Music Department Staff

The Magee Music Department Staff is a team of dedicated, skilled and passionate music educators.  We are committed to working together to create engaging and inspiring educational experiences for our students.  Please feel free to contact us with any concerns you have regarding your students or the music program.

Mr. Christopher Haas — Department Head — Director of Bands

Mr. Haas has been teaching band at Magee since 1999.  The Magee music program has always maintained a tradition of excellence since its revitalization in the mid 1970s by Mr. Peter Stigings and Mr. John Trepp.  Prior to teaching at Magee, Mr. Haas taught at Gladstone Secondary School where he, along with choral director Ms. Gail Suderman, built the program from one full-time music teacher to two.  In addition to secondary school teaching, Mr. Haas has taught elementary bands at Selkirk, Tyee, Henderson and Begbie elementary schools.  Mr. Haas also taught the junior concert bands at the UBC Summer Music Institute from 2000-2005 and 2009. 

 

Mr. Haas is an honours graduate of the following schools: Humber College in Toronto - Jazz Performance, Brandon University, University of Calgary and UBC (B. Ed).  Among the numerous awards Mr. Haas received are the Outstanding Percussionist Award (Humber), First Year Music Student’s Award and German Department Award (Brandon), Full Entrance Scholarship and Dean’s List Scholarship (U of C.) and the Don Wright Award for the outstanding student teacher 1996 (UBC).  Mr. Haas earned his Masters in Conducting from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University.  This international program in wind conducting allowed Mr. Haas the opportunity to perform and learn from some of the top names in the concert band world including: composers Frank Ticheli, Jan Van der Roost, and David Holsinger, conductors Ray Cramer, Col. Lowell Graham (ret. USAF), Kanat Akmetov (Kazakhstan), Frank Wickes (LSU), Philippe Langlet (France), and performers Yeh Shu-Han (trumpet), Robert Spring (clarinet), Harry Waters (trombone), Allan Vizzutti (trumpet), and The Capital Quartet (saxophone).

 

Mr. Haas has been performing professionally on drums and percussion instruments for 30 years.  As a freelancer, Mr. Haas has performed all styles of music including rock, jazz, funk, vocal/choral, African, classical, big band, soul, country and blues.  He was a drummer and band leader aboard the Britanis and the Americanis, two Celebrity Cruise liners that traveled the Caribbean.  In Vancouver, Mr. Haas has been actively involved in the Latin-American music scene for over 20 years, performing with all of Vancouver's top Latin/salsa bands including: Rumba Calzada, Tropicana, BC Salsa, La Clave, Xarabanda, Grupo Jazz Tumbao, Zapato Negro, Tabasko, Tanga and the incredible all-female, Cuban timba band - D'Talle.  Performances with jazz/latin singer Deborah Ledon have included repeat engagements at the River Rock Casino, and a Vancouver Jazz Festival performance that was recorded for CBC radio.  Summer 2012 found Mr. Haas performing with Deborah Ledon, jazz combo Esprit, salsa band Mazacote, jazz guitarist Dave Ivaz, flamenco guitarist John Gilliat, award-winning trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and the big band of Magee’s very own grad - Dal Richards (see photos at right).  More up to date information can be found on his Facebook page.

 Mr. Greg Quan received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Jazz from Capilano College then went on to complete a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Music Education at the University of British Columbia. Versatile in many forms of music, Mr. Quan, who has been a music educator in public schools since 1998, is currently the director of the choral and orchestra programs at Magee Secondary School. Previously, from 1998-2005 he was director of the choral program at RC Palmer Secondary and briefly at Hugh McRoberts Secondary in the spring of 2005. Believing in creating beauty through sound and teaching life through music, Mr. Quan’s never ending goal is to create the best possible musical experience through the teaching of quality literature in a safe and warm environment of respect and joy. Within his musical resume, he has been a participant and assistant conductor of the Summer Pops Youth Orchestra for the 9 years (1991-2000), he has taught Band at Maple Grove Elementary and at McKechnie Elementary school (2005-2006), and he was a member of the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir for 3 years. He was also the 2006 and 2007 regional director for the British Columbia Music Educators Association’s Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble and is the director of VoiceStream Community Choir and the Richmond Youth Honour Chamber Choir.   Mr. Quan also teaches one block of band at Magee.

Mr. Greg Quan - Director of Choirs and Strings

Former Faculty - Mr. Peter Stigings and Mr. John Trepp

Peter Stigings has been involved in Music Education for 45 years. He has taught at elementary, secondary and post secondary levels. He has served as an adjudicator, conductor, evaluator and workshop clinician throughout Canada, USA and Hong Kong. He has directed bands, choirs, orchestras and jazz ensembles and is known as a master teacher. His ensembles have toured extensively throughout Canada, as well as the USA, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, England, Hong Kong, Macau, Hawaii and Japan. In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. At the present time he is the Musical Director and Conductor of "A Little Night Music Orchestra", a 60 piece community orchestra and Faculty Advisor for the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on January 28, 1941, "JT" came from a humble home, as the son of Merlin M. and Mabel J. Trepp. He was educated in "Catholic mode" at St. Benedict's Mission, Assumption Abbey HS and St. John's University (USA). After teaching for two  years in N. Dakota and one year in Alaska, John accepted the choral music assistantship scholarship at the University of Montana where he studied with Dr. Lloyd Oakland and Dr. J.A. Mussulman, author of Dear People, the biography of Robert Shaw. He taught at Chinook High School, Billings Senior High School and Northern Montana College prior to becoming the Senior Choral Editor for Hal Leonard Publishing. John moved to Vancouver in Dec. 1976 to work with Northwest Musical Services and started teaching at Magee in September 1977 and retired in June 2007.

 

"Thank you for allowing me to be your musical and personal leader" - J.T.

Part - Time Faculty

 

In addition to our 2 full-time faculty members, we also enlist the services of various professional players to teach master classes.  These have included: Cheryl McCugh - flute, Marea Chernoff - oboe, Mark DeGeus - bassoon, Connie Gitlin - clarinet, Sal Berson - sax, Tom Shorthouse - trumpet, Richard Mingus and Joanna Schulz - horn, and Jim Tempest - low brass.  Thanks to the Magee Music Society for supporting our master classes.