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 Tomoe Arts.

Teaching is a very important facet of Melanie’s career. She is on the executive board of the Vancouver chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and as served as the NATS District Governor for BC. She is well-known as a choral clinician and adjudicator, and loves teaching from her very busy 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.



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. Caitlin has been the music director at St. Francis-in-the-Wood Anglican Church since mid 2006.




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, Cor Flammae, Pacific Spirit Choir, and the Vancouver Cantata Singers.

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.



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Kiyomi Hori | Soprano

An experienced and versatile singer and conductor, Kiyomi’s greatest passion in music is the ability to bring the same joy and healing spirit of music that she believes into people of all ages and walks of life. Specializing in working with young musicians, Kiyomi runs a busy voice and piano studio in West Vancouver and is also one of the artistic directors of the Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir, and the intermediate choral program director at St. James Music Academy in the dtes.

A graduate of the classical voice degree program at Vancouver Community College, she has studied under Marissa Gaetanne, and Gerald Van Wyck, as well as Gale Suderman and Dale Throness.  Kiyomi further developed her skills as a choral conductor in the graduate program at the University of British Columbia under Dr. Graeme Langager.

Kiyomi has also worked with a number of other Vancouver ensembles as singer and conductor including, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Pacific Spirit Choir, Joyful Voice Community Choir, and Pacifica Singers. She is delighted to be a part musica intima in their 2018 season!



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 is a Vancouver-born vocalist and musician studying music education at UBC. Having taught himself voice and piano at a young age, he became captivated by rhythm and harmony. He currently sings with musica intima, Vancouver Cantata Singers and with Holy Rosary Cathedral Choir during Sunday 11am mass.

Taka’s hobbies include cooking and fitness. His interests are vast, but some include mathematics and all fields of science (in particular, physics, astronomy, neuroscience, psychology, robotics, and ecology). He has a sweet tooth and a soft spot for a hot fresh bowl of pho!


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. Graeme 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.