Peter Luongo, President
Peter Luongo was the Langley Ukulele Ensemble’s musical director for 32 years (1981 – 2013) and he is now the President of the Langley Ukulele Association. Under his musical direction the group became one of the most renowned ukulele groups in the world. A number of Youtube performances chronicle the history of the group under his dynamic leadership and thousands enjoyed ensemble performances locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. His efforts helped brought international recognition to the community of Langley and established it as the “ukulele capital” of Canada.
In addition to his involvement with the ensemble, Peter served as a teacher and school administrator for 34 years in the Langley School District. His devotion to working with young musicians provided thousands of students with the opportunity to develop their singing and ukulele playing skills while developing positive attitudes toward leadership and showmanship.
Peter is currently a business executive and is on the board of directors for The College of Opticians of B.C. and the Langley School District Foundation. He is a Rotarian (having been a Past President, a Paul Harris Fellow, and the recipient of a Rotary International President’s Vocational Service Award). He was acknowledged as the Langley Community’s Leader of the Year in 2005 and has also been voted “Entertainer of the Year” in the community. He is a church choral director. He and wife, Sandi have 4 children – 3 of whom have been members of the ensemble. Current Musical Director, Paul Luongo is their youngest son. You can reach Peter at email@example.com.
Paul Luongo, Senior A Director
At the age of 6, Paul began learning the violin through the Langley Music School and in his senior years in secondary school, was the Concert Master of the Semiahmoo Strings Orchestra. With the ukulele always being around his family's household, Paul first began playing the ukulele in Jaimie Thomas' "C" Group in 1999, successfully auditioning to be in the Langley Ukulele Ensemble the next year. Playing alongside Canada’s finest ukulele player, James Hill, Paul found much inspiration and quickly earned sponsorships with Derek Shimizu and G String Ukuleles, and Mya-Moe Ukuleles.
Paul was very blessed to not just travel as an independent artist but also with the Langley Ukulele Ensemble. Beginning with Daytona Beach & Orlando, Florida, Los Angeles, California, Reno, Nevada, Misaki & Tokyo, Japan, Seattle, Washington, Hood River & White Salmon, Oregon, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Stratford & Toronto, Ontario, all throughout the interior and coast of British Columbia, as well as Honolulu, Hawaii well over 20-times. It is during these tours that Luongo attributes much of his personal and musical growth and help him empathize with the present ensemble members as a director.
In 2007, Paul took over the direction of the B and C ukulele ensembles, along with teaching as many as 40-private ukulele and guitar students while completing his post secondary education. In 2013, former director Peter Luongo was ready to retire, and Paul took over direction of the Senior A and B ukulele ensembles to carry on the work that his father had done for his 32 years as a director. Paul credits his father, Peter Luongo, for inspiring him to pursue teaching and would not be the same person, musician, or performer if not for the amazing opportunities that his father provided him. Paul is also the musical director at the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) – Sumas Mountain Campus where he teaches middle and high school concert bands, as well as concert choir, jazz band, and vocal jazz ensembles. It is through the Langley Ukulele Ensemble and his work at ASIA that Paul continues to inspire and challenge youth to explore, express, and excel in their education through the arts - specifically 'Music'.
Elizabeth Zielke, Senior B & Intermediate A Director
Elizabeth grew up singing and playing piano. As a pre-teen looking to make her own mark, she picked up the ukulele. After seeing the Langley Ukulele Ensemble live in concert in 2005, she began private lessons. Elizabeth went on to be a member of the LUA honour groups for 7 years including 5 years with the Senior A Ensemble, during which time she traveled to Hawaii, Nova Scotia, Ontario, New Orleans and New York.
Now well into her teaching career, Elizabeth directs the Senior B and Intermediate A ensembles. Beyond her involvement in ukulele, Elizabeth studies Sports Science at Douglas College, coaches for Focus Volleyball Club, and lifeguards for the City of Surrey.