Music Leadership Apprenticeship Program
As part of its educational role, the VCC offers young emerging musicians an opportunity to develop their music leadership and conducting skills through mentored study.
The program also aids professional connections, and is an excellent addition to the young artist’s curriculum vitae.
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.
Jennifer is delighted to be working with the Victoria Children's Choir this year as a conducting mentor. Jennifer is a classically trained soprano who has performed as a soloist with organizations throughout Victoria including Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria Baroque, the Philharmonic Choir and the Linden Singers. She fondly recalls performing in the chorus Pacific Opera's La Boheme in 2018 alongside members of the VCC. In addition to performing, she teaches voice at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM). Her musical training includes a M. Mus. in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba and a Diploma from the VCM Camosun Program where she was also involved in the Opera Studio Program. Jennifer has been a recipient of numerous awards including an Early Music Vancouver Scholarship and an Early Career Development Grant from the BC Arts Council. This is Jennifer's first venture into conducting and she is grateful to David and all the wonderful young singers for this opportunity.