Artistic Staff

Heidi Epp

Heidi Epp
Artistic Director

Heidi is very pleased to be entering her eighth season with the RYHC.

Heidi was born in Vancouver and raised primarily in Richmond. Her music education began at an early age with piano studies under renowned local teacher, Winfred Rompf, who continues to be a wonderful mentor. She also sang and toured with the West Coast Mennonite Children’s Choir. Her piano and music theory studies were later furthered at what is now known as the Vancouver Academy of Music.  She began accompanying groups and soloists at her elementary school concerts. By the age of 16, Heidi and a group of 5 peers formed their own singing group called J.O.Y. Under their own direction, they performed for 5 years performing primarily in the lower mainland. Having an equal passion for music and theatre, Heidi eventually attended the Vancouver Film and Theatre School studying acting with Anthony Holland, one of the founders of Studio 58 and Catherine Caines. It was during this time that Heidi was twice awarded an acting scholarship by the Richmond Council of Arts.

Upon Graduation from VFTS, Heidi enjoyed an active acting career in theatre, film and television while simultaneously beginning to work for Ailanthus, a performing arts organization for children in the inner city of Vancouver. Eventually she became part of the Artistic Management Team as head of the music and dance department. This is where she really developed her passion and skill for nurturing children through the performing arts. Heidi continues to successfully run her own private piano studio. She also remains an active performer and accompanist. As a native to Richmond, Heidi proudly attended Tait Elementary, Cambie Junior High and finally graduated from Richmond High. Heidi is very pleased to be contributing to her beloved city of Richmond as a Conductor and the Artistic Director of the RYHC. She is proud to be sharing her talents, rich experiences and passions with the talented and inspiring children of the RYHC choirs and their artistic team.  It is her hope to pass on to them a life-long enthusiasm for great music, personal confidence and a spirit of hospitality for a diverse community brought together through musical and personal harmony.

Sylvia Tam Assistant Director

We are very pleased to have Sylvia Tam  return for her second season with the RYHC team! Last year she was our Prelude Conductor and this year has moved up to be the Assistant to the Artistic Director.Sylvia started piano and flute at a young age as well as voice lessons with her mom, who is also a music teacher/choral conductor and voice coach.  Sylvia started kodaly solfege training at Kwantlen and VCC. She sang in the choir at VCC and the madrigal singers with conductor Gerald Van Wyck.  She also sang with the professional VCC choir under Marvin Regier. She studied private voice with Bruce Pullan. Sylvia studied musical theater, lyric diction, choral conducting and voice pedagogy with these great mentors.  She also received some conducting technique from Jerry Domer. During Sylvia’s years at UBC, she joined the University Singers, conducted by James Fankhauser. She has toured Mexico City with VCC, Elektra and Chor Leoni.