Alana Chan, Conductor/Music Director
M.A. (Music with Distinction), B.Sc., ARCT (Piano Performance), RMT (CFMTA, BCRMTA, HKPTA)
Certified Advanced Specialist in Piano, Theory & History (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Alana Chan is an active music educator, adjudicator, pianist and conductor across Canada, America, Europe, Macau and Hong Kong. In 2018 she was appointed Music Director of A Little Night Music Orchestra and since 2015, she has been the Music Director of the Simon Fraser University Concert Orchestra. The orchestras she has performed with and conducted include the London Serenata, Prague Summer Nights Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonia, Hong Kong Elite Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra on concert tour in Vienna, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York at the International Respighi Conducting Competition where she was the first female conductor to be awarded Honorable Mention in Carnegie Hall. Summer of 2018, Alana was the Assistant & Cover Conductor for the fully staged opera “The Magic Flute” by Mozart at the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival in the historical Estates Theater in Prague (the only theater left standing that Mozart performed in). She also conducted a staged opera scenes concert in Tabor, Czech Republic. Alana was invited to return to Prague again in the summer of 2019 for the production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “Marriage of Figaro”. Back home in Canada during the same year, she was invited to conduct one of the fully-staged performances of the musical production “Once Upon a Mattress” by Rodgers and Barer, presented by the North Shore Light Opera Society. Alana’s past and present conducting mentors include Dr. John Farrer, Professor Howard Williams, Dirk Brossé, Salvatore Di Vittorio, Timothy Long, John Nardolillo, Frank Klassen, Ken Hsieh, Arthur Arnold, and Jimmy Chiang.
In her earlier musical career as a pianist, amongst many other awards, Alana was a first prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition, the Kay Meek Competition, and was named top ten young talented pianists in the International Pacific Piano Competition; followed by her debut piano concerto performance with the legendary Canadian conductor Maestro Victor Feldbrill and the Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. Her piano teachers were Professor Saida Matyukov, Professor Lee Kum Sing, and renowned pianist Choi Sown Le. Alana achieved Master of Arts in Music with Distinction and was awarded the Scholastic Award from the Hong Kong Baptist University. Shortly after, she was featured in the Hong Kong Ming-Pao Daily newspaper for being one of the most successful alumni of HKBU. Upon invitation, she wrote and published an article on “Playing Together as One” for The Pianist Magazine (Issue 9). Recently, Alana was interviewed by the Japanese magazine Fraser Monthly for their March 2019 issue.
Alana’s abundance of music teaching experience involved leading music workshops, school bands and choirs. She has founded and taught the school choir at the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (the only international school for students with special educational needs in Hong Kong) of the English Schools Foundation. Alana was a music instructor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2012, she was invited by the Government of Hong Kong to give a series of “Summer Music Workshops – First Music Lessons” including an interactive presentation on “Peter and the Wolf by Tchaikovsky” for two consecutive summers. Alana is currently on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and is a certified Advanced Specialist in Piano, Music Theory & History of the Royal Conservatory of Music. The competitions she adjudicated include the 61st Canadian Music Competition (CMC), 20th Asia Piano Open Competition (final round), Vancouver International Music Competition (1° round), 25th & 26th Annual Edith Lando Gifted Youth Music Competition, Phyllis Salter Annual Piano Competition, Vancouver Academy of Music Junior and Intermediate Symphony Concerto Competitions, and Mozart School of Music Vancouver Piano Concerto Competition. She is currently the Vice President of the Canada International Arts and Music Society; and is on the board for the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society. Besides music, she has also made contributions in the field of Chemistry and was awarded the Vice President Research Award from the Simon Fraser University.
Christopher Haas, Associate Conductor
Christopher Haas has been teaching band at Magee since 1999. Prior to teaching at Magee, Chris taught at Gladstone Secondary School and several elementary schools. He has taught the junior concert bands at the UBC Summer Music Institute from 2000 to the present. Chris is an honours graduate of Humber College in Toronto Jazz Performance, Brandon University, University of Calgary and UBC (B. Ed). Chris has received numerous awards from the universities and colleges he has attended, including Outstanding Student Teacher 1996 (UBC).
Chris earned his Masters in Conducting from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University. This international program in wind conducting allowed him the opportunity to perform and learn from some of the top names in the concert band world including: composers Frank Ticheli, Jan Van der Roost, and David Holsinger, conductors Ray Cramer, Col. Lowell Graham (ret. USAF), Kanat Akmetov (Kazakhstan), Frank Wickes (LSU), Philippe Langlet (France), and performers Yeh Shu-Han (trumpet), Robert Spring (clarinet), Harry Waters (trombone), Allan Vizzutti (trumpet), and The Capital Quartet (saxophone).
Chris has been performing professionally on drums and percussion instruments for 30 years. As a freelancer, he has performed all styles of music including rock, jazz, funk, vocal/choral, African, classical, big band, soul, country and blues. He was a drummer and band leader aboard two Celebrity Cruise liners that traveled the Caribbean. In Vancouver, Chris has been actively involved in the Latin-American music scene for over 20 years, performing with all of Vancouver’s top Latin/salsa bands including: Rumba Calzada, Tropicana, BC Salsa, La Clave, Xarabanda, Grupo Jazz Tumbao, Zapato Negro, Tabasko, Tanga, and the incredible all-female, Cuban timba band – D’Talle. Performances with jazz/latin singer Deborah Ledon have included repeat engagements at the River Rock Casino, and a Vancouver Jazz Festival performance that was recorded for CBC radio. Summer 2012 found Chris performing with Deborah Ledon, jazz combo Esprit, salsa band Mazacote, jazz guitarist Dave Ivaz, flamenco guitarist John Gilliat, award-winning trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and Dal Richards. More up to date information can be found on his Facebook page and videos of his performances and conducting can be found on his YouTube channel – youtube.com/user/chaaster.
Little Night Music Orchestra welcomes Chris back for his third consecutive season as Associate Conductor. His youthful enthusiasm, coupled with his vast knowledge of a variety of musical genres and styles along with his flexibility to jump in and handle sectionals as well as full orchestra rehearsals and concerts has been much appreciated by both Peter Stigings and the members of ALNMO.
Little Night Music Orchestra has been fortunate to have Peter Stigings as its Conductor and Music Director since September 2002. Peter has been involved in music and the arts for 40 years, and has served as conductor, adjudicator, evaluator and clinician throughout Canada, the United States and Hong Kong. He has directed bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz bands and is known as a master teacher. His bands and ensembles have participated in numerous regional, provincial, national and international festivals and events, and have toured extensively throughout Canada as well as the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, England, Hong Kong, Macau and Japan.
Peter has served on a number of boards, including the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association, Canadian Music Educators’ Association, Vancouver Kiwanis Jazz Festival, Canadian Stage Band National Festival, Rocky Mountain National Festival, Pacific Music Fraser MacPherson Trust Fund, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. In 1990 the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association awarded Peter an Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his years of service to music education. In June 1999 he received the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Peter retired as Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Director of Bands at Magee Secondary School in Vancouver in 1999. He is presently on the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia as a sessional lecturer and faculty advisor. In February 2002 he co-chaired the BC Music Educators annual provincial conference.
The members of A Little Night Music are challenged and inspired by Peter’s enthusiasm, dedication and ability to convey musical concepts succinctly, and are excited to be playing under Peter’s baton.
Derek MacDermot Derek MacDermot was the heart and soul of A Little Night Music for 30 years.
After his first career as a professional singer (interrupted by service in the Canadian Air Force during the Second World War), Derek taught music in the public school systems in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island until his retirement as a schoolteacher. Besides conducting his own school bands, he conducted musicals in Victoria and had a community orchestra in Saanich. When Derek returned to Vancouver in 1970 after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin, he recognized the need for a community orchestra in Vancouver and began discussions with the Vancouver School Board to establish an orchestra as part of the VSB’s night school curriculum. Soon afterwards, A Little Night Music was born, and the rest is history.
The Orchestra has fond memories of Derek’s 30 years on the podium. He made a personal connection with each member, and through his encouragement and gentle humour he brought out the best in each player’s abilities (once prompting an audience member at a Robson Square summer concert to identify A Little Night Music as the VSO). Derek’s love of music and devotion to the Orchestra were contagious, and audiences often commented on the obvious enthusiasm of the musicians.
On Derek’s retirement in June 2002, he was appointed Conductor Emeritus of A Little Night Music Orchestra. Sadly, Derek passed away suddenly on December 4th, 2003. Our condolences to his family, including his partner, Joy McKim, former ALNM pianist.