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 third year of the Bachelor of Music (Orchestral Instruments) Program 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, Concert Committee, Teaching and Learning Spaces Working Group, and the MUSA Executive Council. Arvind also enjoys engaging in local politics and youth advocacy initiatives by serving as Special Advisor to a Member of Parliament and President of the Brampton Centre Constituency Youth Council. Outside of his regular commitments, Arvind enjoys performing flute and voice duets with Bella Cuminato (VP Finance), finding new egg recipes, and playing hide-and-go-seek with his betta fish.
Andrew Backer is a third-year student in the Voice Performance program from Detroit, Michigan. He joined the MUSA Executive Committee this year as Vice President (Internal) and has been working on revising the MUSA’s Constitution, along with the Constitution Rewriting Subcommittee. In addition to studying music, Andrew is pursuing minor concentrations in Linguistics and French Language & Literature. Outside of school, he enjoys cooking, playing the piano, film photography, and visiting new cafés in Montréal.
Mitra Khodadadi is in her third year of the faculty program piano concentration and minoring in music education. She is originally from Iran/Tehran and graduated high school with a Math diploma, but she was always passionate about music. She came to Montreal three years ago and started her studies at the Schulich school of music. He joined MUSA this year as the Vice-President External and has been the music representative on the SSMU legislative councils. She is also part of the constitution rewriting subcommittee. Mitra is a member of the Zoroastrian Students Association in Iran as well and works with them simultaneously. She enjoys writing, singing, cooking, watching old movies, listening to podcast, and watching “Friends” over and over (LOL).
Bella Cuminato is a third year Voice Performance student from Austin, Texas, who also just started a Minor in Choral Conducting. This is her second year in MUSA as the VP Finance, where she manages association funds and organizes contributions that MUSA makes to student and faculty-run events, like masterclasses and workshops. In her free time, Bella enjoys performing flute and voice duets with Arvind Krishendeholl (VP Academic), trying to learn several new languages at the same time (which she loves, but has been difficult), and enjoys eating good food and going on hikes!
Patricia Danielidis is in her second 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 second 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 online, 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 four 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 second year of the B.Mus Faculty program (Flute), minoring in Philosophy, and originally from Arnprior, Ontario. This is her first 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 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 having virtual play dates with her betta fish and Arvind’s betta fish.
Yuki Landry (she/her) is a 5th year student from Edmonton, Alberta, who is pursuing a double major in Performance Violin and Psychology. She joined MUSA last year as CO-VP Events with Darius where they have organized events such as Orientation Week/Frosh, bi-weekly MUSA bar the “Practice Room,” and various other events. As an involved student in the McGill community she has been a Peer Mentor for the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), a Buddy Mentor for MUSA, and a member of the Student’s Society Programming Network (SSPN). Outside of school, she trains with the Canadian National Handball Team where she has had the opportunity to travel and compete all over the world. She can not wait to be back on campus to organize fun and safe events for all Music students.
Darius Jaugelis-Zatkovic (He/Him/Il) is a 4th year performance student studying classical saxophone. He was born and raised in Montreal allowing him to pursue all of his studies up to this point in the same city. This is his third year involved with MUSA originally starting with the VP-Events position which has now become Co run with Yuki Landry. Together they have ran various events such as Orientation Week/Frosh, the bi-weekly MUSA “The Practice Room”, past years Semi-Formal, and others. Outside of MUSA, Darius has been involved in varsity sport at McGill, various clubs that the McGill student body has to offer, as well as taking part in events that are put on by other student faculties. Outside of McGill he enjoys taking part in outdoor activities, exercising being creative in any form possible, and hopes to one day run an event based establishment of his own.
Hanna Johannesson is a fourth year student from Blue Mountains, Ontario, currently in the Faculty (Flute) program with a double major in psychology. She joined MUSA last year as VP Health and Wellness and has through the past year transitioned the portfolio to its present title of Equity and Wellness. Some of her work with MUSA includes promoting student wellness initiatives and co-spearheading the newly established Student Equity Committee. Outside of MUSA, you can find her working at the Music Library and as a research assistant with the Behaviour, Autism and Neurodevelopment Lab. Hanna misses seeing everybody’s friendly faces at the Practice Room and can’t wait for its comeback.
VP HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Originally from Vermont, Addy Parsons is in her third year of the Concurrent B.Mus/B.Ed program. In her role as Senator, Addy sits on the McGill Senate, Senate Caucus, SSMU Legislative Council, the Schulich School of Music Faculty Council, and the MUSA Executive Council. The committees she sits on include the Committee on Enrollment and Students Affairs (CESA), the Committee on Student Discipline (CSD), the Comprehensive Governance Review Committee (GCRC), and the MUSA Constitution Rewriting Committee. Addy also serves as the International Student Representative on the SSMU Board of Directors. Outside of class or meetings, Addy is passionate about trivia, the history of the DC punk scene, and Vermont local politics. She also loves to hang out with her extremely talkative cat Fezzik and enjoys long conversations about any of the above over a friendly drink.
First Year Representative