Roya is a pianist, choral director, singer/songwriter, and ESL/English teacher. She discovered Music Together® through friends with children, and also attended a few classes with her niece! Truly impressed by the program, Roya enrolled in the Music Together® teacher training.
Roya's musical adventure started at age 8 with piano lessons and living-room musicals with her best friend. Her parents' encouragement, their enjoyment of all the arts, and frequent family viewings of "Fiddler on the Roof" helped! As a youth, she completed grade 10 piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as playing clarinet in the Killarney High School band, with some dance and theatre experiences along the way too. She taught piano to friends and children while studying at UBC and later, songwriting and composing blossomed while volunteering in Thailand (during long, quiet evenings in a house with a piano). This developed into two recording projects with a vocal trio, Devotee, and a pop/gospel band, Water after Winter.
Her love of choir and singing lead to a side career in choral directing and accompaniment. A highlight was working with children at a summer arts camp in 2004, where she directed the junior youth choir and was blown away by their soulful energy. Next, she followed her heart and completed a diploma of music at Vancouver Community College in voice and composition. She worked as the Music Animator at St.Stephen's United Church for over five years and also completed the BCCF Choral Directorship certificate in 2008. Roya is currently working with the One Voice Choir in Burnaby. You can often find Roya involved in Baha'i or Inter-Faith choral project and her favourite musical activity is creating vocal harmonies from the piano, and helping others to do the same. Music Together has recently brought a new way to teach, and a new kind of excitement and meaning, to her musical life. Roya has successfully completed the Music Together Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.