Lynn Liu, President
Lynn Liu is the President and Founder of the Canada International Arts & Music Society, and the President of the Canadian Music Competition (British Columbia Chapter). 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 Chan is the Music Director of Simon Fraser University Concert Orchestra and A Little Night Music Orchestra. She has performed with the London Serenata, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonia, Hong Kong Elite Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra on concert tour in Vienna, and Chamber Orchestra of New York at the International Respighi Conducting Competition where she was the first female conductor to be awarded Honorable Mention in Carnegie Hall. Alana was Assistant & Cover Conductor for “The Magic Flute” by Mozart at Prague Summer Nights Opera Festival in Estates Theater, Prague. She also conducted an opera scenes concert in Tabor, Czech Republic. Alana achieved Master of Arts in Music with Distinction and Scholastic Award from Hong Kong Baptist University.
Alana is on faculty at Vancouver Academy of Music and is a certified Advanced Specialist in Piano, Theory & History of Royal Conservatory of Music. The competitions she adjudicated include the Canadian Music Competition, 20th Asia Piano Open Competition (final round), Vancouver International Music Competition (preliminary round),25th & 26th Edith Lando Gifted Youth Music Competition, Phyllis Salter Piano Competition, Vancouver Academy of Music Junior & Intermediate Symphony Concerto Competitions, and Mozart School of Music Vancouver Piano Concerto 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.
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).