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To make your music selection even easier I am including a list of local musicians that I play with. I am able to create an array of ensembles. If you don't see a specific instrument choice listed that you wish for, contact me and I most likely will be able to help you! All of these musicians are professionals, many with degrees and have extensive performing backgrounds.

Victoria Musicians

Jeff Poynter- Piano

Im very excited to welcome Jeff Poynter to my team for 2015! Jeff Poynter is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, and artist manager based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, with a major in Saxophone Performance. He is also the Chairperson of Music For Youth Works Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music lessons to children who could not otherwise afford them. Jeff performs regularly with the popular indie-folk group West My Friend as well as with burlesque performer Rosie Bitts.
As an experienced pianist, accordionist, and guitarist, Jeff was the music director at Pilgrim United Church in Colwood BC for five years, was the Assistant Music Minister at Oak Bay United Church in Victoria, and now leads music at Cadboro Bay United Church with Louise Rose. He regularly tours Canada and the US, and plays many styles of music, from classical to funk, latin to celtic, and jazz to folk.

Thomas Young- Violin/Viola

From 1967 to 1981, Thomas Young studied violin and viola at the Regina Conservatory of Music. He has played in numerous orchestras, including playing section violin and viola with the Regina Symphony for several seasons, as well as serving as assistant concertmaster with the Northumberland Symphony, a community orchestra in Ontario. Since 2001, Thomas has played in various ensembles specializing in wedding repertoire, including the Amphion ensemble of Northumberland County and the Respighi String Quartet of Victoria.

Lauren Klein- Violin

Originally from Halifax, Lauren completed her Bachelor of Music in Waterloo, ON and her Master of Music Performance in Victoria, BC. She has been a member of the National Academy Orchestra and various symphony and string orchestras, an East Coast fiddle group, and a Baroque and Early Music ensemble. She also completed a Diploma in Chamber Music while in Waterloo and loves to play in string quartets and trios whenever she can. She has attended Quartetfest 2006, the Scotia Festival of Music, and the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute. Lauren teaches violin in Victoria, and plays with the Vancouver Island Symphony as well as the Victoria Chamber Orchestra. Recently, she has performed as a soloist with the Raven Baroque Orchestra and for Ballet Victoria.

Vancouver Musicians

James Takizawa - Cello (Servicing the Vancouver Area)

I am the brotherly counterpart within Chordophone. By day, I am a Food Science professional working in the organic food industry, as well a business member in a trading company. By nature, I am an artist with roots in classical cello playing, as well as experiences in B-boying, guitar and keyboard playing, and electronic music making via Reason by Propellerhead.

As a Vancouverite, one of my favourite pastime is skiing and enjoying our diverse cuisine.

Roxanne Sabir - Violin (Servicing the Abbotsford Area)

Onstage, Roxanna’s personality is reflected through her melodious songs, which not only tell stories but engages the audience through the journey which is the show. Roxanna’s passion for songs with meaning and traditional influences (i.e., Celtic, Acadian, and Bluegrass) brings a flavor of relatability to the Sabir Sisters’ sound. Roxanna not only sings and performs background vocals but is renowned for her clean, precise and danceable fiddle and classical violin style. Roxanna is the co-founder of the Harmony Music Society, a non-profit organization developed to provide music education to children in remote communities and to provide world class music education to young folk musicians. Roxanna Sabir founded the Sabir Sisters Music Camp in 2006, now known as the Mission Folk Festival Music Camp, bringing world class folk and traditional music education to the Fraser Valley. Roxanna has been teaching traditional Canadian Fiddle Music and classical violin for seventeen years. Roxanna studied under George Corneanu and completed her Suzuki teacher training under Daphne Hughes. Roxanna's passion for working with children in contagious in her communication and education style.