Meet the talented singers of musica intima!

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.

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. 

Teaching is 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.

In addition to musica intima, Melanie is also a regular vocalist with the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and the Erato Ensemble.


Eric Biskupski | Tenor

Born in Ontario, and raised in all corners of the world, Eric's greatest passion is for the universal language of musical performance and its power to inspire.

After graduating from Mount Allison University's esteemed music program in New Brunswick, Eric moved across the country to take up residence in Vancouver.

In Vancouver, Eric has had the pleasure to work and perform with many of the city's fantastic musical groups, including the VanDeca vocal ensemble formed in 2011 by a group of music students, and BC Boys Choir. He's also a soloist with the Pacific Spirit Choir and Cor Flammae.

Outside of the classical world, Eric gets to ruin his voice as the vocalist and keyboardist in two bands: Fun Park and Plus Guests. 


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.



Cassandra Luftspring | Soprano

Cassie is a versatile choral conductor, composer, soprano, and pianist. She specializes in working with young voices, and is currently the Director of Music Literacy for the Vancouver Youth Choir, and Conductor of the organization's newest ensemble, VYC Kids. Cassie is also a Teaching Artist for Vancouver Opera’s Project Opera program.

Previously, Cassie was Associate Conductor and Director of Musicianship for the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, where she conducted choirs for children aged 8-18 and served as accompanist for rehearsals, concerts, and international tours. The Toronto native has also held conducting positions with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Mississauga Festival Youth Choir, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, and others.

Cassie is a seven-time winner of the Amadeus Choir’s Songwriting Competition, and her works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles throughout North America.

Cassie received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Toronto, and a degree in piano and composition from Queen’s University, where she also founded and directed Momentum Vocal Group.



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:




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).


Risa Takahashi | Alto

Born and raised in Japan, Risa's interest in music started when she was young. She began with the piano at the age of six, and picked up many other instruments such as the euphonium, saxophone, and percussion instruments.

Risa has studied classical piano under Eva-solar Kinderman at Vancouver Community College. She also studied with Gerald van Wyck at VCC who became her fist conducting mentor. Under Gerald’s guidance, Risa has conducted the West Vancouver United Church Choir and Pacific Spirit Choir. Risa has also studied Classical Voice with Paula Kremer.

Risa has accomplished a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting under Dr. Greame Langager at UBC. She has been the artistic director of Kids Sing Chorus, Vox Co, Aurora Celebration Choir, and Vivaldi Chamber Choir. She is currently an Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Spirit Choir and an alto soloist at West Vancouver United Church. She joined musica intima in the 2017 season.