Richmond Music School

37 Years of Service to the Community

Richmond Music School

Faculty Bios

Chee-Hwa Chiang (Piano), ALCM, Piano performance, London College of Music, England; DipABRSM, Piano Performance, England; LTCL, Piano Performance, Trinity College of Music, England.

Rebecca Choi(Piano), (Piano) B. Mus. (UBC), ARCT, LRSM
She is a graduate of the 6 years student apprentice program

Maria Goobar (Children’s and Youth Choirs), Choir and Orchestra Conductor. Singer (Mezzo-Soprano). Voice Teacher. Buenos Aires Conservatory of Music, Orchestra Director with specialization in Chamber and Symphonic Music.

Katrina Lam (Violin, Suzuki Violin), M.Mus., Teacher of Violin at all levels.

Kyle Hawkes (Guitarist), M.Mus., Kyle is an accomplished guitarist from Richmond, BC. He is a recent graduate of the Master’s of music degree, in Guitar Performance, from the University of British Columbia. Kyle also completed his Bachelors degree at UBC studying under world-renowned guitarist, Daniel Bolshoy. Kyle has performed in masterclasses for some of the world leading classical guitarists, including Roland Dyens, Denis Azabagic, Vladimir Gorbach, Thibaut Garcia, Marc Teicholz, and Carlo Marchione. Some of Kyle’s awards include first place in the Richmond music competition, first place in the Kiwanis music competition, and RA McMath’s award for top guitar student. Kyle was also been awarded multiple scholarships during his time as UBC.
In addition to being educated in classical music, Kyle has been trained in multiple genres, and currently performs around the city in a number of ensembles, ranging from classical, folk, gyspy jazz, and bluegrass.
Kyle has been teaching all around the city for many years and welcomes students of all ages and levels.

Jennifer Ho(Piano Viola),B.Mus., B.Sc., ARCT, LRSM, LRCM. She is one of the first recipients of the LRCM diploma in Canada.
Graduate of the student teacher program of the RMS. She has been teaching for the past six years.

Sarah Ho (Piano Violin), B.Mus.,ARCT, LRSM, M.Mus (UBC) Graduate of the student teacher program of the RMS. She has been teaching for the past six years.

Sharon Kirk (Piano/Theory), B.Mus., (UBC) ARCT. Certificate in Elementary Education. Director, Piano Apprentice Teacher Program.  Former Accompanist for Ballet BC, Chamber Music Accompanist and Music teacher in the Surrey School Board.

Tatyana Kravsun (Violin), M.Mus. Performance and Music Education (Donetsk State Conservatory of Music, Ukraine)B.Mus. (College of Music, Artyomovsk, Ukraine); Teaching Diploma; qualification as Orchestra Soloist. Has performed with West Coast Symphony Orchestra and Chamber and Philharmonic orchestras in the Ukraine. Extensive teaching experience in Russia, Ukraine and the Lower Mainland. Director, Violin Outreach Program.

Pratima Milaire (Piano, Violin), B.Applied.Sc, ARCT, LTCLB.Sc, DipABRSM, Graduate of the student teacher program of the RMS. She has graduated both Violin and Piano.

Seung Youn Lee (Cello), M.Mus, Cello Performance, National Music Hochschule, Detmold, Germany. Studied with Andre Navarra, Vienna Music University, Austria and in Master Courses at Vienna, Klagenfurt Music Festival, Hitzaker Chamber Music and Luzern. Performed as soloist and chamber musician. Member, Raimund Theatre, Vienna, Austria.

Stephen Lester-Smith (Rudiments, Harmony/History, Counterpoint, Analysis), A. Mus., ATCL (Trinity College, London, England).

Darrel Loewen (Piano), MA, B.Mus., BA(Hons.)., AMM Member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners and a former Faculty member of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, Piano and Theory. Adjudicated for the Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals, 1998-2005.

Mayumi Randall ( Piano/ Jazz Piano)Mayumi Randall is a Vancouver based performer and educator in both classical and jazz piano genres.
She has a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance (classical) from the University of Cincinnati and studied jazz at the University of North Texas. She was active as a studio accompanist for famed violin teachers Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki and the cellist Zara Nelsova in Cincinnati as well as at the Aspen Music Festival.Mayumi specializes in teaching intermediate to advanced classical piano and also jazz piano to classically trained pianists with the goal of expanding their knowledge and skills in the jazz genre. She is currently a performer for the Health Arts Society and jazz quintet “Generation Gap”.

Chris Robertson (Trumpet), B. Mus. (Univ. of Victoria.). Performed and recorded extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, and CBC. Has performed as chamber musician throughout Canada, Soviet Union, India, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Holland, England and the USA. In 1996 released a CDEncores for Trumpet and Organ with Bryn Dixon and Regal and Romantic in 2000. Past member of Touch of Brass and Cornucopia. Former Conductor, Richmond Community Orchestra. A dedicated music educator, Author – Finding Your Own Voice .

Patricia Rolston (Piano), M.A. (State Univ. of New York), B.A., (McMaster), ARCT, LRSM. Performing career includes solo recitals across Canada, the US and Europe. Performances with symphony orchestras of Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, and Hamilton, Lancaster, England; East Germany; Long Island, New York, as well as numerous radio recitals on CBC and WNYC, New York. Former Chairman and Senior Piano Instructor of the Music Department, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario.

Sylvia Park (Flute), Sylvia graduated from Seoul University for music and performance in 1990 and later finished her masters at the same school in 1992. She performed in many different orchestras such as the Gyeonggi Provincial orchestra in Korea as the principal flutist, played many other ensembles and performed solos as well. When not performing she is passionate about teaching students with emphasis on enjoying playing the flute. She has helped many students to recognize their potential to reach high levels of performance.

Allen Stiles (Piano), M.Mus., B.Mus., University of BC, ARCT.  Piano Instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Douglas College Community Music School, Langley Community Music School. Music Director, Gateway Theatre musical productions. Pianist with Vancouver Opera and Edmonton Opera. Teacher of Piano, all levels.

Milton Randall (Percussion/Drums), Bachelors of Music Education University of Texas at El Paso, Masters Education (Music) University of North Texas, PH.D. A.B.D. Music Education University of British Columbia. He has since Studied in Ghana West Africa with Master Drummer Godwin Agbelli, played percussion with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra 1987-1991, drum set on Princess cruise lines 1996, as well as numerous gigs in Canada and the U.S. He has appeared on prime time National Mexican television with guitarist Ernesto Zenteno. Since 1999 Milton has been one of the most booked clinicians/ workshop presenters in Canada giving between 100-150 workshops.

Winnie Wong (Piano), B. Mus (UBC), ARCT. Former pianist for UBC Choral Union, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, RMSChildren’s choir, Vancouver Children’s Choir. She has been teaching piano and theory for numerous years. Also a collaborative pianist for festivals, exams and performances around Lower Mainland and assistant for the Violin Outreach program.

Yuri Zaidenberg (Violin)Yuri Zaidenberg ( was born in Kiev, Ukraine.He began playing violin at the age of seven. After post-graduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Valery Klimov, a disciple of world well-known violinist David Oistrakh, he appeared in many concerts and on radio and television throughout the former Soviet Union. Before leaving his native land he held teaching positions at the Rachmaninov State Conservatory (University),Russia, Turkmen National Conservatory (Un-ty) and the Special Music School for Gifted Children,Turkmenian Republic.
Since coming to Toronto, Canada in 1991,he was much in demand as a concert soloist, also performing in various chamber music groups and as a concertmaster and member of several orchestras. He was invited on two International Music Festivals in South America (Bolivia), Blue Lake Music Festival (Michigan,USA), InterHarmony International Music Festival (Germany) and International Music Festival in Gulangyu (Xiamen, China) and served as a concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra, soloist, chamber ensemble musician and as a teacher also giving many masterclasses.
As well as enjoying active performing life Yuri Zaidenberg has achieved great success as a violin and viola teacher and chamber ensemble coach. His more than 40 years of teaching experience helps him to maintain a very busy and successful pedagogical career. His students take a part in music festivals and competitions across the Canada and world.They have won about 400 awards and scholarships, performed in a different venues from Carnegie Hall in New York to local concert halls, were soloists with orchestras and played in chamber ensemble groups, participated and won in National and International Music Competitions and Festivals and achieved success in Royal Conservatory of Music exams with high marks and Gold Medals and continued their musical education in the universities.
In the various positions Mr. Zaidenberg has held such as a professor of violin, lecturer of violin methods and pedagogy and Head of a scientific research laboratory of music performance and education of the university, he has acquired skills which allow him to use many different pedagogical approaches and methods in his work including the traditions and innovations of famous European and Russian Violin Schools, educational and music psychology and personal teaching experience. Yuri is a certified specialist in violin (all grades) of the Royal Conservatory of Music and certified Suzuki violin teacher.
Since moving to British Columbia, Canada, Yuri joined faculties of Richmond and VSO School of Music. He lives and maintains his private violin studio in White Rock B.C., performs concerts and serves as an adjudicator of competitions and festivals.

Current Apprentice Teachers

  • Michael Huang, ARCT, LRSM
  • Sharon Yong, Dip.ABRSM
  • Amanda Wong, ARCT, LRSM
  • Alyssa Yong, Dip. ABRSM
  • Kyle Hawkes M.Mus., B.Mus., UBC
  • Andrew Hung, ARCT
  • Angela Zhao, ARCT
  • Lauren King, ARCT
  • Tung, Erh, LRSM
  • Jennifer Wong, ARCT
  • Michael Lum, ARCT, LRSM
  • Tiffany Jiang, ARCT
  • Chris Hsu, B.Mus, U.Victoria
  • Stacy Wang, ARCT
  • Kaito Cheung, ARCT