VANESSA BUHR-ROUNTREE (VOICE, PIANO)
Vanessa Buhr-Rountree has been teaching voice and piano at FRSPA since 2005. She has had the privilege of performing as a principal soprano soloist and actor in numerous operettas, musical theatre productions and concerts with such groups as the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of N.S.; Theatre Arts Guild (N.S.); Maritime Concert Opera ; Savoy Society Ottawa; N.S. Drama League; and Rhapsody Quintet. She has also been music director for productions such as Do The Right Thing (an antibullying project ), G&S’s Trial By Jury ; and the Canadian premier of Sheridan Morley’s musical Noel and Gertie, (taking it to two International Theatre Festivals).She has also worked in film, TV, radio and is a full member of The Alliance of Canadian Cinema , Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).
Vanessa has degrees in Psychology and Recreation from Dalhousie University, with a minor in Theatre. She studied voice and piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She loves witnessing the “light-bulb” moments from her students as the musical experiences transform them to another level and believes in finding the music that best helps a student express themselves. Vanessa’s students have done very well in RCM exams and Kiwanis Music Festival Competitions.
RYAN COX - (BASS GUITAR, GUITAR, ROCK ENSEMBLES, GUITAR CLINICS, UKULELE)
A native of Windsor Junction, Ryan has been teaching at FRSPA for twelve years. Originally born a bass player, Ryan has grown into a talented multi-instrumentalist. Equally at home on either guitar and bass, Ryan has also developed a reputation as a uniquely stylized and prolific song writer. His current musical project, SecondBand, has released several singles to critical acclaim and has performed throughout Nova Scotia to growing audiences. Ryan teaches several of the Rock Ensembles, The Campfire Guitar Classes, and has run the popular FRSPA Rock Camps for many years.
BECCA GUILDERSON - (MUSICAL THEATRE, GLEE CLUB, VOICE LESSONS
Becca Guilderson is a Halifax-based performer with a passion for working with youth in theatre! She studied Classical Voice and Theatre at Mount Allison University and participated in the Music Theatre Foundation Program at Neptune Theatre. She has taught musical theatre for Neptune Theatre School and private voice lessons through a conservatory as well as privately. She’s spent the past 2 years working with Citadel High School on their musical productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and Jesus Christ Superstar. She also works with Le Marchant St Thomas Elementary School on their musical productions. Catch her this winter on the Neptune Theatre Main Stage in Peter Pan as Tink! We welcome Becca to FRSPA!
KIMBERLEY HOLMES - (Fiddle, Piano Accompaniment, Accordion, Banjo and Ukulele)
Kimberley, a native of Nova Scotia, is one of Canada’s premier piano accompanists in the traditional style of fiddling and has won many awards for her fiddle playing as a solo performer. She has also captured first place at the Maritime Fiddle Festival in the group category with Dave Bagnell, Jocelyne Bourque, Samantha Robichaud and most recently with Sherryl Fitzpatrick on July 9, 2011. She is also the house accompanist and past artistic director of the Maritime Fiddle Festival.
Kimberley has toured with such artists as Graham and Eleanor Townsend, Richard Wood, Calvin Vollrath and April Verch among others, and has recorded with a long list of musicians including Richard Wood, Jocelyne Bourque, Ray Legere, J.P. Cormier, Tara Lynne Touesnard, Calvin Vollrath, Gordon Stobbe, Peter Dawson, Sherryl Fitzpatrick and Kelli Trottier.
Kimberley has been a member of the FRSPA staff since 2005 teaching both piano and fiddle to ages 4 to adult. She is a guest instructor at camps across Canada, most notably the Tobique Fiddle Camp in New Brunswick, Canadian Grand Masters Camp, Calvin Vollrath Camp as well as at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton. In 2019 Kimberley was inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.
SONGHAN LI - PIANO
Songhan was born in Nanchang, Jiangxi, in southeast China. Her earliest musical steps were guided by her mother and she started learning piano at the age of 4. She received her first piano prize at age 10 and achieved excellent grades in piano examinations. She came to Canada in 2014 and finished her Bachelor of Music degree at Dalhousie University in 2019.
We are excited to have Songhan join our roster of talented instructors here at FRSPA!