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2022-2023 Season Guest Artists



Sunny Shams, tenor

Coming from musical roots as a jazz singer and pianist, Sunny Shams, from Sidney BC, began studying opera at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He then joined the UBC Opera Program, performing roles in Die Fledermaus and La Bohème. He has sung with the Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies.


Erik_AbbinkErik Abbink, saxophone

Saxophonist Erik Abbink has performed as a chamber musician in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Poland and Turkey. He appeared for Sonic Boom Vancouver, The Netherland Wind Ensemble, Percussion Group The Hague, Aventa Ensemble, and Redshift. As an orchestral musician he appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. 

In 2011 Erik received his Doctor of Music Arts degree from the University of British Columbia after intensive studies with Julia Nolan. His other saxophone teachers include Arno Bornkamp, Johan van der Linden, and Jeremy Brown. 

In 2013 Erik was the instigator and founding member of the Oak Bay Music Society, of which he acts as Artistic Director and Coordinator. Erik lives in Oak Bay with his partner, pianist Jacqueline Perriam. 






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