Ms. Paula DeWit is a well known musician and conductor with a great interest in the artistic direction of both choirs and orchestras. She has excelled with the support and encouragement of her friends, family and fellow musicians.
After studying music at Queens University and the Canadian Forces School of Music, Paula played trumpet for the Canadian Forces for 11 years. During her tenure she was featured regularly as a vocal soloist. She performed extensively throughout Canada, the USA, Belgium, France and Germany.
A lifelong musician, Paula DeWit presently lends her talents toward conducting the CSO orchestra and choruses, The Chilliwack Children’s Choir and the White Rock Community Orchestra. She also arranges music and plays the trumpet. She has prepared both the orchestra and chorus to perform beloved opera choruses and great choral masterpieces, including Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, as well as excerpts from, Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium. She is a freelance musician and has played trumpet professionally for Lion’s Gate Sinfonia Orchestra and Kelowna Pops Orchestra. In addition to being a co-founder of the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with her late husband Maestro John van Liempt, she has initiated Belle Voci and the CSO Starlets. She has conducted the musicals: Once Upon a Mattress,Willy Wonka,The Wizard of Oz,White Christmas, Paper Wheat and Drowsy Chaperone. She has collaborated with UFV’s Theatre Department (Chilliwack Campus) as well as with the Chilliwack Players Guild. She is the music director for the Chilliwack Opera Troupe, which presented a successful run of Gilbert and Sullivan’s,The Pirates of Penzance as well as the Mozart Opera project and Mozart’s Magic Flute. Paula has guest conducted the Lion’s Gate Sinfonia and the Fraser Valley Stage. Throughout her musical career, Paula has been committed to the pursuit of fine detail in the making of great music, and is dedicated to inspire each of her singers and instrumentalists to a high standard of excellence.
Paula has produced several successful concert series for local non-profit groups. These performances highlighted: the Dutch virtuoso Jan Mulder, The Three Divas,Lafayette String Quartet,Canadian Forces Naden Band,Bernard Blary and Graham Yates, One Acre, Jelena Milojevic and a piano extravaganza. In addition to being a Rotarian, she is one of the founders of the Chilliwack Opera Troupe.
After obtaining her conducting credentials at Capilano University, Paula has continued her conducting studies at international workshops in Canada and the United States. She has studied conducting with maestros John Van Liempt, Lars Kaario, Christopher Zimmerman, David Hoose, Clyde Mitchell and Ken Woods. Paula was a student of vocal pedagogy and voice with Dr. Caroline Harder and Heather Pawsey, and studied trumpet under Gerrit DeWit,Wayne Tindale, Marty Van der weerd and Alain Pinault.