• Armand Birk

    Armand Birk is a BMus graduate from the University of Alberta, where he studied voice with Elizabeth Turnbull and Shannon Hiebert. Originally from Victoria, Birk’s initial experience as a musician was as a bassist for jazz and folk bands. Birk has performed internationally as a chorister at the Winspear Centre, the National Arts Centre and Carnegie Hall, among others. Recently named an RBC Emerging Conductor by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Birk is currently pursuing a career in orchestral conducting and recently began his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. His primary teachers and mentors have been Petar Dundjerski and Jonathan Girard. He has also had the privilege of studying with Laurier Fagnan, Yoav Talmi, Daniel Raiskin, Michael Massey, Leonard Ratzlaff, and Angela Schroeder. Birk’s current and past work is varied including engagements with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Opera, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the UofA Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, the UofA Opera, Contempo New Music Ensemble, and various choirs. In 2019, Armand founded a pre-professional chamber orchestra in Edmonton, the River City Chamber Orchestra, whose goal is to offer unique opportunities to budding young musicians.

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  • Diamond Point


    Diamond Point is a contemporary Coast Salish artist and a member of the Musqueam Indian Band. Point grew up on Reserve, and currently resides in Ladner with her daughter and husband. As an emerging artist, Point feels her artwork is current and belongs within the present, and she continues to develop and change her techniques and style throughout her experiences. In her work, Point respectfully incorporates traditional Coast Salish design elements to represent the beautiful teachings and history that her ancestors have passed down through generations since time immemorial.

    In 2014, Point work was included in Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Indigenous Youth at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. In 2018, Diamond created designs for the UBC Totem Park residences that were named after the traditional Musqueam village sites c̓əsnaʔəm, həm̓ləsəm̓ and q̓ələχən. In 2019, Point’s artwork became the logo for the Humanities, Arts, Science, Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) conference at UBC, on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Point’s work was also showcased at the Richmond Brighouse Canada Line Station, as part of the 2019 Capture Photography Festival.

    Point currently studies at UBC in the NITEP Indigenous Teacher Education Program in the Faculty of Education. Point aims to work as a secondary social studies and art teacher, and feels fortunate to have had the opportunities to express her Indigenous identity and culture within many realms.

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  • Walker Williams

    Walker Williams (they/them) is an eclectic composer from rural West Virginia, whose compositional style runs the gamut from conservative tonality to avant-garde performance art (admittedly with a tendency towards ‘pretty music’). Walker is pursuing doctoral studies in composition at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and they hold a MMus from UBC, and a BA from Shepherd University in West Virginia.
    As a white settler, Walker has benefitted from the ongoing act of colonization in both the United States and Canada, and would like to acknowledge that their upbringing and education has taken place primarily on the homelands of the Massawomeck, Manahoac, and Musqueam nations.

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