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; A.R.C.T. (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 B.C.C.F. Conducting Program

Ron Campbell Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Harmonica, Singing (Popular Styles)
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 career in the field of Recreation. Patti has a degree in Education and years of program planning, facilitation, coaching and teaching experience with children and adults of all ages.

Steven Cramaro Saxophone, Accordion & Woodwinds
B.Mus., B.Ed., University of Victoria.

Toban de Rooy Violin
B. Mus.; Suzuki Teachers Training; Orchestra and Ensemble performances include Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, Harmony Chamber Orchestra, Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, University of Lethbridge Singers, and Musical Theatre groups.

Theresa Hargrave Voice
B.A. with Music major, University of Puget Sound; Montessori Teaching Certificate, Montessori Institute of America.

Moira Hopfe-Ostensen
Artist in Residence
Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Chamber Music and Collaborative Studies

B.Mus., M.Mus., A.R.C.M., L.R.A.M., D.M.A.
Pianist, Educator, Adjudicator & Clinician
College of Examiners- Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music

Joanne Hansen Conductor
B.Ed., University of Victoria. Joanne Hansen studied piano in Victoria where she completed her A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance. For many years she taught elementary school music in Powell River but has recently retired.

Karina Inkster Accordion, Didgeridoo
Co-director of the qathet Accordion Fest, didgeridoo performer with various bands. Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, 20+ years of piano performance.

Savanna Jones-Martin Voice, Somatic Experiencing
Savanna is a versatile performer and educator with a Royal Conservatory of Music background in voice, a certified yoga teacher, and trauma-informed through Somatic Experiencing; dedicated to empowering students by liberating their singing voice and fostering self-expression through songwriting.

Ildiko Kelly Voice, Piano, Conductor
Artist's Diploma Hungary; Music Studies, Malaspina University College; member of the Zoltán Kodály Society of Hungary

Paloma Kwiatkowski Acting
Paloma is an award winning actor with 12+ years of professional film/tv experience. She’s worked as the lead in several feature films, short films, and has appeared in recurring and guest star roles in over a dozen television programs.

Susan Lines Voice
M.A. Vocal Performance, Queen’s University; B.Mus., University of Ulster; B.A. University of Leicester

Lowell Morris Flute, Music Composition
B.F.A. Music Compositon and Digital Music, Simon Fraser University; Diploma, Music Composition and Flute Performance, Vancouver Community College; Diploma, Interdisciplinary Studies, Performance Art and Audio, Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

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"holistic" approach to the saxophone.

Hugh Prichard Cello

B.F.A., Concordia University, Montreal. Royal Conservatory Trained, Mississauga Youth Symphony, Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Andy Redhead Classical Guitar, Ukelele, Bass

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Spanish Guitar Centre, and privately with Australian Jazz Guitarist George Golla among others. Born in Powell River and spent his career in Australia as a professional Musician and Guitar Teacher. Andy developed a guitar program for the Victorian Education System that focused on students being Industry ready by graduation.

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. in Classical Guitar Performance, University of Victoria; Studied Composition and Theory, Victoria Conservatory of Music.

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)


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 and under the Alberta Ballet School. National competitive ice dancer; choreographed competitive numbers for figure skaters and dancers. Choreographed many ice shows and musical theatre productions.

Visual Arts

Megan Dulcie-Dill
Art Instructor, Administrator ArtReach Program
B.F.A., Nova Scotia College of Art; art studies at University of Toronto and Victoria College of Art, University of Victoria
Barbara Langmaid Instructor
B.A., California State University, Chico