NovaMusic Studio Teachers

East Vancouver Piano and Clarinet Teacher Christiaan Venter Christiaan Venter is a passionate piano teacher, composer, and clarinetist on Bowen Island. Having developed a love of music through piano lessons, school bands, and choirs in his youth, Christiaan ultimately received Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Music from UBC. He received level II certification from the Kodály  Society of Canada. As a performer, Christiaan has played with the Symphony of the Kootenays, U of C Wind Ensemble, U of C Orchestra, U of C Symphonic Band, Harmoniemusic Ensemble, Alberta Winds, Quintessence Winds, and Altius Brass. Wanting to share the joy of music with others, he has taught piano, clarinet, and theory privately since 2003. He has also taught preschool music with an emphasis on Kodály and Orff at the Mozart School of Music in Vancouver, and musicianship classes at Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver.

In addition to teaching and performing, Christiaan is also a composer, having written music for many chamber groups, orchestras, wind bands, films, theatre, and opera. His concert music has been performed in Canada, Slovenia, Thailand, and the United States, by ensembles including Ensemble Resonance, Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, Victoria Symphony, Kensington Sinfonia, Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Prairie Sax Quartet, U of C Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Paramirabo, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and Tapestry New Opera. Combining his interests in composing and teaching, he has written a number of works for students, including the award-winning band piece, Rocky Mountain Lullaby, several works in the latest Royal Conservatory Saxophone Syllabus, and a soon to be released book of clarinet duets. Samples of his music can be heard at www.christiaanventer.com. Christiaan also enjoys films, books, and is an avid lover of nature, especially enjoying the music it has to offer.

East Vancouver Flute Teacher Nova PonNova Pon’s  passion is exploring, creating, and sharing the power and beauty of music as a composer, flutist, and teacher. She first began playing flute in 1994, and her flute teachers have included Ingrid Crozman and Philippa Fitzgerald-Finch (formerly Fullerton). Since 2001, she has taught and coached music for individuals and groups of all ages, in topics ranging from flute, theory, history, musicianship, harmony, composition, chamber music, and piano. Along with her private teaching, Nova currently teaches musicianship and composition at the University of British Columbia, and recently taught theory & musicianship at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Nova is also a freelance flutist, and performed for four years as Naval Reserve flutist with the HMCS Tecumseh Band and National Band of the Naval Reserve. While in Alberta she co-founded and performed with the chamber ensemble Quintessence Winds, and performed as a freelance flutist, and with Alberta Winds and as an adjunct player with Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary, a Master of Music from the University of British Columbia, and Level II certification from the Kodály Society of Canada through the University of Victoria.

Nova’s musical interests are united by a love of art music and a vision of a rich “musical ecosystem” community engaged in broad and deep music-making. Her Kodály-inspired teaching stems from sharing Zoltán Kodály’s view that music education at the most fundamental level is vitally connected with composition at the highest level. As a composer, her work has been performed on four continents, and she has composed over 50 works in genres ranging from orchestral, chamber music, wind band, and choral works, to collaborations with film and dance, to works for educational and amateur music making. Performers and commissioners of her work have included Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Erato Ensemble, Kensington Sinfonia, Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Ensemble Resonance, Sempre la Musica, Ensemble Paramirabo, Quintessence Winds, and numerous soloists. Nova recently won the 2015 CMC Prairie Emerging Composer Competition, and has been nominated for a 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for her composition Wayfaring. She was the recipient of an AMPIA nomination for best score for her first film score (“The End”), and is an alumnus of the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop. She has been a finalist in the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble Composer Competition and Athena Festival Chamber Music Competition, and her educational saxophone repertoire has been included in the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus and published by Frederick Harris Music. . More information and samples of her music can be found at www.novapon.com.

Nova also loves nature, reading and writing, hiking, making things, growing food, cooking, and spending time with her husband Christiaan and their two lively cats.