Michelle Bruce is the founder of the Coast String Fiddlers and co-founder and past conductor of the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra Association. She has been teaching violin, viola and cello for over 20 years using the Suzuki Method. She is known for her warm style and ability to get people fiddling. In addition to involvement with Music Makers and string adjudication posts in the Yukon, Michelle teaches at many fiddle camps throughout the province of B.C.
Holly Beckmyer is a singer, fiddler and piano player with a strong background in
classical and folk music. Raised in Roberts Creek, Holly was a member of the
Coast String Fiddlers since the age of eight, and was also a member of the
original Twisted String, led by Oliver Schroer. After touring with the CSF to
Scotland, Belgium, and Nunavut, and playing with the Aberdeen International
Youth Festival’s Ceol Mor, Holly studied classical voice and theatre at
Vancouver Community College, The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and
Vancouver Academy of Music, busking with her fiddle on the side.
Since graduating, Holly has been working on her own folk projects, song- and
tune-writing, and is currently working on her first EP. Her style is rooted in
Scottish Celtic tradition but incorporates Appalachian and West Coast Canadian
notes as well. She is also honing a repertoire of contemporary classical songs
and arias, as well as building up a resume of operatic roles.
Holly currently teaches in North Vancouver’s Creativ Music Centre as well as at
Staccato Music in Burnaby. Her teaching philosophy is centred in encouragement,
fun, and exploring a wide range of styles, as well as a grounding of healthy
technique. She is comfortable teaching by ear or by book, and she loves to
accompany her students on piano to give them a well-rounded understanding of the
music they learn. Holly is available to teach fiddle and voice to all ages and
all levels, as well as beginner piano.
Anneka is a second generation Coast String Fiddler, and she has stayed on to support the group for many years now. She is an accomplished musician with many accolades in classical piano. She teaches piano privately. With the group she teaches our piano player, and you’ll often find her as the smiling face behind the bodhran. Anneka also plays and teaches the penny whistle and the bagpipes. We are so lucky to have Anneka’s guidance and wisdom!