Growing up in Parksville, Joanna was given many creative opportunities with lessons in dance, guitar and piano. She participated in the drama club, painting in the park and playing baritone in the Parksville Band. Folk singing was her passion and she performed often around the Island.

Joanna and her husband moved to Squamish in 1973. After completing her ARCT diploma, she taught piano lessons and was a church musician for 30 years. She accompanied the Sea to Sky Choir, was a founding member of Squamish Folk Song Circle and active performer in, and producer of many musical events throughout the years.

Recording Engineer, Brian Marchant, produced Joanna’s song, “Mountain, Sea and Sky.” Composer Larry Nickel later arranged several of her pieces for choir and three are published with Cypress Choral Music. Joanna was the founding President of Howe Sound Performing Arts (1993) and is still active on the Board. "It's such a positive group of volunteers," she says. In “retirement” she enjoys photography and songwriting.


Veronica McPhee grew up in a musical family. She was a member of many choirs and began taking singing lessons while in elementary school. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria in 1994.   

Veronica has appeared as a soprano soloist with several orchestras and choirs on Vancouver Island and in the Sea to Sky Corridor. She is also a member of Three-O, an a cappella trio with two of her sisters.

She has been actively involved with Squamish's musical community since moving here in 2000. She has appeared on local stages in musicals and recitals. She has been the Musical Director of Sea to Sky Singers, Squamish's unauditioned community choir, since 2003. Veronica currently teaches music at Squamish Elementary and Valleycliffe Elementary Schools. This is Veronica's second time on the HSPAA Board and is currently the Executive Director of the Howe Sound Music Festival.


Samantha grew up on Vancouver's North Shore and moved to Squamish in 2013. She has been singing and performing in a variety of capacities since the age of 6, mostly in choirs and small ensembles. During her school years, she won a number of awards for singing and as a young adult, she always enjoyed collaborating with others and creating rich harmonies.

She and two friends formed the folk trio Good Heavens To Betsy in 2010 and could be found singing around Vancouver (including breaking out in spontaneous song in public places such as bus stops and grocery stores). They even made a few appearances on Center Stage at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. Samantha currently sings in the Squamish-based blues and R&B band, Bluesberry Jam Showband.

Samantha is passionate about both performing arts and being active in her community. She joined the HSPAA board of directors in the fall of 2017. When not performing, Samantha is a freelance information professional, providing online library services and web services to organizations in the community and beyond.


Brian’s background in the performing arts has spanned several decades. He has served as President (1999 to 2004), and more recently as Treasurer (2012 to 2017) for Howe Sound Performing Arts Association. Brian chaired the  ‘Wild at Art - 2010 Olympic Celebrations’ for 3 years prior to 2010.  Over the past 3 decades he has worked on numerous fund raising events, festivals and concerts including local programs like the Canada Day celebrations and the Wind Festival.

He particularly enjoys youth mentorship and, along with Cam Salay, leads a summer rock camp for kids and is also involved in the ‘Amped in the Park - Emerging Artists summer concert series led by the Squamish Arts Council. In 2005 he was named ‘Squamish Chamber of Commerce - Citizen of the Year’ for his volunteer work with the local arts community. “These experiences have been rewarding but more importantly, it has been the teams of amazing volunteers and talented people that I have worked with that made my experiences truly memorable.”

Brian began his music career as a recording and live sound engineer and as a bass player working with up start musicians to Juno Award winning artists. He can still be seen at many local events either performing with the Bluesberry Jam Showband, the SeaT Sky Big Band or providing sound for a variety of concerts or festivals.


Julie Murakami has her ARCT diploma, B.Mus. in piano performance and a B.Ed degree in elementary education.

Julie grew up in Burnaby where she participated in music festivals, accompanied the Vivaldi choir, was organist at Christ the King church, and taught music at Lord Kitchener and Queen Elizabeth Elementary in Vancouver.

She moved to Squamish in 1998, teaching piano, musically directing the Moving Chords Junior choir, working as a music teacher at Brackendale elementary and has been active as an accompanist and musician for the Sea to Sky Singers, Squamish United Church, Sea to Sky Orchestra, and HSPAA concerts. Julie has been secretary of HSPAA for two years. Her goal is to promote and support the appreciation of the arts, especially in our young people!


Kostas Tiliakos was the principal oboist in the Greek National Opera Orchestra in Athens, Greece, for over two decades. An international soloist, Kostas has performed throughout Europe, Africa, Canada, and the United States.  He studied oboe at Athens Conservatory, biology at Athens University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Cultural Studies. He also holds a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UW-Madison, where he was later appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of oboe for the period 2013-2016. In 2016 he moved with his family to Canada, ending up in Squamish, where he enjoys the outdoors and the musical and culinary scenes of Squamish and the surrounding areas.


Alaine has made her home in the Sea to Sky since 2000. As a senior vice president with a global bank, she brings strategic planning and financial management expertise to the board. Alaine’s artistic accomplishments include Level 8 RCM Piano, and a lifetime of ballet. Her interests focus on developing opportunities for local youth to engage with the arts. Alaine lives in Brackendale with her wonderful husband Sean, triple-threat daughter Sonoma, and Old English Sheepdog Bella.