Faculty Biographies

Josh Layne and Lahna Lampson, Harp

Harpist/composer Josh Layne has been called a ‘harp genius’ and a ‘consummate musician’. As a performer he has given solo recitals across Canada, the US, and in Europe and South America as well as giving performances of five of the major harp concertos. Josh’s performance of the cadenza from Handel’s Concerto for Harp has received […]

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Jonathan Eng, Percussion

Jonathan Eng studied at University of Victoria, Humber College and the Banff Centre for the Arts. His versatility as a percussionist is shown through a wide range of work in multiple symphonies to musical theater orchestras. Other musical specialties include performing in big bands, rudimental drumming, and working with fife and drum groups. He is […]

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Karen Hough, French Horn

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Karen studied French Horn with Richard Ely at the University of Victoria where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree. She then spent a year in the Orchestral Training Program at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. She went on to Yale University where she received her Master of Music […]

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Stevan Paranosic, Trumpet

Stevan Paranosic has performed as Acting Second Trumpet with the Victoria Symphony for the last seven years and is the Principal Trumpet of the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo, BC. He has also performed with the Vancouver, Prince George, and Okanagan Symphony Orchestras. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Windsor […]

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Melaney Black, Voice

Melaney has been teaching voice in the Victoria area for over 20 years. From Broadway to pop to ballads and classical genres, Melaney draws on her extensive solo and theatrical experience to teach students of all ages and skill levels. She graduated with Distinction in Pedagogy and First Class Honours in Voice Performance from the […]

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Nick Mintenko, Double Bass

Nick Mintenko is a professional bass player and teacher living and playing in Victoria, B.C. where he completed a diploma in Jazz Studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music Nick has studied privately with Anita Bonkowski and Joey Smith. Nick teaches at his home studio, “Pine and Anchor”, as well as teaching at the School […]

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Kristine Beny, Piano

Kristine started her piano career at the age of six, continuing through high school, and then attended the University of Calgary under Dr. Boris Roubakine.  Transferred to the UVic studying with Dr. Robin Wood, where she received her performance degree. Presently, Kristine is a Keyboard Faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and is […]

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Joyce Menting Ellwood, Cello

Joyce Ellwood is a member of Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and as a chamber musician with a variety of chamber organizations on the Island. Her studies included conservatory study and master classes with several of the most celebrated cellists and teachers.

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Guyonne Le Louarn, Violin and Viola

      Guyonne Le Louarn is the assistant principal viola with the Vancouver Island Symphony and is  on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Guyonne also teaches at Shawnigan Lake School and is the coordinator of the Independent Music Program at St.Margaret’s School.     Guyonne holds an AVCM from the Conservatory of Music (Victoria) in […]

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Jack Edwards, Saxophone/Woodwinds

Dr. Jack Edwards is Conductor of the Greater Victoria Junior Concert Band, Director of the Victoria Community Marching Band, the Harmony Project Marching Drumline, and bassoonist in the Raincoast Trio and Springridge Quintet. He has also performed as Principal Alto Saxophone and Bassoon with the Greater Victoria Senior Concert Band as well as Principal Alto […]

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