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KISSM 2022 FACULTY

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Kirk Wassmer

B.ED., M.Mus

KISSM Music Director, Band Program

Kirk is currently the Director of Music at Didsbury High School in Didsbury, Alberta, a rural community situated midway between Calgary and Red Deer off the QEII Highway.  In a school of only 270 students, 160 participate in one of the school’s two concert bands or three jazz ensembles.  In addition to numerous local and regional performances, groups from Didsbury High School have travelled across Canada and to Scotland, England and Spain.  Ensembles from DHS consistently receive high accolades for their concert and festival performances.
Kirk received his undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan.  He has a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied with Dr. Dale Lonis.  During the summer Kirk serves as the Band Department Head for the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music.  In 2008, he was honoured to be recognized as a semi-finalist in Alberta Education’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.  In 2017 Kirk received the David Peterkin Award in recognition of exemplary and consistent contribution to bands and band education from the Mu Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu.  In 2019 he was presented with the Elkhorn Band Director of the Year award by the Alberta Band Association.   In addition to being Past-President of the Alberta Band Association, he is also a member of Phi Beta Mu (Mu Alpha chapter), Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Jordan Baker

B.ED.

Band Department

Jordan Baker grew up in Kamloops, and first attended KISSM as a student in 2002.  He enjoyed it so much that he’s come back nearly every year since, as a volunteer, board member, assistant faculty, and now faculty.  The passion for working with children led to him receiving his Bachelor of Education from TRU in 2014, and he’s been teaching in the Kamloops Thompson School District ever since.  He currently teaches English and Creative Writing at the high school level, but looks forward to the music (and the new colourful T-shirt!) every summer at KISSM.  An avid trumpet player, Jordan serves as the Vice President of the Kamloops Community Band, of which he’s been a member almost since its founding 20 years ago.  When not teaching or playing music, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, or playing video games, board games and Dungeons and Dragons. 

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Christy Gauley

B.ED., B.Mus, MELA

Choral and Musical Theatre Department

Christy Gauley is once again excited to join the KISSM staff . Christy has been a musical theatre lover since her early days as a voice student in Kamloops, and even attended KISSM's choral and musical theatre programs in her youth!  Inspired by musicians in the artistically rich Kamloops area, Christy chose to pursue singing and went to UBC to study Opera.  She studied with Heather Thompson, Bruce Pullan and Nancy Hermiston, and sang numerous roles in productions (Dido and Anaeas, The Merry Widow, Manon, The Ghost in the Turret) with UBC Opera, including a tour with their production of The Magic Flute to the Czech Republic.  Christy graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2005, and Bachelor of Education in 2007.  During the non-KISSM portion of the year, Christy directs the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir and is the music specialist at South Sahali Elementary, where she teaches Orff and Kodaly-inspired music and composition, guitar, Stomp, and band.  Christy is currently the Arts Education Coordinator for School District 73.  

Rob Hogeveen

B.ED.

Band Department

Rob Hogeveen rejoins the KISSM staff this year with enthusiasm and a smile. He has been teaching at KISSM for many years and always enjoys the experience. For Rob, KISSM is a family affair - both of his children attend the camp!

Rob has is Bachelor of Education and is passionate about teaching. On top of his music-teaching experience with KISSM, Rob is a music teacher at Lloyd George Elementary School, where he runs a very successful music program. While Rob enjoys playing many instruments, his personal specialty is in trumpet. He is looking forward to meeting this year’s musicians, both new and returning.

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Bailey Finley

BMus 

Band Department

Bailey grew up in Kamloops and participated in many of the instrumental music programs the community has to offer. She has since obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria in 2017 and has toured Canada with various ensembles since graduation. She’s recently relocated to Kamloops and is teaching at the Kamloops Symphony Music School teaching flute and composition. In Victoria, she often collaborated with the Victoria Composers Collective and she was a guest artist for their 2018 Okanagan tour which included a stop at the Kamloops United Church. She has also volunteered for the KMC’s BAND Together program in the past. This year Bailey will be teaching KISSM's first Art of Creative Music course which will be introducing band students to creative music making through visual compositions and improvisations.

Samantha Levasseur

B.ED.

Musical Theatre and Music Makers Departments

Samantha moved to Kamloops after receiving her Bachelors of Education from the University of Victoria in 2012. Her interest in music began when she joined her Grade 7 band. She plays the flute and piccolo in the Kamloops Community Band, and plays the alto saxophone and guitar. She is also learning to play the piano and the violin. In high school, Samantha became very involved in musical theatre, both on and off the stage. She performed in several productions before changing directions and working as stage manager for several more. After graduation, she had the opportunity to work as a director for a visiting theatre group, working with K-8 students. Samantha volunteered with KISSM during the summer of 2013, and was amazed by the atmosphere at the school, and the talent and dedication of the students and other staff members. She was thrilled when she was asked to join the faculty in 2014. For the last four summers she has worked primarily with Music Makers. Samantha’s favourite class at KISSM is Intro to Broadway, and for the past four years she has written an original ‘mini musical’ for her students to learn and perform at the end of KISSM.

Jarrett Schill

B.Mus

Band Department

Originally from Kelowna, Jarrett attended Uvic (Bmus'99) and his principal instrument is the saxophone. While at Uvic he majored in secondary instrumental music education.  At Uvic he also acquired a fondness for choral singing through involvement with the Uvic Chamber Singers.  Since 2000, Jarrett has taught at Kamloops' Brocklehurst Secondary School('01-'10) and afterwards in the newly re-organized Brocklehurst Middle School (grades 7-9) from 2010-present. Jarrett teaches a full course load of music classes including two beginner bands, two intermediate bands, a beginner jazz and senior jazz band -off time table clubs, a mixed voice choir, treble voice choir and a life skills music class for exceptional learners. Brock's choirs perform at various care home facilities, at Blazer's hockey games (O'Canada), at the annual Wildlife Park 'Wildlight Festival' in addition to school and local festival performances. Brock's choral students also recently performed with 'Johnny Reid' when his tour stopped in Kamloops.  Brock's second year + bands jointly perform in the annual Santa Claus Parade in addition to local festivals and school performances. Brock's entire program takes an annual trip to perform at either the Sun Peaks or Whistler 'Cantando' festivals. Jarrett also enjoys singing in the tenor section and sits on the board of the Vivace Chorale Society (chamber choir), which rehearses regularly throughout the year under the direction of Cvetozar Vutev.  Jarrett continues to enjoy teaching saxophone privately on a weekly basis and is at times called on to perform with his saxophone for the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra or as accompaniment
with local choirs.  Jarrett is most importantly supported by a caring wife who thankfully understands what it means to be married to a music educator.

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Barbara Durno

World Music Department

Barbara is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) music teacher at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge BC.  She recently returned from living in Nairobi, Kenya,  where she studied traditional Kenyan percussion under Raymond Mtawali Makenzie from Kenyatta University.  Her recently completed book, Marimba Building 101, will be used as a course text in the music department at the university.  Barbara has World Music Drumming certification in marimba  and world music as well as certification in Indigenous studies.  Barbara is the owner of Marimba Musica, a business where she builds and supplies marimbas, mallets and marimba music arrangements to schools throughout the lower mainland.  Special invitations for Barbara include hosting a marimba building seminar at Lee Valley Tools and an Artist in Residence project for the Surrey School District .

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B.ED., BFA

Brittany Zettergreen

Musical Theatre Department

From an early age, it was clear that Brittany was in love with music. Whenever music was playing – whether it was a Beatles song or a Chopin Nocturne – Brittany would dance and sing. Throughout her school years she continued to grow her love of music, studying dance and voice at nearby studios, while also performing in school and community musicals. Ever since, Brittany has been training in all areas of visual and performing arts, working professionally with Stage North Theatre Society, The Laughing Stock Theatre Society, and obtaining a Bachelor Degrees in both Education and Fine Arts. She believes that if you have a passion you don't stop doing it-it chooses you and doesn't release you.  Brittany is a teacher at Kamloops School of the Arts with specialities in Dance, Drama and Visual Arts. It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together! Brittany is looking forward to another wonderful experience with KISSM. 

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Paige Olsen

Choral and Musical Theatre Department

Paige has loved music since she was a young 5-year-old orphan in a community production of Oliver Twist in Northern BC. She attended Kamloops School of the Arts, graduating in 2018, having participated in every Drama and Musical Theatre show she could. She has participated in KISSM and has worked for the Kamloops Music Collective for many years. Paige loves to sing, especially musical theatre music, and she competed in the Kamloops Festival of Performing Arts for nearly ten years in both the Classical and Musical Theatre categories. As well as taught voice at the Kamloops Symphony Music School, where she took her voice and music theory lessons. Paige is currently in a Music Education k-12 Choral Program at BYU in Utah. She loves working with kids and cannot wait to be singing her heart out with the KISSM students this summer! 

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Kyle Bates

Band Department

Kyle has been an avid member of the Kamloops music community for the past few years. He graduated from St Ann’s Academy in 2020 and has been attending the University of Victoria with the goal of getting a Bachelors in Music Education. While Kyle is known to play the trumpet, he also has a skill set for piano, guitar, and voice. Some of Kyle’s hobbies include hiking, skiing, and playing volleyball. You can catch Kyle assisting the Band programs at KISSM! Hint: look for the tallest person in the room!

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Chris Ollinger

Band Department

Chris Ollinger was born and raised in Salmon Arm, BC, where he participated in multiple bands, choirs, and the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra. Chris just finished the first year of his Bachelor of Music Education on the clarinet at the University of Victoria. He’s excited to be a part of KISSM this year and can’t wait to work with this year's group of music students.
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Senora Dunford

Band Department

Having just completed her first year of Music Education at the University of Victoria, Senora is excited to be working at KISSM and to be able to help spread the love of music to other people. She has played euphonium for 4 years and trumpet for 7 and has been putting her skills to work in numerous ensembles around Kamloops and Victoria in the past few years.

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Mandy Maher

Music Makers and Choral Department

Introducing Mandy! Mandy Maher started attending KISSM when she was 10 years old and has been actively involved with KISSM and the Kamloops Music Collective ever since. She grew up in Kamloops, BC, but is currently studying at the University of Alberta to obtain a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance under the instruction of RiverDance Broadway star Sherry Steele. Mandy has been a part of several choirs including hometown favourites like Serious Options and Vivace Choral, and has branched out to be a part of other groups such as the award winning University of Alberta Madrigal Singers and the BC Provincial Honour Choir. Mandy loves to play her oboe and occasionally plays the saxophone when feeling jazzy. She has done a number of solo performances but her favourite has been Pergolesi’s Sabat Mater. Mandy will never turn down seeing a picture of someone's pet, and she is always up to talk about music theory! She looks forward to discussing both with this summer’s KISSM students!

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Carson Sautner

Band Department

Carson Sautner is a guitarist with experience in many genres, specializing in classical guitar for the past 12 years. Beginning his musical studies in Edmonton, Alberta, Carson has performed in festivals every year since his beginning as a classical guitarist. He achieved first place in festivals he competed in, even making it to the 2019 Provincial Music Festival in British Columbia. In that same year Carson began his Music degree at the University of British Columbia for Classical Guitar Performance. After moving back to Edmonton, Carson continued his degree at the University of Alberta and is now completing his final year starting in September. Carson is thankful for the opportunity to work with the Kamloops Music Collective and is excited and looking forward to working with and teaching at KISSM and the other summer programs.

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HRDC Student

Band Department

Amanda is a young musician who will be part of our Assistant Faculty team this year. Amanda has just finished grade eleven at Sa-Hali Secondary School and is part of many leadership and environmental clubs. She is currently working on her grade eight RCM piano and she also plays the clarinet in her free time. Amanda was selected to participate in the District 73 Honour Choir this year and has been the teaching assistant for the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir for the past three years. At school, Amanda is part of the global citizens club, peer tutoring, debate club, and model UN. Outside of school, Amanda is an active participant of the Kamloops Youth Rotary Club. As an Assistant Faculty Member at KISSM this year, she is very excited to meet everyone!

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HRDC Student

Band Department

Amanda is a young musician who will be part of our Assistant Faculty team this year. Amanda has just finished grade eleven at Sa-Hali Secondary School and is part of many leadership and environmental clubs. She is currently working on her grade eight RCM piano and she also plays the clarinet in her free time. Amanda was selected to participate in the District 73 Honour Choir this year and has been the teaching assistant for the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir for the past three years. At school, Amanda is part of the global citizens club, peer tutoring, debate club, and model UN. Outside of school, Amanda is an active participant of the Kamloops Youth Rotary Club. As an Assistant Faculty Member at KISSM this year, she is very excited to meet everyone!

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HRDC Student

Band Department

Amanda is a young musician who will be part of our Assistant Faculty team this year. Amanda has just finished grade eleven at Sa-Hali Secondary School and is part of many leadership and environmental clubs. She is currently working on her grade eight RCM piano and she also plays the clarinet in her free time. Amanda was selected to participate in the District 73 Honour Choir this year and has been the teaching assistant for the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir for the past three years. At school, Amanda is part of the global citizens club, peer tutoring, debate club, and model UN. Outside of school, Amanda is an active participant of the Kamloops Youth Rotary Club. As an Assistant Faculty Member at KISSM this year, she is very excited to meet everyone!

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Executive Director

Kim Mangan

Kim’s passion for music education has been a guiding force in her leadership and management role as Executive Director of KISSM for the past 15 years Kim Mangan has been an integral leader at the Kamloops Music Collective (KMC). Mangan has expanded the KMC’s reach and impact through innovative new programs that encourage participation and appreciation of music and the arts in Kamloops.  She has significantly grown the organization’s budget reserves and endowment, and forged key new partnerships. She is committed to using music and arts education to address issues within our community and has worked to create and organization that supports music programs and advocates for music, her work has shaped the KMC’s ambitious vision for the future: to use the power of the arts and education to build a vibrant Kamloops that is creative, connected and inclusive. ​

Kim’s background is in finance and she has worked previously for organizations such as CIBC and GE Capital Finance. Her service-oriented approach and drive to create new music opportunities and experiences will benefit youth in the community and beyond for years to come. When Kim is not working, she loves spending time with her family, cooking and being active outdoors through the many pursuits available in the community.

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Megan Alpaugh

 
Director of Operations 

With a background in event planning and administration, Megan has been working with the Kamloops Music Collective for nearly 5 years. Prior to joining the Kamloops Music Collective, Megan completed her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at Thompson Rivers University, and had the opportunity to study Marketing and Advertising at the University of Canberra, Australia, for part of this time. After completing her Business Degree, Megan moved to Barrie, Ontario to attend Georgian College and complete a Graduate Certificate in Event Management, where she graduated with honours. She has since been lucky enough to work with the non-profit: The LiveUp2 Foundation as a Marketing and Event Coordinator, before she moved back to BC and joined the Kamloops Music Collective. Megan has also worked extensively in the retail and service industry, and enjoys the chance to meet and interact with members of the community.