SongRoots Instructors

Moira Smiley 

Moira Smiley is a Singer / Composer who travels the world as a soloist and musical director, and creates new work for vocal ensembles, dance, theater and film. Her voice is heard on feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, frequently on NPR, and on more than 60 commercially released albums.  She tours regularly with her group VOCO and has sung with leading vocal artists around the world – including Paul Hillier’s Theater of Voices, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, KITKA and New World Symphony. VIDA and (currently) VOCO have been featured at Lincoln Center, UCLA Live, Royal Festival Hall and music festivals across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Moira is in high demand as a vocal clinician and receives commissions to write for vocal ensembles around the world.

Dawn Pemberton

Vibrant, genuine and soulful, Dawn has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, adjudicator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. She currently directs the Youth Choir and Voice Ensemble at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Roots ‘N’ Wings Women’s Choir and teaches masterclasses and workshops all over Canada. A passionate educator and performer, Dawn approaches music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.  Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”

Brian Tate 

Brian Tate is a Vancouver vocalist, composer/arranger and choral conductor. Brian directs the 100-voice City Soul Choir and gives choir and singing workshops worldwide. Many of his choral works have been published and his music is performed internationally. Brian performs as a jazz vocalist and sings with the world music a cappella vocal trio “TriVo”. He also teaches singing and choir at Studio 58, Langara College’s professional theatre school.

Jennifer Scott 

Jennifer Scott is a singer and pianist born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She specializes in jazz, blues, and world music. She is considered one of the more important jazz artists working in Canada and the United States today.

As well as being a performer, she arranges and writes jazz and pop tunes, with several CDs containing a combination of original tunes, tunes she has arranged, and more traditional tunes. She has also appeared on many CBC recordings and has worked with many other musicians both live and in studio.

Michael Creber

Michael Creber is one of the West Coast’s most sought-after musicians, both onstage and in the recording studio. A Grammy-nominated producer, and a Juno award winner, his career as a keyboardist, composer, teacher and producer embraces many areas of music including jazz, rock, gospel and R&B. He has performed and recorded with kd lang, Raffi, the Rankin Sisters, Petula Clark, David Foster, Shirley Bassey, Powder Blues, John Sebastian, Cyndi Lauper, Dee Daniels, Phil Nimmons and many others.  During the last few years, Michael has kept busy writing scores for film and television, producing CDs, teaching, and keeping up a full performance schedule. Michael has three albums of original music which have been featured on CBC Radio’s nationally broadcast JazzBeat, and on Vancouver’s Hot Air.

Karla Mundy

Karla Mundy is a vibrant, soulful and diverse vocalist, pianist, arranger and choir leader. Karla directs four Vancouver community choirs and the Island Soul Choir on Vancouver Island, leads harmony singing workshops and performs extensively throughout BC and Alberta. Karla is a founding member of the No Sh!t Shirleys, TriVo, Cleia and Plough. She released her first solo CD called ‘Way Back’ last year and is a new Mom!

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