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PARDALIS STUDIO
helping bring out your voice
OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
PARDALIS STUDIO
OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
helping bring out your voice
PARDALIS STUDIO
OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
helping bring out your voice
PARDALIS STUDIO
OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
helping bring out your voice
PARDALIS STUDIO
OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
helping bring out your voice

MISSION STATEMENT

Pardalis Studio of Music and Performing Arts creates a diverse musical community that is rich with culture and social responsibility. We promise to give, each and every one of our students a solid foundation, and equal and professional training in his or her artistic discipline. Through the study of the arts, we help our students develop an informed and inquiring mind that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

Pardalis Studio of Music and Performing Arts creates a diverse artistic community that is rich with culture and social responsibility.

HAVING A VOICE MEANS KNOWING HOW TO USE IT

In our education department, we promise to give each and everyone one of our students a solid foundation, equal, and professional education in his or her discipline. Through the study of the arts, we help our students develop an informed and inquiring mind that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

The mission of our entertainment department is to create and provide outstanding professional consulting services and distinguished instruction to our clients in a wide range of the art industry disciplines, including, but not limited to; artist development, marketing promotions, advertising intellectual property, publishing, touring, distribution, producing, and merchandising, along with advance career guidance and direction. We strive to create the highest possible level of Client achievement through inspiration and steadfast marketing techniques.

And in light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, we would like to do all of the above with all the current safety concerns taken care of as Natalia Pardalis has led the community teaching by teleconference for years when necessary and adapting all of our education to an online format.

STUDIO TEAM

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Natalia Pardalis, BPA/BARTS/RMT/PTF
Vocalist, Pianist, Composer, Educator

Natalia Pardalis has graduated from several musical training programs in both performance and arts education. Natalia also has her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree (Capilano University, Douglas College, Langara College and Vancouver Community College)—the first of its kind in Canada.

For the past few summers, Natalia had the honour of study advance vocal pedagogy at Shenandoah University. Natalia’s vast performance experiences include Trinity Western University’s gigs with Vancouver Chamber Choir and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra where she lends experience and knowledge to aspiring artists.

Natalia is an award-winning artist :

  • 2019 Winner — Fraser Valley Music Awards: Jazz
  • 2018 Nominated — Fraser Valley Music Award: Jazz
  • 2015 Winner — Close Look TV: Inspirational Award for her work as a music educator
  • 2014 NominatedCanadianMusicians.com: Instructor & Teachers Award
  • 2014 Nominated — Grammy’s Teachers Award
  • 2013 Nominated — Vancouver Island Music Award: BC Wide Artist of the Year
  • 2012 Nominated — Greek American Foundation’s 24 hour Short Film Festival for O Tharraleos, as composer. Video Link : http://youtu.be/jQoXiNpmN8k

Natalia is active on Factor Canada as a jury member. She has also sat on many different panels and festivals as an adjudicator and judge, including most recently at the 2020 Juno Awards.

Through Maria’s Records, Natalia often finds herself in her working with artists helping them understand the business side of the music industry—teaching the tricks of the trade from marketing to touring to grant writing.

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Akylina Pardalis, Vocal Major, Capilano University
Vocal Teacher: Jazz, Pop, Classical / Photographer

Akylina Pardalis is very excited to start her next chapter at Pardalis Studio. As the daughter and student of the founder Maria Pardalis, she will now be assisting Natalia as a junior vocal teacher. She is a full time student studying voice and pursing a degree in Music Therapy at Capilano University.

Akylina loves to sing everything from Disney songs to jazz classics, from re-working a pop song to performing a little opera. She is very excited to share her love and knowledge of music and more with her students.

Akylina performs regularly around town, keeping her very busy, but she still finds time to be active in the community—from a volunteer camp councilor at Camp Metaphorious to teaching Sunday School at her church. She is excited to start this next step.

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LJ Mounteney, Vocal Major, VCC
Vocal Teacher: R&B, Blues and Jazz

Edmonton born singer LJ Mounteney has been teaching and working in the Vancouver Music scene for over 15 years. LJ attended Vancouver Community College’s Commercial and Jazz Music program as a vocal major for 2 years. Since that time, LJ has continued taking various private training and workshops and has gone on to front many projects including the LJ Mounteney Quintet, her 4 piece cover band Undercover and jazz trio Blue Velvet. LJ also provides freelance vocals to songwriters, producers and bands.

LJ’s debut, self-produced album, Here in the Dark has received airplay on local radio stations including CBC’s Hot Air with Margaret Gallagher. LJ has shared the stage with many notable jazz and blues artists including Juno award winning smooth jazz trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Jazz vocalists Jennifer Scott and Kate Hammett-Vaughn and more. LJ has been a special guest and lead vocalist with Van Django for 6 consecutive years in Cool Yule – A Swinging Yuletide Show and sang on the accompanying album Cool Yule recorded in 2015. Additionally, LJ co-MC’d the show and helped co-produce 6 tours of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior. LJ’s next solo album of all original blues music is underway and will be produced by bassist Jack Lavin, former member and original co-founder of the award winning Canadian blues band The Powder Blues.

Specializing in R&B, Blues and Jazz, LJ’s most recent training has been with Cecile Larochelle focusing on The Mix, a very important foundation in this style of music. LJ also plays keyboards, guitar and ukulele and writes and arranges. Using her training and experience LJ helps students learn how to coordinate all parts of their voices, improve musicianship and offers cognitive techniques to overcome performance anxiety.

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Ricardo Jose Halabi Novoa, BME (comp/interpr) Universitad Mayor
Music Teacher: Guitar and Composition

Ricardo Jose Halabi Novoa, born in Chile in South America, is a professionally minded jazz-instrumentalist with a diverse experience of playing and teaching differing styles of music in several types of bands and institutions at the local, national and international level.

He studied at Santiago’s Universitad Mayor in the Conservatoria de Musica, getting a Bachelor of Music Education, majoring in composition and guitar interpretation for primary/secondary school.

Since 1996, he has been composing and performing jazz, rock and pop music all over America. As good as he is live, he also has a wide experience in recording and arranging for clubs and events of all types, from weddings up to popular festivals.

For the past several years, Ricardo has been living in Vancouver.

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Ryan Scramstad, BPA Capilano University
Acting Coach

Ryan Scramstad is an actor, sound designer and teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Capilano University. After his schooling he was an apprentice at Pacific Theatre where he was given the opportunity to produce his own work on their main stage.

He has worked professionally in theatre as an actor around the Lower Mainland and Victoria, as well as on TV shows like The Man in the High Castle and Aftermath.

As a sound designer Ryan got his start by writing music for his friend’s online podcast, and then made the transition to theatre in the summer of 2015. He has also taught with the Gallery 7 Summer Drama Blast Camp in Abbotsford, teaching performance intensive and film classes for high school students. He is excited to be working with Natalia and her students, helping bring their performances to the next level of realism.

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Clayton Brown
Producer/Engineer/Song Writer

Clayton Brown is multi-faceted artist. Originally from Northern Alberta, Clayton has made Vancouver his home since childhood. A talented guitarist, Clayton uses his finely tuned ears for different projects, as he is a song writer, producer, and sound engineer. He is an active musician around town especially with his band, The Stereo Anthems.

Clayton is proudly Canadian with a Native/Metis background. When not creating music, Clayton enjoys spending time with his children playing computer games. Clayton is excited to be a part of Pardalis Studio’s recording department.

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Jaedyn Hallier
Dance Instructor

Jaedyn started her journey at Pardalis Studio as a vocal student of Natalia Pardalis. While taking voice lessons, she also studied dance and guitar. Jaedyn also competed several times in the Kiwanis Festival while studying at Pardalis Studio, always placing in the top 3 Categories.

In 2015, she received a medal in Kiwanis for Overall Outstanding Contemporary Song. In 2014, she made it to the finals of the BC Junior Talent Search placing 4th (out of 10 singers).

Since she was 12 years old, she attended many musical theatre intensives. She has played “Golde” in Fiddler on the Roof in her schools’ production of a Broadway Revue in 2015. In her last year of high school, she attended Langley Fine Arts School as a drama major. While at Langley Fine Arts, Jaedyn has played quite a few roles including “Gonzala” in the production of “The Tempest” from William Shakespeare and “Wednesday Addams” from “The Addams Family”. Her latest role at LFAS was “Frankenfurter” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Jaedyn’s love for acting, singing, and dancing continues on as she teaches dance at Pardalis Studio.

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Angela Doddis
Dance Instructor

Angela began dancing at the age of five. Through the years she trained in a variety of styles such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary and interpretive. She has completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations all the way through to Advanced One.

Through dance competitions and master classes, Angela has won many awards and scholarships. Angela has been a part of productions and shows such as the Royal City Nutcracker ballet. In high school, she was the choreographer and teacher for dance and musical theatre productions. Angela has been teaching for over five years.

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Alyssa Von Wittgenstein
Social Media Editor

Alyssa is very pleased to use her passion and skills in English to Pardalis Studio. She has been writing her own stories solo and with friends online for over ten years now. She has dabbled in storytelling, poetry and has helped with lyric writing in her past.

In her past, Alyssa has sung in her high school choir and played clarinet in her high school band. Today, she enjoys going to open mic nights with her friends and supporting her close friend of over 20 years as she navigates the music world.

A somewhat new passion and artistic side to Alyssa is theatre. She has been watching another close friend perform onstage for the past several years and has joined her friend in theatre. For the past three years, Alyssa has performed on and helped off stage at the Royal Canadian Theatre Company as a performer doing English-style Pantomimes during the Christmas seasons. She has performed in “Sinbad, the Pirates and the Island of the Dinosaur” in 2016-2017 and this past Christmas holiday in “Snow White”. She also worked backstage for the Company for “Hansel, Gretel and the Strolling Players” in 2017-2018.

When Alyssa isn’t busy with theatre, music binges and work, she enjoys spending quality time with her friends, family and her rescue cat, Evie. Alyssa enjoys going on adventures in Vancouver, hiking around areas such as Alouette Lake, Manning Park and she is looking forward to going to many other places in the years to come.

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Amber Leigh
Blog Writer

A young resilient woman with a passion for music, nature, art, friends and giving back to her local community, Amber Leigh is also an advocate for oppressed voices.

She is the mind and visionary behind the musical name “The Crescent Cardinal”. This authentic blend of self-taught and classically-trained singer-songwriter is, in addition, a modest multi-instrumentalist musician and further adds to her creative exploration by interviewing other artists.

Her music is inspired by and represents a journey of being vulnerable, imperfections, healing and cultivating resilience with love.

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George Pardalis
Media Developer

George Pardalis was born in Kitimat, BC and has lived all over Canada, but considers himself a Vancouver/Montreal hybrid. He has over 30 years experience in graphic/web design and programming and has been running his company, Aethon Design, since the late 80s.

His time at Simon Fraser University was a sprinkling of electronic music, dance and theatre courses along with language study (English/French/German) to go with his Greek upbringing.

He also composes music, sings and has been involved professionally with several music, dance, community and religious organizations over the years and as you can see, is a master of karaoke!

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Maria Pardalis
Founder and Inspiration

Maria Pardalis founded Pardalis Music Studio (now Pardalis Studio for Music and Performing Arts) in the early 70s. She was an inspirational teacher who was able to trace her teachers to Chopin and Francis Clark. Maria taught for over 30 years until her death in 2003. She was a popular workshop technician in the beginner method The Music Tree and served on many committee for piano festivals.

As well, she served as president of the Registered Music Teachers Association South Fraser Branch and had held many executive positions in the Vancouver branch. One thing that she would always share with her students was to remember, “No musical mistake is a mistake, but rather a journey to create beautiful music”. Maria’s daughters are honoured to continue the tradition.

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