Electronic Music Artist | Faculty | Kelowna
CHRIS HOLMES | DEPARTMENT HEAD
Chris Holmes started his career working alongside The Matrix, a production and song writing team based in Los Angeles. Over the course of 4+ years, he sharpened his engineering and production skills while working on numerous A-List artists, including Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Korn, Vanessa Carlton, Mandy Moore, Ashley Tisdale and many more. After relocating to Vancouver, Chris took over the position of Chief Engineer at Greenhouse Studios, where he worked with dozens of independent and major label artists. With over 15+ years’ experience, Chris is now an independent engineer and producer, dividing his time between Vancouver and Kelowna. Chris is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the audio students at the Centre for Arts and Technology.
CALEB HYDE | INSTRUCTOR
FRED FOUNTAIN | INSTRUCTOR
TONY GORT | INSTRUCTOR
Lora wentworth | instructor
A classically trained performer, Lora is embedded in the local music scene. Lora started her formal education with a diploma in Music Performance and another in Music Composition from Selkirk College. Her additional accreditation includes being a licensed Kindermusik instructor, a certificate in Advanced Theory RCM, and a Licentiate in Music Education .LRSL from Rockschool. In addition to being a freelance pianist and solo performing artist, Lora has been a private music instructor at the Wentworth Music Education Center for the last nineteen years. Lora brings a wealth of knowledge to the Centre and a passion for music to match.
mike baxter | instructor
As a graduate of the Centre in Audio Engineering and Production, Mike brings five years’ experience in a variety of audio industry jobs. Upon graduation, Mike went to work with Idevcore Media Inc., creating sound effects and composing scores for video games. He also spent time tracking, editing and mixing for Media Button. Beyond those roles, Mike’s true passion has been in live sound, as he worked as the Live Sound Engineer for Wentworth Music, engineering for musicians such as Biff Naked, Aaron Pritchett, April Wine and Big Sugar. Mike also spent seven years as the Head Sound Engineer for the Sky High Blues Festival, and has produced and engineered albums for numerous artists.
Justin Dixon | instructor
Justin brings a broad skill set to the Centre for Arts and Technology, primarily focusing on the live programming and performance side of electronic music. Justin is a system designer, structural designer, Max/MSP and Ableton Live programmer. Justin’s knowledge of live production includes audio, video, MIDI, DMX, and the integration of all systems. He works primarily with Max/MSP, Max for Live, Ableton Live, Traktor, Serato DJ, and Resolume. In addition to performing and producing his own music, Justin is the Lead Technician and Stage Manager for DJ Excision and Excision Music LLC. He is also the owner of an event promotion, planning and management company called Bom Lab Productions.
TAYLIN SIMMONDS | INSTRUCTOR
Taylin Simmonds became interested in the art of Electronic Music Production from a young age. This passion led him to take online music workshops while still in high school and eventually become a graduate of the Electronic Music Production Program here at CAT. Upon graduation Taylin signed his first record deal with independent record label Blue Label Records. While at Blue Labe Records, Taylin released multiple tracks that charted in the I-Tunes top 100 Dance Charts, co-produced/ co-wrote songs for independent artists and assisted artists in preparing DJ performances for headlining festival slots. After working with Blue Label Records and major PR Agencies such as Music Promo Today and Dotted Music, Taylin decided to take his career in to his own hands by becoming an independent artist. Taylin is now the instructor for the Electronic Music Production Program and is excited to bring his expertise and industry insights to the Centre for Arts and Technology team.