Carla oversees operations, strategic planning, and stakeholder relations for the choir, to further the mission of the Board of Directors: creating “music that is meant to be shared” with students and the community.
Carla is also currently a Managing Partner at Bridge Productions, and was Sr. Vice President, Operations at Reboot Communications Ltd. for 10 years. Prior to that, she was the General Manager of Pacific Sport – Fraser Valley. Carla holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta and an M.A. from the University of British Columbia.
She has served on over a dozen committees and boards with youth and/or social impact, including: heART for Hospice Art Auction, KidSport Victoria, Victoria Minor Hockey Association, Team 2010 – Abbotsford, Tourism Abbotsford, the Provincial Advisory Board for Regional Sport Development, Operation Red Nose Provincial Advisory Board, and the BC Olympic Youth Leadership Academy Board.
Carla is a former competitive gymnast and coach, an avid reader, and insatiable traveler, and currently a very enthusiastic hockey Mom.
Concert Choir and Youth Ensemble Manager
Lindsey Schneider (she/her) is a lifelong artist raised on Dena’ina/Sugpiaq lands in Homer, Alaska. She grew up in a rich musical environment, and sang in treble, SATB, and auditioned jazz choirs throughout her youth. Lindsey holds a BFA in Theatre, with a focus on arts administration from the University of Victoria. She is a writer and a director, as well as an administrator with area theatres and locally-filmed television and film productions. She loves to champion the importance of arts programming for youth and the magic of creating music together.
Annika Sauser is a motivated individual who has a passion for working with youth and fostering their growth through musical explorations. Throughout her experiences teaching piano and working as an Educational Assistant, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of exceptional learners. Her teaching approach is described as intuitive and nurturing, with a focus on supporting the needs of each individual through a creative lens. Annika holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction with a specialty in Music Education from the University of Victoria.
Prelude Choir Manager
Manager, Communications and Administration
& Recital Choir Manager
Julie Ryning (she/her) is a passionate musician and communications specialist. Having spent much of her childhood singing in choirs, she went on to complete a masters degree in voice performance at McGill University, where she specialized in early music. She is a founder of the internationally acclaimed medieval ensemble Duo Corvi and her artistic work has been generously supported by FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Early Music Society of the Islands, Music BC and other international organizations. Julie has trained in Orff, and sits on the Orff Board of British Columbia and the Yukon. She is currently completing a masters degree in communications at Royal Roads University, and is grateful to live, work, learn and play on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.
Registrar and Bookkeeper
Kevin is a banking professional with over 30 years experience in financial services. He has expertise in banking, treasury management, and payments.
He recently retired from his position with BC Provincial Treasury and is now consulting in the banking and payments area. He is also the Treasurer for the Victoria Jazz Society, is the Treasurer for his Strata Council, and volunteers as a referee for his favourite sport – squash.
Catherine is a proud mother of a VCC chorister and is a Humanities teacher at a local high school.
She attended York University, UVic, and Université Laval, completing degrees in History, Education, and French Language. Working as music librarian and as the recital choir manager for one year to cover a maternity leave, gives her good excuses to “hang around” and contribute to this amazing organization.
Although she had the privilege of growing up in a musical family, and sang with top performing choirs in the Manitoba Music festival for many years, she is envious of the high quality instruction and fun the choristers enjoy, and thrilled her son has had this opportunity for five years.
Catherine is passionate about literacy, social justice, and experiential learning and takes students traveling to places like Quebec City, France, or India whenever possible. She hopes to continue chaperoning VCC choir events as long as her chorister son will let her!