Angela Schiwy is a classical piano instructor who emphasizes cognitive, technical, aesthetic, and performance skills in her work with children and youth. She frequently organizes performance classes and recitals, and her students achieve excellent results in Royal Conservatory exams.
In early years Ms. Schiwy performed locally and on tour as pianist and organizer of chamber music ensembles, in recital with soloists including on radio station CHQM, and with choirs. During this period the Vancouver Sun’s music critic, Lloyd Dykk, referred to her as “an excellent pianist” and on another occasion as “an exceptionally fine pianist who fleetly dealt an inexhaustible supply of concerto-like brilliance from the keyboard” in her chamber music performances.
Music degrees include the Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance with Mr. Edward Parker, and the Bachelor of Music Piano Major degree (honours in performance) with Prof. Lee Kum Sing at the University of British Columbia. She spent an additional period at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, studying with Mme. Nicole Rolet de Casteele.
At UBC she specialized in ensemble work with expert coaching in chamber music and song from Profs. Lee Kum Sing, Robert Silverman, John Loban, French Tickner, Robert Morris, and others, and later performed with and/or with the professional students of Phyllis Mailing, Bruce Pullan, and various Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Chamber Choir musicians.
While performing, Ms. Schiwy taught full time at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She then returned to UBC for studies in social sciences and obtained the Master of Library Science with a primary interest in archives management. As historical records archivist she worked for governments, universities, and in a consulting capacity in western Canada and in New York, including in a management position at the United Nations. The field of archives management has strong parallels to the arts in that it concerns itself with the selection and preservation of what is essential and has longterm value. During the years in New York Ms. Schiwy frequently attended concerts and similar events of all types, and especially enjoyed many Metropolitan Opera performances. While there, she and her family visited the Metropolitan Museum and other museums every Sunday for years.
When Ms. Schiwy returned to Vancouver she resumed teaching at VAM. She continues to audit piano master classes in New York when time permits, and notes that VAM has recently presented master classes with outstanding world class musicians, for example, the venerable pianist Richard Goode. Our students and their families are all cordially invited to attend these excellent sessions held periodically throughout each academic year.