VYC Kids & Tiny Conductor, Director of Music Literacy
Cassie Luftspring is a versatile choral conductor, composer, soprano, and pianist. In addition to Cassie's position with VYC, she is Director of Choral Studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Conductor of Vancouver Children's Choir's Caritas, and a Teaching Artist for Vancouver Opera. She has held conducting positions with Pacifica Singers, the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Mississauga Festival Youth Singers, and the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, among others. As a professional choral singer, she has performed with various local groups including musica intima and Players and Singers, with Bay Area chamber choir Convivium, and with the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum. A seven-time winner of the Amadeus Choir’s Songwriting Competition, Cassie’s compositions and arrangements 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.
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 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.
Accompanist, Music Literacy Instructor, VYC Tiny Conductor
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 spends 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 on the VYC Music Literacy team!