Our faculty

Dr. Wendy Grant (Coordinator) - Music History

Wendy Grant grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta where she studied piano from an early age. After completing her ARCT in piano performance and pedagogy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto studying with Earl Moss and William G. Andrews, she attended the University of Lethbridge where she received a Bachelor of Music degree. She subsequently attended the University of Victoria, receiving both a Master's degree and a PhD in Musicology. Her master's thesis, a study of the trio sonatas of Henry Purcell, won the Governor General's Gold Medal in 1990. Wendy has presented papers internationally and has performed frequently as soloist and accompanist on piano and harpsichord.



Mark Armanini - composition

Mark Armanini studied with Elliot Weisgarber and Robert Rodgers at UBC School of Music graduating with a Masters degree in composition in 1984.A founding member of the Vancouver Pro Musica, Mark's interest in oriental music began in 1990 when he met pipa virtuoso Qiu Xia He. In 2000 Mark traveled for performances of his compositions to Taipei, in 2003 to Beijing, in 2006 to Nanjing and in 2007 to Wuhan to study the ancient Marquis Yi Bell Set . Expanding his interest in many world instruments from 2009 - 2014 Mark attended the Atlas Academy, in Amsterdam where his composition Chroma premiered at the Concertgebouw and a nonet Decor was given a workshop performance at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2012 he returned to Taipei, for the premiere of Eye of the Dragon, a Canada Council commission for the Little Giant Chinese Orchestra. Riding the intercultural music wave Mark has had recent orchestral performances in Amsterdam, Winnipeg, Montana, Sanremo Italy and Hanoi, Vietnam. He is presently Artistic Director of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra  and Producer of the BC Chinese Music Ensemble. He is on Faculty at Capilano University.  


Stephen Boswell - Guitar

Born in Northampton, England. Stephen began to play the guitar at age eight. He has studied with such eminent guitarists as Jose Tomas, Oscar Ghiglia, Leo Brouwer and Manuel Barrueco. Stephen has played many concert tours in the Pacific North West. He has taught on the faculty of Capilano University in North Vancouver for the past thirty seven years and has released six solo guitar recordings in such genres as Spanish, Baroque, Flamenco, South American and Classical Guitar music. He continues to study, compose, teach and concertize.


Mark D'Angelo - Trumpet

Mark D'Angelo a native of North Vancouver holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of McGill in Montreal, Q.C. Mark is currently Principal Trumpet in the Kamloops Symphony, and Second Trumpet with the Vancouver Island Symphony. He has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, Victoria Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony, and the American Brass Quintet as an Aspen Music Festival Fellowship recipient. Mark has performed with Ben Hepner, Lila Downs, Lara St. John, Tony Award winner Idena Menzel, Ashley MacIsaac, and can be heard on Hedley’s Double Platinum Juno nominated album “The Show Must Go” Universal, 2009. In 2012 Mark was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts Specialized Travel Grant to study Trumpet in Valencia, Spain. More recently he attended the Banff Centre for the Arts at the Allstar Brass Residency with Jens Lindemann.  In 2017 Mark performed the British Columbia premiere of John Estacios Concerto for Trumpet with the Kamloops Symphony.  Mark currently holds the position of trumpet instructor at Capilano University, and is a Stomvi Performing Artist.


Nancy DiNovo - Violin

A former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, violinist Nancy DiNovo has performed in the world’s major concert halls on three continents. Her playing has been described as “stunning – a superlative mix of virtuosity and earthy vigour” (Victoria Times Colonist), and “simply astonishing……her sheer joy of reveling in the music left me dazzled.” (Hamilton Spectator).

An avid chamber musician and director of the "DiNovo and Friends" chamber music series, Nancy performs solo and chamber music recitals in styles ranging from period instrument to contemporary. She has premièred a number of works written especially for her, including the Barnes Violin Concerto with Neville Marriner on the podium. Nancy has been concertmaster with a myriad of ensembles across Canada including the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, CBC Radio Orchestra and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Highlights of Ms DiNovo’s 2018/19 season include performances of concerti by Walton, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky.  Ms. DiNovo plays on a J.B. Guadagnini made in 1770.

Brenda Fedoruk - Flute

Brenda is the Principal Flutist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, a faculty member of the UBC School of Music, and a core performer with Vancouver's esteemed Turning Point Ensemble. 

Present and former students have won recognition as symphonic and chamber players, competition winners and RCM Gold Medal recipients.



Heather Hay - cello

An avid chamber musician, Heather moved to Vancouver to join the Purcell String Quartet.  With the Quartet, she has performed in Paris, toured Europe and BC.  Guest appearances include California’s Chamber Music West, Cabrillo Music Festivals, plus Pacific Rim and Hornby Festivals. Heather was a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra. 

Currently, Heather is Acting Principle Cellist with the Vancouver Opera orchestra, is on faculty at Capilano University and maintains a private studio. She received her Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  She has also studied at Queen’s University and the Banff School of Fine Arts.


Lars Kaario - Choir, conducting, ear training & Sight singing

Lars Kaario has built an impressive reputation as a conductor, singer and educator in his native Vancouver. His great love and commitment toward the choral arts is evident in his special abilities to inspire his singers/instrumentalists, and effectively communicate the enjoyment and subtleties of music to his audiences. Kaario is an ardent supporter of young musicians and composers and regularly commissions new works. He is keenly interested in and sensitive to performing Canadian music. Kaario is Director of Choral Studies in the Diploma of Music Program at Capilano University where he directs Capilano University Singers and the Capilano University Festival Chorus. He is head instructor in the University’s Conducting Certificate Program. Kaario is also founder and director of the professional chamber choir Laudate Singers. He has directed a myriad of other groups of various levels, genres and composition. Kaario’s personal performance background has been as a singer in recital, opera, light opera, musical theatre and oratorio.



David McCoy - piano

David McCoy received a Bachelor of Music (highest graduating average) and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia where he studied with Robert Silverman. He furthered his studies at the Banff School of fine arts where he participated in Masterclasses with Gyorgy Sebok, John Perry and Menahem Pressler. In addition to Capilano University, David has had teaching positions at the University of British Columbia, Douglas College and has been an examiner for the Royal School of Music. With over 30 years of teaching experience in post-secondary institutions he has taught numerous competition winners who presentlyhave successful careers in music. David utilizes a methodical and detailed approach to the preparation of performances, juries, competitions and auditions. Technique building strategies include injury prevention. His teaching philosophy emphasizes the unique circumstances and background of each student and seeks to help them achieve their individual goals.


Karen Nakajima - Theory, ear training & sight singing

Karen Nakajima began her studies at Capilano University, completing the Music Diploma program and now holds a Master of Arts in Music Theory and a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia.  During her studies, she was recognized with many awards, including the UBC Medal of Music, the Wallace Berry Prize for Music Theory, as well as the Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Medal from Capilano University. As well as teaching music theory and ear training at Capilano University, she currently teaches piano, trumpet, and music theory at her private studio in Delta, BC and conducts a wind ensemble with the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra.  

Karen loves understanding how music works. Her goal as a teacher is to inspire and engage students with a deeper understanding of the music they play and listen to, as well as expose them to new music and show them ways of better understanding it.


Heather Pawsey - Voice

Acclaimed for her “stylistic versatility, clarity, range” (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and “gorgeous operatic power” (Vancouver Sun), soprano Heather Pawsey has performed across North America, Europe and Japan. Honoured as an Ambassador of the Canadian Music Centre — one of only 50 performers and conductors "who have played exceptional roles in shaping the Canadian music scene and raising the profile of Canadian music”—she has premiered over 40 works (many of them written specifically for her), and is a First Prize winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. Known for her creation of roles in new Canadian operas (Your Breath My Breath: Dialogue for a Mother and Daughter; One Thousand White Paper Cranes for Japan; Kayoi Komachi / Komachi Visited; Stickboy; Lillian Alling; The Lake / n’-ha-a-itk), Heather is featured in a short film about composer Barbara Pentland, and is the producer and featured performer of the opera documentary The Lake / n’-ha-a-itk, the first and only Canadian opera to be made into a film. As soloist, Heather has appeared with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax), Aventa Ensemble (Victoria), Vancouver Island Symphony, Land’s End Ensemble (Calgary), Emily Carr String Quartet (Victoria), Music on Main, Sonic Boom Festival, The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Indian Summer Music Festival, Sonic Boom Festival, and CBC Radio, among others.

Ms Pawsey received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of British Columbia, and continued her training at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England); American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria); the Young Artists’ Program at the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax); and with renowned mezzo-soprano Phyllis Mailing at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She has served as judge for the Western Canadian Music and JUNO Awards, the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, UBC Concerto Competition, Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant, and the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia’s Sing Me a Song Competition. Known as an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals, she has also taught at Douglas College and maintains a busy private studio. The recipient of many scholarships, grants and awards from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver Cultural Services and numerous Foundations, Heather is the Founding Artistic Director and General Manager of Astrolabe Musik Theatre. She is proud and honoured to be on faculty at Capilano University.


George Roberts - voice

George Roberts received his vocal training at UBC and the Vancouver Academy of Music. He has worked as a singer, choir director, accompanist and coach in the Vancouver area for over 30 years. His philosophy of teaching voice is based on the principle that singing should be as effortless as talking, and he has brought his naturalistic and even sometimes fun teaching style to both the Music Diploma and Jazz Studies programs since 2001.


David Vandereyk - Piano,theory, class piano

David Vandereyk is a regular instructor in the Music Diploma Program where he teaches piano and music theory.  He holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia where his principal teachers were Jane Coop and Robert Silverman.  David's interest in physiologically based and injury preventive piano technique led him to pursue further studies including the Alexander Technique and Taubman Approach and training with Nelly Ben-Or in London, England and Barbara Lister-Sink at Salem College, North Carolina.

A member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association, David has given masterclasses and adjudicated music festivals throughout Canada and presented lectures on a wide variety of pedagogical subjects.  Recent activities include serving as a juror for the Knigge Piano Competition and adjudicator for MusiQuest, a national music competition in India where David also presented a lecture on Healthy Approaches to Piano Technique. A Senior Piano Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1991, David has also served on the Council of Examiners, which is responsible for setting examining and marking standards across Canada and the United States.  David maintains an activprivate studio and his students have been the recipients of numerous awards including Royal Conservatory of Music regional and national gold medals, for highest examination marks in the province and country.