Dave Gurd - Board Member since 2012
Dave Gurd has recently returned to Vancouver, retiring home after 18 years of working at national science laboratories in the southern United States – Texas, New Mexico and Tennessee. In both New Mexico and Tennessee he held volunteer executive board positions (president and vice-president respectively) with community music organizations that offered both symphonic and chamber music series. It was his interest and desire to continue this involvement that attracted him to Vetta.
Before moving to the US, Dave spent 20 years working at the TRIUMF laboratory at UBC. During that time he served on program advisory boards at both Langara and Capilano colleges, and for the Vancouver School Board.
Dave is passionate about many types of classical music, from opera to chamber, and he hopes by his role with Vetta to contribute modestly to an increase in both interest and availability of chamber music for both young and older in Vancouver.
Les Tulloch - Board Member since 1990
Les Tulloch has attended Vetta Chamber music concerts since their inception. He has also been a Vetta Board member for 25 years. Les is president of Sea Nymph Sea Farms limited. He is or has been a Trustee on numerous business and not-for-profit Boards such as the Underwater Harvesters Association, Vancouver Waldorf School, The Christian Community in Vancouver, Hands in Peace Canada, and the Foundation for Human Movement studies.
His four children have all attended Vetta concerts while they were growing up. Les looks forward to his 4 grandchildren also attending Vetta concerts to enrich their lives.
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Peter Kaiser - Board Member since 2007
Growing up in Austria and living in Salzburg- the city of Mozart- must have been fertile ground for the development of a lifelong appreciation of classical music, especially chamber music and Opera.
Since moving to Canada, Peter has lent his time and experience to many different causes, all of which had and have a close affinity to music. A Vetta performance to him is the closest to the perfect chamber music experience- immediate, up close and in perfect surroundings with matching acoustics- and he hopes to bring this experience to an ever increasing audience through his involvement on the board.
Sarah Yuan - Board Member since 2014
Sarah is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She graduated from BCIT with a diploma in Financial Management in 2006. She has been working at Quantum Accounting Services for more than 7 years and has plenty of accounting knowledge and experiences especially in accounting services for non-profit organizations.
Before moving to Canada, she received her bachelor degree in food engineering in a major of biochemistry in China in 1990. Worked as a food engineer and manager of the production department, she also gained extensive experiences in budgeting and cost control in manufacturing industry.
Growing up and living in a music loving family, she admires artists and likes to work with artists. Having reviewed Vetta’s financial books for several years, she is familiar with Vetta. Now she enjoys working for Vetta as treasurer and likes to contribute her accounting and finance experiences to Vetta.
Marnie Carter - Board Member since 2014
A long time resident of Vancouver, Marnie Carter has been an active music teacher and vocal accompanist. As well she has adjudicated extensively in western Canada. Born in Winnipeg she studied in Toronto, Montreal and London England at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received degrees in both piano and voice. Ms. Carter sits on the Regional Council of the Canadian Music Centre and is a past president of the the former Alumni of the Royal Conservatory. As a founding member of the Vancouver Music Festival Workshop, she has encouraged young teachers and pianists to explore a wide range of musical experiences.
Michael Lansky - Board Member since 2016
Micheal Lansky is President of Terra Breads Inc. and is a long time supporter and friend of Vetta Chamber Music Society. Michael is very active in the community and though Terra Breads supports many organizations including Chefs Table Society of BC, Farm Folk City Folk, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC, Spacial Dynamics Institute, Edible Garden Project, Growing Chefs, and Project Chef.
George Sipos - Board Member since 2016
A George Sipos, poet and journalist, is best known for his Charles Taylor Prize-nominated 2010 memoir The Geography of Arrival. Born in Budapest, Sipos emigrated with his family to London Ontario in childhood. He spent much of his adulthood in Prince George BC where he taught at the College of New Caledonia, owned and operated a book store, Mosquito Books, and served as Executive Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Anything But the Moon (2005) and The Glassblowers (2010). Anything But the Moon was a shortlisted nominee for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2006. He currently resides on Salt Spring Island where he was Executive/Artistic Director of the ArtSpring Theatre for many years.
Karen Wilson - Board Member since 2011
Karen Wilson has had four careers–first as a school music teacher, then as a Music Producer for CBC Radio for many years. The latter job involved recording concerts for broadcast plus 10 years as the producer/manager of the CBC Radio Orchestra. This was followed by 3 years as a Producer for CBC Records.
She has produced over 100 CD’s and has received a Grammy for a CD of Penderecki’s Credo which won the Grammy in 200 in the category of Best Choral Performance. Other awards won by recordings Karen Wilson has produced include: 5 Juno award winners, 5 Pacific Coast Music Award winners, and 6 Western Canadian Music Awards winners.
Karen also worked for Vancouver Opera as their Director of Artistic Planning and Productions where she hired soloists and negotiated their contracts, managed the Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as the entire music staff. She was also in charge of the education programs, plus had responsibility for production staff (costumes, sets, technical, etc) at the Vancouver Opera.
She is currently the Administrator for the inaugural Knigge Music Competition for the UBC School of Music, as well as producing 4 upcoming CD’s.