At the age of five, Calvin Dyck was introduced to the accordion, and soon discovered his love for performing and bringing enjoyment to others. In spite of a college aptitude test recommending a career as a tug boat captain, Calvin completed a music degree at Biola University, and went on to complete a Masters and Doctorate in violin performance at the University of Southern California.
Calvin has been concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony since 2000. He also directs the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and last summer they toured all 10 provinces in Canada along with the British Columbia Boys Choir. Calvin has played in over 15 countries, and is in demand as a producer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. His show “Songs Strings and Steps” is a favourite with local audiences.
Calvin is currently teaching 20 private students and also teaching at Bakerview Music Academy – a free program for dis-advantaged youth.
In 2012 Calvin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community. In April, 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Trinity Western University. He enjoys living in Abbotsford with his wife, Heather, and their two children Christine and Andrew.
His favourite hobby is growing giant pumpkins!
John began piano lessons at the age of 6 and violin lessons at the age of 10. He maintained both instruments for a few years and then decided to pursue the violin as his main instrument. He completed his Bachelor of Music Degree and Certification for teaching music in public schools at the University of British Columbia in 1982 and has been in the music teaching profession ever since.
His career began in Prince George where he played Principal 2nd violin in the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and taught at the Prince George Music School for 18 years. He then moved to Kelowna with his family in 2000. He now is a core member of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and he teaches violin in various music and private schools in Kelowna and Penticton. Some of his former students currently hold title positions in major Canadian orchestras.
Kelowna violinist Sandra Wilmot is much in demand as a teacher, performer, and clinician. She has been teaching group and private violin classes since 2002 and many of her students play regularly with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra, and participate in the Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival. She was an elementary school music teacher from 2006-2010, and currently coaches violin sectionals for the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra and co-directs the KCMS Junior and Senior String Ensembles. She is also a string faculty member at Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music.
Sandra works with various ensembles throughout the Okanagan as a professional freelance musician, and has been playing regularly with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Kamloops Symphony since 2001. She has performed with various other orchestras across Canada and has attended many prominent orchestral and early music training programs in Vancouver and Toronto. Sandra is also a pianist, arranger, and award winning composer.