Monik Nordine is a freelance saxophonist and composer in the jazz genre and has been working as a musician for 30 years. Monik directsThe Victoria Jazz Orchestra and has performed with Rob McConnell, Hugh Fraser and VEJI, Guido Basso, Michael Buble, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra among others. She has also led ensembles including the jazz quartet Departure with pianist Brent Jarvis which performed in Victoria, Vancouver, Medicine Hat and Calgary as well as venues across Vancouver Island and is now busy with The Monik Nordine Trio. Monik started and ran the Salt Spring Island Jazz Festival for 3 years as well as the jazz series “Jazz at the Acme” in Nanaimo. She has recorded three albums as a leader: Not Just To But Over theMoon (1998), Departure (2010) and The Old-New Town (2017).
Monik completed a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition at McGill University in 1997. She has been teaching privately since 1985 and has given clinics at numerous public and private secondary schools including: the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Island University. She has studied privately in London, England and New York City and taught for 6 years at Vancouver Island University and now teaches at the Victoria Conservatory in the Post-Secondary Music Program in Victoria, BC, Canada.
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