The Peninsula Singers bring additional musicians and entertainers on stage to deepen our sound and create the magic. Here are some of our favourites from previous concerts:
Margaret Dzbik – Violinist – Musician
Originally from Poland, she is a graduate of the University of Victoria. A violin teacher and a professional violinist for over 20 years, including seven years with the Victoria Symphony, she is also trained in choral, strings and band conducting. Margaret was a Sessional Instructor at the University of Victoria and has been teaching in elementary, middle and secondary schools in District 61. Margaret is also a busy mother of 2 daughters, and she enjoys hiking, reading, and travelling.
Steve Ivings – Entertainer
Steve began his showbiz career while he was still in high school. He performed his stand-up comedy routine around Victoria, did weekly live-on-air radio comedy features and acted on local stages. Once he graduated, he decided to pursue his career further afield entertaining audiences throughout Canada and the United States. Steve has performed on cruise ships, in television, at conventions, concerts and night clubs including, the MGM Grand in Reno and Las Vegas. Steve has written dozens of variety shows, many of which have graced the stage of the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre, such as The British Pub Show, That’s Entertainment and Around the World in Eighty Minutes. Steve produced and directed the hugely successful stage production of Mamma Mia! in collaboration with his wife, and the Peninsula Singers Artist Director, Lena Palermo, in 2019 at the Mary Winspear Centre.
Kim Pugh – Bass Guitar
Kim Pugh began learning music in 2013, spending 4 years in guitar lessons at the Brentwood Bay School of Music. From there, she picked up the bass guitar, joining the band at North Saanich Middle School. Kim is currently in Grade 9 at Parkland Secondary, where she plays bass in both the Concert Band and Jazz Band. Along with music, Kim’s passions include writing and art.
Michael came to Canada in 1999 to open a drum store in Nanaimo. He has played with Oceanside’s Arrowsmith Big Band since 2001, and has worked with numerous productions all over Central Vancouver Island.
Elin R. Williams began studying the recorder at age 9. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Early Music – Recorder Performance. Elin completed her Master’s of Library Science and is currently Music Librarian at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and continues to perform.
Alexandra Yates, studied violin with Joan Milkson of The National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and was accepted to study Operatic Studies in Australia. Currently, Lexa collaborates and writes for local artists, and teaches from her private studio in Sidney. She enjoys working with her students of all ages.
Roger was first drawn to the pipes as a youngster. His grandparents had a cottage, and a piper used to play early in the morning at sunrise. Roger has previously performed at the Mary Winspear Centre for a Canada Day immigration ceremony and for numerous Rotary events.