DKSM Board of Directors
Board Chair - Brian Derksen
Brian has been on the board of directors for DKSM since 2017 and is continually impressed by the quality of programming and the individuals who volunteer their time to build into the music community. He works locally as an accountant and in his time away from work he enjoys reading, running, playing guitar and spending time with his kids and wife.
Vice Chair - Yvonne Stoesz
Community mental health worker
Adoptive mother of three
Tinker Creek resident
Enjoy being outside, skiing, biking, hiking, canoeing, gardening, music festivals
DKSM board member for many years
I was born and raised in Morden, and somehow against all odds have ended up back here in my adulthood. I started playing the cello when I was in 3rd grade, and since then have had the opportunity to play in community orchestras in Winkler (originally under Douglas Kuhl), Bolivia, Virginia and Toronto. For those from the area who may remember him, I currently have the honour of playing my uncle Reynold Siemens' cello (though not nearly as well nor as dedicatedly as he played). I work as a mental health and a medical nurse in several hospitals in Manitoba, and have the ongoing privilege of playing in the DKSM Post Roads orchestra. I am happy to have the opportunity to be on the DKSM board with people who are so dedicated and passionate about making music exciting and accessible to people in the Pembina Valley.
Mark Wiebe graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Major in piano performance) from Brandon University in 2009. Since then he has been teaching piano in Winkler.
Lin lives in Gretna with her family, where she homeschools her two children. Lin has been working in the position of Acting Director with DKSM this last year during Rochelle's sabbatical. She is looking forward to continuing to work with DKSM in a new role on the board.
Artistic Director - Rochelle Drudge
Bachelor of Theology, CMBC - 1992; RCM Grade 10 Piano Certificate; Orff Level 1
Rochelle has enjoyed teaching violin, piano and music theory in Winkler since 1993, with one year spent teaching music in Loma Plata, Paraguay. Her musical involvements have also included directing student strings ensembles, conducting children’s choirs, piano accompanying and playing violin or viola in various string ensembles. She is the founder and director of Winkler’s Homeschool Harmony Choir (since 2009) and has directed community string ensembles and violin group classes in Winkler since 2009. She is also the founder and program director of Cadenza Summer Music Week (since 2013). Rochelle and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Winkler since 1993 and have three daughters; Kayla, Hannah and Amie.