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Michelle is honoured to have performed this vibrant piece of music for clarinet and wind ensemble with the Pacific Wind Ensemble in March 2011. There are some brilliant technical lines for the clarinet soloist, as well as several instruments featured from within the wind ensemble writing.

Upcoming Performances and Workshops:.

Kwantlen University Day Of Woodwinds - Saturday March 3rd, 2018 - 9:30 - 4:00 - A day of workshops, chamber music for all woodwind players to participate in lessons, trios, quartets, and to get coaching from a variety of professional musicians. -

Vancouver Chamber Choir - Good Friday Concert -
Rachmaninov Vespers and Lauridsen Lux aeterna - Orpheum Theatre - March 30, 2018, 8:00 pm -

West Coast Chamber Music - Gathering of Viola, Clarinet and Piano - Sunday, April 8, 2018 3:30 pm - Unitarian Church Vancouver - Mozart Kegelstatt trio, Reinicke Trio, and Bloch Hebriaque Suite.

Lionsgate Sinfonia - Mozart's Birthday! - Saturday, January 27th, 2018 (7:30pm) - What a coincidence it is for Sinfonia to perform an All-Mozart concert on Wolfgang’s 262nd birthday! Three musical categories the child genius excelled in are opera, concerto, and symphony, and we will give a delicious taste of each with Jenny Choi as our featured soloist.

Silk Purse Arts Series - Thursday, April 26th, 10:30 am - Three of Vancouver’s finest chamber musicians,  Michelle Anderson, Heather Hay & Rosemary O’Connor, join each other to  present 2 contrasting works; Beethoven's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, 0p. 11 a  party of fun and games , and Fruling's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano a work of profound depth, beauty and maturity

Recent Performances and Workshops:

Pup Stars 3 Sound Track Recording - Vancouver Film Orchestra -
Composer Braham Wenger once again creates a wonderful sound track for this series of family movies.

La Cenerantola - UBC Opera -
Feb. 1 - 4th, 2018, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts -

L'Elisir D'Amour - Vancouver Opera - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - January 21 at 2:00pm, January 25 & 27 at 7:30pm -

Adjudicator - UBC Winds, Brass and Percussion Concerto Competition - UBC School of Music Dec. 4th, 2018

A Persian Night with Vancouver Opera Orchestra - Saturday, January 6, 2018 8:00pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre -

Christmas at the Chan - Dec. 3rd, 2:30 pm - Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Hear the amazing choirs of Trinity Western University with a full orchestra with music in celebration of Christmas.

Tea & Trumpets - Festivals and Marches - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 - 2pm Orpheum Theatre -

White Rock Concert Series - Friday, November 17, 2017 8:00 pm- White Rock Baptist Church 1657 140 St, Surrey, BC - Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings
Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf

War and Peace - Nov. 5, 2018 - 8:00 pm - Evergreen Cultural Centre - Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble
No, not Tolstoy! Music is the ideal art form for exploring and illustrating the human spirit in conflict and resolution. PSWE takes on the challenge.

Silk Purse Arts Series - Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 10:30 am - Three of Vancouver’s finest chamber musicians,  Michelle Anderson, Heather Hay & Rosemary O’Connor, join each other to  present 2 contrasting works; Rota's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano; a  party of fun and games , and Brahms's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor; a work of profound depth, beauty and maturity… West Vancouver, BC

Capilano College Presents - Friday Oct. 27th - 11:45 am - Soaring Winds and Strings -
Featuring works by Nino Rota and Johannes Brahms
Michelle Anderson, clarinet Heather Hay, cello Rosemary O'Connor, piano

Turandot - Vancouver Opera - Queen Elizabeth Theatre -October 13, 19, 21 at 7:30pm - October 15 at 2:00pm - Puccini's last opera is an epic spectacle. This has a superb cast and sets. Come out and enjoy spectacular opera!

Lionsgate Sinfonia - Saturday Oct. 14th, 7:30 pm Centennial Theatre - Beethoven and Haydn side by side: the two pillars of the most important periods in music history. These two composers have had the greatest impact on the music world with their colourful and personal, humorous and human touches. Sinfonia and our wonderful Lions Gate Youth Orchestra will launch our 17th season with two great Masterworks.

WindFest 2017 - University of British Columbia - Sept. 24, 2017 - A day of workshops, performances, and all things woodwind. This year, focusing on Flutes and Clarinets. Michelle is presenting a lecture on How To Teach Clarinet More Effectively.

Ariande auf Naxos - UBC Opera Company with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra - June 22 - 25, 2017 UBC Old Auditorium

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert, part of the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Summer Concerts July 13, 14 & 15, 2017 - Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score live on the Orpheum stage.

La Boheme - Opera Kelowna - August 18 - 19, 2017 - Kelowna Community Theatre

Brahms Requiem - Kwantlen University Choir - Friday Mar. 24th -
This is a beautiful piece of music with a stunning choir.

Vancouver Opera Festival - Vancouver’s first ever Opera Festival, with three major operas and several smaller events all happening over a few weeks.
Michelle is playing in
Dead Man Walking - April 29, May 2, May 5, May 7th. This is an incredibly powerful show, with stunning performances. Michelle is also playing in The Marriage Of Figaro - April 30, May 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17 and 18. This production has audiences laughing like crazy. Great music, and great fun. Come out and enjoy some good music and then linger in the opera “bar” tent next door.

Vancouver Film Orchestra - May 23, & 24th, 2017 - PupStars 2 -

KMC 2017 Celebration Gala - June 2nd, Kay Meek Centre - A rock symphony extravaganza featuring the extraordinary and much loved music from artists such as Leonard Cohen, Michael Bublé, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, KD Lang, and more.

Fire! Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Evergreen Cultural Centre - June 10, 2017 8:00 pm. - A fiery evening of wind ensemble music featuring music by Grainger, Marquez, Bernstein, Ticheli, and more.

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UBC Opera - Midsummer's Night Dream - Britten - June 23- 26, Old Auditorium, UBC

Turning Point Ensemble Reading Session - June 12 and 13 - One of Vancouver's premiere contemporary music ensemble will be reading new music of talented composers who are winners of the PTE's Emerging Composers competition.

Hit That Thing! - June 11, 2016 - 8:00 pm - Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Evergreen Cultural Centre
The band features the ever supportive “back row” in this celebration of the percussive art. PSWE’s own Dominique Bernath will perform in the soloist’s spotlight.

Bravo! Vancouver Opera Gala Concert in honour of VO's retiring General Director, James Wright - June 2nd, 7:00 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre -
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Tiny Tots - May 13, and 14 - Shine Time Music Olympics with Lisa and Linda - This entertaining program designed for audience members 0 -4 years old (and their parents) are superb ways to introduce youngsters to the joys of music.

Michael Conway Baker Recording Session, with Lionsgate Sinfonia - May 10 - Local composer Michael Conway Baker is sitting at the piano to perform with Lionsgate Sinfonia, and Maestro Clyde Mitchell, to record his composition Party Scene, from Washington Square

Backun Musical Services/Tapestry Music Educational Workshops Feb - May 2016
As a BMS Artist, Michelle is proud to take part in over 25 school clarinet workshops with Tapestry Music. Schools include: Burnaby Central, Alpha Secondary, Burnaby North, Churchill Secondary, Eric Hamber Secondary, Moscrop Secondary, Byrne Creek Secondary, New Westminster Secondary School, St. Thomas Moore Collegiate, Heritage Woods Secondary School, and Point Grey Secondary School.

VSO Connects Program - Michelle will be visiting Hellings Elementary School in Delta as part of the VSO Connects program, which brings professional musicians into the classroom to work with student players.

Vancouver Film Orchestra - Pup Stars April 10th and 11th
Vancouver’s own movie soundtrack orchestra will be filming for the new movie Pup Stars, featuring the music of composer Braham Wenger

Vancouver Film Orchestra Demo Session with Composer Christopher Nickel - April 12th

Majesty and Meditation - April 23, 2016 - Lionsgate Sinfonia - To close the season, VSO Principal Cellist Ariel Barnes joins our concertmaster Andrea Siradze in a performance of Brahms’ exquisite Double Concerto for violin and cello. A work of this majesty finds its perfect match with Dvořák’s uplifting and stirring “New World” Symphony. Balancing these grand musical statements is the gorgeous “Meditation” from Thaïs and Ernst Bloch’s soulful Prayer.

The Winds Of Spring - Sunday April 24, 2016 at 4:00pm - An Afternoon of Chamber Music Featuring Flute, Oboe and Clarinet - St. Phillips Anglican Church, 3737 W. 27th Ave. Vancouver, BC
Join us for a program that features fun music and showcases the wonderful colours of woodwind instruments in various combinations. We present three trios for you: the melodious Op. 87 by Beethoven, the whimsical Divertmento by British composer Malcolm Arnold, and the energetic Invention a 3 Voix by a skilled French composer, Jehan Alain, who was tragically killed in WW2. We also have some short and beautiful duets to allow you to hear these instruments in different groupings. The performers are three skilled musicians who are founding members of the Vancouver Wind Quintet, and perform together in many groups, including most recently, Madama Butterfly with the Vancouver Opera. Featuring Laura Vanek flute, Emma Ringrose oboe, and Michelle Anderson clarinet.

Beethoven’s 9th- April 11th 8:00 pm - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - The VSO performs the piece that started it all – the greatest music ever written, Beethoven’s extraordinary Symphony No. 9. Beethoven’s profound statement of hope, brotherhood and joy has echoed down through the centuries, and has never been more relevant and fresh.

Madama Butterfly - The Vancouver Opera - March 5 - 13, 2016 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - In Nagasaki at the turn of the 20th century, a pleasure-seeking American naval officer named Pinkerton leases a house and marries a young geisha. He is only briefly enchanted with his “Butterfly”, but she is totally and forever committed to the marriage. When he abandons her and then, years later, returns to claim their child, Butterfly is devastated and makes a supreme sacrifice, in devotion to her ancestors. 
Puccini’s incomparably gorgeous opera never fails to give audiences a deep emotional experience.

West Coast Chamber Music - Winds Extravagenza - Feb. 28th 3:00 pm - Unitarian Church - Quintet in Eb major, K.452 for Piano and Winds by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Trio in A minor, Op.188 for Piano, Horn and Oboe by Carl Reinecke Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op.100 by Francis Poulenc

The Soul Of Tango - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Feb. 5th & 6th 8:00 pm - The Tango. One of the most passionate and emotional of all dances, with music to match. The VSO and Tango Caliente – extraordinary dancers from Let’s Dance – invite you to a sizzling Symphony Pops program that is muy caliente! You’ll be mesmerized by lush arrangements of some of the best Tango and Latin American music, including Astor Piazzolla, while these incredible dancers light up the stage with their sultry stylings.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - The Bard - Feb. 20, 2016 - 8:00 pm
A Shakespearean muse informs this concert. PSWE will celebrate the genius of the Bard with music from his time and ours.

Christmas at the Chan with Trinity Western University - Sunday Dec. 6th 2:30 pm - Chan Centre for Performing Arts - Award-winning conductor Dr. Joel Tranquilla, Director of Choral Activities for our School of the Arts, Media + Culture, brings together five choirs and full orchestra in an exquisite program spanning centuries of Christmas music. From Renaissance classics to Irish pop worship songs, this eclectic program will be entertaining and spiritually uplifting for the whole family. Join us to anticipate the coming of Christ with joy and celebration!

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble: We Got Rhythm - Dec. 12, 2015- 8:00 pm
Foot stomping, finger snapping energy abounds as PSWE moves to the rhythmic energy of music from around the world.

Goh Ballet Nutcracker - December 16 - 22nd - The Centre for Performing Arts - Celebrate and share in the magic with the show of the season: Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition. The production glitters more than ever taking audiences on an unforgettable journey through the land of the Snow, Lemonade Sea, and Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice. A dazzling cast of more than 200 performers brings this interpretation of the E.T.A. Hoffman fairytale to life, enchanting audiences of all ages.

Recent Performances and Workshops:

Vancouver Opera RIgoletto - Sept. 26 - Oct. 4, 2015 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s greatest achievements, powered with irresistible melodies, heartbreaking drama, and vivid characters: the cruel clown with a hidden heart, the morally bankrupt duke, the innocent Gilda, the sinister assassin and his voluptuous sister.

Turning Point Ensemble: Music Of A Thousand Autumns - Oct. 7th and 8th - Orpheum Annex - Turning Point Ensemble is excited to open the tenth anniversary 2015/2016 season with a signature program featuring the music of one of Canada’s most internationally respected composers, Alexina Louie. The concert will include a Louie premiere written for TPE’s Canadian tour and her dramatic early work, Music for a Thousand Autumns. Dorothy Chang’s accomplished and poetic chamber symphony Three Windows written for the Ensemble, and new commissions from prize-winning composers Anthony Tan and Linda Catlin Smith complete the engaging evening.

Turning Point Ensemble: Music Of A Thousand Autumns - Canada Tour - Edmonton Oct. 14, Winnipeg Oct. 15, Toronto Oct. 17th, Montreal Oct. 20 Turning Point Ensemble is excited to open the tenth anniversary 2015/2016 season with a signature program featuring the music of one of Canada’s most internationally respected composers, Alexina Louie. The concert will include a Louie premiere written for TPE’s Canadian tour and her dramatic early work, Music for a Thousand Autumns. Dorothy Chang’s accomplished and poetic chamber symphony Three Windows written for the Ensemble, and new commissions from prize-winning composers Anthony Tan and Linda Catlin Smith complete the engaging evening.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - A Halloween Spectacular - Oct. 30 and 31st Orpheum Theatre 8:00 pm - The new season’s VSO Pops series gets off to a thrilling start, with a concert guaranteed to send chills up your spine. You’ll thrill to Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, music from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Grieg’s classic In the Hall of the Mountain King, music from Harry Potter, and much more. Come in costume for a chilling and thrilling Halloween with the VSO Pops!

UBC Opera - Manon by Massenet - Nov. 5,6,7, & 8 - UBC Old Auditorium - Manon is an opéra comique in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. Featuring the talented members of the UBC Opera Ensemble and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

Turning Point Ensemble - Air India Redacted - Exceprts - Simon Fraser University 50th Anniversary - Sept. 9th 4:30 pm

Vancouver Opera: Sweeney Todd - Apr. 25 - May 3, 2015 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Winner of countless awards, Sweeney Todd is darkly comical and endlessly entertaining. The indelible cast of characters and the evocatively grimy setting combine with Sondheim’s unmatchable lyrics and complex orchestral score for a rich theatrical and musical experience. Starring real-life husband and wife Greer Grimsley, one of the great bass-baritones of his generation, as Sweeney Todd, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee as Mrs. Lovett.

Diana Krall - Wallflower World Tour -
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm Orpheum Theatre - information at:

Vancouver Symphony Tiny Tots - Teddy Bear’s Musical Picnic - Friday May 29, Playhouse Theatre Vancouver, and Saturday May 30 Terry Fox Theatre, Port Coquitlam This playful show introduces children and families to the music of Claude Debussy where the audience will move along to classic “miniatures” of his most famous melodies. Sing-a-long favorites and musical games round out the fun. Children are encouraged to bring their own teddy bears to the concert.

Bells and Barrels and Clarinet 101 - Friday June 5th, Tom Lee Music, Langley - In conjunction with Backun Musical, Michelle presents a clarinet masterclass for clarinetists of all levels. This two hour workshop will feature one hour on clarinet basics, with the goal of having each participant discover at least one new system to play their own clarinet better. Participants will also receive complimentary membership to one of Michelle’s online courses, How To Cross the Break More Easily (a $75 value). Following the masterclass, all participants will have to opportunity to try several Backun clarinet products which can greatly enhance tone and ease of playing. Please register at this link:

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Hands Across the Border - June 13, 2015, 8:00 pm - Evergreen Cultural Centre - A sendoff for PSWE as it prepares to perform in San Jose at WASBE, the world’s most prestigious event for wind ensembles, for the second time. Featuring favourites from seasons past including works by Howard Cable, Samuel Barber, Frank Ticheli and Fred Stride. Michelle is honoured to be performing as a soloist on the Ticheli Concerto For Clarinet and Wind Ensemble.

La Traviata
- UBC Opera Company with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra - June 20 - 28th - UBC Old Auditorium -

Whirlwinds - Sunday July 6th, 3:00 Ryerson United Church - The Vancouver Wind Quintet presents a lively concert of music by Beethoven, Ibert, Klughardt and Ewazen. Please come and join us for a program that is suitable for all ages.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference - July 2015 San Jose, CA - Michelle is excited to be performing with PSWE at this prestigious international event, which marks 10 years since PSWE performed at the WASBE conference in Singapore in 1995. Michelle is honoured to be performing the Ticheli Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble as part of this performance.

Lionsgate Sinfonia: Through The Lion’s Gate - April 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm - Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, BC - Like the magnificence of the twin peaks, we offer a program showcasing two pillars of our artistic community: Pandora’s Vox offers majestic and moving melodies by Beethoven, Fauré, John Lennon and others, and Pro Arté Centre Dancers transport us with selections from Tchaikovsky’s resplendent Swan Lake. Of course we could not have a year without our dear friend and composer, Michael Conway Baker, who brings our season to an end with two compositions. http://lionsgatesinfonia.comVancouver Opera - Die Feldermaus - Feb. 28 - Mar. 8th - Queen Elizabeth Theatre 7:30 pm, Vancouver -In high society Vancouver – call it “Viennacouver” – every night is party night! Lighthearted, romantic, and wickedly funny, Die Fledermaus has the power to lift our spirits. Strauss’s melody-filled music, especially his famous waltzes, is effervescent and intoxicating. Be prepared to laugh! Featuring soprano Joyce el-Khoury as Rosalinde, tenor Roger Honeywell as Gabriel von Eisenstein, and Christopher Gaze as the tipsy jailer, Frosch.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - The Best Is Yet To Come, a Sinatra Centennial -
Monday March 30, 8:00 pm - Orpheum Theatre - The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, conductor Steven Reineke, and outstanding vocalist Tony DeSare present a tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most iconic singers, Frank Sinatra. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth, The Best is Yet to Come honours the man and the legend with an evening of his greatest and most popular tunes.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - A Japanese Celebration - Sunday March 1, 2015 7:30 pm - Orpheum Theatre - The Vancouver Symphony presents a special celebration of Japanese music and artists, in a concert featuring sensational violinist Akiko Suwanai performing Beethoven’s great Violin Concerto, Koto player Yuriko Nariya, and the combined voices of the Cattleya Chorus, Sakura Singers, Winds Choir and NAV Chorus conducted by Ruth Suzuki.

Recent Performances and Workshops

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Love Will Keep Us Together - Friday Feb. 6 and Saturday Feb. 7th - Orpheum Theatre - 8:00 pm Love, music’s greatest inspiration! Steven Reineke and the VSO explore beautiful love themes from across many eras and styles – including music by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, Barry White, Barry Manilow, and more.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - L'Espagna - Feb. 21, 2015 - 8:00 pm Evergreen Cultural Centre - Come here a wind ensemble program based upon the music of Spain, including a new interpretation of Chick Corea’s Spain for wind ensemble, arranged by Maestro David Branter.

Vancouver Opera/Royal Conservatory of Music - Music Champions Workshops -
Michelle will be a teaching artist with a “new to Vancouver” program that brings performing artist into local elementary schools for 8 sessions with one classroom teacher. This extensive interaction allows for integration of musical concepts with the other curriculum studies of the young students. Michelle is excited to be working at Southlands School during the month of February.

Magee Secondary School - Clarinet workshops with the fabulous band students from Gr. 8 - 12 - January 22 & 27th.

Vancouver Symphony Youth Orchestra - January 31st - Michelle is looking forward to coaching the Intermediate Orchestra winds and brass sections in a sectional of their current concert selections (which include Beethoven Symphony #1 and Weber’s Oberon Overture).

Vancouver Symphony Tiny Tots - Sailing The Magical Seas - Feb. 6 Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Feb. 7 Terry Fox Theatre, Coquitlam - These shows for preschoolers are about 45 minutes long, and introduce young ones to many aspects of music led by skilled musicians and presenters LIsa and Linda.

Chinese New Year’s - Bell Centre for the Performing Arts - Feb. 17, 2015. -

Nutcracker - December 18 - 21st
- The Centre for Performing Arts - Always a seasonal favourite - Check out the Nutcracker ballet featuring the Goh ballet, all ages, and dancers from the National Ballet of Canada.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - An Old World Christmas - Dec. 13, 2014 - 8:00 pm - Evergreen Cultural Centre - This concert will feature some classic holiday favourites featuring the 45 piece wind ensemble that performs at WASBE in July 2015

VSO Connects - Michelle is working with members of the Vancouver Symphony to present interactive workshops with high school students around the Lower Mainland in October and November.

Bartered Bride - UBC Opera Company - November 13th - 15th - The talented members of the UBC Opera program present the Bartered Bride at the Old Auditorium. Details at:

Lionsgate Sinfonia: - The Romantic Hero - Sunday November 2nd - 2:00 pm - Lonsdale Theatre -
Featuring cellist Desmond Hoebig, this program features the Dvorak Cello Concerto, and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. For tickets, visit:

Mozart Requiem - West Vancouver United Church - November 9th - 2:00 pm
- The Pacific Spirit Choir under the leadership of Gerry van Wyke presents the choral masterpiece.

Vancouver Symphony Tiny Tots - Magical Melody Train Ride - 10:00 am and 11:30 am Oct. 24 & 25 -
These popular concerts for young children led by performers Lisa and Linda introduce very young children to classical music. Concerts are in Vancouver on Friday Oct. 24th and in Port Coquitlam on Saturday Oct. 25th. Details at:

Vancouver Opera présents Carmen - Bizet - September 27 - October 5th - Queen Elizabeth Theatre -
This is one of the most popular operas of all time, and features a great conductor and cast. There is a matinee option on Sunday Sept. 28 and October 5th. For details, go to:

Semiahmoo Strings - 25th Anniversary Concert - Monday June 16th, and Tuesday June 18th - Wheelhouse Theatre, Surrey -
This gala concert features a combined set of professional wind players, and fabulous student string players in a program with Beethoven’s Symphony #7, The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and local musician Harold Birston’s Four Seasons. Tickets and information at (604) 538-1460.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Pathways - Saturday June 7th - 8:00 pm -
PSWE presents the final concert of the season at Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. This musical journey looks at contemplative musical wanderings, and includes the epic Lotus Sutra by Alfred Reed, as well as Seaquam by local composer Fred Stride. (

VSO Connects -
Michelle will be leading workshops at Henry Bose and Hawthorne Elementary Schools in May as part of the Vancouver Symphony Connects program. This fine program brings professional musicians into the school to work with young musicians and enrich their school music experience.

Ricardo Morales Clarinet Masterclass - Wednesday, April 16th 4:00 - 5:30 pm - St. George’s School - 4175 W. 29th Avenue -
All clarinetists are welcome to attend this workshop with one of the world’s greatest clarinetists. Please contact Michelle if you would like to attend. Sponsored by Backun Musical Services, who will also have some of their equipment available for trying out!

Pathways - Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Saturday June 7th - 8:00 pm - Evergreen Cultural Centre -

Kwantlen University Chorus and Guest Orchestra Concert - Mozart: Joy and Sorrow - April 11, 2014, 7:30 pm
Come hear some an evening of Mozart featuring the Andante of the piano concerto K. 467, the Exaltate Jubiliate and the Mozart Requiem.

Music of Hope and Peace
Lionsgate Sinfonia - Saturday April 5th 7:30 pm - Lonsdale Theatre - The beautiful Faure Requiem, and french horn soloist Brian G’froerer, as well as soprano Michelle Koebke are featured in this evening of music.

Turning Point Ensemble - Creating Composers - One of Vancouver’s premiere contemporary music ensembles has created a fabulous outreach program to go into local schools and inspire the students to create their own compositions. This week Michelle will join them to try out some of the compositions by students at West Point Grey Academy.

Clarinet Trios - Sunday, April 6th - West Coast Chamber Music - Unitarian Church, Oak & 49th - Enjoy an afternoon of clarinet trios with pianists Holly Duff and Alan Crane, as well as the fabulous cellist Sue Round with Michelle Anderson on clarinet. The Brahms Trio, Op. 114, and the Ries Trio in Bb are highlights of this chamber music event. Michelle and Holly will also perform the beautiful John Ireland Fantasy-Sonata for clarinet and piano.

VSO Connects - April 8th - Michelle is involved in the Vancouver Symphony VSO Connects Program, which brings musicians into school programs to work with small groups and help young instrumentalists to improve their skills.

CYMC - Comox Valley Youth Music Centre - June 29 - July 13, 2014 - Michelle is very excited to be teaching and performing at this amazing summer music camp. The camp offers a classical music program to students in orchestra and a wind ensemble program. If you are a high school student who loves making great music, please come and join in!

Recent Performances:

Music and Fashion - A Sign of Our Times - Lion’s Gate Sinfonia Orchestra presents a fusion of music and fashion with collector Ivan Sayers. The program also features pianist Fishwick performing excerpts of several famous piano concerti. Sunday January 26, 3:00 pm, Centennial Theatre

That’s Entertainment -
Fun, fun, fun as PSWE explores the comics, Broadway, movie musicals and who knows what... Film clips, made to order animations and, maybe, live stand up comedy Saturday February 15th, 2014 8:00 pm, Evergreen Cultural Centre

A Very North Shore Family Christmas - Join the Lion’s Gate Sinfonia Orchestra and conductor Clyde Mitchell in a wonderful Christmas program featuring the ballet dancers of Pro Arte, and vocal soloist Ingrid Mapson. The program will have some sing-along carols, and feature great dancing, including several selections from the Nutcracker. Details at: Saturday, Dec. 21st, 7:30 pm. Centennial Theatre

Christmas at the Chan Centre -
One of my favourite concerts of the year! Join a great orchestra made of members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for an afternoon of beautiful Christmas music with the choirs of Trinity Western University, The Langley School of Fine Arts, and some wonderful children’s choruses. December 1st - 2:30 pm.

Whatever?! - Join the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble for an evening of classics of wind band literature in a program selected entirely through an audience-voting process. Find out what you, the audience has selected. This program will also feature an amazing young soloist, Andrew Lennox on trumpet, playing the Trumpet Concerto by Aruitunian. Saturday December 7th, 8:00 pm. Evergreen Cultural Centre

Vancouver Opera - Late October/Early November - TOSCA - come see this passionate and beautiful opera by Puccini. Many productions at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Lions Gate Sinfonia - October 5th, 2013 - 7:30 pm Centennial Theatre ( - Opening Night - The concert listing describes this as: Following last season’s sold out performance, we are thrilled to bring together again the North Shore’s rising stars along with guest pianist Ian Parker. With jaw-dropping virtuosity, Mr. Parker promises to dazzle you with Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  In partnership with the North Shore Registered Music Teacher's Association.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble - June 8, 2013 - Young At Heart -
Under the baton of guest conductor Evan Mitchell, PSWE performs the exciting “and the moutons rising nowhere”. Evergreen Cultural Centre - 8:00 pm.

Mother’s Day Concert May 12, 2013
Featuring the amazing piano soloist Ian Parker playing Rhapsody in Blue and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini, as well as several talented student musicians who solo with an orchestra for their first time. This Concerto Stars program features very talented young players in an inspiring concert with Lion’s Gate Sinfoinia.
Tickets at:

Elijah - Mendelssohn -
This class oratorio is presented by the West Vancouver United Church, under the direction of Gerald Van Wyck. The performance is Friday, March 29 at 7:30 pm. For details, click here.

Lion’s Gate Sinfonia with the British Columbia Boys Choir -
Saturday, April 6th at Centennial Theatre. This concert features a fabulous boys’ choir and the orchestra in concert featuring a wide variety of musical styles. Details here.

PSWE Youth Soloist Final Round - as coordinator to the PSWE Youth Soloist event, Michelle is excited to be an adjudicator for the final round on April 18th, 2013. The three finalists will have an opportunity to workshop their piece with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Recent performances:

The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents “Vive La France” - an evening of great French-inspired wind ensemble music conducted by David Branter. There are two concerts - February 16th at Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver and February 23rd at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Port Coquitlam. For further details, go to

Michelle performs each year with West Coast Chamber Music and pianists Holly Duff and Alan Crane as well as other talented musicians. She looks forward to another concert season in 2013. This year’s clarinet concert will be on Feb. 24th, and feature the Mendellsohn Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, as well as the popular piano, clarinet and cello trios of Beethoven and Glinka. Sue Round will be the featured cellist. See the WCCM website for more details of their chamber music season.

Michelle will be playing clarinet and basset horn in the always popular Magic Flute with the Vancouver Opera. There are several shows in early March. For details, go to:

Michelle was once again an adjudicator for the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Intermediate Concerto Competition. A group of incredibly talented young musicians competed for the honour of performing a solo piece with the orchestra later in the season. This competition took place on November 18th.

Michelle once again is a clinician for the
Vancouver Symphony Orchesta Connects series, which brings instrumental specialists into secondary schools throughout the province to work with student musicians. This program is very inspiring for student musicians, and brings them up close to members of the VSO.

The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gerald King presents Stormy Weather at the Evergreen Cultural Centre on December 8th at 8:00 pm. For details, please visit

Christmas at the Chan - December 2 - 2:30 pm This is one of Michelle’s favourite concerts of the year (and she gets to play in it too!). This annual Christmas event features the fabulous choirs of Trinity Western University as well as some other local choirs. For details visit:

Michelle is performing in the Lion’s Gate Sinfonia Christmas concert on Dec 17th. This concert features some talented young ballet dancers doing selections from the Nutcracker, and a piece of music by local composer Michael Conway Baker. For tickets and information, please visit

Michelle performed Beethoven Symphony #5 along with a program that features the magnificent Tom Shorthouse on trumpet with
Lion’s Gate Sinfonia on Sept. 29th, 2012. or tickets and information, please visit

Michelle performs each year with West Coast Chamber Music and pianists Holly Duff and Alan Crane as well as other talented musicians. She looks forward to another concert season in 2013. This year’s clarinet concert will be on Feb. 24th, and feature the Mendellsohn Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, as well as the popular piano, clarinet and cello trios of Beethoven and Glinka. Sue Round will be the featured cellist. See the WCCM website for more details of their chamber music season.

Here is a performance of the 3rd movement of Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio, the Rondeaux, performed with Holly Duff on piano, and Roger Mangus on viola. This is from the May 6, 2012 performance in Vancouver.

Michelle performs regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and enjoyed performing in La Boheme as the season opener in October and November. For more information on upcoming productions, visit :

The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble goes “Out of This World” on November 3rd at Evergreen Cultural Centre. Conducted by guest conductor Dr. Gerald King, this concert features music from Also Sprach Zarathrustra (or the Space 2001 Theme), Holst The Planets, Star Wars and other fun wind ensemble music.

Recently passed events:

Michelle returned to her home town of Winnipeg in August to visit family and friends. While there, she was the clarinet instructor for the Manitoba Band Association summer band camp at MBCI from Aug. 12 - 17th. This fantastic camp features about 70 beginning to intermediate students who take part in full band, small ensembles, and benefit from staff workshops and recitals. It was a treat to renew some musical friendships in Manitoba!

Party at the Pier
- Michelle performed with the Lion’s Gate Sinfonia in a free outdoor concert near Lonsdale Quay on Saturday July 14, 2012. The weather was spectacular!
On June 2nd,
PSWE will be performing a concert entitled “Something Old, Something New” - featuring some classics from the Wind Band repertoire (Lincolnshire Posy - Grainger, English Folksong Suite - Vaughn Williams, A Festive Overture - Reed) as well as some great contemporary works - Away Day - Gorb and Ghost Train Trilogy - Whitacre.

Vancouver Opera - Michelle performed in Aida in April and May at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. This epic opera closed the 2011/12 Season.
Barber of Seville - March 20.2012 - Michelle is performed with the Vancouver Opera’s production of Barber of Seville. This comic opera is a fun show for new opera goers.

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents “Rock Me!” March 5 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and Mar. 18 at Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. Michelle is a longtime member of this 45 piece wind ensemble. This concert features the genius of conductor/composer David Branter who explores the influences of modern pop culture on wind ensemble music.

National Ballet of Cuba - Feb. 16 - 18th - Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Michelle is excited to perform with the National Ballet of Canada as they perform Don Quixote. This dynamic dance troupe is rarely seen in Vancouver. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.

Michelle performed with the Lion’s Gate Sinfonia Orchestra on Jan. 28. The featured soloist was the amazing local cellist, Ariel Barnes. For more information. visit

On Feb. 4th, Michelle performed in the Cherubini Requiem with Chor Leoni. This fabulous local Men’s Choir always puts on great concerts. For more information, visit the
Chor Leoni website.

On Dec. 4th, Michelle performed with the amazing choirs of Trinity Western University in their annual
Christmas at the Chan event. This is beautiful Christmas music concert is one of the best Christmas events of the season.

Michelle also performed with the Goh Ballet seasonal favourite,
The Nutcracker at the Centre for Performing Arts Dec. 15 - 18th. This holiday favourite has memorable music, and beautiful sets and dancers.

The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents a concert of British wind ensemble music Dec. 8th, 2011 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Michelle performs regularly with PSWE, and is playing Eb clarinet for this concert. The program will be directed by the fabulous Dr. Robert Taylor, and will feature some favourite band music classics, as well as some hidden gems. For more information, visit

Michelle is a clarinet clinician with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Connects series, which brings professional musicians into school music programs to mentor and coach aspiring students of all levels. Michelle is working with clarinetists of Sands Secondary School, Rockridge Secondary School and Johnston Heights Secondary School between October and January.

Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
Michelle will be one of two adjudicators for the VYSO Intermediate Orchestra concerto competition on Nov. 20, 2011. Several talented musicians from this orchestra will be competing for the opportunity to perform a concerto with their orchestra later in the season. This is an exciting opportunity to hear several fine young players, and be give constructive feedback to all of the participants.

The Vancouver clarinet choir resumes rehearsals with a new spring session and is ongoing on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month If you are an adult interested in performing chamber music, as well as learning interesting clarinet-related lessons, please check us out. There is currently space available for one or two more players. The clarinet choir will resume rehearsals on January 17, 2012.

PSWE Youth Soloist Competition

Michelle is the chairman of the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble Youth Soloist Competition. Young wind, brass and percussionists have an opportunity to compete for a chance to perform with PSWE, one of Canada's premiere wind bands. For more details, contact Michelle, or visit www.

Michelle performed as soloist with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble in San Jose at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in July of 2015. The recording is available from Mark Custom Records on CD. This recording features Michelle as soloist on the Ticheli Clarinet Concerto.