We are thrilled to have Gabriel as the Executive Director of the NSCE since 2021. Gabriel has deep roots in our organization, having played and toured with the group from 2007-2013. Equally at home in a wide array of musical genres, Gabriel is an outstanding violinist who easily moves between the traditional sounds of Québécois and Celtic, to klezmer, classical, jazz - and beyond. Gabriel’s musical path is as varied as it is rich. He wears many hats and is a touring bandleader in the folk music world, a musical sideman, a concert organizer and promoter and a passionate educator. Gabriel’s strong grounding in jazz, composition, arranging and production have grown out of his studies at the Berklee College of Music where he earned a Bachelors of Music in 2016. Gabriel is also the co-founder of Vancouver’s Early Spirit whose second album ‘Hollow Tree’ was released in 2022.
Serena joined NSCE this fall has an instructor with the Senior and Junior Ensembles. She has been teaching music for 26 years and believes in the power of an educator to inspire and guide budding musicians towards excellence and fulfillment through music. Her unique style reflects a lifetime of studying western classical music and various folk idioms. With a B.Mus. from the Berklee College of Music and a B. Mus. from Brandon University in addition to many years in the music industry Serena is at home as a performer, recording artist and educator. She is known as a member of Delhi 2 Dublin and Forró do Cana and has performed with many artists around the world, composed, orchestrated and recorded for film and TV. Serena is founder and director of the Serena Eades Academy of Music which offers violin lessons in North and East Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and qathet/Powell River.
Clarice Scop joined the NSCE as our Director of Novice Programs in January 2021 She teaches both our Strings N Things and Intro to Fiddling programs. Clarice is a violinist and music educator with a background in jazz music, Celtic fiddling and folk music. She has her Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music). Clarice is an elementary strings and music teacher with the North Vancouver School District. When she is not teaching and energizing our Novice ensembles, Clarice plays with the folk trio Wildflower. The 2022/23 season will be Clarice's last with the NSCE.
Danielle is joining the NSCE in the 2023/24 season as Director of Novice Programs, teaching both our Strings N Things and Intro to Fiddling programs. Danielle has worked as music educator for over 10 years now and her educational pedigree comes in the form of a B.A. in Music and French Studies from Queen’s University, as well as a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia. Danielle is an experienced performer in various Celtic and Canadian styles and tours across both Canada and the United States. Furthermore, she works with a variety of groups and artists both in the studio and on the road. Danielle brings with her a great passion for fiddling and a collaborative approach to create a lively and enriching experience with the NSCE.
Phil has been the NSCE's valued Accompanist for many years, dedicating hours of his time to support the NSCE on and off the stage. He is a parent of two NSCE alumni and a former Board President. His quiet presence and unique style on guitar provides strong backup for the Intro, Strings N Things, Junior and Senior ensembles. He participates in our weekly rehearsals, community concerts and performances. He is a valued member of the NSCE community and we are so appreciative of all he brings to our group.