KIYOMI HORI: Artistic Director/Manager
An experienced and versatile conductor, specializing in working with young singers, Kiyomi is thrilled to be able to share their love of choral singing and music education with the Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir. Kiyomi is a graduate of the classical voice degree program at Vancouver Community College and further developed 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, Kiyomi has sung with many community and professional ensembles in the lower-mainland, including Phoenix Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, and 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 they believe in into people of all ages and walks of life.
ERIC BISKUPSKI: Assistant Director/Administration
A lover of choral music and growing minds, Eric Biskupski has been committed to choral excellence and the teaching of children for many years. As a member of such esteemed Vancouver choirs as Musica Intima, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and Cor Flammae, Eric has grown up seeing what choirs can do for the heart and mind, and lives by the lessons he’s learned from them. Since graduating from Mount Allison University, Eric’s time as a teacher of classical and musical theatre to children and adults with such programs as Light’s Up, Songcology, Arts Umbrella, as well as privately, has proven the power and joy learning music has for all ages.
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.
Web Management: Kiyomi Hori and Sophia Angus
Social Media: Olivia Povarchook
Assistant Bookkeeper: Michelle Chornell-WVUC