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 Conductor of the Youth Choir, Will sang with the group for six years, and served as Assistant Conductor for 2 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.


Krista Pederson, Pianist

Krista Pederson is a singer, pianist and teacher in Vancouver.  Born in Saskatchewan, and spending time living in Edmonton and Ottawa, Krista has enjoyed travelling through her life for study and adventure.  She studied piano performance with Jacques Després at the University of Alberta and completed a master’s degree in collaborative piano with John Hess at the University of Western Ontario.  She has also studied piano and voice in the U.S., Spain and Austria with wonderful musicians like Alexandra Munn, Christiane Riel, Margo Garrett, Patricia Caicedo and Norman Shetler.  She has been so pleased to create a career that allows her to perform and share music with the people around her.  Her work includes collaborating with singers, playing for ballet classes, teaching, performing and being a mother to her 4 little children. She has performed, toured and recorded with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and most recently, she has joined the Vancouver Cantata Singers and looks forward to sharing wonderful performances with those talented musicians. 

DeCoro 

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Kelly Proznick, Director

Kelly Proznick is a musician, educator and conductor working on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish People in the Vancouver area of British Columbia. She teaches choir, band and musical theatre at New Westminster Secondary School, where she has also held the position of Department Head for Visual and Performing Arts for the last decade. Kelly conducts Coastal Sound Music Academy’s adult choir DeCoro, is the coordinator for the VSO School of Music’s Summer Jazz Workshop and is currently working a new part-time position as the District Arts Facilitator for SD40 New Westminster. She was a founding member of the BC Choral Mentorship Project, studying under the mentorship of Dr Geoffery Boers (U Washington) and Mr Richard Nace, and has done clinics and workshops on music education and leadership through music for various organizations including Elektra Women’s Choir, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and the BC Music Educator’s Association. Her pedagogy and personal practice center around exploring identity, belonging and connection through the arts. Kelly holds a BMus from McGill University, BEd from UBC and a MEd in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University.

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.