Varya Rubinis an award-winning actor, singer and multi-instrumentalist whose passion for excellence and creativity is present is every element of her work. With a vocal range spanning opera to blues, she has sung with the Canadian Opera Company, recorded for CBC radio and television and has even had her voice heard in space. Her joyful, intuitive teaching style has won the hearts of children and grown ups alike, and she is delighted with this opportunity to share her creative passion with young performers. Varya is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Sunshine Coast Children’s Choir and The Wild Women.
Caroline helps to coordinate and organize the Synergy at Play team. She makes her living helping people get divorced in the morning, and teaching children how to bravely sit on the backs of ponies in the afternoon. She has a bachelor's degree in theatre studies from Acadia University and other less relevant credentials.
Daniel is an award winning composer/sound designer, actor, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Vancouver. His musical theatre productions with Seven Tyrants Theatre have been nominated for multiple awards and his jazz/rock group Two Apple Tobacco has twice been voted one of the best bands in Vancouver in the Georgia Straight. A graduate of UBC's Theatre and Film program, Daniel has returned to UBC as a guest lecturer in Musical Theatre composition and has been an assistant director of children’s theatre camps at Arts Umbrella.
A consummate church musician, David Poon is sought after as an organist, choirmaster, continuo player, and accompanist. Although his education involved interpreting notes written by dead Europeans (he now specialises in performing
works by 16th-century English and 20th-century French composers), he often indulges in realising baroque bass lines, improvising over jazz standards, and extemporising on Gregorian chants.
David is currently assistant organist at St. John's Vancouver Anglican Church. Before COVID, he was pianist for Choralations and Pender Harbour Community Choir; and music director for Coast Messiah Choir, MOTET chamber choir, and Vespersong. Outside of teaching, performing, arranging, and composing, his interests include owning too many board games, judging Magic tournaments, and inflicting modes of limited transposition upon his wife and four children.
Gretchen Anner has played professionally in orchestras and chamber ensembles in Toronto, Buffalo, Paris and Boston. She teaches violin at the Toronto Waldorf School, and lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario