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Meet Our Clinicians

Instructors for the workshop will be selected from the list of available clinicians listed below. All are experienced instructors
in the highly acclaimed Doane Ukulele System developed by J.Chalmers Doane in Canada.

Vince

Vince Sequeira

With over 34 years teaching experience, Vince is the current director of the Pacifica Ukes program in Campbell River. He is also a former (retired) staff member of the Chalmers Doane Ukulele Workshops. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Victoria and has taught music from elementary to high school. A composer and arranger, he continues to offer ukulele workshops throughout the province, teaching ukulele in BC schools and community groups in the Courtenay / Campbell River area. With his Portuguese / Philippine roots, Vince comes by the ukulele naturally, and many members of his family are proficient ukulele players in their own right.


marcello

Marcello (UkesterMoe) Sequeira

Marcello has been surrounded by music since a very young age. He is a multi-instrumentalist and a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Marcello has played the 'ukulele since age 7, and it remains his instrument of choice. He was accepted into the Pacifica Ukes Ensemble in the fourth grade. After graduation, he moved on to become a director with the Island Ukuleles in Victoria, B.C. To date, Marcello has recorded multiple albums and continues to perform under his stage name, "UkesterMoe". This simple yet complex little instrument seems never to disappoint, and continues to surprise him even to this day. His aim is to create a dynamic performance and a smooth listening experience, through unique arrangements of original and popular songs that highlight the 'ukulele's versatility.


Matthew

Matthew Martin

Matthew has his Bachelor of Education degree (major in music) from the University of Victoria and is currently teaching in School District 61 (Victoria). Matthew is also a professional trumpet player with extensive playing experience, performing in venues around the world and playing with artists such as The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Jim Byrnes, and Eugene Smith. Matthew joined the Island Ukulele teaching staff in 2007, assisting with the Little Ukers program. He is currently involved with all three Island Ukulele programs and works extensively on music arrangements and transcriptions for the performing ensemble. Matthew is also co-chair of the BC Music Educator's Conference.


Dave

Dave McKeen

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Dave has spent the past 28 years in the Peace River South region of northern BC. He currently teaches music to K-7 students at Ecole Frank Ross Elementary in Dawson Creek, BC. He directs 3 adult and 2 student ukulele groups. In addition to teaching K-7 music, he teaches piano, directs a choral group, and teaches tennis. (Well it does have strings on it too, I guess.) Dave is currently studying the ukulele with ukulele virtuoso, James Hill, as well as with Vince Sequeira. Dave is building a strong ukulele program in Northern B.C.


Melanie

Melanie Leask

Melanie started playing the ukulele when she was 9 and is an alumna of the Island Ukuleles Ensemble in Victoria, BC. Melanie has been teaching ukulele since 2005 and currently teaches the Island Ukuleles "B" group. She spent 4 years teaching the very young ukulele players in the "Little Ukers" program. Melanie was a student of the Doane Ukulele System and enjoys passing her love of music on to the next generation of young players. Melanie is currently a music teacher and Teacher On Call with the Victoria School District.


Jacqueline

Jacqueline Czar

Jacqueline is also an alumna of the Island Ukuleles Ensemble in Victoria, BC. She has been teaching ukulele with the Island Ukuleles program for the past 11 years. After teaching for 2 years in London, England, she returned to the Island, and she is again teaching the students in the Island Ukuleles program and also at the Friends of Music Society. Jacqueline is currently a teacher with the Victoria School District.


Felipe

Felipe Sequeira

Felipe is a graduate of the Pacifica Ukes and Island Ukuleles programs. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree (UVic) and is completing his Masters degree in Education. With over 15 years of teaching abroad in S. Korea and establishing a successful ukulele program there, Felipe is well versed in teaching the ukulele to young and old. Now back in Canada, he is currently teaching music at Ecole Robb Road in Comox B.C.


Elaine

Elaine Kao

Elaine is a Foundations and Middle Years Art Teacher at St.Margaret's School in Victoria, B.C. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree (U. of Lethbridge, Alberta), a Fine Arts degree (UVic), an ARCT piano performance diploma and an ARCT piano pedagogy certificate. Her passion for art and music is evident in her exquisite artwork and music playing skills. Elaine also teaches the ukulele as an alumna of the Island Ukuleles. Beyond her expertise in art and music, she also loves learning foreign languages.


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Charlene Sequeira

Charlene has been the registrar for the Vancouver Island Ukulele Workshop for 19 years, She received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Victoria and has 30 years of teaching experience. She is an experienced classroom and music teacher and currently directs the Pacifica Ukes Junior Strings group in Campbell River, BC. She has been assistant director with the Pacifica Ukes for the past 20 years and is currently President of the Pacific Ukulele Association. Together with husband Vince, they continue to build the successful Pacifica Ukes program in Campbell River.


Tina

Tina Horwood

Tina is currently the music director of the Island Ukuleles Ensemble in Victoria, B.C. "A beacon of energy and enthusiasm", Tina is also an alumna of "Island Ukuleles", the premiere student ukulele ensemble from Victoria. She has been instructing and directing the group for over 20 years and continues to bring out the best in all those she teaches. She maintains a high level of expectations for musical skills on the ukulele and in vocal techniques.