Artistic Team


 Music Directors 2016-2017 season

  • Diana Clark  (Artistic Director, Children’s Choir Director and Con Brio Co-Director)
  • Joel Tranquilla (Youth Choir Director)
  • Tia Turner (Con Bella Director)
  • Kelly Proznick (De Coro Director)
  • Deanna Gestrin (Con Brio 1 Director)
  • Laura Epp (Sources Instructor)
  • Angie Lundin (Sources Instructor)


Diana Clark

Coastal Sound Artistic Director

Children’s Choir & Con Brio Director

Diana Clark is Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy where she directs the acclaimed Children’s Choir, beginning Con Vita singers, and leads a team of outstanding choral and music education professionals. With a passion for nurturing young musicians, Diana is also full time music educator at Blakeburn Elementary in Port Coquitlam.

Diana has an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and top program honours in a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University; private conducting studies with Dr. John Trotter; course work in Ghanaian Dance and Drumming; and 17 years performing and recording as a trombonist with Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She has held posts as Fine Arts Coordinator for Coquitlam School District and sessional faculty for the University of Victoria. She has adjudicated, led honour ensembles, provided music workshops and reading clinics throughout Metro Vancouver and Canada. She has also served on the board of Artstarts in Schools, a pan- provincial organization that connects students in schools with professional artists. Because of her diverse training and interests, Diana’s approach to music education is grounded in helping students grow to be sensitive, creative artists and engaged, caring citizens.

Diana is a member of the BC Choral Conductor’s Mentorship Project, and she serves as VP Advocacy for Choral Canada. When she’s not studying scores, singing and planning rehearsals, Diana can often be found practicing yoga or skiing with her husband–also a musician and music educator–and her two children.

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Music (UBC)
  • Master of Music  (Northwestern University, Illinois)
  • Top program honours in a Master of General Music Education (Northwestern University, Chicago)
  • BC Choral Mentorship Project

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Tia Turner

Con Bella Director, Vocal Coach

Tia joined the CSMA team in 2006. As the mother of twin boys, she looks forward to teaching Con Bella (a girls only group) every week. Tia believes in the power of music to bring out the very best in everyone. She performs with the a cappella vocal quartet “Night Street”.



Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Music – Jazz Studies, Capilano University
  • Bachelor of Education – UBC
  • Orff Certification

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Angie Lundin

Early Childhood Music Specialist, Sources

Angie has been a member of CSMA’s Adult Choir since its inaugural season and is thrilled to be teaching the Con Brio program this season. She has taught Kinderdance® and our Sources program to hundreds of children over the years, and is now a student herself. She has been accepted into Simon Fraser University’s Professional Development Program to become an elementary school teacher specializing in music and movement. Having spent most of her adult years working professionally as a singer, dancer, and actress around the globe, she is able to pass on her practical knowledge to CSMA’s youngest singers.

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Telecommunications and Theatre (Indiana University, Bloomington)
  • Three-and-a-half years training and working in New York City
  • Off-Broadway, regional theatre, dinner theatre, and television

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Kelly Proznick

DeCoro Director

KP!Kelly Proznick is a conductor, music educator and musician based in the Vancouver area. Her professional practice is focused on building strong and healthy communities that can be a place for art to flourish and thrive. She loves to connect with other artists and educators, and has been involved in a number of initiatives to create positive and enriching relationships within the local arts community. Her background in jazz provides the foundation for a style of teaching and conducting that involves exploring ideas of personal voice, dialogue, embodiment and authenticity. She believes that embodied musical practice is when the feet and the head meet in the heart, and works towards this in her personal practice and instruction.

For the past 10 years Kelly has been teaching at New Westminster Secondary School, where she has been the Department Head for Fine and Performing Arts for the last 7 years. Under her leadership, the choral program has doubled in size and choral ensembles have become known for their professionalism, open-hearted attitude and high musical standards. Choral Ensembles from New Westminster Secondary have received awards from Envision Jazz Festival and Kiwanis Choral Festival, and have in recent years been invited to perform with UBC University Singers, Coastal Sound Youth Choir and the Vancouver Peace Choir. As department head, she has facilitated the growth of the dance department from 60 participants to over 250, doubled the size of the choral department, co-produced three revenuegenerating musicals with Schools Out Productions and served as a consultant for the youth-run arts festival Momentum Youth Arts Movement.

Currently Kelly is on faculty at the VSO School of Music, conducts 6 ensembles at New Westminster Secondary, is the conductor of Coastal Sound Academy’s adult choir De Coro and is a member of the artistic team for Schools Out Productions. She is a member of the BC Choral Mentorship Project led by Geoffrey Boers and Richard Nace and is a facilitator for Elektra Women’s Choir’s Choral Leadership Workshop for Young Women. Kelly has been on the conference committee for BC Music Educators Association as instrumental jazz clinic coordinator, co-conducted Chor Leoni’s MyVoice Burnaby Choir and was a singer with Elektra Women’s Choir under the direction of Morna Edmundson.

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Jazz Concentration:
  • McGill University
  • Bachelor of Education: UBC
  • BC Choral Mentorship Project 

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Laura Epp

Sources DirectorLaura Epp Photo

Laura Epp is an enthusiastic member of the CSMA team. She directs the Sources choir, sings in De Coro, and her children sing in Con Brio and Children’s Choir. Music has always been an important and powerful part of her life. For her, music is a way connect people and create joy. She wants to share this joy with the youngest of the Coastal Sound choirs: Sources. She always looks forward to Tuesday after school when she can sing and play with these wonderful children. Laura has been a teacher in BC for over 20 years. She has Bachelors of Science and Education from U of S and a Masters in Education from SFU. She is currently working at SFU as a Faculty Associate.

Deanna Gestrin

Con Brio I Director, Vocal Coach

Deanna GeDeanna_028 (3)strin is a vocalist, private voice instructor, choral conductor, clinician, and director of choirs and bands at Burnaby Mountain Secondary.  She has been teaching music since 1998, and has been performing since childhood.   Deanna has a rich choral background that began at the age of nine as a member of the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, and has continued throughout her life with numerous other choral ensembles, including Phil Mattson’s six-voice vocal jazz ensemble, VoicesIowa, and Rejean Marois’ vocal jazz ensemble, Nitecap.  Deanna’s performance opportunities have taken her across North America and include three performances at Carnegie Hall, and performances at national conferences for the British Columbia Music Educator’s Association (BCMEA), the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), and the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA).

Deanna is passionate about teaching and connecting with students of all ages through a genuine and energetic approach to music education.  Throughout her career, she has taught infant and toddler music classes, K-7 classroom music, musical theatre programs, secondary band and choir, college choir, and adult community choir.  Along with directing Con Brio 1, Deanna also directs the Native Education College Choir in Vancouver.  Through her work as a music educator, Deanna strives to inspire, motivate, and foster within her students a strong sense of self, and a deep love and appreciation for the gift of music and singing in our lives!

 Education and Training:

  • Associate of Arts Degree in Professional Music (School for Music Vocations, Creston, Iowa)
  • Bachelor of Jazz Studies (Capilano University)
  • Bachelor of Education (University of British Columbia)
  • BC Choral Mentorship Project

Joel Tranquilla

Youth Choir Director

Dr. Joel Tranquilla is a passionate conductor and music educator noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. In addition to his work with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir, Joel is the Director of Choral Activities at TrinityJoel-Tranquilla-02 (1)
Western University where he oversees a program of six choirs and teaches various other courses within the School of the Arts, Media + Culture. He is the Conductor of the Valley Festival Singers in Abbotsford, an Affiliate Conductor of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, as well as the Associate Conductor of the Canadian Chamber Choir. Joel has performed extensively with this last ensemble since 2007, and the CCC’s latest CD, Sacred Reflections of Canada was nominated for a 2016 Juno Award.  

In high demand as an adjudicator and clinician across the country, Joel is a past Guest Conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Choir and was the Assistant Conductor of the 2012 National Youth Choir. He was the winner of the 2012 Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award as well as the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award at the 2013 Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. He holds degrees from Mount Allison University, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University where his doctoral research was in the area of Canadian choral-orchestral repertoire. Joel resides in Langley with his wife, Meghan and their son, Everett.

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Barry Yamanouchi

Accompanist, Children’s Choir & Con Bella

Barry graduated with a B.Mus. from U.B.C. and an M.Mus. from McGill University with a major in Sound Recording.  He works as an accompanist for several choirs and numerous solo singers.  He also makes recordings in his home studio and is a teacher of piano and theory.

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Elise HeardElise

Accompanist, De Coro

Elise has enjoyed many years of music making and in various capacities.  As a graduate of UBC’s music program, Elise has sung with Phoenix Chamber Choir and Cantata Singers, accompanied various singers, instrumentalists and choirs, and has taught piano in her home studio.  She currently teaches primary aged children at Aubrey Elementary in Burnaby. 

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David Antoniuk

Accompanist, Youth Choir

David Antoniuk holds a degree in Piano Performance from Trinity Western University, where he studied with Betty Suderman and Kathryn Schmidt. In addition to accompanying the Youth Choir, he currently teaches music and ear training at Trinity Western University, plays with Somerset Trio, performs as a solo pianist, and teaches private lessons. David has toured internationally with the TWU choirs, performed as a musician for Holland America Cruise Line, and has appeared as a guest soloist with local orchestras in the Lower Mainland.

Music is an integral part of David’s life, and he is always excited for the opportunity to create and share music with others. David especially enjoys learning new music, improvisation, collaborating with other musicians, arranging, and composing. He loves being active and spending time outdoors, and currently lives in Fort Langley with his wife Lauren. 

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Donna Otto

CSMA Founding Artistic Director

Recognized throughout North America as a leading music educator, Donna Otto believes “music must be experienced by the whole person”. She is well known for her energetic and holistic teaching combined with artistically excellent musical performances. Drawing on over 30 years of teaching experience, she focuses on the intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities that make music magical.  Donna Otto serves as consultant to Coastal Sound now that she is officially retired.

Education and Training:

  • Masters of Music (UBC)
  • Trained at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria
  • Orff-Schulwerk Master teachers such as Doreen Hall (Canada), Jos Wuytack (Belgium), and Jane Frazee (US)
  • Worked with conductors such as Elmer Iseler (Canada), Diane Loomer (Canada), and Henry Leck (US)

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