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Melanie Adams | Alto
Melanie, originally from Prince Edward Island, is a prominent member of Vancouver’s music community as a solo and ensemble performer and as a teacher, and has been a member of musica intima since 2000. As a soloist, her repertoire ranges from early music to world premieres of new music by prominent Canadian composers. She has collaborated with many musical and theatrical organizations, including the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Fugue Theatre, Redshift Musical Society, Vancouver Pro Musica and The Opera Project. Most notably, recently she created the dual role of “Margot/Amelia McGillen” in the world premiere of Supernatural Noir, and she created the role of “Spirit of the Maple Tree” in the world premiere of Shadow Catch. She was also the soloist in the world premiere of Nerakhoon by Howard Shore, as part of Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival in 2011.
In addition to musica intima, Melanie is also a regular member of the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and the Erato Ensemble.
Teaching is also a very important facet of Melanie’s career. She is the Vice-President of the Vancouver chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the NATS District Governor for the province of BC. She is well-known as a choral clinician, is currently on faculty teaching voice at the St. James Music Academy on the downtown Eastside, and teaches from her private studio in New Westminster.
Caitlin Beaupré | Soprano
Acclaimed for her clear tone and engaging stage presence, soprano Caitlin Beaupré (B.Mus, M.Mus) has been singing with musica intima since 2009.
Caitlin first began her love affair with performing at age seven, learning music, dance and acting intensively at The Jennings Institute for Performing Artists. After completing two degrees at the UBC School of Music, she sang with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Vancouver Cantata Singers.
Currently Caitlin can be seen swingin’ it up with the dynamic Lady Larks (an Andrews Sisters-esque group) and collaborating with other local musicians in different projects all around town.
In those rare moments when she isn't on stage, Caitlin works as the music director at St. Francis-in-the-Wood Anglican Church and is part of the MadLab School of Fitness team.
Katherine Evans | Alto
Originally from Boston, MA, Katherine appears in Vancouver as a trumpet soloist at Holy Rosary, St. Andrews-Wesley, and Christ Church. Praised for her “solo work of exceptional quality” by the Boston Globe, Katherine is the principal trumpet of the Newport Symphony Orchestra (OR) and has held principal trumpet positions in several New England orchestras. She has been a soloist with the Brockton and Waltham, MA Symphony Orchestras, the Harvard-Radcliffe Bach Society Orchestra and Harvard-Radcliffe Baroque Orchestra. Her performances are available on the Centuar and Albany labels.
Katherine is a member of musica intima and St. Andrews-Wesley Vocal Ensemble, and is a former member of Phoenix Chamber Choir. In the U.S., Katherine worked extensively as a church vocal soloist and was featured in a recording of the Christ Church Schola of Rochester, NY on Loft Records.
Katherine holds an M.M. in trumpet performance from the Longy School of Music and a B.A. in English and Music from Harvard University. She works for the UBC School of Music.
Siri Olesen | Soprano
Her career spans working as a vocalist, pianist, organist, choral director and music educator. She's performed with Early Music Vancouver, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra, as well as being featured regularly on CBC Radio.
Siri can be heard on recordings by Chor Leoni Men's Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Silk Road Music and musica intima.
Siri earned her degree in classical piano performance from Augustana University in Alberta, and is the music director at Redeemer Lutheran church in Vancouver. She has a diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, where she currently works as a vocal instructor.
Stephen Duncan | Bass
Stephen was drawn to music from childhood. At four-years-old, he began taking piano lessons before expanding to the cello, trombone, euphonium, bass and eventually he began singing.
Stephen obtained his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto degree, with first class honours, in piano performance while a teenager, but then turned his attention to focus primarily on voice.
Currently, he studies voice performance at the University of British Columbia with baritone Dale Throness.
Stephen is the newest vocalist to musica intima, joining in the fall of 2016 as a bass. In addition to performing with musica intima, he also sings with Phoenix Chamber Choir, the University Singers and UBC's Chamber Choir.
Erik Kallo | Tenor
Erik attended UBC where he received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance under the instruction of Dale Throness. During his undergraduate studies, he sang tenor/high baritone with the University Singers of UBC.
Currently, he sings with Pacific Spirit Choir in West Vancouver in additiona to musica intima.
During high school, Kallo sang with both the Langley Fine Arts Senior and Chamber Choirs and has been a leader in both these groups. He also has extensive experience in vocal jazz as well as fronting big bands.
Erik has big dreams and hopes to be able to sing in front of a large number of people and have some fun!
Steve Maddock | Bass
Over the past two decades, Steve has come to be known as one of Western Canada's most versatile vocal talents. He has appeared at numerous clubs and jazz festivals, been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and been featured on both CBC Radio and CTV Television, where he lent his vocal talents to both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Recent musical theatre roles include Daddy Warbucks in Annie (Royal City Musical Theatre Co.), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Vancouver Playhouse), Beast in Disney's Beauty And The Beast (Arts Club Theatre Co.) and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West Calgary). Steve has an extensive discography as both a leader and sideman.
He lives in Burnaby with his wife, soprano/pianist (and fellow intima member!) Siri Olesen, and his two children, Aubrey and Kai. For more information, visit his website: www.stevemaddock.com.
Taka Shimojima | Tenor
Taka studies at the UBC School of Music and he aspires to ignite passion and hope into others through the power of music. From a young age, Taka began his musical training in piano and voice followed by violin, guitar, and finally the bassoon in his adolescence.
Taka believes that, “music is all-in-all, a combination of the senses subject to imagination. It sparks wonder, joy, hope, and sorrow within us, but perhaps even more important is the spark that occurs between one another.
One person can devote their present being to the musical art and achieve accomplishment, but an ensemble of people can create an even greater musical depiction."
Aside from music, Taka finds fascination in the fields of physics and astronomy. He is planning to start investing in a telescope relatively soon...! (that's space-time humour)