BC Regional Advisory Council
George Laverock, Chair
Dr. Keith Hamel, Vice-Chair
Rudy Bootsma, Honoury Treasurer
Owen Underhill, Past Chair
Dr. Rachel Iwaasa
Catherine Fern Lewis
Susan Wong Lim
Dr. William Orr
Dr. Robert Pritchard
CMC BC Team
Sean Bickerton has spent his life devoted to the arts, serving previously as Executive Director of the Vancouver Recital Society and as a Vice President of Columbia Artists Management Inc. in New York..
Sean has presented web and social media seminars for the Manhattan School of Music, Opera Magazine, Van Cliburn Competition and Chamber Music America. Since moving back home to Vancouver In 2006 he has been closely involved in arts and community issues, serving on arts and other non-profit boards, and is currently a member of the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council.
He studied violin, french horn, piano, singing, and acting in his youth, later playing violin professionally in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra while studying violin performance at the University of Victoria. He also served as concertmaster of the University of Victoria Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Dave comes to the CMC with an extensive background in electroacoustic composition, film studies, recording studio engineering, electrical repair, customer service, event management, and seeing the best in every situation. The latter skill has proven the most critical throughout his career.
Having achieved a BFA at Concordia University under Kevin Austin and Mark Corwin, Dave was hired by the university to run its five recording studios. Upon moving to Vancouver in 2009, he worked at Apple Inc. as a Genius (both the best and worst job he has had). Dave has also worked for a not-for-profit organization helping people re-establish homes with donated furniture.
As the CMC BC Region grows and expands its mandate to promote the works of its Associate Composers, Dave is excited by the recent initiatives in live-streaming and online access to the CMC BC archives, and is thrilled to be right at the centre of all the action.
BC Head Librarian
BC Head Librarian of the Canadian Music Centre, Stefan Hintersteininger is one of the most in-demand cellists in Vancouver, appearing regularly as a member of Erato Ensemble, as well as being a regular guest musician for Turning Point Ensemble, the Vancouver New Music Ensemble, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Stefan is also an Associate Composer of the CMC, and is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Victoria Engagement Leader
Christopher is a performer, composer, and teacher living in Victoria, British Columbia. He is the New Music Coordinator at Open Space Arts Society, where he is responsible for producing and coordinating their contemporary music series, and is currently the President of the Canadian League of Composers. He has lectured at the University of Victoria, and currently teaches studio lessons at Brentwood College, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Minstrel’s Conservatory of Music.
Curator of Digital Archive
William Orr studied Medicine at the University of Alberta, Columbia University in New York and the University of Connecticut. He practiced surgical pathology and directed a research program on the biology of cancer metastasis, working at both McMaster University and the University of Manitoba where he was Head of the Department of Pathology.
Bill has had a long-term interest in medical education and international medical exchange and represented the University of Manitoba as medical educators at two universities in China with his wife, Dr. Lorna Grant.
Music has always played an important role in Bill’s life — music lessons were mandatory in his family — and he has a daughter who is a professional musician: “I see the composition of new musical ideas as representing one of the highest forms of human creativity. Through my work on the archives, it’s a great privilege to be able to document the important contribution of our composers to Canada’s cultural fabric.”
Archive Information Architect
After graduating with an MBA from the University of Washington, Greg Soone held positions in information technology at several insurance companies. He was able to leverage this experience (well, more like trial-and-error) to develop the technical foundation of the digital archive: “Collaborating with Bill and other volunteers to build the archive instilled within us a wonderful esprit de corps.”
Though Greg has no musical background, he is an avid listener, especially concerning jazz from the fifties and sixties. He swears by his decidedly analog turntable and vinyl record collection. In his early years he roamed the world as a street photographer and worked as a volunteer and administrator for an Asian American community arts organization in San Francisco.
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