British Columbia Kodàly Society of Canada

About Us

BC Kodály Society of Canada





Acting President

Jake Autio (UVIC connection)



Kristine Kosolofski 

Jo Yawney  


Emily Pollet


Secretary Newsletter

Laurel Parliament


Secretary Minutes/ Registration

Donna Woodland

Susan Seneshan 

Member at Large


Helen van Spronsen

Member at Large

Maureen Garry

Cathy Pederson  

Member at Large

Gia Jane

 Janna Malijaars

Member at Large

Trish Eakins

 Patti Vanderkwaak



Past President

Darlene Ngo received a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) from the University of Victoria, Master of Music from the University of Calgary as well as an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of the University of Toronto. Her Kodaly training was completed at the University of Calgary. Darlene is Treasurer of the Kodaly Society of Canada and chairperson of the Campbell River Music Educators' Assocation. She is a music specialist who has taught general music, band and choir in Calgary, Alberta and Campbell River, British Columbia. She is active as a clinican in provincial and national conferences and workshops.   Darlene is currently teaching music classes and choir, K-5, in two elementary schools in Campbell River.

Acting President

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 Kodaly 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 Kodaly 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

Jo Yawney currently teaches Kodaly classes, private violin and viola lessons, elementary chamber music and theory classes and workshops as well as vocal coaching. Jo is an avid chamber music enthusiast, playing whenever she can!  Jo has a B.A. and M.A. from U.B.C as well as Montessori and Kodaly method training.


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 Kodaly levels program available in Victoria.

Newsletter Secretary

Laurel Parliament  grew up enjoying vocal/instrumental music, dance and drama both in school and in the community. She always wanted to be a teacher. Laurel completed post-secondary training in music from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University. Laurel moved to Vancouver Island and started out as a middle school band/music/humanities teacher. Fast forward several years and she is enthusiastically teaching in the community of Sooke at a small, “country” school. Her current teaching assignment includes grade ½ classroom, Music K-5, and PE/Art ¾. Laurel completed Kodaly Level 1 at UVIC in 2013. 

Secretary Victoria

Donna Woodland holds a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, and is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor. Donna is very excited to be teaching music and choir at West-Mont Montessori School in beautiful Metchosin, BC and has completed Level One of the Kodaly certification program at University of Victoria.

Secretary Vancouver

Susan Seneshen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Western Ontario and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy and her K-12 music teaching credentials  from Colorado STate University.  In her youth she studied piano with Damjana Bratuz, who introduced Susan to the value and beautiy of folk songs.  Susan's Kodaly training with Jo Kirk and working with June Grice strengthened this interest.  she loves the musicality of different languages and has studied French at University Staine Anne, Chinese at University of Alberta and Arabic at Colorado State University.  Her passsion is helping students learn about and create music. Susan also enjoys performing in small ensembles and singing.

Members at Large

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 Kodaly, working for the Voices Foundation, the Finchley Children's Music Group and Colour Strings, and studying with the British Kodaly Academy and the Kodaly Centre of London.  In 1996 she spent a year studying at the Zoltan Kodaly 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.

Gia Jane has been teaching Elementary Music for 23 years in Duncan B.C. at Ecole Duncan Elementary which has recently been relocated to Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary.  She originally completed her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Regina. Attending regular workshops has enabled her to  remain enthusiastic about her teaching career even after 23 years at the same school. 

Cathy Pedersen has 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 Kodaly principles learned in the Kodaly certification course through UVIC. Besides teaching music, she also enjoys singing in the Jubilate Choir (we are doing two concerts in Victoria / Saanich in November!). She is currently teaching elementary music in the Surrey School District and piano at Douglas College.


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