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Artistic Director, Carrie Tennant

Carrie Tennant

Founder & Artistic Director
Carrie is the founder and artistic director of the Vancouver Youth Choir. For the past 20 years, she has worked primarily with youth, developing leadership and artistry with young singers. Carrie’s choirs have been featured at Chorus America, Podium (Choral Canada), and ACDA National Conferences, and have twice been awarded first place in the National Choral Competition. This past spring VYC was featured as one of 10 international choirs at the World Symposium of Choral Music in Istanbul, and in NYC at a concert conducted by Carrie titled “Canada at Carnegie”. During her time conducting the Coastal Sound Youth Choir, their popular Indiekör shows were recognized with Choral Canada’s National Award for Innovation.

Currently, on top of her work with VYC, Carrie is an Affiliate Conductor with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and a frequent clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor across North America and around the world. Carrie is the editor and curator for two choral series: the Vancouver Youth Choir Choral Series (Cypress Publishing), which promotes diverse Canadian voices on the international stage; and the brand-new Carrie Tennant Choral Series (Hal Leonard), which features much of the music Carrie and her choirs have performed and loved. Carrie is proud to be the recipient of the 2023 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture. In a past life (before she had two small and very lovely children) Carrie also toured, performed and recorded with her husband as a member of Vancouver-based indie pop group, The Salteens.
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Luke McAndless-Davis: Conductor, VYC JuniorAssistant Conductor, VYC & VYC Voices

Luke McAndless-Davis

VYC TREBLE & VYC JUNIOR CONDUCTOR
VANCOUVER YOUTH CHOIR ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Luke teaches choir at New Westminster Secondary, the very high school he was lucky enough to graduate from. In addition to directing several school choirs, Luke is the Assistant Conductor for the Vancouver Youth Choir where he also conducts their Junior and Treble choirs. This past year, Luke assisted the preparation and conducted the Vancouver Youth Choir in a piece at the World Symposium on Choral Music at Istanbul, Türkiye. A graduate of the UBC Music Education Program, Luke has previously taught at Collingwood School and Mulgrave School and served as Assistant Conductor for the Vancouver Orpheus Male Voice Choir and the 2019 BC Youth Choir. Luke’s school choirs have performed at festivals throughout BC and recently received a gold rating at the Anaheim Heritage Festival in California. In addition to teaching and conducting Luke also sings with musica intima, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Luke’s work has taken him many places and he has had the privilege of singing and conducting in cathedrals in Prague, London, and Dublin; in Carnegie Hall in New York, and J.S. Bach’s St. Thomas Kirche in Leipzig, Germany.
Amber Tsang

Amber Tsang​

VYC VOICES ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Amber (she/her) works as a performing jazz musician in the lower mainland as well as a Teacher on Call for the Vancouver School Board. She is a graduate of Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program and the Music Education program at the University of British Columbia. Amber’s passion for singing in choral ensembles and her studies in piano and voice have led her to pursue conducting and music education. As a long time singer and mentor in the Vancouver Youth Choir organization (2013-2023), being an assistant conductor is an exciting first step in her choral conducting journey. She is thrilled to be working under the mentorship of Carrie Tennant this season as the assistant conductor for VYC Voices.
Michelle Hartley - Conductor, VYC Kids & VYC Treble

Michelle Hartley

VYC KIDS CONDUCTOR

Michelle began her career as a choral director in 2008, in Halifax, NS. Born and raised in Stephenville, NL, she has taught coast to coast, in the NWT, the USA, England, and France. With a passion for singing, languages and culture, her studies in piano were quick to expand into choral accompaniment and conducting. A graduate of Mount Allison and Memorial University, Michelle also completed a Masters of Music at Westminster Choir College. Since her arrival in BC in 2016, she has been developing a Kodály-based curriculum for students aged 4-18, integrating the method along with the Orff Approach as a certified Kodály and Orff Schulwerk teacher.

Caroni Young - Conductor, VYC Tiny

Caroni Young

VYC TINY CONDUCTOR
Caroni is delighted to be part of the VYC family of choirs! She has been singing in choirs since elementary school and hasn’t looked back since! Caroni currently splits her time between Vancouver and Salt Spring Island. She works for the Vancouver School Board as a music educator. On Salt Spring, she directs Viva Chorale! a community choir and is the artistic director and founder of the Makana Youth Choir. Caroni recently completed a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at UBC and is passionate about sharing, teaching, and inspiring a love of choral music at any age. When she’s not directing choirs, you’ll find her aboard BC ferries!
Bev Willms Best

Bev Willms Best

VYC TINY CONDUCTOR
Bev has been leading children’s choirs and music classes for over 30 years. She taught music to elementary age children at Crofton House School, Stratford Hall and is presently teaching music full time for the VSB. Bev has a Masters in Music Education with an Orff specialization. Her classes are filled with joy, laughter, creativity and provide a positive, encouraging space for children to learn and grow. She loves helping young singers begin their musical journey and is looking forward to teaching children in the Tiny Choir to playfully make beautiful music together.
Caitlin Hayes - Accompanist

Caitlin Hayes

Pianist
Originally from Victoria, Caitlin has a Bachelor of Music in classical piano from UVic, and has worked as a pianist, music director, actor and singer all over Canada, from Vancouver to Halifax to Toronto to Dawson City, Yukon, as well as on a cruise ship in the Bahamas. For several years she was based in Toronto, where she was the associate conductor and accompanist of the La Jeunesse Senior Girls Choir (Cobourg, ON) and also worked as a freelance musical director and vocal coach. Since returning to Vancouver, Caitlin has been busy working as an accompanist at Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program, and accompanist and assistant conductor for the adult community choir Burstin’ With Broadway. She also is a music director for local theatre companies. She received a 2016 Ovation Award for Outstanding Music Director, and a Jessie Award nomination for Significant Artistic Achievement for “Closer Than Ever” at the Gateway Theatre. Other recent credits include A Christmas Story (Align Entertainment) , Carrie” and “Grey Gardens” (Fighting Chance Productions) and “Gay’s The Word” and “Fiorello” (APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert.) She is delighted to be working with Carrie and the extremely talented young people of the Vancouver Youth Choir.
Helen Pei - Accompanist

Helen Pei

Pianist
An active performer and a dedicated musician, Vancouver pianist Helen Pei is a winner of numerous competitions, including the renowned Canadian Music Competition in 2015. In 2016, Helen graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, and more recently she received her Artist Diploma from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal studying under the tutelage of Professor André Laplante. Helen’s performance career includes concert appearances across Canada, some of which includes her performance of Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 5 with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. While she is actively working in both solo and chamber music, Helen is beyond excited to be expanding her repertoire in choral works as part of the VYC team for this upcoming season.
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