Shasta's lifelong love affair with music began with singing around the campfire and on long car rides with her family.
She took up the flute at age 10, switched to bassoon at 16 and began playing with the Victoria symphony when she was 20. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria while playing in the symphony, and her Master's Degree in Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. After a career as a professional bassoonist, she left the world of classical performance and began exploring West African and Latin American drumming, studying and playing in a drum band for several years with Pepe Danza. Meanwhile, Shasta had discovered the healing powers of sound and music and did a certificate program in the therapeutic uses of sound and music from The Open Ear Institute on Bainbridge Island, WA. Shasta is one of the only two certified TaKeTiNa rhythm teachers in Canada (her husband Brian being the other one). In 2011, she completed the Community Choir Leadership training with Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly of the Ubuntu Choir network and is happy to have returned to her roots as a singer. She currently leads the Village SongCircle on Bowen Island, the Here Comes Treble women's ensemble in Burnaby, and the Bowen Island women's Threshold Singers, as well as singing in the City Soul Choir. She's also returned to playing the flute and enjoys teaching flute students of all ages.
Shasta discovered Music Together® while taking a friend's son to classes at Kits Community Centre and fell in love with the program. She found it to be the perfect synthesis of her love of children with her love of music and is delighted to be offering Music Together classes on Bowen Island. Shasta has successfully completed the Music Together Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.