MUSA: Who We Are
Beatrice Hamel-Davis is in her third year of the Concurrent Music and Education program and is also minoring in history. She is originally from Mississauga, but grew up a little all over the globe first in South Africa, then Switzerland, and eventually landed in the lovely state of New Jersey. She has been on council for three years, starting as a wee First Year Representative of MEdUSA, then as VP Internal of MUSA and VP Communications of MEdUSA, and now is the President of MUSA. She has been working closely with students, faculty, and the Executive to implement equitable change to the Schulich School of Music. She cannot wait to be back on campus (safely) and seeing all the lovely faces that make up the wonderful SSoM community!
Arvind Krishendeholl has held the position of Vice-President of Academic Affairs at MUSA since May 2019. Originally from Brampton, Ontario, Arvind is currently in his fourth year of the Bachelor of Music (Orchestral Instruments) Program, double majoring in Flute Performance and Political Science. As VP Academic Affairs, Arvind is responsible for enriching student-faculty collaboration and dialogue through regular meetings with faculty and administration to ensure that the inputs and concerns of students are heard. Arvind currently serves as a member of the Schulich School of Music’s Faculty Council, Academic Committee on Teaching and Programs (ACTP), Performance Council, Research Council, Committee on Student Discipline (CSD), the Selection Committee for McGill's Principal's Awards for Administrative and Support Staff, and the MUSA Executive Council. Arvind also enjoys engaging in local politics and youth advocacy initiatives by being an active member of various community-based organizations in his hometown. Outside of his regular commitments, Arvind enjoys performing flute music with Cailin Walsh-Estabrooks (VP Administration) and Hanna Johannesson (Co-VP Equity), finding new egg recipes, and working various Baroque music research projects with faculty members of the Department of Research at the Schulich School of Music.
Andrew Backer is in his fourth year of the BMus Voice Performance program. Originally from Detroit, MI, Andrew joined MUSA as VP Internal in 2020 and his main projects have been rewriting the MUSA Constitution, overseeing Schulich School of Music merchandise sales, and organizing the Student Life Fund. Andrew is studying two minors in Linguistics and French Language and Literature, and hopes to pursue opera studies and performance post-graduation.
Mitra Khodadadi is a fourth-year piano student at McGill University also minoring in music theory and music education. Mitra is originally from Tehran/Iran and is an indigenous (Zoroastrian) in her country. She joined MUSA last year as VP External Affairs. As a VP External, Mitra is the music representative on SSMU legislative councils. She is also a member of Zoroastrian students' association in Iran and is the editor of the internal journal (Navikand). When Mitra is not working on school she teaches piano to children and teenagers.
Sheanna Wirasinghe is in her third year of the Bachelor of Music program pursuing music theory. Originally from Oakville, Ontario, she is concentrating in piano and minoring in composition. She is joining the MUSA executive committee this year as the VP Finance, where she processes the association’s financial activity while optimizing funding opportunities to help facilitate student and faculty-run events. Sheanna is a member of Animal Justice McGill and enjoys creating and partaking in multiple Social Justice initiatives relating to animal protection. In her free time, she loves baking, cooking, trying as many new foods as possible, and spending time with her two German Shepherds.
Patricia Danielidis is in her third year of the Concurrent B.Mus/B.Ed program (Flute) and is from Montreal. She joined MUSA last year as the First Year Representative, and in this, her third year, she is the VP of Communications where she manages the councils social media pages, sends out bi-weekly Listservs to the Undergraduate body, and contributes to the overall student and MUSA life. Patricia is a member of the McGill Symphonic Band Club where she conducts bi-weekly rehearsals, and hopes to pursue a minor in conduct in the future. Furthermore, she is the Principal Flute of the Mount-Royal Youth Orchestra and has been in the orchestra for five years. When Patricia is not spending time on school work and practicing, she enjoys working on her small business, Neon Lemon Stickers.
Cailin Walsh-Estabrooks is in her third year of the B.Mus Faculty program (Flute), minoring in Philosophy, and originally from White Lake, Ontario. This is her second year on MUSA, holding the position of VP Administration. She keeps the council organized, planning meetings, elections, and keeping our office in tip-top shape. In her spare time, Cailin enjoys practicing flute, playing guitar and piano, and fantasizing about being in a rock band again. She loves exploring the great outdoors, trying out every single recipe for pizza she can find, and tending to her vast plant collection!
Gwenna Pirozzi is a U1 Performance major at McGill, and has been playing flute for eleven years. They currently study under Cindy Shuter. Gwenna started playing the flute through the Montreal Conservatory Youth program before moving to Los Angeles in 2011, and has since played with many ensembles including the Glendale Youth Orchestra, the LACHSA Symphony Orchestra, the LACHSA Wind Ensemble, the McGill Wind Orchestra and more. Gwenna has attended the Interlochen High School Arts Camp where she studied under Matthew Roinstein and Alexa Still. Additionally, they have recorded music from the Civil War with Ryan Masilak that will be featured in the Gettysburg Museum as a special exhibit. Gwenna is a certified search and rescue scuba diver and hopes to become a scuba diving instructor in their spare time.
Julian Cimer is a second year tuba performance student at Schulich. This will be his first year serving as co-vp of events alongside Gwenna Pirozzi. Together they plan events for the Schulich community like music frosh and MUSA bar. Julian also serves as the artistic director of Students for Music and Wellness, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting student musicians with vulnerable populations. When Julian is not performing, practicing or working on school, he likes to cook and spend time with his friends.
Hanna Johannesson is in her fifth year at McGill, completing a B.Mus Faculty (Flute) with a double major in Psychology. She joined MUSA in 2019 as VP Health and Wellness, and is excited to share the position of Equity and Wellness this year with her co-rep Chenuka. This portfolio includes advocating for students, arranging wellness activities such as yoga and dodgeball, and promoting student equity initiatives. Outside of MUSA, you can find Hanna working at the Music Library, at the climbing gym, or working on her latest crochet project.
VP EQUITY AND WELLNESS
Chenuka Lakwijaya is currently in his second year of Voice Performance (Tenor) program. He joined MUSA last year as the First Year Representative and is now VP Equity and Wellness alongside Hanna Johannesson. His work in this position involves sitting on various committees such as the Wellness Hub Advisory Board and the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusivity (EDI) Committee. In addition, he is responsible for creating events and activities that strengthen student wellness and equity. Born in Sri Lanka, Chenuka lived in Hong Kong and Dubai before moving to Vancouver, BC. He loves to take long walks with a podcast (usually the Anthropocene Reviewed or Philosophize This) and cook (usually gumbo or rice dishes) in his spare time!
VP EQUITY AND WELLNESS
Addy Parsons is in her fourth year of the Concurrent B.Mus/B.Ed program with a concentration in Flute and is from Vermont. In her role as Senator, Addy sits on the McGill Senate, SSMU Senate Caucus, the SSoM Faculty Council, and the MUSA Executive Council. Her senate committees include the Academic Policy Committee (APC), the Scholarship Review Subcommittee (SRS), and the Committee on Student Discipline (CSD). Addy also serves as the International Student Representative on the SSMU Board of Directors. Outside of class or meetings, Addy enjoys trivia, baking for her friends, and spending time with her insanely adorable cat named Fezzik.