Long Bio

 

Dr. Greg Caisley

Pianist, (Solo and Collaborative) Piano teacher, Vocal Coach, Music Director (Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in Downtown Vancouver),  Music Festival Adjudicator, and founding Artistic Director of the Post Modern Camerata.

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.

Since moving to Vancouver in 2005, 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 President 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, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and most currently the VSO School of Music. In addition, he maintains a private piano teaching studio in Vancouver. Dr. Caisley regularly concertizes, has released two compact disc recordings and a music video for the Bravo! Television channel. Aside from his work as a pianist and educator, Dr. Caisley has spent years developing music programming within amateur music communities in Vancouver, including the development of three different musical organizations. 

He is the founding artistic director of the Postmodern Camerata, a chamber music ensemble consisting of professional instrumentalists and singers dedicated to the performance of chamber works across genres, from the music of the renaissance to very modern ensemble music. 

For almost 15 years he worked as a Director of Music for 3 United Churches in the Vancouver region. During that time, he worked with interested and passionate volunteers developing training programs for both young singers as well as what is now known as United Voices Choir. United Voices choir  is a choir of approximately 50 auditioned singers which is paired with professional singer soloists and instrumentalists to perform large-scale sacred music concerts twice a year. 

He is also the current Music Director of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in the Westend of downtown Vancouver. 

Other passions include his three children aged 7, 19 and 23, wife Yi Zhou (who plays first violin in the Vancouver Symphony), as well as cycling, poetry, travelling to warm places, and a love of the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.