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.
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 is completing 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 2011 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.
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.
WVYB Brass Coach
Justin Chiang is a low brass player from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Justin completed his Bachelor of Music degree in euphonium and tenor trombone at the University of British Columbia. His Master of Music degree in euphonium performance and Performer’s Diploma in bass trombone were completed at Indiana University. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Island Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and a variety of chamber ensembles. Justin has also spent time in the Canadian Armed Forces playing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Band of the 15th Field Regiment.