Jarred Albright has played the violin since he was seven years old and music has been his focus ever since. He started off playing classical music but switched to the fiddle style learning Celtic, folk, old-tyme, and bluegrass before entering post-secondary to pursue jazz performance there. Since then he has endeavoured to teach himself to sing and play mandolin, guitar, and banjo. Music has taken him around the world including the United States, South Korea, Scotland, England, and Ireland. These days Jarred keeps himself busy performing with many diverse local acts around Alberta, as well as writing, recording, producing, filming, and of course sharing his love of music with his students.
Website: Jarred Albright
Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Dan comes from a long line of musicians and performers, Cutting his teeth on country bar floors and early indie projects. Schooling took him to Red Deer College for study in Theatre, lighting and sound design before transferring over to music, majoring in performance and business. Since then, it’s been a long line of performances and studio sessions, working with artists such as Drew Gregory, Tommy Charles, Samson’s Delilah, Roy Warhurst, The Dang Package, Rachelle Van Zanten, the Dirrty Show, Mocking Shadows, Joanna Borromeo, and many more.
Dan is an educator and clinician in percussion and ukulele around the central Alberta region. He spends time in schools doing rhythm workshops, and has built a rockband program for both middle and high school students attending in red deer. He currently coordinates the NCF music camp in august and is the Backstage coordinator for the Robson Valley music festival in Dunster B.C.
In his spare time you can find him riding rollercoasters, adventuring through thrift stores, or hanging with his bassett hound, Roadie.
Wynn Gogol is a music producer, mixer, educator and author who enjoys working in a wide range of genres and styles. With more than twenty years of experience, his work has received Juno nominations, a Maple Blues Award and a Canadian Folk Award. Wynn joined the VCM in 2017 to teach the newly developed postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance course “Composing as Singer-Songwriter”. As a faculty member of the VCM’s School of Music Technology & Creativity, Wynn has since expanded his involvement with the VCM to include teaching digital school notation, as well as recording, mixing, and editing, as part of the VCM’s new Music Technology Lab programming currently under development.
Wynn Gogol has published a book on songwriting entitled "The Artful Songwriter: The Soul and Science of Creating Songs".
I am honored to be leading the FAMI Harmonica Level 1-2 class this May. It is a privilege to share techniques, styles, tips, and musical stories with people who are interested in music. And, I learn and grow as a result! What a deal!
I first picked up the harmonica on a road trip; it was the perfect instrument for travel. Since then I have evolved from making a racket to playing melodies, chords, solos, and fills in a variety of genres. These days, I play harmonica mostly in support of, and as solos within, folk, country, gospel, and roots music. I also play harmonica-based tunes (and some fiddle / traditional tunes) and melodies, and some blues.
I have led workshops and classes for FAMI and am honoured to be a long-time Board member of the organization. I also teach privately. I have taken music lessons / training in several instruments since I was a boy, and I hold a guitar certificate from Berklee College of Music.
Currently I am a multi-instrumentalist (bass, harmonica, acoustic / electric guitar) and vocalist in the Calgary-based band Horizon Ridge. We have played at festivals, folk clubs, public and house concerts, and gala events in Canada and the US.
Websites: Horizon Ridge
Natasha has been playing, singing, writing and performing in and around Calgary for over two decades, currently playing accordion and guitar with harmony driven Magnolia Buckskin and keyboards with David Martin's eclectic indie project, the Fragments.
Her voice is emotive and powerful; her songwriting ranges from intensely personal to downright silly! Natasha is a passionate teacher who has taught music in Calgary for over 20 years.
She plays competitive roller derby, rides a beautiful Bonneville and is the mom of two creative teens.
Website: Magnolia Buckskin
Rhonda is a much in demand multi-instrumentalist whose journey as a musician started as a youngster playing alto saxophone, which eventually led to folk and Celtic music. For the past 20 or so years she has branched out into strings- mainly bluegrass and old time, most recently jazz and blues. Banjo and mandolin were the gateway drugs and she is currently obsessed with standup bass, returning to her jazz roots. Rhonda currently plays bass for the Kootenay-based group The Doggone Brothers Band, as well as They Might Be Jazz in her hometown of Canmore. She loves to sit in with old time dance bands, heading up The Hip to Be Square Collective. Teacher by day and musician by night, she has extensive experience teaching and playing a variety of styles of music- and enough music theory to be dangerous.
Website: Doggone Brothers
Chelsea Sleep is a passionate fiddler, educator, session leader and musical community builder born and raised on the densely rainforested Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
Chelsea studied closely with prolific Canadian fiddler and composer, Oliver Schroer and has become an advocate for teaching Schroer’s compositions. She has taught at fiddle camps and workshops across Canada and in remote towns in Northern Canada and is well-known as being exceptionally gifted working with new fiddlers of all ages, and for her arrangements for large group ensembles.
In 2016 Chelsea moved into the Rocky Mountains to Canmore, Alberta, where she has grown a fantastic community of enthusiastic fiddlers.
In September 2023 she will celebrate 20 years of teaching.
Beverley Thompson took up Guitar at a young age, eventually moving to Clawhammer Banjo – then the Ukulele, Mandolin and most recently the 3 String Box Guitar!
Playing flute at school just did not hold her interest; stringed instruments, specifically the Ukulele, are her love. Four little strings, so many ways to play and embrace this little instrument. Beverley has a strong belief that learning and playing an instrument improves brain function (use it or lose it!) and Mental Health no matter what your age.
Beverley meets students and workshop participants where they are at in their ukulele musical journey, easily engaging all with an inclusive style, and warm sense of humour. Now retired, she has more time to dedicate to playing with others and teaching.
Beverley teaches group and individual lessons virtually and in person in Calgary, Alberta.
Old Time Clawhammer, Fingerstyle, Alternate Tunings and Slide/Slack Key are recent are recent areas of interest.
Dana Wylie is a singer-songwriter, a mother, a side musician, a music teacher, and a theatre artist. In nearly 25 years of artistic pursuits she has released seven albums, written and presented three original music-storytelling theatrical pieces, and played in numerous wildly varied musical ensembles on three continents.
She is a Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and a four-time Sterling Award nominee. To date, no one has given her any awards for parenting.
Website: Dana Wylie