Lynn Liu, President
Lynn Liu is the President and Founder of the Canada International Arts & Music Society, President of the Canadian Music Competition (British Columbia Chapter) and the owner of the Vancouver Central School of Music. With fifteen years of private piano teaching experience both in China and Canada, and extensive studies in pedagogy, theory, and the Kodaly and Orff methods, Lynn has successfully helped foster the development of many young musicians, several of whom have gone on to compete in festivals such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, Richmond Music Festival and the BCRMTA Music Festival. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Nanjing University in China and a Master of Music in Piano Education from Brandon University in Manitoba.
Alana Chan, Vice President
Alana holds a Master of Arts in Music with Distinction and Scholastic Award from the Hong Kong Baptist University. She is currently the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Simon Fraser University Concert Orchestra. She has performed with and conducted several orchestras including the Hong Kong Symphonia, Hong Kong Elite Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, London Conducting Workshop Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York at the International Respighi Conducting Competition where she was awarded Honorable Mention in Carnegie Hall. In 2018 Alana was appointed Assistant Conductor of the annual opera festival Prague Summer Nights in Czech Republic. Alana is a certified music teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music, holding the Advanced Specialist in Piano, Music Theory & History designations. She is currently on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and adjudicated the Pre-Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Workshop, 25th & 26th Annual Edith Lando Gifted Youth Music Competition and Phyllis Salter Annual Piano Competition.
Rachel Chen, Treasurer & Marketing Director
Rachel Chen comes from a diverse business management and entrepreneurial background. She graduated from UBC having studied finance, accounting and mathematics and has been VP of a large Chinese garment factory. After returning to Canada, she followed her interest in studying culinary arts and expanded into the food industry. Later on, she founded and currently still operates a travel consulting firm. Her extensive financial, management and marketing experience has proven crucial in the success of the Vancouver International Music Competition and the Canada International Arts & Music Society.
Jacob Seyer, Director of Public Relations
Jacob Seyer is a classical and finger-style guitarist currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. With an eclectic musical background, an extensive education, and a fervent motivation for creative development, Jacob consistently performs and educates with unique energy, offering new ideas to the craft of music making. In May of 2017, Jacob completed his Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance at the University of British Columbia under Daniel Bolshoy. Since then, he has integrated quickly into the Vancouver music scene, where he works full time as a performer, instructor, and composer, assisting in program development for the Vancouver Classic Guitar Society and educating in studios and homes across the greater Vancouver area. Currently, Jacob is in the process of completing his most recent collection of original guitar compositions entitled “Migration” and will tour down the west coast, landing in Medellin, South America for a week of lectures, concerts, and workshops.
Oscar Liu, Event Coordinator
Oscar Liu started learning piano at age 5 in China and has been teaching since 2009. He is fervent about sharing the art and introducing the practice and performance of music into students’ longterm lifestyle. Oscar received rigorous trainings in western classical music and has worked as an accompanist for choirs ranging from classical chamber groups to modern vocal jazz. Oscar has an ARCT in Piano Performance and has been awarded the 2008 Darren Paul Jacobson’s Memorial Scholarship & Plaque for music as well as the 2008 Dogwood Graduation Scholarship for music (School District of Vancouver).
Deavyn West, Secretary & Marketing Communications Assistant
Deavyn West is an American composer and ethnomusicologist currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. After earning her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Southeast Missouri State University, she traveled extensively throughout North American and Europe in search of new and exciting influences before pursuing graduate studies in Ethnomusicology at the University of British Columbia. Throughout her career, West has worked in diverse genres and styles ranging from chamber and choral works to film music, music for dance, and experimental sound practices. West’s research centers around themes of: identity and self-representation, urban indigeneity, aesthetic action and reconciliation, decolonizing methodologies and applied ethnomusicology. Her work ultimately seeks to spark conversations of empathetic cultural exchange in an increasingly globalized world.
Steven Ruan, Event Planning & Social Media
Steven Ruan received his bachelor degree in Musicology in China and is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership at Trinity Western University. Drawing from his diverse background working in the music industry, Steven brings a dynamic and creative approach to event planning for the Canada International Arts & Music Society.
Roman Francisty, Marketing
Born in the vibrant city of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, cultural music has been Roman’s muse since the womb. His parents, both musically talented, have given him the means to grow as a musician since the age of 3. Through his own drive and his parents’ dedication, he achieved multiple National awards by the age of 8, being the youngest in all categories. At the age of 9, his parents decided to relocate to Vancouver where Roman continued his music education under Mila Pankrats, and was involved in big jazz bands and choirs at the Langley Fine Arts School and the VSO. Upon finishing his piano studies with RCM, he decided to branch out and soak up experiences in different art scenes, eventually leading him back to studying and giving back to the arts community by volunteering and teaching. He is currently awaiting to begin his Jazz studies in the fall at Capilano University, and often gets together with musicians to jam, record, and experiment with new textures and sounds.
Laine Longton, Public Relations
Laine received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance in 2010 from the University of Victoria studying under Pamela Highbaugh Aloni of the Lafayette String Quartet. In 2012 she completed a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature under the guidance of Dmitry Kouzov at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Laine has attended many summer programs, most recently she spent the summer of 2013 in the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario as part of the Brott Music Festival. She is currently a Candidate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC in the Doctorate in Musical Arts program with Professor Eric Wilson. Laine is the Director of Strings at the UBC Summer Music Institute. She teaches at the Mozart School of Music, the Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts at the Jewish Community Centre, and privately. She is currenty the Teaching Assistant for Contemporary Playersat UBC and a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo, BC.
Olivia Lin, Public Relations & Photography
Olivia Lin is a graduate of Huizhou University College of Music (Guangdong, China) where she studied piano. As a professional piano performer and accompanist, Lin has won several competitions including the 2013 Hue Ji Jiangshan Cup (1st place), 2015 Guangdong Province University Student Exhibition (3rd place), 2015 Guangdong Province Instrumental Music Competition (2nd place) and the 2016 Lester Memorial Prize in Hong Kong (1st place).