Powell River Academy of Music



Don James, CM
Founder &
Artistic Director Emeritus
Conducting, Music History, Organ
B.A., Seattle Pacific University; M. Mus. (Orchestral Conducting) University of Washington; Doctoral studies (Orchestral Conducting) University of Washington; ARCT (Piano Performance), Royal Conservatory of Music; studies with Elmer Iseler, Sir David Willcocks, Stanley Chapelle, Samuel Krackmalnick

Walter Martella
Music Director
Artistic Director,
International Choral
Conductor, Trumpet, Piano, Theory, Musicianship, Jazz
B. Mus. University of Victoria; Diploma in Jazz, Malaspina College; Banff School of Fine Arts. Level 1,2,3 BCCF Conducting Program

Janet Bingham Violin, Pre-school music
B.A., University of Berkley; A.A., Napa College; Secondary Teacher’s Certificate, California State; British Columbia Teacher’s Certificate, University of Victoria; Suzuki Continuing Education Certificates, University of Western Washington; Pedagogy with William Starr, Doris Prevcils, Mihuko Hirata, Marian Schreiber
Ron Campbell Guitar
Guitartist and songwriter, Ron has spent 45 years as performer and teacher. As bandleader or sideman, he's played with hundreds of great musicians.

Patti Coburn Early Years Creative Music & Movement Program
Patti has joined the Academy of Music Instructors after recently retiring from a long professional career in field of Recreation. Patti has a Degree in Education and years of program planning, facilitation, coaching & teaching experience with children & adults of all ages.

Maryna Gray Piano & Accompanist
M.Mus., Kharkiv State Institute of the Arts
Matt Hull Conductor
Joanne Hansen Conductor
Joanne Hansen studied piano in Victoria where she completed her A.R.C.T in Piano Performance and graduated from Uvic with a Bachelor of Education. For many years she taught elementary school music in Powell River but has recently retired. She believes singing feeds a child’s soul.
Ildiko Kelly Voice, Piano, Conductor
Artists Diploma Hungary; Music Studies, Malaspina University College; member of the Zoltán Kodály Society of Hungary

Jacob Krauss Guitar, Double Bass
Jazz Studies, Vancouver Island University

Lowell Morris Flute, Music Composition
BFA Music Compositon and Digital Music, Simon Fraser University; Diploma Music Composition and Flute Performance Vancouver Community College; Diploma Interdisciplinart Studies, Performance Art and Audio, Emily Carr College of Art and Design

Brigitte Ouellet Violin
Nine years performance and touring experience in various folk styles.

Tim Poole Saxophone
Eleven years study with Karen Grave, Ross Taggart, Stan Karp (Capilano College) in Saxophone, music theoy and saxophone pedagogy specializing in the"holistc" approach to the saxophone

Cathy Reckenberg
(on leave 2018-19)
B. Mus., University of Victoria; B.Ed., University of British Columbia; Advanced Violin Studies, The Glenn Gould School

Simon Schumph Classical Guitar, Music Composition
B.F.A Honors Mus., Classical Guitar, York University; Diploma in Music, Capilano College; Completed first year M. Mus. Classical Guitar Performance, University of Victoria; Studied Composition and Theory, Victoria Conservatory of Music

Megan Skidmore
Voice, Conductor
B.Mus & M. M. McGill University in voice performance; Further studies at the Wiener Meisterkurze in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien

Lesley Sutherland

Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition, UBC - Lesley is a Composer and Choral Conductor with 25 years experience leading Children’s Choirs, Youth Choirs and Community Choirs in Vancouver, and Tsawwassen BC, composing and arranging a large repertoire of choral music.  Lesley has worked within the Film and Television Industry, as a composer and writer for twenty years and is currently working with Vancouver Opera and the Delta Academy as a Composer, Music Director and Instructor. 

Olga Tereshchenko Piano
Graduate (piano performance) Gnesinysh State College of Music, Moscow

Pam Wadden Voice
B. Mus, St. Francis Xavier University
Lyell Woloschuk Drums & Percussion
Certificate, Berklee College of Music (Performance Drums); Diploma, Art Institute of Vancouver (Professional Recording Arts)


Mitzi Jones
Professional actor, teacher and director
Drama, Speech Arts
A graduate of the Vancouver Film School and Master’s in the Method Program at the Lyric School for Actors, Mitzi has been actively involved in the industry for nearly twenty years, with experience in all mediums including, Film, TV, Commercials, Voice Over, Video Games and professional Theatre. She has shared her expertise with kids and adults from Vancouver to London and remains an active member of the Lonsdale Smith and Company Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.


Laszlo Tamasik
Ballet, Jazz Modern Dance
Graduate of the Hungarian Ballet Institute, Budapest and the Szeged National Theatre Company; studied in France with Rosella Hightower, Anton Dolin and Mr. Franchetti
Paige Anderson
Artistic Director/Manager
Ballet, Lyrical & Choreographer 
Studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School & under The Alberta Ballet School. National Competitive Ice Dancer; Choreographed competitive numbers for figure skaters & dancers. Choreographed many ice shows & musical theatre productions.

Visual Arts

Megan Dulcie-Dill
Art Instructor, Administrator ArtReach Program
BFA; Nova Scotia College of Art, art studies at University of Toronto, Victoria College of Art, University of Victoria

Barbara Langmaid Instructor
B.A., California State University, Chico

Alfred Muma Instructor
  Printmaker for over 30 years; curator of Among Friends Studio and Gallery