Shasta has been a musician her whole life, starting with singing around the campfire with her family. She began her classical music studies at age 10, which led to playing in the Victoria Symphony as a young adult. There she met Brian, her life partner and musical collaborator. They’ve been together ever since!
Some time in her late 30’s, Shasta came across a group of women playing djembe drums and looking like they were having the time of their lives. She requested and received a drum for her 40th birthday, which opened up a whole new world of joy in group music making. Playing and teaching the drum and leading drum and song circles inspires Shasta with the power of music to move people in ways that build community and are deeply healing, personally and collectively.
In 2008, she and Brian became the first certified TaKeTiNa teachers in Canada. They helped to co-found the North American TaKeTiNa Association (taketina.org) and Shasta currently serves on their board of directors. She is delighted at the ways in which TaKeTiNa (taketina.com) has expanded her awareness of archetypal rhythm in music and in all of life.
In 2011 she completed the Community Choir Leadership Training (ubuntuchoirs.net) with Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly in Victoria, and founded the Island Village SongCircle on Bowen Island which she and Brian lead together. She also leads the Bowen Threshold Singers (thresholdchoir.org), a group of women who sing at bedside to bring ease and comfort to people who are ill or dying.
Shasta’s latest exciting musical adventure is becoming a certified Music Together teacher (www.westsidemusictogether.ca). She loves the way that Music Together helps families reclaim group music making as a joyful everyday part of family life.