About Us

Stanton Jack

Stanton’s academic studies began at Capilano College where he studied guitar with Stephen Boswell. He then moved on to the UBC School of Music where he was a teaching assistant for the Guitar Division and completed his Masters of Music degree in Guitar Performance in 2006 after studies with Michael Strutt. He has attended master classes with the world famous virtuoso Pepe Romero, and also William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.


As a soloist, Stanton has performed a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque suites of J.S. Bach and S.L. Weiss, to the folkloric inspired music of Spain, South America and Africa. Highlights include his dynamic performance of the famous Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez  with the UBC Sinfonietta, and the fiery Spanish flavored guitar and choir work, Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco performed with the Oratorio Chamber Singers.


Stanton has also enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist. CD releases include, Soul of the Guitar,  Stanton C. Jack and Friends, and his most recent recording Caminos, featuring Latin American guitar music from Brazil and Argentina.


Stanton is also in much demand as an educator, teaching at the VSO School of Music where he is head of the guitar and harp departmentand as an adjudicator for the UBC School of Music.

Louise Southwood

Louise holds a Bachelor of Music honours degree from the prestigious Royal College of Music in London where she started her career studying under renowned classical guitarists Carlos Bonell and Gary Ryan. This was an intense performing period and involved collaborations with numerous other musicians as well as master classes with some of the world’s most gifted guitarists.


As a soloist Louise has performed extensively in the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Bermuda, the USA and Canada. Performance engagements within the United Kingdom were highlighted by appearances at The Trinity Chapel in Cambridge, The National Gallery, Westminster Cathedral, and St. Martin in the Fields in London.


While teaching at the Bermuda School of Music, Louise performed regularly for vice-regal functions and private engagements, headlining the Bermuda International Guitar Festival and the Kodi Kanal International Guitar Festival with the talented violinist David France as the 'Southwood-France Duo'. During their time together Douglas Lora of the acclaimed 'Brazil Guitar Duo' composed a piece 'From Summer to Fall' in dedication of the duo.

 

Louise has released two CDs  Emergence and Chrysalis that vividly illustrate her varied instrumental techniques and musical interests.  With  a careful selection of favourite pieces, ancient and modern, they have enchanted a diverse audience around the world. 


Now based in Vancouver, Louise maintains a full performing schedule and is a dedicated guitar teacher based at her home studio, the Delta Community Music School School and The VSO School of Music.