Monthly meeting leaders
Marcelline Moody currently lives in Victoria where she has recently retired from the Victoria Conservatory. She has also been a clinician with the Vancouver Symphony's Crescendo program.
She was Music Education consultant with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for almost 20 years, preparing students for listening to the symphony, and training school students for live movement performances with the WSO and she began a similar programme with the Victoria Symphony.
Since retiring Marcelline has also followed a life-long interest in composing and arranging, especially pieces for children. Her great love is the recorder. She has recently published recorder manuals “Reach for a Star”, books 1 and 2. Teaching notation in a hands-on, “de-mystifying” way is another of her passions.
Marcelline Moody (B.A., U of W.A.), is an Orff graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada, and she has her diploma in Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education from the Special Course at the Orff Institute, Salzburg.
In June of 1986, she was awarded the Bronze Medal of the town of Ouistreham in Normandy for her services to music in the community there. She is a recipient of the Morna-June Morrow Award for Teaching Excellence in Manitoba and in June of 2004 she received the Arts in Education Award from the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts.
Lorna has worked as a musician for over 45 years, performing, teaching and composing. Education includes ARCT in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music degrees from UBC. Piano studies include festival awards and recognition. Harpsichord studies afforded solo and ensemble work at UBC and ensemble work in the community. Piano performance work focusses on liturgical church services, pianist for a community choir and freelance work for vocal or instrumental soloists or ensembles.
Michèle Desponts Born in Québec, Michèle studied organ and harpsichord with Bernard Lagacé at the Conservatory of Music in Montreal and later at Concordia University she was coached by Christopher Jackson, learning about playing with small baroque ensembles. In 1989 she moved to Maple Ridge where she started a career as a music teacher in Elementary Schools.
Pat Unruh is a performer, music-coach, composer and arranger. Her work is primarily in live concert-work and period-theatre. Theatre-music has included 'The Feign'd Courtesans';'The Cherry Orchard;'Emma'; 'Pride and Prejudice', The Old Curiosity Shop,' Shakespeare from Renaissance to modern settings, a Suffragette play 'Rebel Women', and Moliere's 'Le Malade Imaginaire'.
In concert-life, Pat is a soloist and ensemble-player of historic strings - medieval vielle and viola da gamba - and has performed in Canada, the USA and Europe. Pat is Director of Music in period-dance for The Historical Performance Ensemble. Pat has enjoyable medieval-music experiences with recorders coaching the intrepid musicians of Merrie Accord.
A freelance musician based in Vancouver, Marea is currently principal oboe with the Kamloops Symphony and Lions Gate Sinfonia. In her second season with the Kamloops Symphony, Marea performed the Martinu Oboe Concerto in Kamloops and Salmon Arm.
Marea has also played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Broadway Across Canada, Ballet B.C., CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra and has toured Canada with the National Youth Orchestra. She has been heard in chamber and orchestral concerts on CBC Radio. An avid chamber musician she is involved in several chamber groups: the Vancouver based Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Ad Mare Reed Trio, Trincomali Trio, Cascadia Reed Quintet and regularly performs in recitals and school shows in the lower mainland and around the province.
Recently Marea decided to pursue her love of Baroque music and take up the Baroque oboe to become involved in historical performance. She regularly performs with the Victoria Baroque Players and has performed with Early Music Vancouver, Early Music Alberta and various other groups.
Marea is on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, Vancouver Symphony School of Music and UBC Summer Music Institute, and works frequently as clinician and coach.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Marea holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UBC, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music, and completed her formal education with a Master of Music degree in Performance from Boston University.