Holly Duff ~ piano
Holly Duff received her Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Western Ontario, and an Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of music in Piano Pedagogy. Holly’s principal mentors have been current principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Dr. Peter Simon, Jean-Paul Bracey in London, and Dr. Robin Wood of Victoria.
Holly has performed as a soloist in various parts of Canada, and now, in Vancouver, focuses her performances on her first love – chamber music. Holly is interested in discovering and promoting the work of women composers. She has also had a life long passion for storytelling! For many years, she has used storytelling in her music and movement classes which she has taught in two provinces. On stage, she has combined music with storytelling in original children’s concerts.
Holly currently teaches preschool Orff music classes and is a sought-after piano teacher as well as adjudicator and master class clinician. She teaches for the Langley Community Music School, the Jean Lyons School of Music and Steveston Arts Connection.
Holly is a founding director and has been a pianist with West Coast Chamber Music since 1993.
Alan Crane ~ piano
Alan Crane received his Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Western Ontario, and his Master of Music from the University of British Columbia. Alan’s principal teachers have been the renowned British pianist, Peter Katin, as well as Robert Rogers of the University of British Columbia. Alan is currently active as a chamber musician, accompanist, teacher, master class clinician, adjudicator and Royal Conservatory of Music piano examiner. He maintains a busy teaching schedule through a private studio, at the Langley Community Music School as well as at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music where he recently completed a term as piano department head.
Alan is a founding director and has been a pianist with West Coast Chamber Music since 1993.
Monica Pfau ~ piano
An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, pianist Monica Pfau has performed on a variety of stages across North America and Europe. Many of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio’s “Westcoast Performance” and she has recorded for the CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernadi, the National Film Board of Canada and most recently, for the Australian feature film “Bloodshot Heart”.
Monica’s early studies were with Dr. Robin Wood at the UVic School of Music where, as top of her graduating class, she was awarded the prestigious Victoria Medal. She went on to win numerous national grants and honours, including the ARCT Performer’s Gold Medal and a German Academic Exchange Scholarship to the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. A highlight of her early career was her work as Accompanist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre, where she was able to perform with internationally renowned artists such as Janos Starker and the Fine Arts String Quartet. Later, as a student of Jane Coop at the University of British Columbia, Monica completed her Master’s degree and won First Prize in the UBC Concerto Competition, resulting in her orchestral debut under Kazuyoshi Akiyama. She subsequently accepted a Doctoral Fellowship from the UBC Faculty of Music.
Active as a teacher, adjudicator and performer, Monica was on the faculties of both the VSO School of Music and Place des Arts in Coquitlam. Currently, she is working as a collaborative pianist at the University of Victoria.
Monica has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2015.
Angela Cavadas ~ violin
Angela Cavadas was the recipient of numerous awards early in her musical life, most notably winning First Prize in the CBC Young Artists Competition at the age of 19.
Renowned violinists Steven Staryk and Ruggiero Ricci were major mentors in her training. Over the course of her distinguished and varied career, she has worked with many outstanding instrumentalists and conductors and has participated in numerous concerts, many of which were broadcast nationally.
She has enjoyed the diversity of performing as a soloist and in chamber music concerts, as well as playing for opera, ballet, musical theatre, film recording, and folk dance troupes.
Angela was Acting Concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra [VOO] for the 2017-18 music season and currently continues in her role as Associate Concertmaster.
In addition to her work with VOO, she has performed regularly with the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Chilliwack Symphony, and will soon be entering her 26th season with West Coast Chamber Music.
Angela is the violin instructor for the Bachelor of Music Transfer Program at Douglas College. She also teaches violin and piano privately and for the Arts Connection in Steveston.
Roger Mangas ~ viola
Violist Roger Mangas began his musical training in Indiana. Accepting a Graduate Fellowship from the University of Victoria, he later went on to study violin with Paul Kling (concertmaster, Vienna Symphony) and viola with Jaroslav Karlovsky (Prague String Quartet, Czech Philharmonic). Roger graduated with a Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Victoria where he was also winner of the Concerto Competition. Further studies were with William Primrose, and Josef Kodousek (Vlach String Quartet) while attending an international chamber music institute in Sweden, and also with the Fine Arts String Quartet (USA) while on scholarship at the Banff International School of the Arts.
Recipient of numerous awards in both solo & chamber music competitions, Roger has performed on CBC Radio and television and has toured extensively both with his string and piano quartets, as well as in recital with his wife, pianist Monica Pfau. A longtime member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Roger has also freelanced with the Vancouver Symphony, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as a violist for movie soundtracks, as well as for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. A great enthusiast for chamber music, he currently enjoys an active performing & teaching career, and has maintained successful teaching studios in both Vancouver & Coquitlam (Place des Arts) over the last 25 years.
Roger has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2009.
Rebecca Wenham ~ cello
Cellist Rebecca Wenham’s performances have been described as “silken, highly refined” (the Globe and Mail) as well as having “extraordinary commitment and maturity” (La Gazette). Her animated playing style is often surprising, dramatic and impulsive, leaving a breathless audience on the edge of their seats. She has performed across North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. As a member of the Cecilia String Quartet she has won prizes in the Osaka, Rutenberg, Bordeaux and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and was a CBC Galaxie Rising Star in 2007. Rebecca has collaborated with many composers including Common Sense Composers Collective, Ana Sokolovic, Gilbert Amy, Kelly-Marie Murphy and William Bolcom. She recently premiered a new work for solo cello and chamber orchestra by Owen Underhill, The Curio Box, commissioned by Vancouver New Music. In May 2016, Music on Main will present Rebecca in a program of solo cello exploring works that highlight divergent musical styles, from classical to music by jazz cellist Peggy Lee and rock violinist Sarah Neufeld.
A member of Microcosmos Quartet since 2011, an ensemble committed to performing music of the last 100 years (or so), she presents programs in intimate settings such as private homes, art galleries, clubs and small halls. Microcosmos Quartet held its inaugural string orchestra mentorship program, the Kessler Academy, in September. Rebecca was recently named principal cello of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Her projects have been generously funded by the Canada Council, the BC Arts Council and ProQuartet. She holds degrees from the HARID Conservatory of Music, and from Rice, San Diego State and McGill Universities. When not playing her cello, Becky likes to get crafty, occasionally gluing, stapling, sewing, knitting or nailing things together, hopefully not her fingers.
Rebecca has played with West Coast Chamber Music since 2012.
Alexander Kramer ~ cellist
Before immigrating to Canada in 2011, Alex Kramer held positions as principal cellist of the Greenville (SC) Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and assistant principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony, as well as a frequent extra player with the Atlanta Symphony. As a soloist, he has performed concertos and various other solo works with orchestra by composers: C.P.E. Bach, Dvorák, Milhaud, Fauré, and Tchaikovsky. He had the honour of presenting the world premiere of “Voice of the Wood” by the late Russell Peck. Currently, Alex lives in Vancouver and works with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is active as a freelance player. 2019 marked Alex’s first performance with West Coast Chamber Music.
Michelle Anderson ~ clarinet
Michelle Anderson is a professional performer and teacher who currently plays regularly with a variety of musical groups including the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Lion’s Gate Sinfonia and the Vancouver Wind Quintet.
In July 2015, Michelle was a featured soloist at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose, CA. Her performance of the Ticheli Clarinet Concerto, with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, is now available on CD from Mark Custom Recording. She was also a member of the Turning Point Ensemble cross-Canada tour in October of 2015.
Michelle studied music at the University of Toronto, and the Aspen Music School. She is founder of Clarinet Mentors, an on-line educational website for clarinetists worldwide. Her YouTube channel, which is designed to help clarinet players play more easily, has been viewed by more than 800,000 clarinetists worldwide. (www.youtube.com/clarinetmentors)
Michelle’s upcoming performances can be found at: http://www.vancouverclarinetlessons.com/page2/News_and_Events.html
Michelle has performed with West Coast Chamber Music since 2004.
Ross Curran ~ multi-instrumentalist
Ross Curran is an accomplished musician and teacher. Ross is the recipient of an Outstanding musician Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators and has performed in the masterclasses of Nick Fiore, Marcel Moyse and Louis Moyse. He has performed for 22 years with the Preservation of Swing Big Band and other Big Bands, plays regularly with the Telemann Wedding Trio, the Ross Curran Jazz Trio and the Mendelssohn Flute Trio.
Ross teaches woodwind lessons at his studio in Vancouver, the Langley Community Music School and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. He works regularly as a clinician and coach with high school and young professional groups of musicians.
Angela Brown ~ inter-disciplinary artist
Angela Brown has degrees in Visual Art, dance and theatre. She is a professional storyteller, clown, dancer, actor and educator and she is known for the The Ta Daa Lady Show. She tours all over B.C. with this show (clown, mime, tap dance, puppets and songs from her CD -Ta Daa Lady & her Puppets) and with the Nylon Zoo (a series of unique and colorful inflatable sculptures and a variety of costumes – animals, plants and flowers for parades and dances). She is a member of Historical Performance Ensemble – Baroque and Renaissance dance, music and theatre. Ms. Brown has had extensive experience as a writer, director and performer for historical shows for B.C. historical parks and has taught with Art Starts in the Schools and has directed and choreographed events at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Angela has collaborated with West Coast Chamber Music as a storyteller, dancer and puppeteer since 2006. Currently, they are touring Metro Vancouver schools with Peter & the Wolf.