Directors            

Peter Luongo, President

 

Peter Luongo is known as the founder of the Langley Ukulele Association and former Musical Director of the internationally renowned Langley Ukulele Ensemble. He is one the world’s most experienced and preeminent ukulele teachers. His accomplishments were documented in the award-winning film, The Mighty Uke. Peter spent over 30 years as a school administrator and also taught in the Music Education Department at the University of British Columbia. He continues to mentor current and future teachers, and work with ukulele students of all ages. He currently directs adult performing ensembles in Canada and the U.S. and is a regular presenter at ukulele festivals across North America and Europe. You can reach Peter at president@langleyukes.com.

Paul Luongo, Senior A Director

 

Paul Luongo began his musical career as a violin student at the age of 6 and started playing the ukulele through the Langley Ukulele Association when he was 11. After spending time learning with Jamie Thomas, Paul became a member of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble and very quickly became one of the group’s highlighted soloists. While still in his mid-teens he was also featured in two compilation ukulele albums released in Japan and in his early teens became a sponsored artist with G-String and then Mya-Moe Ukuleles. He has performed across Canada, the U.S., and in Japan, and regularly contributed outstanding solo performances on Youtube.

 

Paul took over the reins of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble in 2013 after Peter Luongo retired and has continued the legacy of the LUE, including annual performance tours to Hawaii, California, throughout British Columbia, and across Canada.

 

Outside of his work with the LUE, Paul graduated with a degree in music (violin) from the University of Victoria and is an accomplished music director and educator in the Abbotsford School District. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration. It is through the LUE and his work at the School District that Paul continues to inspire and challenge youth to 'Enrich Lives through Music' and 'Explore, Express, Excel' in music, education, and life.

Elizabeth Zielke, Senior B & Intermediate A Director

 

Elizabeth Zielke has been playing the instrument she loves most for over 15 years. For the past 10 years, Elizabeth has been teaching private lessons and directing feeder ensembles to the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, motivating students to realize their musical goals and share that experience through engaging performances. In all her work, she aims to inspire passion for the instrument and celebrate the communities that make music together.