JANELLE CLAUDIO: Co-Music Director / Administrator
Janelle is an experienced member of the choral community, having sung with the Surrey Children’s Choir for 11 years, along with several other university and community choirs throughout the lower mainland. She is a graduate of the classical voice program at Vancouver Community College and is expanding her activities as a loving, skillful children’s choir director and teacher. Along with directing the children’s choir, Janelle is the Assistant Director for Resound School of Music, and a private instructor for vocal technique, theory, and sight-singing. She is dedicated to sparking a joy for music in every single one of her students, no matter their age or abilities. She is excited to be sharing her passion for entertaining and excellent musicianship with the Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir.
KIYOMI HORI: Co-Music Director / Bookkeeper
An experienced and versatile conductor, specializing in working with young singers, Kiyomi is thrilled to be able to share her love of choral singing and music education with the Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir. She is a graduate of the classical voice degree program at Vancouver Community College and further developed her skills as a choral conductor under the mentorship of Dr. Graeme Langager at the University of British Columbia. A member of the choral community in British Columbia since early childhood, she has sung with many community and professional ensembles in the lower-mainland, including Vancouver’s award-winning, Musica Intima. Outside of PSCC, Kiyomi teaches intermediate choir at St. James Music Academy and runs a busy private voice and piano studio, passionately dedicated to bringing the same joy and healing spirit of music that she believes into people of all ages and walks of life.
BRYN WILEY: Accompanist
A lover of all things song and music, pianist Bryn Wiley is excited to assist the Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir as accompanist. He is a recent graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, focusing on music theory and piano performance under Sara Laimon and Ilya Poletaev. In addition, he has further studied classical song interpretation as a student of Michael McMahon. Currently, Bryn is an experienced teacher and collaborative artist who is always happy to share the joy of music with musicians of all ages.
GERALD VAN WYCK: Founder / Mentor
Founder and mentor, Gerald Van Wyck, conducted the British Columbia Boys Choir for over 13 years and is a popular children’s choir clinician and adjudicator across Canada. He is Head of Choral Activities at Vancouver Community College, where he teaches choir, conducting, and music history. He is also Music Director at West Vancouver United Church, and conductor of the Pacific Spirit Choir, West Vancouver’s finest community choir. Gerald founded the Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir in 2009.