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 Manager
Micha has always been passionate about music education, studying voice at the University of Victoria and completing her Bachelor of Music specializing in education. She then went on to earn her teaching certification, completing practicums in both Victoria and Stockholm. She is currently a music teacher with the Victoria public school system.
Micha has taught and performed in many styles, including classical, jazz, folk, and contemporary music, but holds her experiences singing and teaching choir particularly close to her heart. Micha has enjoyed participating in ensembles that have traveled in North America as well as in Europe, both as a performer and as a chaperone.
As an educator, Micha has worked in the public schools from elementary to high school; as an instructor for English Language Learners at a dedicated language school; and as a private
music teacher, offering voice lessons to students of all ages.
In 2019 Micha worked as co-director of the Victoria Music Festival. Her greatest source of pride when she reflects on these projects and trips, is her involvement in the creation of environments where her peers or students are able to make music, take chances, and grow while feeling safe and supported.
Recital Choir and Youth Ensemble Manager
DJ Lochead holds multiple degrees from the University of Victoria (BMus ‘18, BEd ‘19) as a result of his studies to become a music teacher. His pursuit of a career in music was the natural result of being raised by a family that had many ties to the performing arts community in his hometown of Chilliwack, BC.
Along with his post-secondary studies, DJ’s passion for music leadership was strengthened by founding and managing the community performance group “X Corps Drumline” back on the mainland during his summers away from UVic.
Despite the degree focus of middle and high school instrumental music, DJ is currently the Elementary Music and Grade 5 Strings teacher at Rogers Elementary, along with being a member of the English as a Learning Language support staff.
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!
Manager, Administration and Communication
Meghan is a lifelong choir singer whose passion for singing began at age 12 singing The Messiah! Meghan has served as General Manager of Ensemble Laude for the past 8 years where she has helped to develop their unique, elegant and instantly recognizable brand. She is thrilled to be continuing the role of Communications Coordinator with Victoria Children's Choir.
Manager, Prelude Choir
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.
She plans to continue her schooling so that she can receive her teaching certification.
Born in Vancouver BC, Annika took piano lessons from a young age, cultivating a deep love and appreciation for music that led her to explore the numerous possibilities in that field. She has completed her Grade 10 piano from the Royal Conservatory; as well, she has sung and accompanied in various choirs such as the Vancouver Youth Choir and Coastal Sound Youth Choir. Annika has developed a deep connection to choral music, participating in national choral conferences such as Podium and working with revered choral mentors such as Jon Washburn, Eric Whitacre, and Carrie Tennant. She recently participated in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Conducting Symposium, and has been selected as the intern conductor for the BC Youth Choir this year.
As a dedicated individual, Annika has been the recipient of several awards, such as the Dave Ian Dunnet Scholarship in Music Education, the Constance E. Hoyte Award in Music Education, and the Gilbert and Marie Alice Peart Scholarship in Music. In addition, Annika is intrigued by music’s role in children’s social and emotional growth, and aspires to devise classes and workshops that make music more accessible and inclusive to students of diverse needs.