Guest artists

Nino DiPasquale | Guest instrumentalist

Nino is a professional drummer based in Vancouver. He has performed throughout North America, most notably at jazz festivals across Canada as a member of the JUNO-nominated group Sekoya. Nino first started playing drums in a school band at the age of ten. After years of driving his family crazy, Nino decided to pursue a career in music, studying at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. A move to Vancouver followed, and he enrolled in the Jazz Studies program at Capilano College. There he studied drum set with Dave Robbins and Blaine Wikjord, and performed with jazz greats Kurt Elling and Kenny Werner.

Nino has since become known as a sensitive, versatile accompanist, who is able to play many different styles of music authentically. He gigs regularly in a variety of genres–jazz, blues, latin, funk, pop, R&B, and reggae–sometimes all in the same week! In addition to his busy playing schedule, Nino also teaches drums privately.



Hilary Ison | Guest ensemble member

Hilary remembers singing before anything else. She has a passion for excellent ensemble work as well as solo performance in oratorio, new music, and wherever else the wind takes her. Studying piano and trumpet from a young age, Hilary discovered a love for jazz and performed tirelessly while in her teens, fronting big bands, leading ensembles, and winning awards. This diverse musical background has shaped Hilary into the sensitive and versatile vocalist that she is today.

Hilary is recognized by her colleagues for her high level of musicianship and her warm, compelling vocal tone. Since moving to back to the West Coast in 2014 from Montreal, where she studied voice at McGill University, Hilary has been pleased to sing with many of Vancouver's leading ensembles, including musica intima, Cor Flammae, Stellaria, and as an ongoing member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.


Caitlin MacRae | Guest ensemble member

Caitlin has been singing since she was a teenager, and her first concert was Bach’s B Minor Mass! She has been a regular in choirs around town for many years, singing with musica intima, Elektra Women’s Choir and the Vancouver Opera Chorus.

Caitlin has been a soloist with various organizations in Vancouver, studied privately here and with master teachers around the world, and has been the recipient of numerous career development grants. She is featured on several recordings and has premiered numerous new works by Canadian and international composers.

Caitlin is also co-owner (with former musica intima member Marianne de Kleer) of French Farmhouse Holidays which organizes workshops for art, music, yoga and French at her home in the Auvergne. When she’s not in Vancouver or in France, Caitlin can also be found on the beaches in Greece with her husband and children.



Sharon Minemoto | Guest instrumentalist

Since the age of sixteen, Sharon Minemoto has been performing for audiences around the world. She is the leader of a trio, a quartet and a quintet. Her trio and quintet have each released one album as well as several shows for CBC Radio. Her quartet's first recording was released on September 24, 2016.

In addition to her own ensembles, she has performed in groups led by Jill Townsend, Cory Weeds, John Korsrud, James Danderfer, Laura Crema, Alan Matheson, Mike Allen, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Chamber Choir. Sharon has been on faculty at Vancouver Community College in the school of music since 2000.

She has studied in New York City with Renee Rosnes and Kenny Werner. Last year, Sharon teamed up with vocalist Melissa van der Schyff for two very successful concerts: one at the legendary jazz club, Birdland in NYC and the other at The Abbey Theatre in Orlando, Florida.


Michael Murray | Guest instrumentalist

Since 1980, Michael Murray has had a busy career as organist and choir director in Vancouver. Apart from a brief five years in Toronto (1984 to 1989) when he received his Diploma in Organ Performance, he has been on the West Coast working as a professional musician. Currently, Michael is Director of Music at St. Philip’s Anglican Church,

Director of the Abendmusik Chamber Choir and is the Organ Instructor at the UBC School of Music. In 1992, Michael decided that Vancouver could benefit from another chamber choir so he founded musica intima!

Michael's recent albums include ‘Obbligato Sonatas by J.S.Bach’ with flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor, and Phoenix Chamber Choir’s ‘Mid-Winter Songs,’ which were both recorded at St. Philip’s on the three manual Casavant organ.



Rebecca Paulding | Guest ensemble member

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music and Masters in Voice and Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia, as well as an ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  She is a provincial winner in voice,  a medalist with RCM, and a winner of several provincial voice awards for her performances of Canadian Music. As well as performing, Rebecca loves teaching and adjudicating. She has been an instructor for Manitoba 

Theatre for Young People, and the Winnipeg Conservatory, and currently teaches in Vancouver.

Rebecca has sung with the Little Opera Company, Opera Nuova, Manitoba Opera and UBC Opera; singing most recently with AEDO in Lucca, Italy. She has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, as part of its Traditional Christmas Concert Series, with the Fraser Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, and the CSO. She brings her love of music and ability to connect with the audience to opera, musical theatre, vocal ensembles and solo work.

Darren Radtke | Guest instrumentalist

Darren has lived in Vancouver since 1993 and has worked with a variety of performers including Martin Short, Cedar Walton, Ernie Watts, Michael Bubble, Don Rickles and Joan Rivers. Darren has been a member of many local bands, performed with the VSO, and has worked on dozens of recording projects including Denzil Sinclair’ s JUNO-nominated album, titled "I Found Love” (Verve Records). Darren also works as a composer and educator.

For the past 10 years, he has created content for the world's largest video game company, Nintendo. His most recent project ‘ Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon' has sold over five million copies globally.

Darren is a faculty member at Capilano University in North Vancouver.




Shane Raman | Guest ensemble member

Shane is a baritone who sings with the JUNO-Award nominated vocal ensemble musica intima, and Cor Flammae. Shane conducts the choirs, and teaches private voice at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. He also conducts the Anvil Community Choir in New Westminster and regularly leads choral workshops with local choirs and other groups of singers and speakers.

After earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of British Columbia, Shane has gone on to perform with musica intima, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Cor Flammae, Vancouver Opera, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Peace Choir and Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Shane is a composer/arranger/songwriter of choral, broadway and pop music. His pieces have been performed by Vancouver Cantata Singers, musica intima, Cor Flammae, Pro Coro Canada, Indiekör, McGill Choral Society Chamber Choir, and The University of New York at Oneonta Chamber Singers. Shane's pieces appear on UBC's University Singers recording: A Vancouver Christmas and Vancouver Cantata Singers' A Christmas Reprise: 10th Anniversary Album.


C.D. Saint | Guest ensemble member

Following his diverse interests, C.D. ends up in all sorts of places. Growing up in Edmonton, he sang with a wide number of choirs (Kokopelli, UofA Madrigal Singers, I Choristi, Da Camera Singers) before setting off to study music teaching in Hungary at the Kodaly Institute.

Later, C.D got involved in dispute resolution and peacebuilding and has since been working in that field.

Since moving to Vancouver, he has had the pleasure of making music with musica intima, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Stellaria and others, while occasionally performing in chamber operas.



Madeline Lucy Smith | Guest ensemble member

Lucy (BMus, UBC '07) has been singing professionally for the past seven years, making her professional debut with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009.

After returning home to Vancouver in 2010, she quickly became highly sought after as a soloist and ensemble singer. She sang for five years with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and has also been part of performances with Early Music Vancouver, the West Coast Symphony, Christ Church Cathedral choir, and musica intima.

Lucy is currently based in the Hague, Netherlands, where she has the privilege of studying with some of the world's preeminent performers of early music, including Dorothee Mields, Peter Kooij, Michael Chance and Daniel Taylor. She has performed in services and concerts across the Netherlands, in Ghent, Belgium, and Italy, and she is currently planning concerts of Monteverdi with British baroque violinist, James Hewitt.