KISSM 2019 Faculty
Music Director, Band Program
Kirk is currently Director of Music at Didsbury High School, where he instructs courses in concert band, jazz band, and guitar. The school has 260 students and of this, more than half are involved in some facet of the music program. Prior to Didsbury, he taught at G. P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay and at Revelstoke Secondary School. Groups under Kirk’s direction consistently receive high accolades at provincial, national, and international festivals. In 2015, the DHS Symphonic Winds took part in a 12-day performance tour of Spain, where they premiered a piece written for them by Spanish composer Javier Perez Garrido. Kirk received his undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master’s degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2008, he was honoured to be recognized as a semi-finalist in Alberta Education’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Band Association, he is also a member of Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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.
Music Director, Music Makers
Diploma . Performing Arts Prep (Musical & Tech Theatre)
Sam is a professional Director, Choreographer, Dancer and Actor now residing in Vancouver BC. He has had the privilege of performing, choreographing, directing, designing and judging across Canada, the United States and Europe. In spring of 2018 Sam took over teaching the dance stream and some movement class at Vancouver Film School. Before his time in Vancouver he studied Musical Theater and Technical Theater at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. During his time at Sheridan he had the opportunity to design, direct and choreograph You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. This production was done in partnership with Toronto Youth Theater. Which showed at Theater Erindale and The Lower Ossignton Theater In Toronto. During this partnership Sam worked with mentors Victor Young, past president of Actors Equity, Keith Pike Artist Director of Theater St. John and Adeen Ashton Artist Director of Toronto Youth Theater. Before attending Sheridan Sam was heavily involved in the theater and dance community in his home town of Kamloops, BC. Growing up he had the privilege of working under the direction of Daryl Cloran and Valerie Easton on Western Canada Theaters production of Fiddler on The Roof. He's also has been an instructor and choreographer for their Stage One Theater School. He's trained with some of the best including; Mandy Moore (Choreographer of LALA Land), Mia Michael (SYTYCD) Daniel Kasha (Camp Rock 2), Stephanie Graham (Award winning Choreographer) and Wayne Cilento (Choreographer of Wicked). Sam will soon be appearing on the Toronto International short Film Festival screen along side Academy award winning actress Olympia Dukakis and in the Save On Foods Spring and Summer marketing campaign.
B.ED., B.Mus, MELA
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.
Jaymi Daniels grew up in Kelowna, B.C and attended Rutland Senior Secondary. She went on to pursue her BMus at UVic studying Music Education and taking Euphonium training with Eugene Dowling. After graduation Jaymi moved to the UK and spent two years teaching in the British State School System. Jaymi is currently a secondary band and choir teacher in the Kamloops Thompson School District at Valleyview Secondary School. She is the 1st Vice President and Conference coordinator of the B.C. Music Educators’ Association, plays the trumpet in Solara Brass Quintet, plays euphonium and guests conducts the Kamloops Community Band, and is a past Pipe Band World Champion.
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.
Tomas Bijok’s journey in music began at an early age. Having had come from a musical family, it was understood that music was to be a part of his life. Tomas began his formal vocal training under the instruction of Dr Wendoline Pazitka Munroe at Canadian University College. At the age of 22, Tomas began to study under the guidance of Lynn Vernon. He then studied for two years at the University of British Columbia with Roelof Oostwoud, after which he auditioned for the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. In Prague he completed his B.A and M.A. in Vocal Performance. He also studied piano at the Academy, under Professor Havlakova. Bijok made his Czech operatic debut in Bohuslav Martinu’s comedy on the Bridge at the Northern Bohemian Theatre of Opera and Ballet. He has since sung in theaters in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Japan, and France. In 2010, Tomas recorded the lead role of Lucas in the world premiere recording of Bohuslav Martinu’s “Le Jour de Bonte” under the Arco Diva label. Tomas has currently relocated to his home town of Kamloops. Dedicating more time to teaching, he presently teaches chorus at Thompson Rivers University, and continues to teach voice, violin and piano in his private studio in Kamloops. He is looking forward to bringing his wealth of expertise to KISSM once again.
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.
Jordan is once again thrilled to be working at KISSM for another summer. A keen musician while growing up in Kamloops, Jordan started going to KISSM as a student in 2002, and has been back almost every year since, as an employee, volunteer, board member, and now faculty. Jordan graduated from Thompson Rivers University with his Bachelor of Education in 2014, and was hired by the local school district. He spent this year teaching music at Arthur Hatton Elementary School in Kamloops, and has successfully produced and directed a Christmas concert for each of the last two years. Jordan has also been the lead trumpet player in the Kamloops Community Band since its inception 14 years ago and is the current Vice President of the organization, handling media relations and being the Master of Ceremonies for performances. He has also played with several other ensembles when they’ve needed another trumpet player, such as the School District #73 Honour Band, and the Kamloops Brass Ensemble. KISSM is the highlight of Jordan’s year, and he is very excited to work with the fantastic staff and students who will be there this July.
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.
B Mus., B Ed., Marimba Musica
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 .
BA, Yamaha Music Education Certified Instructor
Katie is delighted to be joining the KISSM staff in 2019. Her musical journey began in Ottawa with RCM piano and theory training, and segued to self-taught guitar; she has taught private piano and guitar lessons in Kamloops for 18 years. In 2005 she became a Yamaha Music Education certified instructor and taught YME group classes for a decade. As an auxiliary musical theatre teacher and director in School District 73, Katie helped stage and provided piano accompaniment for a dozen student productions, including How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Anne of Green Gables. For the past five years, Katie has directed Passion Bowl Drama Camp in the North Shuswap, writing the camp's original productions and musical arrangements. She has performed with many local bands, including Neil Young tribute band Forever Young with Alex Petrie, and the roots and folk group Rough Patch. She played violin with the Thompson Rivers Orchestra, and recently performed Lavignac's rollicking Galop Marche as one of a piano quartet at the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts Honours concert.
Kevin Mulligan is a Canadian emerging composer, pianist, and vocalist from Kamloops, British Columbia. His compositions are praised for their “emotional sincerity” and connectivity with a wide variety of audiences, and his vocal music is especially noticed for its “genuine text setting” and natural fit to the human voice. Professional and semi-professional groups and soloists have performed his works in Kamloops and Toronto as part of community, academic, and New Music Festival settings.
While having adeptly written art song, choral music, and opera, Kevin’s portfolio delves into solo writing for a multitude of instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. His proficiency in composition annually garnered him the Robert & Jean Elliott McBroom Scholarship from the University of Toronto. In 2017, Kevin was chosen to be part of the inaugural Sounds of Silence Initiative initiative that brought together composers and singers from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and contemporary poets from underrepresented peoples in Toronto. SOSI featured his song cycle Desire, for soprano, piano, and percussion, with text from Canadian First Nations poet, Gwen Benaway.
Kevin is an active educator and pedagogue in areas of composition, piano, and voice, and teaches concurrently with his studies. Kevin has been working with the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music under the Kamloops Music Collective for three years as Assistant Faculty and Faculty and is thrilled at the idea of collaborating and educating local young musicians from the new relationship of composer-in-residence and performers.
Kevin graduated with his Bachelor of Music in Composition with Honors from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing his Master of Composition from the same university as well, studying with Larysa Kuzmenko, Alexander Rapoport, and Norbert Palej.
Matt has been an instructor at Lee’s Music in Kamloops for 12 years, where he teaches guitar, drums, bass, and ukulele, as well as the Lee’s Music Rock Band Program. Matt is also the singer/guitarist in rock band The Decoys, who have released several albums and have played hundreds of shows all over Canada for over a decade. This will be Matt’s first year at KISSM and he’s looking forward to the experience!
Megan has been attending and volunteering with KISSM since 2012 and is excited to be joining the KISSM staff again this year. She started playing the piano at the age of two, and since then has completed her Grade 10 RCM and is currently pursuing her ARCT. In elementary and high school, Megan accompanied choir and competed in Provincial and National level competitions for piano, winning numerous awards including the Leonore Shandel scholarship for most promising young pianist, and the Sai Takahashi Memorial Rose Bowl. In 2017 she accompanied the US Honors Performance Chorus in Carnegie Hall, NY. Most recently she worked as accompanist with the Cantabile Singers in Kamloops, Les Muses Chorales in Montreal and was featured as a soloist with the St. Lambert String Orchestra.
In 2015, Megan moved to Montreal to study astrophysics and physiology at McGill. While in Montreal she sat on the board of the School of Music Montreal, which is a program to provide music lessons to at risk youth, and took on the position of director of music education in 2016. Through this program she helped establish piano programs at numerous Giant Steps schools, which are schools for students with autism and other learning disabilities. While in Montreal she also worked as a section lead and accompanist with the St. Lambert Choral Society.
When not playing the piano, Megan also enjoys singing, coaching or competing in Judo and studying traditional Japanese Dance. Megan is very excited to be returning to KISSM, and is looking forward to a very exciting 40th anniversary year!
Pat, a retired school teacher, has had experience accompanying school, church and community choirs in the Nanaimo area. Since her recent move to Kamloops, she has done some accompanying with 'The Kamloops Choristers' and 'The Cantabile Singers'.
Pat is very excited to be involved with KISSM this summer and working with Tomas Bijok and the senior choir.
Lucas Olsen was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. He began his journey at KISSM at the age of 8 years old and has had blast every year since! He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Thompson Rivers University and studies violin with Cvetozar Vutev. He began playing the violin at the age of 8 through the School District Strings program at Arthur Hatton Elementary and quickly fell in love with making music. Lucas has taken part in numerous local festivals as well as a provincial festival and in 2016 he was a soloist and assistant concertmaster with the BCMEA Provincial Honour Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Girard. In grade 7 Lucas began learning trombone through an elementary school band program and has joined various community groups since. Lucas has had the privilege of working with local groups such as the Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra, Thompson Valley Orchestra and Kamloops Beyond Brass as well as also being invited to work with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time Lucas enjoys volunteering with university clubs and biking with his friends. He is looking forward to being back this summer for a fun-filled three weeks!
Kiana is a young musician and competitive dancer who will be a mentor in training this year. Kiana is a highschool student at South Kamloops Secondary School who actively participates in the school's music program. She first attended KISSM when she was five years old and has been attending ever since. She is working on her grade nine RCM piano and she also plays oboe and flute and learned to play bassoon and guitar in school. Kiana has been selected to participate in the District 73 Honour Band for the past two years. Kiana has also been dancing since age three and has learned many dance disciplines, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, acro, contemporary and pointe. She is working on her RAD Intermediate level. Kiana also teaches Chinese folk dance. She is looking forward to being a mentor in training this year!
Colin O’Fee was a KISSM student for 8 years and is very excited to return for his second year as KISSM staff. He began playing music quite early in life, starting violin at age 4, in which he attained a Grade 7 level before moving to percussion. As a percussionist, Colin has had the esteemed privilege to play with the SD73 Honour Band, SD73 Honour Jazz, and the BCMEA Provincial Honours wind ensemble. For almost 2 years now, Colin has been leading the KISSM Drumline outside of KISSM in practices and at events such as the Kamloops Marathon, the Santa Claus parade, and Blazers games. Currently, Colin studies the concert marimba, plays trumpet in his high school's jazz band, does percussion in the concert band, and drums with the group formerly known as the Kamloops Big Band: Beyond Brass. In his spare time, Colin is part of a curling team, does archery, and dabbles in ukulele. Colin is ecstatic to be back at KISSM for a 10th year!
Evan Snee is a former KISSM kid with a passion for music that is thrilled to be returning as an assistant faculty member for the fourth consecutive year. He is currently attending Trinity Western University in Langley and has just finished his fourth year of a Biology Degree. He will be moving on to the School of Optometry in Waterloo in the upcoming school year. Evan is in love with music and acting. As a child, he attended KISSM for four years before graduating from high school. In his free time, Evan sings, plays the piano, guitar, trombone, and a little ukulele on the side. He loves performing and interacting with kids, and is looking forward to the musical theater numbers. He is especially looking forward to greeting brand new faces on the KISSM music scene. All in all, Evan is incredibly excited to be a member of the KISSM team this year.
Emma is so excited to be working at KISSM where she has loved learning, performing and meeting new friends first as a student for six years and then as an Assistant Faculty member for the past two years. Emma has a wide variety of artistic and teaching experiences. She studied violin and piano reaching Royal Conservatory Grade 9 in both. From 2013- 2015, she also gained practical performing experience, while being a member of the Thompson Valley Orchestra. She has trained in many forms of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre and has loved choreographing and teaching students at both Western Canada Theatre’s Stage One Theatre School and Nuance Dance Studio in Kamloops. Emma has also had the privilege of performing in many professional plays, including “Fiddler on the Roof” at Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, “The Patron Saint of Stanely Park” at Theatre Northwest in Prince George and the world premiere of Lucia Frangione’s three-person play “In a Blue Moon” a co-production between The Arts Club, Western Canada Theatre and Thousand Islands Playhouse which toured throughout the Vancouver area to Kamloops and Ontario. After graduating from high school Emma moved abroad to work as an au pair for a family in France for six months and this year she has continued to explore the world by beginning her university studies at Queens University’s Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in England. Emma has so enjoyed her experiences at KISSM in the past and is happy be able to share her knowledge and love of the arts with students again this year!
Paige is a new graduate from Kamloops School of the Arts, she has been at KSA since 2010. In Paige’s school career she’s had the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to music in many areas, in high school specifically she was a Drama, and Choir Major and minored every year in Musical theatre. Though school taught her to love music she had many other influences outside of her timetable as well. Paige has been in private voice lessons since she was 8 years old and is currently working on her grade 8 RCM exam. Paige has been performing in musicals since she was 5 years old, she has performed in many musicals over the years with community theatres, WTC, and her own school’s productions. Her most notable roles being Cinderella in “Into the Woods”, Anita Bathe in “Rock of Ages”, Milly Pontipee in “7 Brides for 7 Brothers”, and most recently Mrs Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”. Paige can’t wait for this summer to experience more great musical fun!
Paul has attended KISSM as a student since 2009, where he has been involved in a variety of different classes and programs including piano, drumline, band, and most recently, a quintet group. Paul began playing piano at a young age, initially teaching himself, but after about a year, he began taking lessons with Dimiter Terziev. While he continued playing piano, he was introduced to the worlds of choir and band through the late Rob Peterson, who taught music at OLPH school where Paul was a part of the Rising Stars choir for four years. Paul then attended St. Ann’s Academy until his graduation in 2018, and during his five years there, took part in all offered music classes where he was part of the concert band, choir, a sixteen-person vocal jazz ensemble, as well as a music ministry group that played rock-style Christian music. Paul also joined the Kamloops Community Band in 2017, where he plays the clarinet. Paul is currently studying in the Bachelor of Science program at Thompson Rivers University, and in his spare time, enjoys listening to music from the ‘70s and ‘80s. He is looking forward to coming back to KISSM again this year!
Ali MacMillan is a former KISSM student and competitive cheerleader, having just competed in a worlds championship of cheerleading in Florida. With almost 10 years of experience attending KISSM Ali has a passion for choir and musical theatre. Ali had sung in over 15 choirs and appeared in countless professional and amateur theatre and musical theatre productions. Having just graduated from Norkam Senior Secondary Ali can not wait to be involved in KISSM and is looking forward to the fun filled 3 weeks she gets to spend there this summer.
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!
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 10 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.