Claude has a winning combination of passion and good humour that inspires music lovers of all ages. Since founding the NSCE in 1998 alongside Jay Knutson, his artistic vision has been our organization’s guiding light. Claude brings his orchestral violin experience from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and the CBC Radio Orchestra together with a passion for folk music, creating an innovative youth strings program that has touched thousands on the North Shore. It sprung from a desire to explore and interact with all aspects of music, to connect with community and bring out the best in others, and an innate quest for excellence in music. For this accomplishment, Claude was recognized with a 2016 Outstanding Supporter of Youth Award from the City of North Vancouver.
Beyond the NSCE, Claude teaches private violin lessons in Lynn Valley. When he doesn’t have a violin - or even a recorder - in his hands, he loves hiking in his backyard: the North Shore mountains. He also works toward becoming fluent in Japanese, his third language.
Claude transitioned from his role as Executive Artistic Director of the NSCE in September 2021. We are thrilled to have Claude remaining as a core member of our team.
Gabriel Dubreuil is a violinist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Vancouver, BC. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) in 2016. Not only is he an in-demand violin teacher, Gabriel is the bandleader and manager for Early Spirit and the Gabriel Dubreuil Band. He also records and performs with several Vancouver and Toronto based bands and artists. Early Spirit's debut album 'UnRelated' (2018), features Natalie MacMaster, Geoffrey Kelly, Leonard Podolak and Michelle Campagne. Gabriel's debut album 'Back to Back Bay' was released in 2016.
Gabriel has deep roots in the North Shore Celtic Ensemble, having played and toured with us from 2007-2013. In fact, his original composition is the namesake of our 2013 album Troubadours! Gabriel worked alongside Claude throughout the 2020-21 season and we are thrilled to have Gabriel take on the key role as Executive Director.
Clarice Scop is a violinist and music educator with a background in jazz music, Celtic fiddling, and folk music. She received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University in 2020, and became a BC certified teacher and received a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) from the University of British Columbia in 2021. Beginning in September 2021, Clarice will be an elementary strings and music teacher with the North Vancouver School District. Clarice teaches the Intro to Fiddling and Strings & Things groups with the North Shore Celtic Ensemble. When she is not teaching, Clarice plays with the folk trio Wildflower.