Kitty Liu is a 17-year-old pianist from Vancouver, BC. She currently studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Beginning her musical journey at the age of 8, she is an accomplished musician who always strives to make a difference in her community. A friend's piano recital first inspired her to start taking piano lessons.
Kitty achieved her ARCT diploma in Piano Performance at the age of 12. She then went on to receive her diploma in Piano Pedagogy at the age of 13 and began teaching students of her own. Besides teaching and performing, Kitty has also competed in numerous music festivals and competitions. She has won scholarships and first-place prizes at various music festivals such as the Richmond Music Festival, Kiwanis International Music Festival, and Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival. Kitty won three of her classes at the 2018 British Columbia Conservatory of Music (BCCM) Festival and was therefore awarded the highest average score in the Diploma level. She received a scholarship and trophy and was awarded the opportunity to perform at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music's Music Festival Gala Concert. Recently in 2019, Kitty also won first place at the Crescendo International Music Competition with a perfect score, leading her to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York and to receive a scholarship.
Besides her activities in music, Kitty is also actively involved in competitive debate, swimming, as well as lifeguarding. When she's not busy doing homework or practicing music, you will always find her browsing Spotify to find new lo-fi study music or browsing YouTube to find new recipes.
WCYMS EXECUTIVE TEAM
Monica Xu is a grade 11 student from Elgin Park Secondary. She is involved in a lot of school activities like being the president of the debate club, an active player in the concert and jazz band, and a tutor for younger students in need Last summer, she had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and it was an eye-opening experience for her. She learned how to connect with her music more and how to paint the notes with her emotions. Monica is thrilled to start her journey with West Coast Youth Music Society and transform her music skills into a tool to help individuals in need. In her free time, you can find her making various baked goods or fulfilling the ceaseless demands of her younger sister.
Rose Oh is an ambitious IB senior at RE Mountain Secondary and is honoured to serve as the External Director of West Coast Youth Music Society. She started learning violin at the age of 6. Her music career has only grown further from just solo repertoire to chamber music and orchestra and participating in various musical projects. Other than music, Rose tries to survive in IB, plays basketball, preps for her next debate tournament, or records herself playing her repertoire only to delete the recording after hearing herself play the wrong notes.
Annis Lee is 17 years old and started her music studies from the age of 5. Annis holds the spot as concertmaster of both the LCMS and Surrey youth orchestras, where she had received numerous scholarships. She has also been invited to provincials for both solo and chamber music by the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Kiwanis. She holds several awards for her violin achievements. Annis has received her ARCT for violin performance and was awarded first-class honours with distinction. She currently studies music at Baylor University
EXTERNAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR
As the reigning Miss Teen Lower Mainland, Tina has had the privilege of utilizing her large pageant-based platform to serve as a role model for young girls and speak out about pressing obstacles that youth face in the world. From being a competitive debater, pianist, and former competitive gymnast, she has learned to make the stage her second home. In her community or day-to-day life, she can be seen delivering an impassioned speech in front of crowds, working as a peer tutor for debate students, or reading the New York Times.
Gabrielle is a student currently studying at Simon Fraser University. She has been playing piano for more than a decade, and has recently taken on the challenge of playing oboe in the Langley District Honour's Orchestra. Her most recent achievement was listening to over 60 000 minutes of music on Spotify this year (almost 3 hours a day!) and she is very excited to share a love of music with others through live performances. In addition to music, Gabrielle also devotes her time to debating, reading everything from the news to literature, and crocheting, knitting's often underappreciated cousin.
Lilly Ko, a graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at R.E Mountain, currently studies at the University of Victoria. She is a part of multiple local non-profit organizations and continues to actively follow her passion for helping out the community. Her love for music is shown through her willingness to help others spread their music. She also loves photography, so maybe you’ll see her around at performances with a camera in hand.
ASSISTANT PERFORMANCE MANAGER
Ever since she was a child, Serena has always been an avid person of the arts. At age 5, Serena began her journey as a musician and is now a level 10 pianist. She has further broadened her musical career towards her high school band as a French horn player, and loves to engage with the community through spreading music. She hopes to bring her love for music to others and is thrilled to be a part of the West Coast Youth Music Society. When she is not busy with music, Serena enjoys doodling away in her sketchbook as well as cooking, or at least making the attempt to.
ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Tina Yu is a student in the 11th grade at RE Mountain Secondary who passionately believes that music can inspire and change the world by bringing people together. She is a level 8 pianist who began learning at the age of 5, as well as sing in her school's chamber choir and play guitar recreationally. She also profoundly enjoys playing and listening to Chopin, her favourite composer. Some of her other interests include ballet, photography, and reading for hours on end.
ASSISTANT COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Meverest Lin is a Grade 11 IB student at Meadowridge School and is excited to join the team of WCYMS. She started playing piano at the age of 6 and has enjoyed it since. She believes you don’t have to be the best in order to use your skills to help others through music. Meverest also has a variety of other interests that leave her often very stressed including prepping for debate tournaments, playing volleyball and watching a lot of movies.