teach intermediate rock band for the first time.
Teaches: Guitar, Music Composition
Hannah Mazurek is a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, and educator. Now based out of Whitehorse, Hannah is a graduate of the University of Toronto school of music and has shared their love of sound in all its forms across Canada from the East coast to the West. They have composed music for diverse classical ensembles but have an abiding love of roots music, American folk, and bluegrass.
Years Experience: 15
Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Jamie Phillips-Freedman began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. After several years of study with Cheryl Wishart, he began lessons with Joyce Klassen. Theory classes with Henry Klassen enriched his understanding of music. Jamie received a full scholarship to attend Pearson College UWC in Victoria, where he graduated high school. While in Victoria, he studied with Dr. Yoomi Kim of the Victoria Conservatory. Jamie has participated in several summer music programs including the Orford Academy, the Victoria Conservatory Summer Academy, the Valhalla Summer School of Music and the Domaine Forget Summer Academy. He has also participated in many festivals, winning awards in the Whitehorse Rotary Music Festival, the Mid Island Performing Arts Festival, the Madeleine Till Open Performance Competition and the 2019 and 2021 CFMTA National Piano Competition. Most recently, Jamie was a finalist in the Rudolf Serkin Piano Competition and was chosen to play in a masterclass given by pianist Alexander Kobrin. Currently, Jamie is studying piano performance with Professor Angela Cheng at Oberlin Conservatory and mathematics at Oberlin College. He also benefited from a semester of lessons with Professor Alvin Chow. Jamie is an avid chamber musician and currently plays in a piano trio. He loves to sight read chamber music and vocal repertoire with other musicians. In his free time, he likes to play soccer, squash, basketball and chess. He also enjoys running and reading
Years Experience: 13
Elayne was born in Dublin, Ireland. During her early school years, Gaelic and Harp were mandatory subjects along with the choice of Irish Step Dancing or the Irish Pipes. She studied all four until she passed her A-levels in England. Then, for a change of scene, she moved to Virginia in the USA where she completed two degrees along with an Associate in Music.
After university, her friends and teachers from Ireland, the United States and Canada all encouraged her to revisit the harp. Elayne has taught Royal Conservatory piano and theory in Whitehorse for the past thirteen years, and harp for the last seven. “Caol lorg duilleoga ar geroi egus cinamada" “Music leaves footprints on our hearts and souls.
Teaches: Rockband, Drumming
Andrew Scott is a musician, educator, podcaster and father based in Beaumont, Alberta. He is currently teaching classroom music, band and guitar at Riverview Middle School in Devon, Alberta and is super excited to be headed north to spend time with the Yukon students!
Teaches: Concert Band, Drumming
Julie Scott is an energetic performer, director and teacher in the Edmonton area. She has a love for all that is music, especially percussion! Julie studied under the direction of Adam Mason at the University of Lethbridge, focusing on African, Samba, Taiko, Steel Drumming and Conducting while pursuing her Bachelor of Music and Education.
As an Educator, Julie’s favourite thing is working with new groups in new communities. She loves working with those who are brand new to music, those who are returning to music after a long hiatus, those who are working on a secondary instrument…..all the way up to the intermediate and advanced players who always want a good challenging (and fun) piece of music!
Prior to having her two beautiful children, she thoroughly enjoyed performing with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Global Drums Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band, University of Lethbridge Wind Ensemble, Isshin Taiko Ensemble (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan) and pit percussion for various musical theatre productions. Julie is an active percussion and guest conductor throughout Alberta, who has had the pleasure of conducting the Edmonton Catholic School Jr. All-City Band, the Cosmopolitan Music Society Percussion Ensemble and various other small ensembles throughout the Edmonton area.
Julie is currently the Fine Arts Lead Teacher and Music Director for ECSD’s new school, École St. John XXIII, where she teaches Music in both English and French.
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/
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.
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.
Years Experience: 7
Ellen Thompson was born and raised in Whitehorse and has her RCM level 9 in voice and also completed her A.R.C.T. in Piano performance.
Ellen is a member of the Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association. She has taught piano and voice in her private studio for five years. Ellen believes in the importance of music in every person’s life, and teaching children music at a young age so they can have the gift of music for their rest of their lives.
Ellen is currently teaching at the Heart of Riverdale music school and offers high energy group classes and private classes in and around Whitehorse.
Years Experience: 7
Jack Walcher-Wegmann is a young Yukon fiddler who is excited to share her passion for fiddle with others. She has been a proud member of the Yukon Fiddleheads for six seasons where she has become a mentor to the group. With the Fiddleheads Jack has played all across the Yukon as well as Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It was at Yukon Summer Music Camp in 2016 when Jack first had the opportunity to try fiddle and it has been an amazing part of her life ever since.