Dr. Greg Caisley
Pianist, (Solo and Collaborative) Piano teacher, Vocal Coach, co Music Director (Dunbar Ryerson United Church), Music Festival Adjudicator, and Artistic Director of the Post Modern Camerata.
Concert/ Festival bio
Pianist, Collaborator, and Conductor Dr. Greg Caisley has worked throughout Western Canada playing, accompanying and recording with musicians and students for 30 years. He has worked in many aspects of music performance and education: coaching singers, working as a solo piano adjudicator, doing recital work, and most recently as a conductor of several instrumental and choir ensembles.
In 2003, Dr. Caisley completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant for three years. In addition, he worked for two years at Pasadena City College coaching singers and instrumentalists for performance.
Over the intervening 15 years, using Vancouver as a base, Caisley has adjudicated hundreds of music festivals across Canada, including those in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, as well as Provincial Music Festivals in Saskatchewan and Alberta. From 2004-2011, he served as the Director of Keyboard Studies for MusiCamp Alberta; a summer music program for gifted music students from across Alberta and British Columbia. He is also currently the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association.
Over his career, Greg Caisley has worked for institutions throughout the lower mainland, including the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Summer Vocal Academy, UBC’s School of Music, and the Vancouver Academy of Music. In addition, he maintains a private piano teaching studio in Vancouver. Dr. Caisley regularly concertizes, and has released two compact discs and a music video.
Most recently, Caisley has diversified into group education and conducting. He is the co-Director of Music for Dunbar Ryerson United Church, working with two groups he founded, both of which involve performance and study of sacred music. Pneuma is an original youth music choir which specializes in teaching young people to sing, work together to present music, and learn musical skills such as reading music and develop ear training. Many young and upcoming musicians currently active in the lower mainland and abroad have worked coached with him privately, or been involved in various concerts through this group, which is open to all young people, aged 5 to 18. In addition, through his work with the 55 member Voices Choir, he has conducted multiple performances of Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B minor Mass, Saint John’s Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as more modern works like Rutter’s Gloria. These choirs represent a powerful teaching tool for people desiring a better understanding of sacred music, and having opportunities to perform it at high levels.
Since its formation in 2014, Greg Caisley has been the Artistic Director of the Post Modern Camerata, a chamber ensemble made up of professional singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the performance of chamber works from across all genres. This professional ensemble has performed works as varied as Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Ligeti’s Atmospheres, other works by Bach, Copland, Morlock and Mozart. For more information, please check out their website www.postmoderncamerata.com
Other passions include his three children (ages 5- 120), wife Yi Zhou (violinist in the Vancouver Symphony), as well as cycling, poetry, travelling to warm places, and a love of the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.