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Sean Bickerton
Sean Bickerton
Regional Director

Sean Bickerton has spent his entire life dedicated to the performing arts. He studied violin, French horn, piano, singing and acting in his youth, later playing violin professionally in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra while studying violin performance at the University of Victoria. He also served as concertmaster of the University of Victoria Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

As an arts executive, Bickerton was most recently Executive Director of the Vancouver Recital Society. Previously he was a Vice President of Columbia Artists Management Inc. in New York where he produced North American tours for celebrated European orchestras and managed Grammy Award-winning classical artists.

In addition to producing Ricky Martin’s first stadium concerts in China, Bickerton is co-founder of KultureShock.Net, a website service for more than 160 performing artists and has presented web and social media seminars for the Manhattan School of Music, Opera Magazine, Van Cliburn Competition and Chamber Music America.

Bickerton moved back to Vancouver In 2006 and has been closely involved in arts and community issues ever since – running for city council twice, serving on the Vancouver Recital Society board, heading up a task force for the Langley Community Music School, producing Vancouver 2050: Creative City arts conference, and serving on the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council. He takes over the leadership of CMC BC from Bob Baker.

Stefan Hintersteininger
Stefan Hintersteininger

MLIS, MMus, BMus

Stefan graduated from the University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival and Information Studies with a Masters' degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) in May 2009. At the CMC, Stefan responds to library reference questions, works in circulation and cataloguing, and performs many other tasks as required. He enjoys applying his varied skills towards serving the public and promoting Canadian music.

In addition to his career Librarian of the CMC BC Region, Stefan is an active cellist, composer and arranger. Stefan studied performance at the University of British Columbia, as well completing a Masters degree at DePaul University in Chicago, where he studied with CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn. A very busy freelance musician, Stefan is a regular extra player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a member of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and the Erato Ensemble. He is also increasingly becoming known as a composer and arranger, having written works for Colin MacDonald's Pocket Orchestra and Tom Cone's Opera Project.

Dave McLaughlin

Dave comes to the CMC with an extensive background in electroacoustic composition, film studies, recording studio engineering, electrical repair, customer service, event management, and seeing the best in every situation. The latter skill has proven the most critical throughout his career.

Having achieved a BFA at Concordia University under Kevin Austin and Mark Corwin, Dave was hired by the university to run its five recording studios. Upon moving to Vancouver in 2009, he worked at Apple, Inc as a Genius (both the best and worst job he has had). Dave has also worked for a not-for-profit organization helping people re-establish homes with donated furniture.

As the CMC BC Region grows and expands its mandate to promote the works of its Associate Composers, Dave is excited by the recent initiatives in live-streaming and online access to the CMC BC archives, and is thrilled to be right at the centre of all the action.

William Orr

Curator of the Digital Archive

William Orr studied Medicine at the University of Alberta, Columbia University in New York and the University of Connecticut. He practiced surgical pathology and directed a research program on the biology of cancer metastasis, working at both McMaster University and the University of Manitoba where he was Head of the Department of Pathology.

Bill has had a long-term interest in medical education and international medical exchange and represented the University of Manitoba as medical educators at two universities in China with his wife, Dr. Lorna Grant.

Music has always played an important role in Bill’s life -- music lessons were mandatory in his family -- and he has a daughter who is a professional musician: “I see the composition of new musical ideas as representing one of the highest forms of human creativity. Through my work on the archives, it’s a great privilege to be able to document the important contribution of our composers to Canada's cultural fabric.”