Louise Rose believes that the first and last words of every day should be “Thank You.” In short, her spiritual philosophy is the philosophy of gratitude.
Musical from a very early age, Louise’s capabilities and interests haven’t exactly been restricted to making music. A native of Norristown Pennsylvania, she has, among other things, been a police officer, a Baptist missionary and a sociology teacher.
But all that changed after she arrived in Victoria in the early 1970’s and fell in love with British Columbia’s capital city.
While in a very real sense it is music that underscores all that Louise does and is, her questing nature has taken her beyond the limits of pure musicianship and into areas of expertise directly and indirectly related to her first love.
Jeff Poynter is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, and artist manager based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, with a major in Saxophone Performance. Jeff performs regularly with the popular indie-folk group West My Friend as well as with burlesque performer Rosie Bitts and the gypsy-jazz quartet Hot Club of Canada.
As an experienced pianist, accordionist, and guitarist, Jeff was the music director at Pilgrim United Church in Colwood BC for five years, was the Assistant Music Minister at Oak Bay United Church in Victoria, and now leads music at Cadboro Bay United Church with Louise Rose. He regularly tours Canada, the US, and Europe and plays many styles of music, from classical to funk, latin to celtic, and jazz to folk.
In addition, Jeff has taught private lessons on saxophone, piano, clarinet, accordion, and guitar for more than a decade, starting out at the Stewart Music Studio in Langley, BC before teaching at Larsen Music in Victoria, BC for four years. He now runs Pine & Anchor Studio where he gives lessons, provides space for other teachers and students, and hosts rehearsals.