YWIM wishes to honour Nicole Edwards, who passed away this fall after a lengthy battle, courageously fought, from schleraderma. Among her many contributions to Yukon Women in Music, Nicole initiated the Mentorship Program and coordinated it for the first 5 years of the program. The YWIM Board of Directors extends deep condolences to Nicole's family and many friends in the Yukon and across the globe. Thank YOU Nicole for your support and dedication!

YWIM Mentorship Program 2021 - 22

YWIM is proud to again offer our Mentorship Program for its membership, to help increase
their professional skills and advance their music career. 
Huge thanks to the Women’s Directorate – Community Programs, Yukon Government once again for supporting this great program for our members!

Before applying for Mentorship, please ensure that your YWIM membership is current…that means you paid your $30 fee for  the July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 membership year.  Fees can be paid in one of the following ways: 

How to apply:

  • Take a look at our list of Mentors below.  YWIM members can request a mentor for one or two hour sessions on a music-related topic of their choosing. 
  • The cost to you as a member is $10/ one hour or  $20/ two hour session.  These fees will be due prior to the mentorship taking place, and can be paid as above.  Our mentors are paid $50/hour, directly from YWIM.  
  • Complete the Mentorship Request form below and send to our Mentorship Coordinator, Mary Thiessen, at: yukonwomeninmusic@gmail.com.
  • Mary will let you know if funding is available.  Then you’re approved to make arrangements with the mentor of your choice. 
  • Between you and your mentor, you'll arrange a time and location for the mentorship. 
  • Mentor participants are requested to complete the Evaluation Form below, preferably right away (these are needed for future funding applications). Please send to: yukonwomeninmusic@gmail.com
  • Your mentor will invoice YWIM directly for payment.  Simple, huh?  
  • Mentors: Your YWIM membership must be up to date prior to mentoring; please check in with Mary if you're unsure of your status. 

More questions? Email us! We typically respond within a week. 



If you are a YWIM member, or plan to become a member, and have an interest in offering mentorship that could help other women advance their musical careers, or if you have further questions,  please contact us at: yukonwomeninmusic@gmail.com

2021 - 22 YWIM Mentors List:

Amelia Rose Slobogean

Amelia Rose is a classically trained fiddler with 20 years of experience as a working musician.  She is available to mentor with fiddle and violin techniques including: improvising, backing up other instruments and playing in a band.  

Phone: 336-3119        Email:     slobogeanamelia@gmail.com    



Andrea McColeman

Originally from Northern Ontario, Andrea made her way to the Yukon in the early 90s after completing her Bachelor of Music in orchestral percussion performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, and studying jazz piano and Latin percussion at Humber College. As an in-demand band member/session player/side woman/collaborator, she has recorded and performed on keyboards/percussion/accordion with many Northern acts including Juno award winning Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat, Kim Barlow, Inconnu, The Longest Night Ensemble, Nicole Edwards, Brenda Lee Katerenchuk, Major Funk and the Employment; most recently Lucie D and Friends and the Problematic Orchestra.

Andrea has composed and arranged music for various ensembles, theatre, dance and choral groups and has worked with all ages and abilities as music director for many different shows including Varietease Burlesque Cabaret and YnKlude – a variety show featuring adults with and without disabilities. She has experience teaching K-7 music classes in schools, teaching piano classes at Yukon Summer Music Camp as well as rock band and jazz ensemble. She currently enjoys a roster of 20 private piano students of all ages and is having fun composing, arranging and recording in her home studio.


Mentorship topics are wide open! I have lots of experience doing different musical things. Please feel free to contact me to brainstorm how I can help! 

Email: amccoleman88@gmail.com

Anne Turner

With a classical beginning (piano and viola); Jazz Studies (upright bass); 30 year teaching career in the Secondary Schools, Juno Award Recipient as a top Canadian Music Educator; private instructor; and as a gigging jazz bassist, I’d love to offer mentorship to those interested.


Possible Mentorship Topics:

*  Upright or electric bass

*  Wind, brass or string instruments – do you need a little one on one direction on your   instrument?

*  Jazz combo playing; Improvisation

*  Beginning to Advanced Theory; Reading music; Preparing charts

*  Other topics – ask me!

Phone: C 867-687-7626; H 867-668-6586 Email: jassyanne@icloud.com



Annie Avery


Formal training:  Bachelor of Music Composition, Music Education, Orff Levels

Experiential training:  30 years playing, writing, arranging, directing, accompanying

                                     20 years elementary classroom music, private piano teaching, group jazz piano,

                                      preschool music, college child development courses, band coaching


Mentorship topics can be customized for each individual. Sample:  theory, ear training, chord structure, chart reading, chart writing, improvising, planning for teaching small children


Phone: 867-334-9093     867-668-5102     Email:  anniepiani@gmail.com



Barbara Chamberlin


Mentorship Topics:

  • Developing stage presence;

  • Voice – including: support, getting more volume,
    hitting high notes/low notes

  • Group singing: harmony singing, how to blend your voice;

  • Songwriting;

  • Being a band leader/working with a band/dealing with sound technicians

Phone: 667-4059 Email: bcyukon@mac.com



Brenda Lee Katerenchuk 

B.Mus., B.Ed.
Brenda Lee can help you with any techie queries you are having on your musical journey.  Enjoy an inspiring exploration of gadget girl related musings including: ios, songwiting tips, looper pedal savy, guitar accompaniment techniques for your individual vocal style and repertoire, fretboard theory - no piano - no worries. Electric -classical guitar stage performance and gear setup strategies. 

Brenda Lee is a professional guitarist, vocalist and music educator with a private teaching studio in downtown Whitehorse.



Brigitte Jardins

Mentorship Topics:
• Opportunity to practice your songs with a drummer 
- Practicing the feel of playing with a drummer 
- Getting use to playing with a drummer before hiring one for your show
• Vocabulary of rhythms 
- Understanding the basis of rhythm

My services are available in French & English  
Phone: 867-334-7661 
Email: brigitte.desjardins.89@gmail.com



Elaine Schiman

Writer Elaine Schiman has 15 years experience working at CBC Radio and TV, as well as 5 years in Yukon government communications. She has run a communications business for more than ten years. She offers mentorship in writing news releases and putting together various promotional materials to tell people about your music. 

Phone: 668-6721     Email: elaineschiman@me.com


Fawn Fritzen

Mentorship topics:

•    social media for the uninitiated

•    setting marketing goals

•    learn about Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and websites for musicians

•    How to set up your Facebook profile or fan page

•    learn how to set up Facebook events

•    for more advanced users: how to engage fans and pros and cons of Facebook advertising

Phone: 456-7971        E-Mail: fawn@fawnfritzen.com       Web: fawnfritzen.com


Keitha Clark

Keitha has been teaching violin actively in Whitehorse for over ten years.  She is available to work on all things fiddle.

Phone: 456-7311                             Email: dreambig25@hotmail.com


Kim Beggs

Kim Beggs has been working as a professional performing artist since 2003. Since then she has released three full length albums to national and international critical acclaim. Her albums are all digitally distributed internationally through itunes, Amazon, cdbaby, etc. The latest album, Blue Bones, is physically  distributed in Canada, the USA and Europe and she has toured in all these regions.  Her songs have placed in the International Songwriting Competition and her albums have been nominated for two Canadian music awards and one USA music award. Her music has been played on radio, and satellite. Her songs have been licensed in film and TV and she has written sound tracks especially for short films which have been broadcast on CBC TV, and she has made her own films and animations using her own music for sountrack.

Beggs has worked with several different Canadian record producers and two different record labels. She has worked and toured with many different support musicians and artists in Canada and the USA and some in  Europe. She is self managed and has worked with booking agents, publicists, managers, presenters, venues, house concert hosts in Canada, USA and Europe. She has booked her own tours. She has project managed the production of four albums including her own. She has financed all her music using her own money but also by using the support of sponsors, and government grants and loans made available to Canadian Artists. She enjoys working with all ages of artists with songwriting and/or career focuses.

Mentorship Topics:

  • Proposal writing        

  • Touring

  • Songwriting        

  • Performance skills/connecting with your audience

  • Artistic development (voice/instrument Recording project development

  • Studio preparation        

  • Selling product/digital sales

  • Info on songwriting royalties/SOCAN membership etc.__ 

  • Mechanical & reproduction rights/CMRRA, SODRAC etc.

  • Applying to festivals    

  • Producing/promoting a concert/event

  • Social networking tools (facebook, myspace etc.) 

  • Marketing/Electronic Press Kits (EPKs) /Sonic Bids

  • Working with media/interview skills – print, radio, TV

Phone: 334-8696           Email: kim@kimbeggs.com



Paris Pick

Artist/Performer/Manager/Event Coordinator, Booker & Promoter

Self taught & Self driven

Website: https://parispickandthepricks.com

I have been an active member of the music community in Whitehorse since my arrival back in 2013 as a performer, promoter, manager, booker, event coordinator, artist advocate and more. 

As I have worn plenty of hats over the years, I am currently finding myself wanting to hone-in even more on some of these skills especially the ones surrounding artist support, event coordination & curating festivals. Over the past few years I’ve found myself falling into an advocacy role for artists within our territory. I’ve done everything from helping write successful grant applications for local artists to directing newcomers to the nearest open mic night. I seem to be the person that my musical peers feel they can call upon for help. It's because of this that I started wondering if I should be taking things to the next level by giving myself an official job title, the Issue being that I couldn’t settle on any single role I enjoyed more than the other, thus I've remained as someone who can do a little bit of everything upon request. 

Mentorship Topics:

  • Grant proposal writing (specifically Yukon Media Development or Yukon Tourism and Culture grants) 

  • Touring

  • Songwriting        

  • Branding (building YOUR brand)

  • Performance skills / confidence building 

  • Artistic development (helping you figure out what the next step is for you) 

  • Studio preparation        

  • Selling product/digital sales marketing

  • Goal setting/time management

  • Applying to festivals/showcases both nationally and internationally 

  • Producing, Promoting and Coordinating events

  • Social networking

  • Marketing/Electronic Press Kits (EPKs)

  • Working with media/interview skills – print, radio, TV


Sophie Noel 


Sophie is a singer-songwriter with a background in classical piano. She is a vocalist as well as a guitar and piano player. 

Mentorship Topics:

  • Grant writing 

  • Song Writing

  • Beginner Piano

  • Guitar Theory


Three ways to pay!

1.  Email Banking -  e-transfer to yukonwomeninmusic@gmail.com

2.  PayPal - use the YWIM website pay link which will connect to PayPal for credit card payments or cash

3.  Mail cheque to:   Yukon Women in Music, 361- 108 Elliott St, Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 6C4