As the first Canadian euphoniumist to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, Carina Lam attained her Master's degree in Euphonium Performance under the tutelage of world-renowned soloist, Steven Mead. Carina completed her Honours Bachelor degree in Music Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, after which she received a Bachelor in Education at the University of Toronto and became a certified teacher. She has been a member in the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, where she performed for notable figures such as Her Majesty the Queen, the Emperor the Japan, and the Prime Minister of Canada.
While deciding to specialize in music education, performance remained a major priority for Carina and she decided to pursue a Masters at the RNCM to explore the diversity of music that the brass band world has to offer in the United Kingdom. Carina strives to continue to develop as a musician and to share her passion for music with others. During the course of her time in Manchester, Carina has performed in several ensembles including the Fairey Brass Band, Pemberton Old Wigan Brass Band, and the Lancashire Artillery Brass Quintet and Wind Band. While at the RNCM, Carina won the Terence Nagle Prize in the RNCM Solo Competition performing a piece that she commissioned, which was published shortly after it was premiered. Currently, Carina performs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She has been featured as a soloist in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band and Weston Silver Brass Band.
Devin Sloos received his Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Mark Kellogg and Don Harry, and his Bachelors of Music Performance from the University of Toronto, studying with Robert Miller and Larry Shields. His career has been quite varied: ensemble and solo performance, conducting, private instruction, masterclass instruction and arranging. He was hired as a Graduate Assistant in 2012 to teach euphonium and tuba courses at the Eastman School of Music during his Master Degree, and was presented with the Music Certificate for Excellence in Teaching as well as a performer’s certificate that recognizes an elevated level of musical achievement.
His performing career has been rooted in his employment with HMCS YORK of the Royal Canadian Navy. He has served as principal euphonium of both HMCS YORK and the National Band of the Naval Reserve since 2005. With these ensembles he has toured Canada and the States performing in concert settings as well as musical spectacles such as the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and Le Festival international de Musiques militaires de Québec. In 2015 he accepted a new role as Assistant Director of Music for HMCS YORK.
At this point in Ian’s career, he has been studying and performing the tuba for longer than he has been without the tuba. After completing his BMus at the University of Toronto, Ian’s pursuit of music as an academic endeavour led him to a Master of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory, and a Master of Science in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music in London, England.
Opportunities to perform is something that Ian thouroughly enjoys, and as a result he rarely turns away musical opportunities that afford him the chance to grow musically. Presently, Ian regularly performs with Intrada Brass, the Weston Silver Band, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and participates as a short term musician for other ensembles throughout Toronto. If there are limitations to be found in a tuba performance, they will undoubtedly not be coming from the bell of Ian Feenstra.
Originally from Toronto, Michela has been playing the tuba for over ten years. She reluctantly picked up the tuba at the age of 13, but she quickly came to love the instrument and has since achieved great success. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree at Mount Allison University in Sackville NB, she moved to Newfoundland to pursue graduate studies. She completed her Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy in 2013.
Her performance experience is quite varied, having played with numerous ensembles including the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, the Band of the Ceremonial Guard, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Intrada Brass, the Weston Silver Band and others. As a soloist, she has performed several recitals and was the winner of the 2013 Concerto Competition at Memorial University in the Wind Ensemble division. She also has a great interest in chamber music. Highlights include playing the national anthem at an IceCaps hockey game with the Tugboat Tuba Quartet and a tour to Labrador with the Apollo 5 Brass Quintet.
Individual Euba Member Bios
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