Powell River Academy of Music

Alison Nystrom, soprano, Dr Calvin Dyck, violin & Dr Moira Hopfe-Ostensen piano

Sunday, Oct 29, 2023 | 2:00 PM | James Hall

Admission $25


Tickets are also available:

• at the Academy Box Office – 7280 Kemano Street, Monday – Thursday 9:30 - 4:30
• by phone at 604 485 9633
• and at the door 30 minutes before the concert

About the Artists

Alison Nystrom, soprano, is a much sought after performer and teacher. As a singer, Ms. Nystrom is noted for her expressiveness and has performed across North America and Europe. Her opera credits include: Pamina in The Magic Flute, Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, and the Woodpecker and Innkeeper’s wife in The Cunning Little Vixen. In 2005, Ms. Nystrom was chosen from a national tour of auditions to be a part of the inaugural year of the Burton Lowell and Olive Kurth Young Artists Program with Pacific Opera Victoria. She has performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

After studying Kinesiology in her undergraduate degree, Ms. Nystrom earned a Master of Music in Opera at the University of British Columbia where she won the Johann Strauss Foundation Award. This allowed her to travel to Salzburg, Austria and study at the Mozarteum. She also holds an A.R.C.T. in Singing Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Ms. Nystrom was a NATS Intern at the University of North Carolina where she performed and taught. She has travelled to Husum, Germany to sing in a Meisterkurs für Liedgestaltung. For the last several summers, Ms. Nystrom has taught at the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop.

Abbotsford concert violinist Dr. Calvin Dyck wears many hats ​(literally and figuratively). He is the Director of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, has a teaching studio with 25 students, and is a producer of local shows and concerts.

In addition, Calvin is in his 23rd season as Concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony (Nanaimo), and is in demand as an adjudicator for music festivals across the country.

Calvin has his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California​ in Violin performance, with minors in conducting, music education and music history.

Highlights from the past few years include producing concerts with the Celtic Tenors, Barrage, and Cirque Musica. He has also collaborated with many local performers in the very popular local production: Songs, Strings & Steps.

In 2014, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra toured all 10 provinces in Canada with the British Columbia Boys Choir. In 2012 Calvin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community. In April 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Trinity Western University.

Praised for her expressive playing and engaged teaching, pianist, and pedagogue, Dr. Moira Hopfe-Ostensen is an artist who displays prowess, and makes music from the heart, touching her audience with her wonderful communication and sensitivity.

The Powell River Academy of Music has appointed Dr. Moira Artist in Residence. She enjoys teaching all levels, whether it be the exploration of music with younger children or mentoring advanced students. In addition, she enjoys older recreational musicians starting music or returning as adult learners, because they often have enormous untapped potential.

Dr. Moira holds both Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Alberta in Piano Performance and Literature. She has earned Certification of Advanced Studies and an Associate Degree from the Royal College of Music (Piano Pedagogy), a Licentiate Degree from the Royal Academy of Music (Piano Performance), London, England, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (Piano Performance & Pedagogy) at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Moira most recently held the position as Chair of the Keyboard Department at SWBTS where she was Professor in Piano Performance and Pedagogy to bachelor, master and doctoral students. Concurrently, Dr. Moira was the Director of the Southwestern Music Academy and Assistant Director of the Southwestern Center of the Arts in Fort Worth, Texas. Other study and teaching locations include Arizona State University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and the Johanneson Summer School of the Arts, Victoria.

Dr. Moira has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe; she continues to be an active pianist, adjudicator, examiner, and clinician. She is committed to the pursuit of excellence in piano pedagogy. Dr. Moira is a member of the British Columbia Music Teachers Association. She has been certified by the Toronto Conservatory of Music as an 'Advanced Specialist' and is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada, and the United States. The appointment from the Royal Conservatory places Dr. Moira among over 300 distinguished professional teachers and performers from across North America who are committed to the development of human potential through leadership in music and arts education. Many of her students have gained national and international recognition.

Dr. Moira has a publication at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., titled ‘Kendall Taylor, Beethoven Editions, and the “Tempest” Sonata.’ She has received numerous awards, including a Professional Distinction Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts from the Peace Hills Arts Council, Canada.