Douglas Macaulay

Douglas MacaulayDouglas Macaulay
WVYB Principal Conductor and Program Director

Douglas Macaulay works as a Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Educator, and Producer. He has composed for a wide variety of genre including band, orchestra, film, and dozens of theatrical scores (a recipient of the Jesse Richardson award for outstanding Theatrical Composition). He is an independent record producer, music consultant for the film and television industry and has worked as Music Director for CBC Television and Radio, the Pacific Music Industry Association, The Cambie Street Brass Band, the Vancouver Community College Wind Ensemble, Theatre Under the Stars, and the Vancouver Firefighters Band. Most notably, he is the co-founder and Artistic and Managing Director of Con Brio Festivals where, since 2000, he has produced the respected Whistler Music Festival and Sun Peaks Music Festival. As a volunteer, Doug has taught instrumental music and band to visually impaired youth in a program he founded for the CNIB and volunteers as a board member and consultant with a variety of music and arts organizations.

Currently, he is in demand as adjudicator and clinician at music festivals throughout Canada and the U.S. most recently for the Pearl City Band Festival in Hawaii, the North Vancouver schools band and strings festival, as conductor of the South Eastern United States (SUES) High School Honor Band and Middle School Honor Band and a guest conductor last season for the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Troy State (Alabama) University Symphonic Band. In the summer of 2012, Doug will be Senior Band Director for the UBC Summer Music Institute. Doug continues to support local artists serving as Executive Producer for Malcolm Aiken’s debut CD Paper Star, as Associate Producer for Robert Buckley’s new album of Wind Band works Continuum and is a co-founder and producer for the Marcus Mosely Chorale.

In his own community, Doug was instrumental in the creation of the unique and visionary “Community Music Hall” – a dedicated large ensemble rehearsal space within the new West Vancouver Community Centre. The facility provides space to many community music ensembles and is home to the West Vancouver Youth Band for which Doug has been Principal Conductor and Program Director since 1993. During that time, the WVYB has grown from 39 musicians in three ensembles to nearly 200 in five ensembles.

Nicholas Urquhart

Nicholas UrquhartNicholas Urquhart
WVYB Strings Conductor

Nicholas Urquhart works as a conductor, double bassist, composer, arranger, and music educator.

He studied Double Bass at the Victoria Academy of Music and the University of Victoria, earning his Bachelor's in Music with distinction. There he was mentored by Janos Sandor and Yariv Aloni in orchestral conducting. Nicholas continued his conducting studies with Ken Hsieh, Bujar Llapaj and Jin Zhang. He also continued Double Bass studies with the principal double bass of the VSO, Ken Freidman. In addition, Nicholas has a degree in music education from UBC and a Master’s degree from Acadia University in music curriculum and pedagogy.

Nicholas has served as Assistant Conductor for the Vancouver Philharmonic and the Canada Day Pops Orchestra as well as the programming director and President of the West Coast Symphony.

Nicholas has directed numerous ensembles, including, the West Coast Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, Sunshine Coast Symphony, UVic Chamber Orchestra (a group which he founded), BCMEA Honour Orchestra, A Little Night Music Orchestra, Kabok Chamber Strings, Elgar Strings, St. James Academy Orchestra, Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, Plastic Acid Chamber Strings and full orchestra, Canada Day Pops Orchestra, Surrey Youth Orchestra, I Musici Sushi Orchestra and New Westminster Symphony.

When Nicholas is not directing orchestras, he continues to perform as a freelance double bassist in chamber ensembles, orchestras, operas, and musicals. He also sits on the board of the IBB (Instruments Beyond Borders), a foundation dedicated to putting instruments in the hands of in need youth in Vancouver and worldwide (most notably in Paraguay)

Nicholas is a clinician with the Vancouver and Burnaby school boards and has been an adjudicator for the Kiwanis International Music Festival. He is the Strings Director of one of the largest public-school strings programs in B.C, at Killarney Secondary School (VSB).

Nicholas has been the music director of the Strings with WVYB since 2012 and has brought a vitality and verve to the program. He has grown the program to include two divisions (Concert and Symphonic), each of which yields impressive performances in festivals, private events, and public concerts.

Martin Fisk

Martin FiskMartin Fisk
WVYB Percussion Coach

Martin performs in a wide variety of musical styles including Orchestral, Jazz, Chamber, Theatre, klezmer, World Music, and Musical Theatre. Martin has enjoyed playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Fringe Percussion ensemble, Negative Zed, Vancouver New Music, Red Shift Music Society and the Vancouver Opera. Martin has also had the privilege to study music in Indonesia with the renowned gamelan orchestra, Cudamani.

Performances include Frank Sinatra Jr. Orchestra, Petula Clarke Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vertical Orchestra, Con Brio Music Festivals, Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and Gateway Theatre.

Daniel Pennell

Daniel PennellDaniel Pennell
WVYB Percussion Coach

Daniel Pennell works as a local educator, clinician, performer, and arranger.  He is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a major in Jazz Studies, minor in Music Theory. 

Through his years of experience, he has developed a deep passion for music, and a consummate understanding of the drum set, vibraphone, marimba, snare, tympani, and most percussion. His stylistic experiences range from Symphonic to Latin-Caribbean, and from Punk Rock to Contemporary and Traditional Jazz. 

He is the recipient of a Downbeat Student Music Award, a Scholarship to Berkeley in California, and teaches privately in North Vancouver, authoring custom intermediate and university level programs for students who have a love of music.

Daniel has spent time in an educational setting with Paul Leim, Lyle Mays, Eddie Gomez, Jeff Coffin, Lynn Seaton, Stefan Karlsson, Antonio Sanchez, Nasheet Waits, Eric Harland,  Ari Hoenig, Rufus Reid, John Abercrombie, William (Billy) Cobham, and Dan Tepfer.  Long term coaches include Don Reed, Ed Soph, Ed Smith, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Poolavar Sriji, and Mark Ford.

He has collaborated in performance and recording settings with Duduka Da Fonseca, Garth Richardson, Renee Rosnes, Jennifer Barnes, with groups such as the Bob Noval Orchestra, UNT Big Band, Jazz Singers, and Repertoire Ensembles, and at venues such as Rogers Arena, and the Lincoln Centre in Washington DC among many others.



Genevieve MacKay

Genevieve MacKay
Debut Strings

Genevieve MacKayGenevieve MacKay is a working musician, educator, arts administrator, and writer living in North Vancouver.

She is a regular performer and avid teacher of viola and violin, which she has played with the Lions Gate Sinfonia, Plastic Acid Orchestra, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Film Orchestra, and many other ensembles. Genevieve holds a BA (English Literature) and an MA (Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity)    from UBC, where she also performed in the UBC Symphony Orchestra and the Early Music Ensemble.