Our Collaborative Pianists
Evan Mounce, BMus, MMus, collaborative pianist for Cantilena and Cantiga at our central location, joined our faculty in 2016. A native of Nova Scotia, Evan holds a MMus from the University of Toronto and a BMus from Mount Allison University in classical saxophone. Currently he is working primarily as a pianist and coach , and has recently been heard with Calgary Opera, Cowtown Opera, Opera NUOVA, the Centre of Opera Studies in Italy and the Vancouver International Song Insitute. He is also accompanist for the Bow Valley Chorus and organist/pianist at St. Matthew's United Church. Welcome!
Pamela Fast, BMus, BEd, collaborative pianist for Cantilena and Cantiga since 2000, earned a Bachelor of Church Music degree with a major in piano performance from the Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, under the guidance of Jean Broadfoot. She continued her studies at the University of Manitoba where she completed both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education degree.
In Winnipeg, Ms Fast taught elementary school music and accompanied several community children's choirs. As a singer, she has performed with many choirs including the CMBC Singers, University on Manitoba Singers, the Mennonite Oratoria Chorus and ECCO. She offers private lessons in piano, flute and theory. Ms. Fast also serves as a workshop clinician for our choirs.
Pamela is a mother to three active boys, all of whom have sung in our Cantaré program.
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Sandra Joy Friesen, DMus, MMus, BMus, accompanist for Cantare and Cantando, completed the Doctor of Music Degree as a scholar of the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, and also holds degrees from the Univeristy of British Columbia [BMus, MMus] and the Canadian Mennonite Univeristy [Bachelor of Church Music]. She has received numerous awards for her work from organizations including the University of Alberta, Government of canada, Canadian Federation of University Women [Nationa], Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council.
Dr.. Friesen is a pianist with a broad range of repertoire an dmusical interests, from traditional to contemporary, to interpretation of pictorial scores and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has played through Canada, the US, Austria, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, and Slovenia. Studies in improvisation and free-interpretation and research into extended piano techniques and contemporary aesthetics continue to be sources of inspiration in her career.
Dr. Friesen is a Branch Instructor for the MRU Conservatory, teaching our of her Sound Reflections Music Studio in the Arbour Lake NW area. Visit her website: www.sandrajoyfriesen.com