Meet our Teachers


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  Emlyn

 Voice
 Piano
 Music Theory

  Mark

 Piano

  Morgan

 Guitar

  Nancy

 Piano



Emlyn Sheeley

 Voice, Piano, Music Theory

Emlyn Sheeley is a soprano and teacher who frequently performs with Pacific Opera Victoria. She received training in the Emerging Artist program Opera Nuova in Edmonton, AB, along with receiving her Bacholor in Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Victoria.

Canadian soprano Emlyn Sheeley made her mainstage opera debut as Emmie in Pacific Opera Victoria’s (POV) production of Albert Herring as part of Pacific Opera’s and Vancouver Opera’s Co-Production in POV’s Britten Festival. She was praised as being “playful and mischievous, to playful and near-sinister” by Monday Magazine. She has since returned to perform in POV’s production of Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček where she played the role of Barena. Emlyn continues to perform as part of the POV chorus.

In past summers Emlyn has taken part in the emerging artist program, Opera Nuova, in Edmonton, AB. She performed in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. She worked with many incredible teachers and coaches including Metropolitan Opera soprano Tracy Dahl, renowned Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle, and the incredible pianist and vocal coach Michael McMahon.

Emlyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Victoria under the instruction of Canadian Tenor Benjamin Butterfield. During her three years at UVic she took part in the Voice Department Showcases, concerts at Craigdarroch Castle, and Voice Ensemble shows. Previously Emlyn attended the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) studying with Ingrid Attrot. Programs included the Diploma of Music Program and the VCM Opera Studio Program where she performed in numerous roles including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, and Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne. Emlyn has also performed in many choral opportunities at the VCM including Handel’s Solomon and Judas Maccabeus. During her time at the VCM she also took part in the Vocal and Theory Pedagogy programs, where she became a qualified teacher, and Diction classes where she studied repertoire in German, Italian, French, and English, along with learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Emlyn continues to work on her craft of vocal performance and pedagogy studying with Canadian soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, the head of Voice at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Emlyn started music at an extremely young age, and her love for it only continues to grow. In conjunction with her passion for performing, Emlyn has also found incredible joy teaching music to others.


You can find Emlyn on social media here!

   


Some fun facts about Emlyn:
Hometown:
Victoria, BC
Favorite Singer:
Anna Netrebko
Favorite Movies:
The Greatest Showman; Beauty & the Beast (original or live-action)
Favorite Opera:
La Traviata by Verdi
Favorite Foods:
Pizza! Yumm! :)

"Emlyn is an amazing opera singer. I love learning how to sing from her. It's really inspiring to study with her, especially when she demonstrates and sings along with me. Thank you so much for letting me experience this amazing musical world." - student


"You guys mean the world to me." - student




Mark Bigauskas

 Piano

A pianist and teacher passionate about Romantic-era classical piano music, Mark enjoys performing pieces by the great composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. His interpretations of these compositions demonstrate his fondness of exploring dramatic, exciting, and technically challenging virtuosic music.

A Canadian pianist and teacher, Mark Bigauskas has performed a large variety of solo piano works. These include a number of Beethoven Sonatas, as well he also enjoys exploring the melodic harmonies of Chopin, and virtuosic and technically challenging works by Franz Liszt. In addition, Mark's performances often include collaboration with vocalists or other instrumentalists.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Mark has spent the majority of his life living in Victoria, British Columbia. He attended the Victoria Conservatory of Music, receiving multiple scholarships for piano performance. There he studied with pianist Susan DeBurgh and pianist and composer Walter Prosnitz.

Mark has recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Victoria. His studies there included collaborative coaching from tenor Benjamin Butterfield as well as violinist Ann Elliot-Goldschmid, while studying piano under pianists Michelle Mares and Arthur Rowe.


You can hear some of Mark's playing on YouTube here:


Some fun facts about Mark:
Hometown:
Ottawa, ON
Favourite Composers:
Liszt, Schubert
Favorite Pianists:
G. Cziffra, Richter
Favorite TV shows:
Right now I am waiting for new seasons of Ozark, Better Call Saul.
Favorite Food:
Pizza!



Morgan Sheeley

 Guitar

Morgan is a guitarist who enjoys playing a variety of styles, going back and forth between acoustic and electric guitar, though his true passion is Classical Guitar, ranging from the Renaissance to Romantic Era, especially the music of Villa-Lobos, Giuliani, and Sor.

Morgan Sheeley is a Classical guitarist based in Victoria, BC. Morgan is an active performer, performing in many events during the year, his most popular being the Victoria Guitar Society’s Open Mic Night held at Good Earth Cafe in the Oak Bay Village. Morgan has performed in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival for two years, winning the senior division for guitar. Last year he went on to compete in the Provincial Festival where he came runner up in the senior division. Morgan was also the recipient of the Helen B. Turner and Bradley James A. Turner scholarship.

Morgan enjoys playing a variety of styles, going back and forth between acoustic and electric guitar, though his true passion is Classical Guitar, ranging from the Renaissance to Romantic Era, especially the music of Villa-Lobos, Giuliani, and Sor.

Morgan started his guitar training at a young age, studying with Bradford Werner of This is Classical Guitar, at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM). Morgan is now going into his final year of the Diploma in Music Performance program at the VCM through Camosun College studying with Dr. Michael Dias of the Victoria Guitar Trio.


You can find Morgan on YouTube here!


Some fun facts about Morgan:
Hometown:
Victoria, BC
Favourite Composer:
J.S. Bach
Favorite Guitarists:
Julian Bream; Álvaro Pierri
Favorite Piece:
Fantasia op.19 by Luigi Legnani
Favorite Movie:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off



Nancy Sheeley

 Piano

Nancy Sheeley is a pianist, teacher, composer, and writer. She has an undergraduate degree in music from Principia College and a Master's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria. Her primary piano teachers include Dorothy Dring Smutz, Dr. Robin Wood, and Georgy Sebok.

Nancy Sheeley is a pianist, teacher, composer, and writer. She has an undergraduate degree in music from Principia College and a Master's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria. Her primary piano teachers include Dorothy Dring Smutz, Dr. Robin Wood, and Georgy Sebok.

With over 30 years teaching experience, Nancy is passionate about teaching young people. While her focus is Classical music, she loves to encourage students to embrace the Renaissance ideals of exploring all the arts, especially sharing her love of reading, journaling, and visual arts.

As well as teaching, Nancy has graced the stage performing repertoire spanning from early music on the harpsichord and pipe organ to contemporary music on the piano. She loves both solo and ensemble performing, having been especially active accompanying singers. This year she will be involved in researching various contemporary music composers and their works for the piano as well as finding more time for her own compositions.

Nancy lives with her family (including her studio mascot, Gwinna the Lhasa Apso) in a 100 year old house, so full of books it now tilts to one side. One student once remarked that she was sure the wardrobe with the door to the secret world of Narnia must be at the top of the stairs. ( Perhaps she was right!)

When Nancy isn't teaching or playing, she can be found at the top of the house, hunched over her old metal desk, conferring with Mr. Tumnus about fairy stories and the proper placement of commas.


Nancy is an avid knitter and her adventures in knitting and books can be found on instagram @nancysheeley.


Some fun facts about Nancy:
Hometown:
Victoria, BC
Favorite Books:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill; Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Favorite Movies:
Harold & Maude; The Princess Bride
Favorite Composer:
J.S. Bach
Favorite Piece:
Goldberg Variations by Bach
Favorite Artists:
Glenn Gould; Angela Hewitt

"It's so hard encapsulating everything Nancy gave me, it was so much... I remember that when I started studying with Nancy, my enthusiasm for music became boundless, everything became possible, criticism was given in a constructive - yet effective - way, I made progress and had so much fun at the same time. Her teaching was selfless, intuitive, inspiring, thoughtful, encouraging - everything to help a talent emerge. She went right to the core of what music was every single time, yet she let a kid discover music themselves. She broadened my interests to include all sorts of books and a taste for art deco which has lasted to this day... Now, as a professional pianist, I look back and realise that I could not have been given a better musical guidance, focusing on integrity and knowing yourself, than she gave me."
- Silvia Fraser, pianist at Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland