Here is some information about the people who help make our choir ‘SING’!
Amy Stephen, B.Mus, B.Ed. – Music Director
Amy received her Bachelor of Music in voice and piano at UBC and has studied with choral conductors James Fankhauser and Graeme Langager. Amy has directed many choirs since her time at UBC, and she is passionate about working with community music groups. Amy has also sung with various vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Cantata Singers, music intima, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Voca Java. She has composed many pieces for choirs, some of which are published by Cypress Publishing. In addition to being a choral director, Amy is a teacher, performer and studio musician. She co-founded and toured internationally with Celtic group Mad Pudding, and has been involved with many cultural ensembles over the years including Tzimmes (klezmer), Jou Tou (world fusion), Sound of Dragon Ensemble (asian fusion), Winter Harp (medieval) and the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra. She also performs with her husband, Amir Haghighi, who is a Persian traditional vocalist. In addition to the piano, Amy plays accordion, Celtic harp and penny whistle, and leads workshops and sessions. One of her most memorable musical experiences was playing accordion in the orchestra (and on stage) for Pacific Opera Victoria. Amy is looking forward to spending Monday evenings with Joyful Voice, creating music and community together, and sharing the joy of music with audiences.
Susan Xia is Joyful Voice’s accompanist. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from UBC and has experience working with vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. She has studied piano with Corey Hamm, Rena Sharon, Amanda Chan, Boris Konovalov, Patricia Hoy and Terence Dawson. She is currently working towards the completion of her Master of Management Degree at the UBC Sauder School of Business. Susan is also the manager and co-founder of Artemisia Duo, a flute and piano duo dedicated to telling stories through music. Susan is actively involved in her community, such as through Concerts in Care and the VSO Day of Music. She has performed Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2 (first movement) with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. Susan’s continuing passion for music extends into her teaching of piano and music theory. She enjoys tailoring her teaching style to her students and inspiring them to be creative. She teaches at the Colourstrings Conservatory of Music and the British Columbia Conservatory of Music. As a dedicated musician, she also plays the violin and guitar.
David Caird conducted the Joyful Voice Community Choir for over a decade. His choral experience includes the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Vancouver Bach Choir and several community choirs in Windsor, Toronto and Vancouver. After a year of retirement, David was back with us for our Spring 2017 season, but he has now moved on to other adventures.