The Fall Gala is not only a time for delicious food, fine wine and good company, it also features musical performances from extremely skilled vocalists, pianists and other musicians. For information on the exquisite Fazioli piano that will be played at the event, visit our Fall Gala Sponsors post.
You can expect some enchanting musical performances at our Fall Gala from these talented musicians:
Kiel Magis is a Bari-Tenor from Vancouver, BC. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music specializing in Vocal Performance. He has previously worked with international opera sensation Roelof Oostwoud. Kiel has experience performing in various musical settings including weddings, corporate events, private parties, as well as many choral ensembles. He has previously sung with many of Vancouver’s elite choirs including Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, and Phoenix Chamber Choir. His passion and love for singing started at a young age. Kiel’s mother, a music school teacher of over 20 years, pushed him into singing and choir at the age of 8. He fell in love with music when he worked with Tony Araujo (Artistic Director of BC Boys Choir). Upon graduating high school, Kiel received a scholarship to attend Douglas College where he began his studies in Vocal Performance working with Eric Hannon. In May 2014, Kiel graduated from the University of British Columbia. Shortly thereafter, he was given the opportunity to record his first studio album with some very generous financial contributions from his good friends Vern and Helga Hoeing. Kiel recently released his album and performed his album debut concert! He is excited for the journey ahead and can’t wait to share his music with his fans around the world!
Pianist Annabelle Paetsch is a versatile, accomplished and creative musician and teacher who has been based in the Vancouver area since 2003. She has performed numerous concerts not only in BC but also in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Austria, Germany and the U.S. Annabelle enjoys collaborating with symphony orchestras, choirs, singers and instrumentalists of all ages as well as playing solo recitals. She is well known in West Vancouver as a regular performer at the Silk Purse Arts Centre, and as an organizer of and participant in benefit concerts and musical fundraising events. She has adjudicated piano classes, recorded two solo CDs, taught music at the university level, and worked as a musical extra in the film industry. Her graduate degrees in music are from Western University, London ON, and Annabelle also holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from the Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria. Currently, she is Director of Music at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in West Vancouver and maintains a busy piano studio in addition to freelance playing.
Conrad Good was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He began his music studies on cello when he was five. At ten, Conrad took a dive into the deep end and started studying double bass. It wasn’t long before he became interested in playing jazz, having heard it around the house since he was very young. Conrad continued his classical studies, playing concerto performances with a youth orchestra and his high school symphony. Since graduating from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University with a Jazz Performance degree, Conrad has played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival and Phil Dwyer’s Vancouver Island Jazz Fest. Conrad is a winner of the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship Trust and a scholarship from the Schulich School of Music. His recent collaborative recording “From Day to Day” won the 2016 Julian Award.
Dan Reynolds was born and raised in Vancouver. Growing up in a musical household, he took an interest in music from a young age. He was introduced to jazz by his father and developed a love for playing piano and writing music. After high school, Daniel moved to Montreal to study at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Here he had a chance to study piano, arranging, theory and composition with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Daniel played in the McGill Jazz Orchestra and worked alongside guest artists such as Phil Dwyer, John Taylor, Joe Lovano, Ben Monder, Jim McNeely and Tim Ries. While studying under Jan Jarczyk he began to play and study classical music, especially the music of J.S. Bach, Bartok, Chopin and Debussy. At McGill he was given the distinction of being a Schulich Scholar and in 2010 he was awarded the Oscar Peterson Prize for Excellence in Jazz Performance by the Hnatyshyn Foundation for the Arts. Daniel has performed across Canada, giving concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Edmonton Jazz Festival, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Banff Centre for the Arts.