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KISSM 2019 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.

Music Makers Department

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.

Diploma . Performing Arts Prep (Musical & Tech Theatre) 

Sam Bregoliss

Technical Director

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. 

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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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Jaymi Daniels

MEd, BEd, BMus 

Band Department

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. 

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.

B Mus., B Ed., Marimba Musica

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. 

Paige Olsen

Music Maker / Musical Theatre Department

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!

Kevin Mulligan

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.

Composer / Accompanist

Megan Hanks

Band Department / Accompanist

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!
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Pat Rustand

Accompanist

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.

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Paul Bouthillier

Music Makers / Band Departments

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!

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Amanda To

Music Makers 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!

 
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 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.

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Megan Alpaugh

 
Program Coordinator

With a background in event planning and administration, Megan has been working with the Kamloops Music Collective since October, but is very excited to be joining KISSM for her first time this year. 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.