Management & Directors

Staff

 


Siri Olesen | artistic manager

Siri began as Artistic Manager in March 2017 after working as a vocalist (soprano) with the organization for nearly 20 years. Siri is a vocal instructor at Capilano University, Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Project Coordinator and teacher/researcher for the Creative Music Practice Program, a research project which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

In her role as Artistic Manager, Siri collaborates with the ensemble, the Board of Directors and the General Manager in managing and facilitating musica intima's artistic vision and goals. She works closely with the ensemble to plan, develop and and execute performances, and community outreach initiatives.

Siri holds a degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta, a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, and is pursuing a Master in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University.

 


Jacob Gramit | general manager

Originally from Edmonton, baritone Jacob Gramit has recently come back to Vancouver from the Netherlands, where he completed a Master of Music in Early Music Singing.  While in the Netherlands, he studied with Pascal Bertin, Peter Kooij, Michael Chance, Dorothee Mields, Robin Blaze, and Lenie van den Heuvel.  Highlights of his time abroad included  projects with Charles Toet, Mike Fentross, Kathryn Cok, a tour of Bach’s B Minor Mass (with performances in America and the Netherlands) under Ton Koopman, and both preparing the edition and performing in Michael Chance’s production of Cavalli’s Giasone.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia (BMus, 2012), Jacob sang for three seasons with musica intima, as well singing as a section leader in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, where he is currently the artistic director of the Summer Festival of Sacred Music.  As a chorister, he has performed with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra under Alexander Weimann on several occasions, with Capella Amsterdam and Holland Baroque, and was selected to participate in a performance of Spem in Alium with the Tallis Scholars (under Peter Philips), presented by Carnegie Hall.

Jacob's first season with musica intima was their twentieth anniversary; he is thrilled to be back with the organization just after their twenty-fifth, as the ensemble continues to grow, develop, and challenge new artistic boundaries.  

 

Board of Directors



Don Brooks, President

Don has been at UBC for 47 of its 100 years as a student, professor and administrator. He's served 10 years as Associate Vice-President, Research and International. While Don is not a musician, he harbours a love for music, especially jazz and choral music — and he is an unabashed fan of musica intima in particular.

Don has deep experience in local, national and international boards, and brings learned skills in governance, diplomacy and jocular effectiveness to these enterprises.

 

 



Cathy Wong, Treasurer

Cathy graduated from SFU with a major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry along with a couple of certificates in Kinesiology. After completing her co-op terms, she realized laboratory work wasn't what she wanted to do. Soon after graduation, she switched moved into the field of accounting and obtained experience in industry and public practice. Cathy has completed her CPA, CGA designation and is currently enrolled in the three year in-depth tax program.

Cathy has always been passionate about choral music. She sang with Coastal Sound Music Academy Children's choir and Youth choir throughout her school years, which gave her the opportunity to attend one of the workshops held by musica intima. Prior to her board role with musica intima, Cathy sang with Pacifica Singers and has served on the board as Secretary Treasurer for the Gastrointestinal Society and Canadian Society of Intestinal Research.


 



Mark Chartrand, Director

Mark P. Chartrand, retired in 2015, was a partner at the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in its Vancouver office. Mr. Chartrand practised primarily as a tax and estate planning advisor to owners of private companies and their shareholders and directors, and to professionals. He has 34 years' experience in advising on tax-driven corporate reorganizations, "family" and other trusts, shareholders' agreements and partnerships. He also developed considerable experience in the tax features of "flow-through" share financing for oil and gas, mining, and green energy companies and limited partnerships.

Currently, he is authoring a novel, short stories and poems, and enjoys music, movies and extensive travel.