Artistic Direction

Lorna Paterson has a Master of Music degree in piano performance, Bachelor of Music (with distinction), Licentiate of Music (Western Board) and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She studied piano with renowned pianist Dr. Robin Wood at the University of Victoria and later taught at Langley Community Music School, Medicine Hat College, then at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Victoria Piano Summer School.  She became fascinated with writing piano music for students and has five albums of solos and duets published by The Frederick Harris Music Company Limited. Many of her pieces are included in the RCM , VCM, Conservatory Canada and she has received numerous commissions. Recently, Lorna was Artistic Director of the Kelowna Community Music School where she also taught piano and composition for many years. Now living in the lower mainland, she continues working as an Artistic Director of Chamber Music Kelowna, and composes and paints. 

Charles Schneider is a recently retired elementary school principal and supporter of the arts.  His experience as a music teacher and his passion for the fine arts served him well as the chair of the Central Okanagan School District’s Cultural Performance Committee, arranging and scheduling more than 200 performances each year to benefit the students of its thirty-plus elementary schools.   Performing artists included instrumental soloists, chamber music ensembles, puppeteers, opera and dance groups, as well as numerous other presenters. For a number of years on this committee, Charles negotiated performance contracts with the visiting artists.  In his new home in the lower mainland, Charles continues to draw on this experience as one of Chamber Music Kelowna's two Artistic Directors.