Music has been a part of Jaime Rene‘s life for as long as she can remember. She grew up in a musical family, the daughter and granddaughter of accomplished musicians. Jaime began her own musical studies with the violin, piano and later flute. She began singing duets and trios with her parents in church by grade five.
In her teens, she sang with the chorus of the Everett Opera and toured the country with her high school jazz choir and band. Later, she attended Trinity Western University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and music, studying under Janet Kirkley and Ingrid Suderman.
In the early 2000s, Jaime accompanied her husband to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, where she continued to enrich her musical skills, studying composition with Dr. Mark Bailey and directing the seminary choir.
Since then, she has continued to lead church choirs in Calgary, Cranbrook, and Chilliwack, while she teaches full-time at Traditional Learning Academy, supports her husband in his ministry, and raises her three children, Lily, Gabriel and John.
Paula DeWit is a well-known musician and conductor with a great interest in the artistic direction of both choirs and orchestras. She has excelled with the support and encouragement of her friends, family and fellow musicians. After studying music at Queens University and the Canadian Forces School of Music, Paula played trumpet for the Canadian Forces for 11 years. During her tenure, she was featured regularly as a vocal soloist. She performed extensively throughout Canada, the USA, Belgium, France and Germany.
A lifelong musician, Paula DeWit presently lends her talents toward conducting the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, The Starlets, Belle Voci a cappella ensemble, The Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choir and the White Rock Community Orchestra. She also arranges music and plays the trumpet.
Throughout her musical career, Paula has been committed to the pursuit of fine detail in the making of great music and is dedicated to inspiring each of her singers and instrumentalists to a high standard of excellence.
In addition to being a Rotarian, she is the founders of Belle Voci a cappella ensemble. After obtaining her conducting credentials at Capilano University, Paula has continued her conducting studies at international workshops in Canada and the United States.
Paula was recently nominated for the prestigious Canadian Heinz Unger conductor award.