British Columbia Kodály Society of Canada

About Us

BCKSC Board Members






Jake Autio



Kristine Kosolofski



Emily Pollet


Secretary Minutes

Stacey Awalt


Member at Large

Maureen Garry

Cathy Pederson

Member at Large

Annie Shum

Janna Malijaars

Member at Large

Helen van Spronsen

Patti Vanderkwaak







 Past President

Darlene Ngo (October 21, 1955 – May 20, 2014) Darlene Ngo has been referred to as a matriarch of music education, and the term cannot be more apt. Darlene passed away last May from a brief battle with cancer.  She was a leader in the field of elementary music, a mentor to new and seasoned music educators, and an inspiration to her students and her teaching peers. She recently taught at two elementary schools in Campbell River teaching Kindergarten through grade five as well as two choirs. Darlene maintained an active ‘extra-curricular’ professional life as the president of the BC Kodály Society, the president of the Kodály Society of Canada, the past-chair of the Campbell River Music Educators’ Association, she is a district music mentor, a regular clinician at the BCMEA conference as well as national and international conferences. She was also involved in the recent joint Program for Quality Teaching between the BC Music Educators’ Association (BCMEA) and BC Teachers Federation, has written for the BCMEA journal, and is one of the main coordinators and the Level 1 pedagogy instructor for the Kodály Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. 


Jake Autio is a teacher in the Campbell River School District and holds a B. Mus (University of Ottawa), M.Mus (University of Victoria) and B. Ed (University of Victoria) and Kodály training from the University of Alberta (Level 1), University of Victoria (Level 2). In 2013, he attended a seminar and symposium in Kecskemét, Hungary. He loves conducting, singing in choirs, and playing euphonium.

Vice President, Victoria

Kristine Kosolofski grew up singing and playing the piano in Williams Lake, BC.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria, she discovered her passion for providing all students with the opportunity to enjoy singing and playing music.  She is continuing her own musical education at the University of Alberta and is hoping to take her Kodály levels there, though she would prefer to take them closer to home.  Kristine is currently teaching elementary music in the Sooke school district and is the Treasurer of the Sooke Music Teacher's Association.

Vice President, Vancouver



Emily Pollet is an enthusiastic elementary music teacher at Quadra Elementary in SD61, Victoria.  As Vice President of the BCKSC , she has enjoyed working facilitating workshops and organizing publicity.  In her early teaching years, she began by teaching high school band and choir but found, as the years went by, she enjoyed teaching younger students.  Faced with only minimal elementary training in her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education programs at University of Victoria, she turned to the BCKSC for further teaching skills.  Emily hopes that in her time on the BCKSC Board there will be a certified for credit Kodály levels program available in Victoria.

Secretary Victoria

Stacey Awalt has been teaching elementary music in the Victoria School District for fifteen years.  She has a Bachelor of Education with a concentration in music (University of Victoria).  She also has Kodály training from the University of Victoria (Level 1 and 2) and Grade 10 piano (RCM).  She has a passion for teaching and enjoys singing, playing the piano and spending time with her family.

Members at Large

Maureen Garry Maureen has been teaching music in one form or another since 1987.  After achieving her BMus in Music Education at UVic and her BC Teaching Certification in 1989 she started the life of a Navy wife and taught piano, trumpet, pre-school music, high school band, and participated in a variety of community groups in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Washington State.  She achieve her M.Ed is Special Ed (Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students), another of her passions, in 2007 and promptly got an elementary music position in the Sooke School District.  She is president of the Sooke Music Teachers’ Association and has finished Kodály Levels 1 and 2 over the past two years at UVic.  Kodály principles have radically changed her approach to teaching music and have allowed her to build a culture of singing and music at her school.

Cathy Pedersenhas a Bachelor of Music Education, University of Idaho and Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University.


She has been teaching in the Surrey School District since 1988, using Kodály principles learned in the Kodály certification course through UVIC. She is currently teaching elementary music in the Surrey School District and piano at Douglas College.

Helen Van Spronsen gained her Bachelor in Music and Teaching Diploma in Auckland, New Zealand, before heading for London, UK.  There she discovered the world of Kodály, working for the Voices Foundation, the Finchley Children's Music Group and Colour Strings, and studying with the British Kodály Academy and the Kodály Centre of London.  In 1996 she spent a year studying at the Zoltan Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Helen has led workshops for music teachers in the UK and New Zealand, and currently teaches music at Signal Hill Elementary School, in Pemberton, B.C.

Not listed: Jenna Marlijaars, Annie Shum, Patti Vanderkwaak





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