Our Faculty

Marissa Kitson

Guitar, Voice, Piano & Songwriting

Marissa studied Classical Guitar Performance and Composition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is approaching her 20th year as a music teacher in Victoria BC. 

She believes it is essential to nurture the performing arts as it is necessary for the benefit of individuals and our community.  For this reason, Marissa has expanded her studio into a small Music Academy with a strong emphasis on community performances. 

 

Additionally, she is Treasurer for the Victoria Guitar Society.

Ange Ella Healy

Voice, Songwriting, Mandolin, Ukulele, Guitar & Percussion

Ange Ella Healy is a singer/ songwriter with a deep love for harmony, mandolin melodies, rhythm and guitar. She is currently living and performing on Vancouver Island. This summer she will be performing and touring with her band ‘Sage, Silt and The Desert Rose.”

 

She has recorded three albums, 'Baker’s Know When We’re Waking (2008), 'Wanderers Rest' (2009), and ' Mary and the Book of Ruth' (2010). She is currently recording her fourth, 'Land of the Blind'.

Ange Ella studied contemporary music and performance at Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C. with focus on songwriting, sound engineering and recording.

Nima Kolmohammadi

Music Theory & Musicianship.

Nima completed his Bachelor's degree in guitar performance at Tehran University of Art and began his Master's degree in guitar performance at University of Victoria in 2018. His most recent performances in 2019 include: classical guitar recital at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall and performing at Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival (GVPAF).

 

Nima has been a music teacher for over 15 years. Studying many guitar methods and genres, as well as teaching to many students of different ages and interests has helped Nima become a very experienced and professional music instructor.

Meer Mahmoud

Guitar

Meer started learning guitar at the age of 16 in Syria. He graduated in 2016 from the Faculty of Music Education specializing in classical performance. He also studied at the High Institute of Music in Damascus. Meer is a seasoned performer as a solo guitarist in Syria and Lebanon. He also performed with numerous Oriental Ensembles, Jazz Bands, Guitar Duos and Quartets.

Meer is one of the founding members of Orontes Guitar Quartet.  This ensemble played many concerts in Syria and Lebanon and toured throughout Canada as a part of his artistic residency at the University of Victoria in 2019.  

 

Dana Wenzel

Violin, Fiddle, Music Theory

Dana has been playing the violin for sixteen years, and is currently studying music at the University of Victoria with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid.

 

Teaching is one of her passions, and she values having strong relationships with her students and creating a thriving musical community. She enjoys finding new and creative ways to work with her students - whether in an individual or group setting - so they can continually discover more reasons to love and include music in their lives.

 

Dana regularly performs solo, string quartet, and orchestral works, and also dabbles in fiddle playing and Baroque violin.

Arkady Futerman

Bass Guitar

Arkady has been living and playing music in Victoria, BC for the past 5 years. He completed his Bachelor’s of Music Performance degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2015, and is now working on his thesis for the Master of Arts Program in Musicology at UVic.

Arkady has served as an educator and mentor to students in music and other disciplines for over 15 years. He has performed and recorded on guitar and bass with multiple groups in Canada and Abroad. Recent projects include Alaska’s folk ensemble String of Lights and gypsy jazz group Swing 49, the UAA Jazz Ensemble, and the Anchorage based Chad Meyer Trio. Closer to home, Arkady has collaborated with east european collective Lightning Hora and the Midnight Machine, and folk duo Coyote Merlot.

Beyond music, Arkady supports students in their academic and career pursuits at the University of Victoria.