Instructor Bios

 

Tristan Le Govic

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Originally from Brittany, Tristan Le Govic was only six years old when he began learning the Celtic harp at the Conservatoire of Traditional Music of Soye (Plœmeur). The attraction to music will never leave him.

During his studies he gained numerous prizes and nominations that emphasize the recognition of a talented and accomplished musician. Performing on international stages, critics pronounce him as one of the leading Celtic harpers today.

During his time living in Ireland, then in Scotland - where he was appointed Celtic harp instructor within the City of Glasgow - he developed a deep sense for Celtic music both in a solo repertoire or with big names of the music world. For the 30th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival (2011), the harpist Corrina Hewat invited him to take part in the performing of her masterpiece The Song of the Oak and The Ivy with Mary Macmaster, Wendy Stewart, Heather Downie and Bill Taylor.

Tristan Le Govic created his musical diversity by performing with other musicians such as the accordionist Samuel Le Hénanff, harpists Rachel Hair and Ailie Robertson or Enez trio, a band mixing Celtic music with jazz colors, founded with Stuart Macpherson (bass) and Roy Shearer (percussions). Introduced to the Nordic music by the Swedish singer Lise Enochsson, he developed a unique repertoire of Scandinavian music on the Celtic harp whose result was the recording of the CD Elva.

Recognizable by his sense of rhythm and harmony, his style is popular among the public and critics alike. Singer, storyteller, virtuoso musician, he founded his repertoire in the tradition and also with his own compositions. In perpetual movement, his world opens the gates of an extraordinary diversity. For the public, he is an enchanter.

He is the publisher of The Breton Harp Anthology, a unique collection of three music books featuring the best harpists in Brittany (Alan Stivell, Kristen Noguès...).

 
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Canadian harpist and composer Sharlene Wallace is a diverse musician performing, recording and teaching on both lever and pedal harps. Winner of the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (USA) and the Dinan Concours d'Improvisation de Rencontres International de Harp Celtique (Brittany), she has given concerts and workshops across Canada, the United States, France and Italy. Sharlene's seven CDs express journeys of rhythm, spaciousness, the Canadian landscape, Classical, Celtic, South American and original music. Her most recent CD, In Night's Deep Silence, is a tranquil Christmas album for harp and bass (George Koller). As well as solo concerts, Sharlene tours with George Koller (bass) and the Christmas trio, Harp & Holly (Sandra Swannell and Terry Young). Sharlene continues to give workshops across Canada including annually at CAMMAC (Quebec) and Island Mountain Arts (BC). She also teaches both Celtic and Classical harps at Wilfred Laurier University, York University and University of Guelph. Her own harp performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman. Sharlene has also been guest soloist on both Celtic and Classical harps with orchestras throughout Ontario. Sharlene is principal harpist with Guelph Symphony, Kingston Symphony and Oakville Symphony.

 
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Carolyn Kuban is a faculty member of the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts  as a neurologic music therapist and  harp teacher for people of all ages levels and diagnosis. She graduated from Eastman School of Music with a BM in harp performance and from Colorado State University with a MM in neurologic music therapy. She is a music-medicine practitioner for harpers/harpists dealing with pain or injury (and prevention). She has given presentations on harp therapy, music therapy, improvisation, and her 'Whole Harpist Program' regionally and nationally.

A former faculty member in harp performance at the Universities of Denver, University of Oklahoma, and University of Northern Colorado, Carolyn was also principal harpist with the Central City Opera in Colorado and a founding member of the Boulder-based Columbine Chamber Players. Currently Carolyn is a free-lance harpist in the metro-Denver area while maintaining a private studio for beginning through advanced harp students and music therapy clients. On April 21, 2014 she was featured on ‘Colorado Matters’, a statewide show on Colorado Public Radio, where she spoke about harp therapy and played her Celtic harp.  You can find the interview at:  CPR.org

 
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WE ARE SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT LANI KANTZ HAD TO CANCEL.

Lani Krantz is a BC Based Harpist and Vocalist. Specialized in orchestral harp, Lani also performs as vocalist and harpist in all genres on pedal harp, celtic harp.

As a third-generation, professional musician in her family, Lani was exposed to a number of instruments and musical styles from an early age. Though born in Alberta, Lani spent her high school years in Victoria BC where she studied Voice with Ms. Sung Ha Shin Bovey (Associate Professor UPEI), Piano with Dr. Gilbert Monroe and Harp in the studio of Ms. Taka Kling. Lani was actively involved in choir and vocal jazz groups and was a member of the BC Honour Choir.Lani went on to study music at the University of British Columbia, majoring in harp performance with Ms. Elizabeth Volpe-Bligh (Principal Harp, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and studying privately with Ms. Rita Costanzi.

Her studies in orchestral harp continued at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado with Ms. Stacey Shames, Ms. Katherine Thomas and Ms. Nancy Allen and then in Toronto with Canadian harp virtuoso, Ms. Judy Loman. 

Her professional orchestral career began as Principal Harpist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and she is currently Principal Harpist with the Vancouver Island Symphony and for the Willingdon Church Orchestra, where she has the challenge and joy of arranging many of her own parts.

Lani plays Second Harp in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and performs on call with a number of different orchestras including; the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Vancouver Film Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony.

Lani has toured BC as vocalist and harpist with the acclaimed group

Winter Harp and has toured across Canada with the National Youth Orchestra and again with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

As a freelance harpist, Lani has taken the stage with many famous performers, including; Il Divo, Josh Groban, Paul Potts, Sarah McLachlan and Johnny Mathis and the Irish Tenors.

Lani collabororates with Erhu Specialist, Rong Jun and composer/ conductor, Jin Zhang to perform traditional Chinese Songs set for Western Harp and Erhu. Rong Jun and Lani have performed a number of concerts together and were showcased at the Sound Of Dragon Festival, Vancouver and at the Opening Gala Concert of the World Harp Congress. 

Lani’s duo; Wind’nwire , with Vancouver-based flutist and long-time friend, Carol Dymond, has performed across BC and most recently, a performance of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore.

Lani was heard recently, performing solos at the Chan Centre during The Godfather Live, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial film score live, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert.

Lani accompanies actress/singer, Appollonia Vanova’s on her CD, Lullabies and her playing can be heard on the soundtracks for the Disney films; Space Buddies and Super Buddies and at the Canadian tourist attraction; Fly over Canada. 

Lani holds a TESOL Teaching Diploma as well as a TYEL Certification (teaching ages 4-14) and taught English to second language learners from 2001-2016. Lani has been teaching harp, theory and beginner piano privately since 2001 as well. She is currently a Harp Instructor at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music.

In 2016, Lani added ‘Mom’ to her list of titles and is excited to start her little boy on his own musical journey!

 
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Morag Northey has lived a balance of excellent training and experience in Cello Performance and String Pedagogy. Her philosophy is actively represented through her educational choices: a Masters degree from University of Calgary with violinist, music icon, and dedicated teacher; Tom Rolston, an Undergraduate Performance Degree with well-published master teacher and pedagogue Phyllis Young, where she worked five years in the University of Texas at Austin’s world-renowned teacher training String Project. Northey holds an Associate of Arts in Pedagogy and Performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College with cellist and pedagogue; James Hunter, has completed the Toronto Professional Orchestral Training Program and attended numerous masterclasses and residencies at the Banff Centre under artists such as Zara Nelsova, Aldo Parisot and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. At an early age Northey studied cello with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

A teacher for 35 years, Northey adheres to the technical demands of classical music while inspiring cellist of all ages and stages from rudimentary skills to successful entrance in the profession. She has trained in the Suzuki and Kodály methods, taught at the Calgary Suzuki Talent Education Society, consistently lead group and ensemble classes for early childhood, teen and adult levels, and for ten years created and ran a series of unique, multi-age, multi-level, all-encompassing intensive string summer boot camps. Northey is the Director of the Good Vibrations Cello Choir, an ensemble of adult cellists who rehearse weekly at Calgary’s arts-focused Garrison Green Seniors Residence, adding colour through sound to lives, one good vibration at a time!