2016 Academy Artists

2016 Academy Artists

kiri photoKiri Daust fell in love with the violin at age 5 at his first fiddle camp. He has been nurtured by many wonderful local teachers, including Jenny, LJ, Laura, Simone, and Roxi, and has enjoyed playing with a wide variety of groups including the Valley Youth Fiddlers, Twisted String, the Klezmer Katz, and Mark Perry. He has recently enjoyed being a session musician on a few albums.

Highly regarded on the festival circuit, Kiri is known for his passion and energy. He enjoys classical music and was concertmaster of the Smithers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.

Kiri enjoys composing; he was privileged to have his violin and viola concerto performed at the Orchestra North Summer Program in 2013, and is currently working on a commissioned short movie score.

In 2014 he spent an incredible summer touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and last year was honoured to perform the solo to Vivaldi’s Spring with the Prince George Symphony. Kiri is looking forward to instructing and playing this summer at Orchestra North 2016!




nick with celloNicholas Denton is a cellist currently completing the second year of his bachelor’s degree with Prof. Jennifer Culp at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Originally from Kelowna BC, Canada, Nicholas began his studies at age 7 with Morna Howie at the Vernon Community Music School.  In his final years of high school, he travelled to Vancouver periodically to study with Judith Fraser of the Vancouver Academy of Music, who eventually recommended that he pursue his degree in San Francisco.

Nicholas has participated in many competitions and master classes as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician.  Some of his recent accomplishments include: Performing as a principal cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Performing as a soloist with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, placing as a finalist in the Nova Vista Concerto Competition and being awarded Grand Prize in the Vancouver Friends of Chamber Music Competition.

Nicholas has played for many celebrated soloists including, Aldo Parisot, Johannes Moser, Anssi Kartunen, David Requiro and Daniel Müller-Schott – as well as acclaimed chamber groups including, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Kairos String Quartet.


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Isobel Glover began playing violin at the age of 6 and currently studies with Barb McDougall.  Smithers-born and Victoria-raised, Isobel is active as a violinist in the Victoria music community and has been a member of both the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and the Victoria Conservatory’s Collegium program.

Recently, Isobel had a wonderful experience sitting as concertmaster for the GVYO’s 30th anniversary tour around southern BC. Isobel has received numerous awards in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and in 2015 was selected as a finalist in the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition.  Isobel is also a seasoned street performer and is best known for her stunt of fiddling while riding a unicycle.

As well as violin, Isobel plays acoustic bass and likes to pretend she can play various other instruments such as piano, mandolin, and pennywhistle.
When she’s not playing music, Isobel enjoys a variety of hobbies including hiking, climbing, paddling, stargazing, juggling, and etch-a-sketching. Isobel is very excited to be a part of this year’s ONSP Academy!



Alina Liang is a clarinetist currently completing her Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Patricia Kostek. While immersing herself deep into past and present works for the clarinet, she also enjoys exploring her growing passion for conducting with Dr. Gerald King. Originally a violinist, she encountered the bass clarinet at age 14 and was gradually inspired to further her musical studies and become a professional musician. In her last year of high school, Alina studied with Johanna Hauser. She was also fortunate enough to be able to play with the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra in its first season. Alina currently plays in the Fifth Field Regiment Band as a volunteer and was accepted into the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra for its 31st season.

As an aspiring young professional and educator, Alina has begun her own private studio and taught various clarinet clinics in Victoria. Being Taiwanese-Canadian, she wishes to bring forth more Asian-inspired wind compositions to the West Coast and looks forward to being able to study and share her culture with this side of the world.

Theresa MothersillTheresa Mothersill 
first picked up the oboe as a part of her elementary school’s band program at the age of 12 and never put it down. Hailing from Vancouver, she has fond memories of being a high school band-geek.

While studying under Erin Marks, she joined the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Intermediate Youth Orchestra in 2011. There she first started to develop her passion for large ensemble work. She played with them for two years before spending her senior year with the Lion’s Gate Youth Sinfonia.

Theresa is currently an undergraduate at the University of Victoria under the instruction of Alexandra Pohran-Dawkins, in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Music History and Literature.




IMG_0849 (1)Judith Souman studied viola at the Langley Community Music School where she became keenly interested in orchestral playing and chamber music, eventually being mentored by renowned cellist and chamber musician Ian Hampton. After several years studying at Kwantlen University with Nikita Pogrebnoy, she was invited to study with Christine Vlajk, violist of the Penderecki Quartet, at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Judith has gained extensive orchestral and chamber music coaching experience working for various summer orchestral camps over the past 5 years, and her work has taken her on tours across Canada. Most recently she toured across northern BC with the ONSP Academy chamber tour, and later toured across Western Canada with the Reformed String Camp Chamber Orchestra.

Since 2016, Judith has served as the Prince George Symphony Orchestra’s acting principal violist, and has enjoyed sharing her passion for music and compassion for others teaching for the Northern BC Academy of Music in Prince George. A two-time alumni of the Orchestra North Academy, Judith is looking forward to another summer of collaboration and inspiration together with colleagues and friends.


headshotJessica Tseng is a Taiwanese-Canadian violinist who has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. By the age of 15, she received her RCM 10 in violin and earned ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) certificate by the age of 18. She received second place for ARCT’s highest score in Canada that year. A participant of many festivals including the NAO (National Academy Orchestra with Boris Brott), SOAP (Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific), AMF (Atlantic Music Festival), UBC Summer Music (as the String section counselor) and more. She has worked with many professional orchestra members and concert masters from
around the world and performs regularly in the Prince George and Kamloops Symphonies.
A recipient of many scholarships and awards, Ms. Tseng received the Doctor and Mrs A.M. Bomstead Scholarship in violin, the Magdalena Stekl Memorial Scholarship and Music Scholarship by the British Columbia Art Coun