Revised NSCE Faculty Roles
With the retirement of Jay Knutson, the NSCE Board has revised the organizational structure of the ensemble. Will Chernoff, Kirin Lamb and Brienne Powers, already integral members of the NSCE, have stepped into more prominent roles.
Will Chernoff has assumed the newly created role of Associate Artistic Director. As such, he has primary responsibility for coordinating the rhythm section. He supports Claude in composition and arrangement of new material, development of new self-produced shows and instruction of all NSCE players. Will brings his eclectic bass style to the NSCE while adding jazz sensibility to "West Coast Celtic" since 2014. He is known for combining quiet, scholarly discipline in rehearsal with joyful movement on stage. “Frisbee”, says Will, “has been a symbol of the attributes we try to promote at every rehearsal and performance: effective communication, mobilization of one's attention, and physical presence.”
Brienne Powers continues as Assistant Artistic Director, with responsibility for developing and delivering a standardized technical curriculum for the Intro and Novice Ensembles. She leads community outreach and engagement for these groups as well as recruits new entry level players. Trained in Celtic and classical violin, Brienne joined the NSCE at the age of 10 and she hasn't left yet! In 2009, Brienne transitioned from student to teacher to head the NSCE's newly created novice programs. Drawing on her dramatic and choral background, Brienne also integrates voice and a strong performance foundation into the program. Brienne has the continued assistance of Andy Lang in leading the entry level ensembles.
Kirin Lamb continues in her role as Musical Assistant to the Senior Group, where she arranges and directs piano accompaniment and vocal material. Kirin brings her extensive experience in Celtic music to the NSCE. She got her childhood start with the Coast String Fiddlers of Roberts Creek, BC. Kirin loves to blend folk traditions with other styles and holds a Diploma in Jazz Piano from Capilano University. Kirin tells NSCE players, “Never forget that the friends you make, the music you play, and the experiences you have in the NSCE will last you a lifetime. Make the most of it.”
Claude Giguere, as Executive Artistic Director, continues to supervise and mentor all of these supporting directors and musical assistants. Claude continues to have overall responsibility for the artistic direction of the NSCE and maintenance of the ensemble’s high standard of artistic excellence.