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Vashti Fairbairn

VashtiVashti Fairbairn is the founder, owner & director of Music Box New Westminster’s Music Academy, a music school for all ages with an outstanding teacher faculty instructing 280 weekly music students on Violin, Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Clarinet, Flute & more.

Music Box Awards include New Westminster’s Platinum Award for Small Business of the Year, 3 consecutive years of Reader’s Choice best place for Music Instruction (New Westminster Record) & A-List Award 2017 Best Music Lessons New Westminster. Music Box students drive from as far as Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Vancouver to study at the well-known school.

Before devoting her work fulltime to Music Box, Vashti worked in Vancouver’s Musical Theatre scene as a pianist, bandleader and Music Director in multiple Vancouver theatres (Surrey Art Centre, White Rock Coast Capital Playhouse, Jericho Art Centre, Metro Theatre, Shadbolt Centre, and more) earning 4 nominations with 2 wins for Best Music Director (Vancouver Community Theatre Coalition Awards) and 1 nomination for Best Music Director (Vancouver Ovation Awards) respectfully.

Vashti has held various pianist collaborative roles at Arts Umbrella, Oak Avenue United Church, Capilano University Musical Theatre Department, West Burnaby United Church, and Vancouver Film School. Equally passionate about teaching, Vashti has also held long-term teaching contracts at Western Conservatory of Music, Burnaby Montessori, and Gateway Theatre Academy.

Vashti has performed all over the United States (California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Florida, Idaho) and BC as pianist in Jazz Festivals for the Big Bang Jazz Band and as a versatile freelance pianist playing classical-jazz for Weddings, Funerals, Recitals, Recordings, Choirs, Music Examinations, Corporate events & more.

In addition to being a business owner, pianist, music director and teacher; Vashti is thankful for her 2 beautiful children, a kind & cheery husband and God who has given her so many opportunities to share music.

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