VYC Kids & Tiny Conductor, Director of Music Literacy
Cassandra Luftspring is a versatile choral conductor, composer, soprano, and pianist. A specialist in working with young singers, Cassie combines her artistry, passion for teaching, and knowledge of vocal development to create an environment that is both musically and socially rewarding. She loves enabling children of all ages to share the gift of music with each other and their communities. In addition to Cassie's position with VYC, she is Assistant Director of Pacifica Singers, a Teaching Artist for Vancouver Opera’s Project Opera program, and Director of Song-cology - the BC Cancer Agency staff choir. She also sings professionally with musica intima and other ensembles around Vancouver. Previously, she was Associate Conductor and Director of Musicianship for the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, where she conducted choirs for children aged 8-18 and served as accompanist for rehearsals, concerts, and international tours. She was also Assistant Artistic Director of the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir, and has held conducting positions with the Toronto Children's Chorus, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, and others.
Cassie is a seven-time winner of the Amadeus Choir’s Songwriting Competition, and her compositions have been commissioned and performed by ensembles throughout North America. A recipient of numerous academic awards, Cassandra received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Toronto, and a degree in piano and composition from Queen’s University, where she also founded and directed Momentum Vocal Group.
Originally from Victoria, Caitlin Hayes 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, Ontario) 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 "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.
Accompanist, Music Literacy Instructor
Jocelyn Liu is an elementary music educator and currently teaches K-5 General Music in the New Westminster School District. She began her teaching career with the West Vancouver School District and established a comprehensive K-7 elementary music program that consisted of Primary Choir, Intermediate Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Drumming Ensemble, Gr. 6/7 Band, and musical productions. During her time in West Vancouver, she was also a part of an Innovation Grant that focused on the development of elementary music literacy. She is inspired by Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly approaches to teaching music and has completed her Level 1 Orff training at Vancouver Community College and Level 2 training at the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto.
Jocelyn has an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia and during her undergraduate degree, she performed extensively with two ensembles at health care facilities through the Health Arts Society. In 2014, she also received her Bachelor of Education from UBC with the Donald C. Gibbard Prize in Music Education.
Jocelyn currently spends her evenings working on her Master’s degree in Music Education at UBC, and her free time volunteering and learning about mindfulness at the Dharma Drum Mountain. She is very excited to be a part of the VYC family as an accompanist and music literacy instructor!
Music Literacy Instructor
Melodie Langevin is the Director of Choirs at Seycove Secondary in North Vancouver. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Manitoba under soprano Valdine Anderson, and in 2014 she graduated from UBC’s Teacher Education program with an Outstanding Practicum award.
While at the University of Manitoba, Melodie had the pleasure of singing under Dr. Elroy Friesen and with several other ensembles in Winnipeg including Camerata Nova, an innovative ensemble that performs early, contemporary, and Indigenous-infused repertoire. In Vancouver, she currently sings in the Aurora Chamber Choir and the St. Andrew’s-Wesley Vocal Ensemble, and she has sung with the Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver’s Postmodern Camerata and for the Cypress Choral Music publishing company.
In 2018, Melodie conducted the Chor Leoni Vancouver MYVoice ensemble and this year she will conduct the North Vancouver MYVoice ensemble as well. Besides teaching, singing, and conducting, Melodie also plays flute in North Vancouver’s Black Bear Band, is a member of the BC Music Educators' Association conference committee, and is thrilled to be joining the VYC Music Literacy team!