BC Regional Advisory Council
George Laverock, Chair
Dr. Keith Hamel, Vice-Chair
Owen Underhill, Past Chair
Dr. Rachel Iwaasa
Catherine Fern Lewis
Susan Wong Lim
Dr. Mark McGregor
Dr. William Orr
Dr. Robert Pritchard
CMC BC Team
B.C. Director of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Sean Bickerton is also an Instructor at Capilano University and has dedicated his life to the performing arts. Born in Vancouver, he spent twenty years in New York City as a Vice President of Columbia Artists Management Inc. and head of his own agency, IAG. Since returning to Vancouver, Sean served as Executive Director of the Vancouver Recital Society and Vice President of its Board of Directors; been a member of the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council; and led a task force for the Langley Community Music School.
He studied violin performance at the University of Victoria with Paul Kling and with Steven Staryk at Western University, and was a member of the Victoria Symphony. Sean is also co-founder of KultureShock.Net, a website service for performing artists with more than 160 clients including the Emerson String Quartet, and has presented web and social media seminars for the Manhattan School of Music, Opera Magazine, the Van Cliburn Competition, and Chamber Music America. Sean writes fiction, paints, and lives in Vancouver with his husband, Tom.
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.
A winner of multiple International composition awards, a Western Canada Music Award, and a 2017 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year, North Vancouver-based composer Jordan Nobles has worked as a producer and concert presenter in the Vancouver cultural community for over twenty years. Nobles has served as co-artistic director of the Redshift Music Society since its inception in 2001 and in this capacity, has presented well over 100 contemporary classical music concerts in the Vancouver area which have exposed thousands of people from all walks of life to the diversity and vitality of Canadian music. In an effort to further promote the efforts of emerging and established Canadian composers and performers, Nobles helped launch the award-winning Redshift Records label in 2007. www.jordannobles.com
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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