Angela Schiwy is a classical piano instructor who emphasizes cognitive, technical, aesthetic, and performance skills in her work with children and youth. Her students achieve excellent results in competitions and 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 after graduation 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 and universities primarily in Vancouver and New York, including in a management position at the United Nations Secretariat. When Ms. Schiwy returned to Vancouver she resumed teaching piano at VAM. During summer months she continues to audit university master classes in New York which feature some of the world’s finest pianists and teachers.