Ryan Oliver is the new executive director for CYMC. Photo submitted

New executive director for CYMC

The Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (CYMC) is pleased to announce the selection of Ryan Oliver as its new executive director.

Oliver joined the team in Oct. 2017, and Kate Ramsey, who is retiring from this position after many years of excellent guidance, will mentor him until he is ready to assume full duties.

An accomplished saxophonist, music clinician, and composer, Oliver comes to CYMC with experience of working and touring professionally for more than 20 years. He has a masters degree in music from Rutgers University, and has received many awards, including a Juno nomination.

He has worked with the Shuffle Demons for the last 12 years and performed across Canada and around the world. Along with his stellar credentials as a musician, Oliver has a wide range of grant writing, administrative and teaching skills, which he brings to the position.

He founded the Downtown Summer Jazz Academy in Toronto, before moving back home to B.C. in the last couple of years. The CYMC Board of Directors extends a warm welcome to Oliver, and looks forward to working with him in the coming years. His passion for music and his enthusiasm for educating young musicians make him an ideal fit with the mandate of CYMC.

To find out more about Oliver, check his website at ryanoliver.ca or follow CYMC at cymc.ca or on Facebook at CYMC – Comox Valley Youth Music Centre.

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