Coastal Sound Music Academy Artistic Team

Coastal Sound is proud to have an artistic team which includes professional singers, award winning music educators and choral conductors, composer/ arrangers, acclaimed musicians in a variety of styles.  At the forefront of our teaching, is a nurturing care for the singers in our vocal ensembles, and a desire to help each singer realize their potential through music. Meet the team in each of our choirs below!

Diana Clark, Artistic Director

Coastal Sound’s founding Artistic Director, Donna Otto, invited Diana to lead this organization in 2009. Diana has an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and top program honours in a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University, Illinois. Diana is recognized for her creative work with young artists and has served as a clinician across Canada. She has adjudicated, led honour ensembles, provided music workshops and reading clinics throughout Metro Vancouver and Canada.

Diana has been a music educator in schools for 25 years and offers a treasure-trove of ideas in her workshop sessions that connect repertoire to curriculum and performance. Such diverse training and interests have contributed to Diana’s approach to music education: to nurture budding musicians so that they grow to be thoughtful, creative artists and engaged, caring and contributing citizens.

In 2015, Diana was the recipient of the national Experiences Canada Ambassador Award for exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges programs.

She is proud to serve the Canadian choral community on the Board of Choral Canada, where she coordinated the first-ever national choral census. Results have just been released!

My goal is to create opportunities for people to discover the transformative power of music, so that they will love and value this art form, and pass it on to their children. If more people made music together, the world would be a better place!

Sources Songplay

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Laura Epp,  Director

Laura Epp is an enthusiastic member of the CSMA team. She directs the Sources youngsters, sings in DeCoro, and her children sing in the choirs too. Music has always been an important and powerful part of her life. For Laura, music is a way to connect people and create joy. She wants to share this joy with the youngest of the Coastal Sound choirs: Sources. She always looks forward to Tuesday after school when she can sing and play with these wonderful children.
Laura has been a teacher in BC for over 20 years. She has Bachelors of Science and Education from U of S and a Master of Education from SFU. She is currently working at SFU as a Faculty Associate, where she mentors beginning teachers.

Con Brio/ Con Vita

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Angie Lundin, Director

Angie has been a member of the Coastal Sound family for more than 20 years. She was a member of CSMA’s inaugural Adult Choir, taught Kinderdance and Sources to hundreds of children and is now the director of Con Brio. Angie recently wrote and performed her one woman show Finding Wonderland as part of her SFU Masters of Arts thesis. Having spent much of her adult years working professionally as a singer and actress around the globe, she is now an elementary music specialist in Coquitlam where she passes on her passion and knowledge to young children.


Kyu Min Sigerson, Apprentice Choirs Accompanist

Kyu Min Sigerson showed her love of music ever since she was a young child. As her both parents were involved in the music industry, music was an important part of daily life as Kyu Min was growing up. Kyu Min earned her Bachelor of Music from Capilano University, holds a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Music  from UBC and a Masters Degree in Arts Education from SFU. Currently, Kyu Min teaches high school music and classroom elementary music in the Burnaby school district and her church music ministry.

Choral music is Kyu Min’s passion. Aside from singing, she has been directing and accompanying choirs for many years. She joined Coastal Sound by accompanying for DeCoro, then becoming a manager, then an accompanist. Three of her children are currently also singing in Coastal Sound!

Coastal Sound Boychoir

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Deanna Gestrin, Director

Deanna Gestrin is a vocalist, private voice instructor, choral conductor, clinician, and director of choirs and bands at Burnaby Mountain Secondary. She has been teaching music since 1998, and has been performing since childhood. Deanna has a rich choral background that began at the age of nine as a member of the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, and has continued throughout her life with numerous other choral ensembles, including Phil Mattson’s six-voice vocal jazz ensemble, VoicesIowa, and Rejean Marois’ vocal jazz ensemble, Nitecap. Deanna is passionate about teaching and connecting with students of all ages through a genuine and energetic approach to music education. Along with directing Coastal Sound Boychoir, Deanna also directs the Native Education College Choir in Vancouver. Through her work as a music educator, Deanna strives to inspire, motivate, and foster within her students a strong sense of self, and a deep love and appreciation for the gift of music and singing in our lives!

Con Bella

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Diana Clark, Director

Coastal Sound’s founding Artistic Director, Donna Otto, invited Diana to lead this organization in 2009. Diana has an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and top program honours in a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University, Illinois. Diana is recognized for her creative work with young artists. She has adjudicated, served as clinician, led honour ensembles and has provided music workshops and reading clinics throughout Metro Vancouver and Canada.
Diana has been a music educator in schools for 25 years and offers a treasure-trove of ideas in her workshop sessions that connect repertoire to curriculum and performance. Such diverse training and interests have contributed to Diana’s approach to music education: to nurture budding musicians so that they grow to be thoughtful, creative artists and engaged, caring and contributing citizens.
In 2015, Diana was the recipient of the national Experiences Canada Ambassador Award for exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges programs. She is proud to serve the Canadian choral community on the Board of Choral Canada, where she coordinated the first-ever national choral census. Results have just been released!

Coastal Sound Children’s Choir

Meet the Team

Diana Clark, Director

Coastal Sound’s founding Artistic Director, Donna Otto, invited Diana to lead this organization in 2009. Diana has an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and top program honours in a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University, Illinois. Diana is recognized for her creative work with young artists. She has adjudicated, served as clinician, led honour ensembles and has provided music workshops and reading clinics throughout Metro Vancouver and Canada.
Diana has been a music educator in schools for 25 years and offers a treasure-trove of ideas in her workshop sessions that connect repertoire to curriculum and performance. Such diverse training and interests have contributed to Diana’s approach to music education: to nurture budding musicians so that they grow to be thoughtful, creative artists and engaged, caring and contributing citizens.
In 2015, Diana was the recipient of the national Experiences Canada Ambassador Award for exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges programs. She is proud to serve the Canadian choral community on the Board of Choral Canada, where she coordinated the first-ever national choral census. Results have just been released!


Barry Yamanouchi, Pianist

Barry Yamanouchi, pianist/accompanist, holds degrees in Piano and a Master of Music in Sound Recording from McGill University. Barry is in great demand throughout Metro Vancouver for his sensitive accompanying skills. As a full time professional accompanist, Barry was awarded with the BC Choral Federation’s Accompanist Achievement award in 2015 for service to the provincial choral community.

Coastal Sound Youth Choir

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Will de Sousa, Conductor  

Will de Sousa works in the Burnaby School District, currently at Alpha Secondary School, as a choir and band director. Will graduated from both UBC’s School of Education, and School of Music, studying secondary choral and instrumental education. Though percussion was his primary instrument, Will’s strongest passion has always been choral music, and he has sought opportunities to build his skills in this area, and to immerse himself in the choral community. Will believes that making music together is about much more than the actual music making; it’s about the community that is created. There is nothing more powerful than having a group of people come together to make something bigger than themselves, and that is why Will is so passionate about instilling that love of music in others. Before becoming the Assistant Conductor of the Youth Choir, Will sang with the group for six years. This makes his role all the more meaningful to him, as he gets to help provide the same opportunities that helped shape him into the person he is today.


David Antoniuk, Pianist

David Antoniuk holds a degree in Piano Performance from Trinity Western University, where he studied with Betty Suderman and Kathryn Schmidt. In addition to accompanying the Youth Choir, he currently teaches music and ear training at Trinity Western University, plays with Somerset Trio, performs as a solo pianist, and teaches private lessons. David has toured internationally with the TWU choirs, performed as a musician for Holland America Cruise Line, and has appeared as a guest soloist with local orchestras in the Lower Mainland.

Music is an integral part of David’s life, and he is always excited for the opportunity to create and share music with others. David especially enjoys learning new music, improvisation, collaborating with other musicians, arranging, and composing. He loves being active and spending time outdoors, and currently lives in Fort Langley with his wife Lauren.


Joel Tranquilla, Clinician/Mentor

Dr. Joel Tranquilla is noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. In addition to his work with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir, Joel is the Director of Choral Activities at Trinity Western University where he oversees a program of six choirs. He is the Conductor of the Valley Festival Singers in Abbotsford and the Associate Conductor of the Juno nominated Canadian Chamber Choir.
In high demand across the country as an adjudicator and clinician, Joel has been the Guest Conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Choir and the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir, as well as the Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Canada.

DeCoro 

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Dawn Pemberton, Guest Director

Dawn is a Superstar Soul and R&B singer and we are thrilled to have her join us. This is Dawn’s first season with Coastal Sound, although she has done workshops with Children’s Choir and Youth Choir in the past. Dawn grew up singing in choirs, playing piano, performing and dancing with various groups in high school. Eventually, she received her my B. Mus in Jazz Studies from Capilano University.
Outside of Coastal Sound, she also tours and performs with The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer as well as her fronting her own band.
 

Emmanuella Triveri, Guest Director

Emmanuella has been part of the Coastal Sound family for 3 years with two sons singing in Con Brio. This year she joins our Artistic Team for the first time as a guest director. Emmanuella is a lifelong music student. She began playing piano and voice at a young age, then started singing in a community choir in her hometown and caught the choral bug. She went on to study Music Education at the University of Victoria, where she received a Bachelors of Education in Music (Choral and Instrumental).  Outside of Coastal Sound, Emmanuella is the the Director of Choirs at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School.


Elise Heard, Pianist

Elise has enjoyed many years of music making and in various capacities. As a graduate of UBC’s music program, Elise has sung with Phoenix Chamber Choir and Cantata Singers, accompanied various singers, instrumentalists and choirs, and has taught piano in her home studio. She currently teaches primary aged children at Aubrey Elementary in Burnaby.