JO ANN C. DALISAY, B. MUS., M. MUS., RMT
Jo Ann C. Dalisay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music (piano performance) from Mount Allison University and her Master’s Degree in Music (piano performance) from the University of Victoria. Her principal teachers were Vladimir Levtov, Patricia Grant Lewis Elliott, Sofia Moshevich and Arthur Rowe. In addition, she has performed in masterclasses taught by renowned artists including James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, Donald Currier, Kathleen Supove, Robert Levin and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
Jo Ann was honoured to have performed with the University of Victoria Student Orchestra under the baton of the late Janos Sandor. With the direction of Christopher Butterfield, she also performed contemporary chamber music at UVIC’s Sonic Lab Concerts.
As a soloist, Jo Ann has performed across the country. She has played and premiered works of several new composers including Nicole Burgess, Ian de Hoog, Alisdair Zacks, John Cole, Andriy Talpash and Benjamin Keen.
Jo Ann has also collaborated with the Alma de Espana Flamenco Company in concerts combining Classical Spanish repertoire and traditional Flamenco music and dance.
In July, 2014 at The Royal Theatre in Victoria, Jo Ann’s compositions, “Prelude to a Rodena (Lament)” for solo viola and “Fantasia En Cinco” for solo piano were featured pieces in Alma de Espana’s production, PASAJES.
Jo Ann has taught since 1983 in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia. She received her preschool music training from Kindermusik International. She was on faculty at University Settlement Music and Arts School in Toronto. She was also a teaching assistant to the piano department at the University of Victoria.
Jo Ann is a member of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association. Her exam students consistently receive First Class Honours and First Class Honours with Distinction marks from the Royal Conservatory of Music. They have received awards from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association and have continued to study music at post-secondary institutions. Jo Ann is currently a music specialist at Arts Calibre Academy as well as the owner/director of Celesta Piano Studio.
REBECCA KIM, ECE
Rebecca has been studying the piano since 2002 and has been a student of Jo Ann C. Dalisay since 2008. She completed her student teacher training at Celesta Piano Studio in 2010.
Rebecca has performed at Celesta Piano Studio student recitals and has participated at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. She was also invited to perform with the Victoria Civic Orchestra (with conductor George Corwin) at the “Youth’s Magic” Concert in 2007.
In 2009, Rebecca was one of only 25 students selected to attend world renowned concert pianist Lang Lang’s masterclass in Vancouver.
Rebecca has sung with choirs and has also studied the violin.
Her experience with children is extensive. Rebecca has been a Sunday school teacher at the First Church of the Nazarene since 2006. She has been an assistant and counselor for the Hope Bay Bible Camp on Pender Island since 2008. She was also a volunteer for the First Church of the Nazarene’s preschool summer camp in 2010. Since September 2011, Rebecca has been a teaching assistant at Wiseways Preschool.
Rebecca completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 Piano Exam and passed with First Class Honours in 2013.
She is currently preparing for her RCM ARCT Diploma.
Rebecca obtained her Early Childhood Education Diploma in 2016. She is currently a student at the University of Victoria studying elementary education.
JOHN EVANS , ARCT (Performance)
John started his piano studies at the age of 7, completed Gr. 10 piano in 2017 and his ARCT Piano diploma in 2019 with Jo Ann C. Dalisay. He has completed all RCM piano theory exams and is preparing for an ARCT diploma in Theory/Composition, having studied theory with Crystal Wikysk, Stephen Brown and David Clenman on a scholarship at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
John has also received awards from the Royal Canadian College of Organists (pipe organ studies with Nick Fairbank), the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association (in piano) including the RCM Alumni Awards for the results of his RCM Grade 9 and Grade 10 piano exams. In 2019, John was a senior piano delegate from Victoria to perform at the BC Provincial Music Festival.
John has performed in masterclasses by renowned pianists Eugene Skovorodnikov and Arthur Rowe. He was invited to perform with the Sidney Classical Orchestra in their Young Soloists Concert under the baton of Stephen Brown in March, 2018.
John attends the University of Victoria and enjoys playing jazz on the saxophone. He has also done volunteer work with the young students in the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Summer Theory 2018 Program. John completed his student teacher training at Celesta Piano Studio in June 2018 and teaches his own beginner students.
KIMBERLEY MANERIKAR, B.Mus., M.Mus.
Kimberley holds a Master of Music (Composition) from the University of Victoria where she studied with Daniel Peter Biro, and a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the University of Victoria where she studied composition with Christopher Butterfield and piano with Eva Solar-Kinderman.
As a composer, Kimberley has had her pieces performed across Canada. She has received commissions from SALT New Music Festival and Symposium to write for Liam Hockley, from Redshift Music Society and Open Space Arts Society for the Vertical Orchestra: Transpondings Series for spatialized ensemble, and from Open Space Arts Society to write for Fiolutroniq Duo with Katelyn Clark.
Kimberley has participated in lessons and masterclasses with internationally renowned composers including Zaid Jabri, Detlef Heusinger, Andrea Szigetvari, Chaya Czernowin, Michael Finnissy, Cassandra Miller and Wolf Edwards.
Kimberley is also an active performer, both as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles. She loves to perform music of all kinds, but makes a special effort to champion the work of her peers and has premiered countless new works by emerging composers. Some performance highlights include playing Lynn Penhale’s “Existo in Animo” at the Canadian Music Centre in Vancouver, improvising and performing in the Wayward Music Series with Julio Lopezhiler in Seattle and performing alongside Gavin Bryars as a part of the Victoria Symphony’s Gavin Bryars Festival.
Kimberley is also a dedicated educator with more than a decade of teaching experience. She is committed to sharing her passion for music, and to empowering her students by giving them the tools they need to become thoughtful and independent musicians.
MELISSA COSSARO, B. Ed.
Melissa’s piano studies started in Victoria, BC in 1997. She studied with Jo Ann C. Dalisay from 2000-2008 completing her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 Piano Exam. She completed her student teacher training with Celesta Piano Studio in June 2006.
Melissa was also a music theory student of Crystal Wiksyk at the Victoria Conservatory of Music completing her Advanced Rudiments Theory Exam.
Melissa has performed regularly at Celesta Piano Studio’s student and faculty recitals as well as the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. She has also performed in the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association student recitals.
Melissa graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Victoria in June 2012.
She is also a certified Montessori educator and is currently on the teaching staff at Westmont Montessori School.
Mariana has been a student of Jo Ann C. Dalisay since 2010. She is a regular performer at our studio workshops, masterclasses and recitals. She is also a frequent participant at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association student recitals.
Mariana volunteers her time and talent at senior home and hospital recitals as well as fundraising events. Mariana has played in masterclass for renowned pianist, Arthur Rowe.
Mariana also plays the flute and was part of her middle school and high school concert and jazz bands.
Mariana was a peer tutor at her high school teaching French, Spanish, math and English.
She started her student teacher training at Celesta Piano Studio in 2016 and now teaches her own beginner students.
Mariana is currently preparing for her RCM Grade 10 Piano Exam. She will start her studies at the University of Victoria in September 2018.
MALIA D. BRODIE
Malia is 16 years old and started her piano studies with Jo Ann C. Dalisay when she was 3. She is a regular participant at Celesta Piano Studio composition workshops, performance masterclasses and recitals. She has performed at BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association student recitals as well as the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.
Malia has volunteered her time and talent to perform at senior home and hospital recitals as well as fundraising events.
Malia plays the viola and oboe and has been part of her middle school and high school string orchestras and concert bands.
Malia has received awards from the BCRMTA and GVPAF including a 1st place prize at the Murray Adaskin Composition Competition. As well, she has played in masterclass for renowned pianist, Arthur Rowe.
Malia has completed the RCM Grade 10 Harmony and Counterpoint music theory course studying with Crystal Wiksyk at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She is currently preparing for her ARCT Performance Exam with Jo Ann C. Dalisay.
Malia teaches beginner piano and music theory students.