Academy Administration

PAMDA's office is located on the second floor of Leir House, in room 9.


Monday: 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 – 6:00 pm 
Wednesday: 1:00 – 6:00 pm 
Thursday: 1:00 – 6:00 pm 
Friday: CLOSED 

The office is closed on statutory holidays.

The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts is run by an Executive Director and overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Our Executive Director is Catherine Jones and can be reached at


Board of Directors

The Academy is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors elected each fall at the Annual General Meeting. This board takes on many roles, including policy-setting, strategic planning, and fundraising.

2020-2021 Board of Directors:

President: Prema Harris
Vice-President: Nancy Wyse
Acting Treasurer: Maria Mackenzie
Secretary: Gitan Rakhra
Directors: Mia Harris and Megan Borchert
Faculty Liaison: Sam McNally
Special Advisor: Rosemary Thomson

Providing Opportunities for Music Education
How does the Academy ensure that people have the opportunity to experience music learning?

We have qualified faculty members teaching a variety of instruments and classes:

  • We ensure quality teaching. Potential faculty go through an interview and selection process before joining the Academy, as well as a criminal record check.
  • We ensure choice. We recruit music teachers to the area based on need. For example, some of our teachers commute from the Central Okanagan to the Academy.
  • We offer group classes. An important element of music education is learning to play with others.
  • We provide accountability. We manage the payment and registration process on behalf of students and teachers.
  • We make music accessible through a bursary program and instrument loans.
  • We offer enriching opportunities for students, including monthly recitals, workshops, and summer school
  • Of course, coming for lessons to the wonderful, historic Leir House is a bonus!

Our History

Music lessons have been taught at the Leir House since 1969. A music school was operated through the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts (based in the Leir House) in the 1980s and early 90s. Due to growth, it was deemed necessary for the music school to become its own entity.

On April 13, 1994, the Penticton Academy of Music Society became a registered non-profit society, and on August 1 of that year, it received registered charity status. Its Founding Directors were Anna McIvor, Janiese Karpa, Joy Jasper, Sandra Karr, and Elizabeth Davis.

The Academy has grown considerably in student numbers, programs, and supplementary events over the years.