A variety of people (professional and amateur) share their musical talents with the Westwood congregation. If you are interested in joining the Sunday Service Musicians team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Bell is a performer and teacher of the accordion and piano. His band, Celtara, has been inciting toe-tapping in audiences of western Canada (and Nova Scotia!) since 2005 and continues to produce fresh and exciting ’new world’ Celtic music. Steve studied classical music through the Royal Conservatory of Music program as well as composition and recording arts at Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University). He has a love for writing music and his compositions, new and old, are often heard when he plays for Westwood Unitarian services.
Vivien Bosley & Toot Ensemble
Vivien Bosley has played the recorder for years, and has organized numerous groups of people with whom to perform. One of these is “Toot Ensemble”. They bring their talents to Westwood once or twice a year.
One of our original musicians, Marj was instrumental in getting Westwood’s music program off the ground. She keeps her arthritic hands in shape by continuing to ‘dabble’ in piano and still plays hymns for us occasionally.
Amber has played the piano from a very young age, studying with teachers in the Edmonton area and going on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta in 1997. She is an experienced piano teacher, having taught students now for approximately 15 years. She also has a degree in Elementary Education. Amber’s philosophy in music teaching is to first develop the musicality of the child, at the same time as the more traditional note reading and technical skills. Amber has accompanied and led school choirs in the past, and for a few years also taught Orff-style elementary school music. When Amber is not teaching piano lessons you may find her enjoying the outdoors or visiting Edmonton’s many attractions.
Cherilyn has been singing and playing the piano for as long as she can remember. Classically trained as a child, she came back to the piano as an adult and started taking jazz piano lessons. One thing led to another, and now she is delighted to be able to play with others, a rare privilege for regular piano players. Over the last few years she has had a bunch of fun, going to music camps, playing with amateur jazz combos, C Jam Big Band, and a rock band she got recruited into. She is a music theory geek, and finds jazz very satisfying that way. She loves teaching piano, but because she has a day job, so far she has only taught her own kids. She has enjoyed playing for Westwood for many years.
Jacqueline has been involved with music (mostly piano & choral) all of her life, and has served several congregations, creating/directing choirs for them and developing/accompanying congregational singing. She loves to help people enjoy the experience of creating their own music, individually and collectively. She particularly appreciates opportunities to collaborate with other musicians. And few people are as familiar with our hymnals as she!
Jacqueline presently assists with music planning at Westwood, organizes the musicians for Sunday services, and sings soprano in Westwood’s choir, Harmonia; she can be reached via email@example.com
Mary has worn a variety of hats over the years: ARCT graduate; ESO violinist; ensemble player (quartets, trios, and violin-piano duos); and conservatory violin teacher. After completing a B.Ed., she taught elementary and junior high school and then became a college instructor of math and English. In retirement, Mary has resumed an active performing life with the TEMPO orchestra and many and varied ensembles.