Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival




to be announced in the 2022 Program






Please note that BAND and CHORAL may be cancelled due to COVID Restrictions further information to be added when available.




Frank Lee


Christopher KM Wong


Roger Buksa

As an experienced adjudicator, and member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners, Roger Buksa has judged festivals throughout BC including the lower mainland.  His students regularly earn awards in regional and provincial competitions and have been selected to perform as concerto soloists with orchestra.

He has also participated in the Vancouver Conservatory of Music Summer Piano Academy as a teacher and performer and has performed in several concerts as part of the VCM Presents series, including with classical guitarist Dr. Alexander Dunn, and in an established duo-piano team with Anna Cal.

Roger Buksa studied with Eva Kinderman (at University of Victoria and in Berlin), Winifred Scott Wood (VCM), Dr. Robin Wood (VCM and UVic), and with Anton Kuerti (Orford Summer School), and also participated in master classes with György Sébok.

An active chamber musician, soloist, and vocal/instrumental accompanist, Roger Buksa has also collaborated with international singers Richard Margison and Kathleen Brett in performances of Tobin Stokes’s opera “Rattenbury” under Moscow Symphony conductor Arthur Arnold.  In addition to his Associate diploma of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (AVCM), Mr. Buksa holds Bachelor degrees in both Music, and in Education (with Distinction), and for several years was band and choir director in Victoria public schools.


Robert Rozek

The career of Robert Rozek has included performances and recordings with the greatest names in music.  As a violinist and conductor Mr. Rozek performed with singers such as Pavarotti and Carreras.  In New York, Rozek spent ten years in the Pop and Jazz field recording and performing with artists such as Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.  In Miami, Mr. Rozek also recorded with many Latin Jazz and Pop stars, such as Julio and Enrique Iglesias and Gloria Estefan.  It was also in Miami that Mr. Rozek worked with Michael Jackson in some of his last recordings.

Robert Rozek is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where he studied the violin with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay. He continued his studies at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Italy.  There he studied violin with Franco Gulli and conducting with Sergiu Celibidache. Later he studied the violin with Nathan Milstein in New York, London and Zurich, Switzerland.  His formal concert debut was performed with Alexander Schneider conducting his chamber orchestra in New York. At 16, Rozek won the first prize in the New York All State Concertmaster Competition.  He was truly fortunate to come under the influence of Pablo Casals with whom he performed at the Marlboro Music Festival in the United States.  While a student at Juilliard, Mr. Rozek made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Mendelssohn concerto in 1967 with the Claremont Chamber Orchestra of New York.  He gave the first chamber music concert at New York’s Lincoln Center at the opening of Alice Tully Hall.  He also toured extensively in Italy as soloist with the Siena Summer Music Festival Orchestra.  

Early in his career, Mr. Rozek moved to Zurich, Switzerland to assume the post of Leader of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  With Nathan Milstein, Rozek restudied the entire violin repertoire.  While in Zurich as leader of the chamber orchestra, Mr. Rozek performed with most of the great artists of that time. He toured England with Yehudi Menuhin and was leader of the Menuhin Festival Orchestra in Gstaad Switzerland.

Mr. Rozek’s teaching career began in New York. He held positions at the Barlow School, Columbia University, the State University of New York, Hamilton College and Colgate University. In the 1990’s until 2003 Mr. Rozek was professor of violin at the University of Miami School of Music. From 2003 to 2010, Robert Rozek was Head of the Violin Department at the Vancouver Academy Music in Canada.  From September 2013, Mr. Rozek is Director of Strings and International Relations at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music.  

Recently Mr. Rozek has taught for the past 10 years at the Margess International School in Switzerland. He has also taught masterclasses in London for the Razumovsky Academy.  This season Mr. Rozek has conducted film music for Lion’s Gate Productions in Vancouver, Canada.  Later this season Mr. Rozek will be appearing in Europe in the role of teacher-performer on the violin in Oslo and Bergen, Norway at the Barratt Due Institute of Music.  


Karyn Way

Karyn is very active in Vancouver as a singer, adjudicator, director and music instructor.  Some of her favorite performances include Madame Giry in “The Phantom of the Opera”, Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel”, Eva Peron in “Evita” and the Second Lady in “The Magic Flute”.  Karyn was a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir for 4 years under the direction of Jon Washburn.  She has also sung with the Vivaldi Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Bach Choir. She can frequently be seen in concert performing a mixture of musical theatre, pop, art song and opera. 

As a director, Karyn staged “Amahl and the Night Visitors” for the Vancouver Academy of Music as well as several evenings of opera scenes.  She was on the faculty at Capilano University as a voice instructor for four years and she was head of voice for Stagecraft Theatre School for eight years. Karyn currently teaches voice, piano and music theory at her home studio, Vocalis Music, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and also teaches singing for Lights Up Theatre School.

Karyn continues to adjudicate and give masterclasses in voice and musical theatre at festivals across Canada including Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia.

At the University of British Columbia, Karyn earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance and a Master of Music in Opera.  She also earned Diplomas in Musical Theatre from Grant MacEwan College and the Banff School of Fine Arts

Karyn is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She also has advanced certification as a voice teacher for the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a member of the RCM College of Examiners.


Very Important Volunteer Help Needed in a big way!

We Urgently need 2 Dance Co-ordinators; 1 for Acro, Tap, Stage and Song & Dance and also 1 for Ballet and Modern. Also needed for Music is 1 Vocal Co-ordinator. Small per diem honourarium is available!!!


For more Info. Contact Lesley Ward #604-799-0821 or [email protected] or Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]


We also need 1 or two people to assist with Registrations. Small honourarium also available for this assistance. For more info. Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]

Interested in helping in other ways?

Are you interested in supporting our music & dance students? We need you! A festival this size needs lots of volunteers from selling tickets, taking tickets at the door, working backstage with organizing the dancers, writing for our adjudicators, to assisting in set-up and take down at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre! If you can help in any way, please contact Delia Davies at 604-795-4780 or [email protected]