"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist."
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St John’s


Performed on Sept 8th 19:30-21:00(Local NDT)

Streamed at 06:30-08:00(Local NDT) 05:00-06:30(EDT)

Venue: D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University - "The First Light from St. John's, Newfoundland"

DFCookThe D. F. Cook Recital Hall is an acoustically rich 296 seat concert hall equipped with a Casavant pipe organ. The hall features recording and sound reinforcement facilities.

Livestream may be viewed in the Suncor Energy Hall following completion of the concert in the D.F. Cook Hall.

Thank you to Memorial University for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the territory on which we gather for this concert, as the ancestral home-lands of the Beothuk and the island of Newfoundland as the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador.

Lead organizer: Dr. Jane Leibel

JaneLeibelSoprano Jane Leibel has earned praise for her “crystalline, strong soprano” (Opera Canada) “vibrant, sweet, fresh singing” (The Globe and Mail) and for her acting abilities: “It remained for Jane Leibel, as Diana, the outraged goddess, to steal the show with her finely tuned comic sense.” (Opera Quarterly)

Artists and Performers

Sheilagh OLearyA St. John’s native, Sheilagh O’Leary is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and art educator. Sheilagh has much experience in visual media including film, video and stills production, radio broadcasting, education, and not-for profit work specializing in areas of diversity and inclusion. She has run a successful photography business for over 25 years and her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, appearing in numerous art journals and publications. She published two books including 2011 NL Book award winner “Island Maid: Voices of Outport Women”, which documents rural women’s lives pre-fishing moratorium.
Elected Councillor at Large with the City of St. John’s in 2009 with the highest number of votes, Sheilagh ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 2013 with 42% public support and made a resounding comeback in a Ward 4 by-election earlier last year. She is now a candidate for Deputy Mayor in the upcoming fall election. In her many years of advocacy, Sheilagh has been a strong, passionate voice in supporting positive change in our communities. She has been an energetic volunteer for over 25 years, a nature enthusiast and a mother of three. As a member of the Qalipu M’ikmaq First Nations Band, issues of cultural diversity and respect are paramount in her work.
She has been active on numerous boards, including North East Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program, The Irish Newfoundland Association of NL, The Canadian Mental Health Association of NL, Clean & Beautiful, The St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, and Equal Voice NL, where she is the former NL Chapter Chair. With a personal bucket list wish to swim five kilometres across the ‘Tickle’ from Portugal Cove to Bell Island, Sheilagh founded and swam twice, the ‘Tickle Swim for Mental Health’, a fundraising/awareness campaign for The Canadian Mental Health Association NL, now in its 5th year.

Alan KlausDr. Alan Klaus has been assistant professor of trumpet and horn at Memorial University since 2012. Born in London, Ontario, he previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Low Brass at Montana State University and as Brass Specialist at Mount Allison University. He is honoured to have been selected as a Bach Trumpet Artist and enjoys maintaining a varied schedule as a performer and clinician.
Klaus recently released a CD with American trombonist Timothy Dueppen including three new commissioned works. A featured soloist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra and at the Atlantic Band Festival, he has also appeared at numerous universities across North America for recitals and masterclasses. Klaus toured China as Principal Trumpet of the American Festival Orchestra and has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London (Canada), the World of Winds, the International Youth Wind Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Youth Band of Canada.

Dan GoodyearDan Goodyear has worked in the education field for over 35 years. Dan’s early experience was in the public school system where he was employed as a classroom teacher, instructional resource teacher and a program coordinator at the school district level.
After working in the K-12 public school system Dan moved to post-secondary education, joining College of the North Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador’s public College. While Dan served in various positions at the College, he spent most of his time in Learner Services.
Dan accepted the position of Director of Student Support Services with the Department of Education, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008. He led the implementation of the “Focusing on Students: The ISSP and Pathways Commission Report” which focused on improving services for students with exceptionalities.
In 2016 Dan joined the Canadian Mental Health Association-Newfoundland and Labrador Division as the Chief Executive Officer. Dan is a strong advocate for inclusive education and supportive environments where all can reach their full potential. Through collaboration, cooperation, creativity and thinking outside the box, Dan believes that together we can better support all of our citizens to achieve and enjoy full citizenship.

Duo ConcertanteCanada’s premiere violin and piano ensemble, Duo Concertante, are partners in music and in life. Known for the passion and brilliance of their performances, this husband and wife team’s extraordinarily unified voice has become one of the most striking features of their work. Critics have praised Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves’ “artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique” (La Scena Musicale) and “deeply integrated performances that flow naturally as if the music were being created on the spot” (Gramophone). The Duo’s busy touring schedule across North America, Europe, and China, have lead to performances at Wigmore Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the National Arts Centre, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. The Duo’s recording of Murray Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano won a JUNO award in 2011 and their Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard won the ECMA Best Classical Recording in 2017. They were recently elected as Fellows to the Royal Society of Canada and are both Research Professors at Memorial University.

Florian HoefneBorn and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist … reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.
With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release that features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album ... that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, Florian has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards.
A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Florian’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.
Since 2014 Florian has also been active as a solo performer and has played at venues including the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Kitano in New York City and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. In 2016, he was awarded a grant by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to write and record his first solo piano album. The collection of all new original compositions and improvisations was recorded at Sendesaal Bremen, a heritage protected radio hall of unparalleled acoustics in Northern Germany and is inspired by the nature and landscape around his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the shores of the North Atlantic. The album will be released under the title “Coldwater Stories” on September 15th on Origin Records.

Ian SutherlandBorn and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Dr. Ian Sutherland is Dean of the School of Music at Memorial University. Internationally he has developed a dynamic career as an academic leader, educator, researcher, and consultant. Prior to his Memorial University return he served as Associate Dean for Research and Director of PhD Studies at IEDC–Bled School of Management (Slovenia) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter (UK). Other appointments include: Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School (Poland), Fellow of the Peter Pribilla Stiftung – Technische Universität München (Germany), Co-Convener of the Deans, Directors and Chairs Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association (USA). A leading expert in the art and business nexus, Ian was originally trained as a professional musician. Holding B.Mus. (Hons) and M. Mus. Degrees from the School of Music of Memorial University (Canada), he completed his PhD in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter (UK) under Prof. Tia DeNora. Today he brings these backgrounds together combining expertise in sociology, philosophy, creativity, music and leadership studies. A globally active speaker, facilitator and organizational development practitioner he has worked across numerous industries in more than 40 countries.

Kristina SzutorPraised by the American Record Guide for the "brilliance and meticulous sensitivity" of her playing, pianist Kristina Szutor is both a passionate performer as well as a skilled and dedicated teacher, adjudicator and clinician.
Her two solo piano CDs- Bookends in Time and Après Scarlatti -both present very attractive and listenable contemporary works for piano. She can also be heard as a collaborative artist two vocal CDs; Voyage to Canada and Songs and Sonnets with School of Music colleagues, Carolyn Schiller and Jane Leibel.
As an adjudicator, she has been invited to sit on panels for the Juno awards, for the Eckhard-Grammattée international contemporary music competition for piano and for local and national festivals all across Canada. Kristina holds a Masters Degree in performance form the Juilliard School of Music and a Doctorate from the University of British Columbia. She has been a faculty member at the School of Music since 1991.
Kristina is an avid gardener, cook, animal lover and mother of a 17-year old daughter who plays violin and viola

The Atlantic BoychoirThe Atlantic Boychoir is the first and only Provincial choir of boys and young men in Canada. The Singing Ambassadors of Newfoundland and Labrador are selected singers from across the Province that are inspired by the famous European model of SATB boy-choir singing known in Europe for Centuries. The Atlantic Boychoir provides artistic training for over 100 boys and young men from the age of 4 to 22. The repertoire includes both traditional and modern works of both Canadian and International composers, famous classical compositions from all musical periods and large choral works, Newfoundland folk songs, contemporary music and choral arrangements of popular music. The founding artistic directors are Dr. Jakub and Jennifer Martinec, choir closely cooperates with music educators and voice teachers from across the Province, concert choir pianists are Drs. Jennifer Matthews and David Chafe. The Atlantic Boychoir would like to be recognized for the high level of choral excellence and its stable unique sound quality created by the uniform voice training.

Tina DaviesTina Davies is the President and founder of Richard's Legacy Foundation for Survivors of Suicide Loss. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, she moved to St. John's, Newfoundland with her husband Kim in the year 2000. Having lost their eldest son, Richard to suicide at the age of 18, she decided to start a support group for survivors of a suicide loss. That was 12 years ago. Tina is also Vice President of ASIST NL ( Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and teaches workshops for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. She speaks about suicide across the province and is on the Steering Committee for the Community Coalition for Mental Health NL. Tina recently opened a place called The Comfort House, where support group meetings, workshops, and other events are held. It is a place where people can go if they are not feeling safe with themselves, or just drop in for a chat or a session in the Healing Room.

Trinitas Cook-Cheramy-Roberts_GSL-7621Born from a desire to explore the fringes of standard classical chamber music and to present engaging, off-beat performances, Trinitas is Eastern Canada’s premiere flute/cello/piano chamber ensemble. Taking its name from the Latin word for “three,” the group consists of three outstanding musicians with a shared vision and infectious onstage chemistry. Accomplished soloists in their own right, the members of Trinitas have performed around the world, including St Petersburg (Russia), Llangollen (Wales), Uberlândia (Brazil), and Tegucigalpa (Honduras). Trinitas gave its premiere performance in Toronto in June of 2015, and since then this new ensemble has inspired rave audience reaction at venues in Washington DC, Ontario, Alberta, and Newfoundland.
Michelle Cheramy, flute, has been hailed as a “...fine blend of artistry and bravura” (Edmonton Journal) and recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing and her interpretive skills in repertoire from the 18th to 21st centuries. From her maritime base Michelle has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Russia, and in recital venues across Canada and the US. She is currently associate professor of music at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Nathan Cook, cello, has been praised for his “authoritative yet relaxed” playing, his “sweet and pliant” sound, and “the combination of vigour and beauty” in his interpretation (Houston Chronicle). Nathan’s performances have been heard regionally and nationally in Canada on CBC Radio, and in the US on NPR stations in New York, Texas and Iowa. He has served as principal cellist of the Houston Chamber Orchestra and the Newfoundland Symphony, and recent international work has included teaching and performing residencies at string festivals in Brazil and Honduras.
Phil Roberts, piano, has served as visiting assistant professor of piano for the School of Music at Memorial University, as accompanist and vocal coach for the instrumental and vocal faculties at Memorial, and as a much sought-after collaborative colleague in the larger St. John’s community. His solo and collaborative work has taken him across Canada and to the U.S. and Europe, where his impressively broad performance skills have allowed him to enjoy work in the genres of jazz, opera and musical theatre as well as classical chamber music.

Paul RodermondPaul Rodermond is currently in his final year of his BMus studying with Timothy Steeves at Memorial University. During summer 2016 and 2017 he toured Newfoundland as performance pianist for MUN Opera Roadshow and spends the winter months playing for the school of music's opera workshop. He was engaged with the Stephenville Theatre Festival in 2016 as music director for A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and acclaimed children's show Rock 'n Fables, as well as playing in the pit for their production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Earlier that year he performed in the band for Next to Normal (Best Kind Productions) which solidified his love for working in musical theatre and opera.

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Performed on Sept 8th 19:00-20:30(Local ADT)

Streamed at 07:30-09:00(Local ADT) 06:30-08:00(EDT)

Venue: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Dalhousie University

Rebecca Cohn TheatreSince 1971, the Dalhousie Arts Centre has been a key feature in Nova Scotia’s arts and culture landscape. The Dalhousie Arts Centre is home to the Fountain School of Performing Arts, the Nova Scotia Art Gallery and the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium regularly features performances by local performing artists as well as world-famous national and international entertainers.

Thank you to Dalhousie University for their continued support and encouragement.


We would like to respectfully acknowledge that this concert is being held in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Lead organizer: Prof. Marcia Swanston

Marcia SwanstonMarcia Swanston’s voice has taken her to opera stages around the world. Today, it’s brought the mezzo-soprano to Dalhousie where she is a professor of voice. Originally from Alberta, Prof. Swanston did post-graduate studies in concert and opera in London, England, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. As a professional opera singer, Prof. Swanston has performed with orchestras and opera companies in more than 50 roles across North America and Britain. More

Artists and Performers

Marcia SwanstonMarcia Swanston (vocal)
Marcia Swanston, mezzo-soprano, has enjoyed a long and critically acclaimed career, lauded for her vocal beauty and technical ease, as well as her wide-ranging acting ability and dramatic musical interpretations. She has performed more than 50 operatic roles with opera companies across Canada and the U.S., as well as the significant orchestral works for mezzo with this country's major symphony orchestras. More

Peter Allen, piano

Scott MacMillan, guitar (jazz, Celtic)

Erin Costelo, jazz and contemporary singer

Blue Engine String Quartet

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09:00-10:00(Local ADT) 08:00-09:00(EDT) Live

Venuie: Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University - "Beyond the Marshes"

315 seatsMount Allison1Mount Allison2; Located in the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, the newly-renovated Brunton Auditorium is Mount Allison’s most treasured performance space. It hosts distinguished faculty performances, guest and student recitals, ensemble concerts, master classes, lectures, and workshops each year.


Location of the livestream viewing:
Brunton Auditorium
MYB Conservatory of Music
Mount Allison University
134 Main Street, Sackville, NB

Mount Allison LogoThank you to Mount Allison University for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Lead organizer: Sally Dibblee

Sally DibbleeSoprano Sally Dibblee continues to enjoy success on stages and concert halls throughout North America. She opened the 2011-2012 season as Nedda in I pagliacci and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Calgary Opera. Last season’s engagements included her return to the Mineria Orchestra for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, her role debut as Lucia di Lammermoor in Calgary, and Nedda in I pagliacci in Ontario. Upcoming engagements include her role debut as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda for Opera Pacific Victoria. More

Artists and Performers

Sally DibbleeSally Dibblee (vocal)
Critically acclaimed as a “tour-de-force of vocal control and expressive flexibility”, soprano Sally Dibblee has enjoyed a career of 20 years in opera houses and concert halls throughout North America. Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick Ms. Dibblee now lives in Fredericton with her husband and 2 sons. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and received a Diploma in Operatic Studies from the University of Toronto, where she studied with the wonderful Canadian soprano Lois Marshall. She was a member of the Opera Ensemble of the Canadian Opera Company and had her mainstage debuts with the COC in the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Musetta in La Boheme.
Having prepared and performed over 30 opera roles and an extensive repertoire of concert works, Ms. Dibblee brings to her teaching studio a methodology grounded in years of applied healthy singing technique. She has sung principal roles in most of the major opera houses in Canada and in California, Utah, Arizona and Kentucky. She has performed as guest soloist with the Toronto and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras, Calgary Philharmonic, and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico. Performance highlights include many of opera great prima donnas - Mimi from Puccini’s La Boheme, Desdemona from Verdi’s Otello, Lucia from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata, the Canadian premiere of Pat Nixon from John Adams Nixon in China and the world premiere of Randolph Peters’ Nosferatu, and soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana. Upcoming is the Canadian premiere of Silent Night by Kevin Puts.More

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Venue: Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University

Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University

Pollack Hall
Tanna Schulich Hall, opened in 2006, is a multipurpose venue located in McGill’s Elizabeth Wirth Music Building (formerly called the New Music Building). It is named after Tanna Schulich, a music lover and amateur violinist.

The 187 seat hall is technologically sophisticated, with wood panels that enhance the acoustics. It has a large reception area/lobby and green room and is commonly used as a concert, lecture and conference venue.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations

Lead organizer: Michael McMahon

michael mcmahonPianist and vocal coach Michael McMahon studied at McGill University with Charles Reiner. With the aid of the Canada Council for the Arts, he completed his studies in Vienna at the Franz Schubert Institute and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, and in Salzburg at the International Summer Academy held at the Mozarteum. During this time, he studied with such legendary artists as Erik Werba, Hans Hotter, Elly Ameling, Jörg Demus and Kim Borg. Michael McMahon maintains an active performing schedule. More

Artists and Performers

Dominique Labelle
Dominique Labelle (soprano)
Dominique Labelle has fearlessly plumbed the technical and emotional depths of music, turning in performances possessed of “conviction without exhibitionism” (De Telegraf), that have “the audience hanging on every note” (Boston Globe). Recent and upcoming engagements include Bach’s B-minor Mass with New York City’s Voices of Ascension and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Carmel Bach Festival; performances of Handel's Teseo with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Handel's Messiah with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Another favorite collaborator is Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer, under whose baton she will be performing Bach’s Magnificat with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Contemporary music credits include Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poetry of Alexander Blok; Britten’s Les Illuminations, and John Harbison’s The Rewaking (recorded for Musica Omnia). Her most recent recording is Monsigny’s Le Déserteur (Naxos). In 2014, Dominique became Professor of Voice at the Schulich School of Music at her alma mater, McGill University.

Hank KnoxHANK KNOX, clavecin

Reconnu internationalement pour ses « prestations dynamiques et hautes en couleur », le claveciniste Hank Knox se produit dans les salles de concert, les églises, les musées, les galeries d’art et les résidences privées un peu partout sur le globe. Membre fondateur d’Arion Orchestre Baroque, il a effectué des tournées en Europe, au Japon et en Amériques du Nord et du Sud, puis il a joué et enregistré avec Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy et l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Il compte à son actif plusieurs enregistrements – tous louangés – sur de très rares instruments d’époque ainsi que des répliques d’instruments historiques. Il enseigne le clavecin à l’Université McGill. Il est à la tête de l’Orchestre baroque de McGill et il dirige des opéras baroques, récemment Didon et Énée de Purcell, Poppea de Monteverdi ainsi que Giulio Cesare, Agrippina, Alcina et Rinaldo de Haendel.

HANK KNOX, harpsichord

Hailed internationally for his “colorful, kinetic performances,” Hank Knox performs on harpsichord in concert halls, churches, museums, galleries and homes around the globe. A founding member of Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has toured North and South America, Europe
and Japan, Knox also regularly performs and tours with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, among other groups, ensembles and orchestras. He has released a number of acclaimed recordings on rare antique instruments as well as copies of historical instruments. He teaches in the Early Music program at McGill University where he conducts the McGill Baroque Orchestra. He has directed a great number of Baroque operas for Opera McGill, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi’s Poppea and Handel’s Agrippina, Giulio Cesare, Alcina and Rinaldo.

michael mcmahonMichael McMahon (Pianist and vocal coach)
Pianist Michael McMahon is the preferred partner to many of Canada's finest singers. He has performed regularly throughout Canada, in Europe, Japan and the USA with singers such as Catherine Robbin, Karina Gauvin, Measha Brueggergosman, Gordon Bintner, Marianne Fiset, Lyne Fortin, Dominique Labelle, Wendy Nielsen, Maureen Forester, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Annamaria Popescu, Joseph Kaiser, Nathan Berg, Brett Polegato, Benjamin Butterfield, Philippe Sly, Daniel Taylor, Kimy McLaren,Michael Schade, Russell Braun and Richard Margison.
Following his studies at McGill University in Montreal, he completed his musical education in Vienna at the liochschule filr Musik and darstellende Kunst and the Franz Schubert Institute, and in Salzburg at the Mozaneum. During this time, he studied with such legendary artists as Erik Werba, Hans Hotter, Elly Ameling, Jars Demus, and Kim Borg.
In addition to his active performing schedule, Michael McMahon is a Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. He has had long associations with ('Atelier lyrique de L'Opera de Montreal, Opera Nuova, the Orford Arts Centre and the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he has worked regularly as a vocal coach. He is also often asked to give Masterclasses for singers and pianists, and is a resident artist at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria and the C.O.S.!. Summer Opera program in Italy.
He has made numerous broadcast recordings for the English and French networks of the CBC, as well as for the BBC, RBTF, Radio Suisse Romande, and Radio France. His recordings on the Marquis, CBC , Atma, and Analekta labels have met with critical acclaim, including Juno nominations and the Prix Opus. He was also a judge and vocal coach for the award winning television series "Bathroom Divas". In 2012, Michael McMahon was honoured with a Ruby Award by Opera Canada for his contribution to music in Canada.

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10:30-12:00(Local EDT) Live

Venue: Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa "No Man is an Island" "Nul Homme n'est une ile"

Freiman Hall in OttawaMusic students or groups enjoy performing on the Freiman Event Center stage in front of an audience.

Thank you to University of Ottawa for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.

Lead organizer: Prof. Christiane Riel

Christiane RielAppreciated for more than the sheer beauty of her voice, Christiane Riel is recognized for the generosity and intensity of her interpretations. The heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and those of the French romantic repertoire encompass the very heart of her remarkable career. After a triumphant debut with the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Riel has enjoyed an international career throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. A “heartbreakingly believable” Madama Butterfly, Ms. Riel’s Cio-Cio-San is acclaimed worldwide in over 18 different productions. More

Artists and Performers

John AveyJohn Avey
John Avey is a well-known, experienced and respected member of Canada’s bass- baritone fraternity, whose repertoire encompasses a wide range of major operatic and concert works. He has sung with all of Canada’s leading opera companies and most of its major orchestras as well as performances in the United States and Europe. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, subsequently appearing there as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, a role he has sung with the opera companies of Arizona, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.
Career highlights include Peneios in Richard Strauss’ Daphne with the New York City Opera, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with the Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies as well as the title role of The Mikado in Brian Macdonald’s legendary production at the Stratford Festival and on tour. John has enjoyed particular success in the title role of Rigoletto and as Baron Scarpia in Tosca with both Pacific Opera and Orchestra London. He has performed on CBC Radio in such works as Vaughan Williams’ the Five Mystical Songs, the Verdi Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony while for CBC TV, Avey sang the world television premiere of The Spirit of Haida Gwai broadcast on their series “Opening Night.”More

Leopoldo EriceLeopoldo Erice (piano)
Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice (, born in Madrid in 1977, enjoys a performing and teaching career, which has brought him to Europe, the two Americas, Asia, and Africa. Among his performances, the recitals with cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, clarinetist James Campbell, the Cecilia, Quiroga, Vega, and Penderecki String Quartets, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española are especially noteworthy. A faculty member at University of Ottawa’s School of Music (Canada), he also has been a member of the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), has held the position of Associate Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), and also has taught at Middle Tennessee State University (USA). Leopoldo has been guest faculty at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain) and at Middlebury College (USA).

In 2006 Leopoldo founded the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica de Ribadeo (Spain), a summer chamber music festival and workshop whose mission is to offer high quality programming, to bring culture closer to the general public, and to develop the artistic abilities of its students. The FIMCR has established itself as one of the cultural references of Northwestern Spain (

Leopoldo has won several prestigious awards, including first prize at the Ciudad de Albacete National Piano Competition, and the prize for the best collaborative pianist at the Acisclo Fernández International Singing Competition, which he won by a unanimous jury vote. He has also made recordings for television and radio programs in Spain, Argentina, Syria, and the USA.

Leopoldo studied music in his home country with José Ramón Martínez Reyero, Beata Monstavicius, and Joaquín Soriano (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid), and in Holland with Rian de Waal (Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague). As a Fellow of the prestigious “la Caixa” Foundation Fellowship Program (Spain), he studied at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) under Leonard Hokanson, Menahem Pressler, and Emile Naoumoff. While at IU, he won by a unanimous faculty vote the coveted and rarely awarded Performer’s Certificate in recognition of his outstanding performance. He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA), where he studied under Christina Dahl.

Since 2016 Leopoldo Erice has been a Permanent Resident of Canada, currently residing in Ottawa-Gatineau.

Michelle Gott
Michelle Gott (harp)
Praised by the Ottawa Citizen for her “exquisite playing,” Michelle Gott is a versatile harpist dedicated to the presentation of traditional repertoire and to the creation of new works in collaboration with emerging composers. As a soloist, Ms. Gott has been featured with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic String Quartet. She made her Lincoln Center debut in 2009 as winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition. She has also been featured at Carnegie Hall as soloist for the New York premiere of Kevin Kaska’s Concerto for Harp and Wind Ensemble. Recently, Ms. Gott joined the renowned music faculty at the University of Ottawa where she is currently Professor of Harp.

As an experienced orchestral musician, Ms. Gott has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. She has worked with many celebrated conductors, including Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Tilson Thomas, James DePreist, David Atherton, Péter Eötvös, and Lothar Koenigs. Ms. Gott also has extensive experience performing as a substitute harpist for Broadway productions in New York City, including The Producers and The Fantasticks and for artists such as Diana Krall, Olivia Newton-John and rising star, Jennifer Sheehan.

An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Gott has worked closely with many composers including Pierre Boulez, Virko Baley, Ursula Mamlok, Anthony Cheung, Nico Muhly, and David Fulmer. Notable performances include the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera, Dark Sisters (2011), the North American premiere and a recording of Anthony Cheung’s Centripedalocity with the Talea Ensemble, as well as many premieres and performances with the AXIOM Contemporary Ensemble, Sequitur Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Slee Sinfonietta at the University of Buffalo.

Ms. Gott’s passion for multidisciplinary, artistic collaborations is at the heart of her commissioned projects. Drawing on her early background in vocal performance and musical theater, Ms. Gott commissioned Roderick Gorby to compose a work for small ensemble with two harps doubling on vocals, which Ms. Gott premiered with harpist Caroline Cole at the 2011 World Harp Congress. Ms. Gott was also featured as harpist and vocalist at the Henry Mancini Institute in a performance of her own jazz arrangements for which she was a prizewinner at the 2004 Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harpfest. Upcoming projects include further commissions that blend the world of theater and solo harp performance. More

Sandra Graham
Sandra Graham (mezzo-soprano)
Mezzo-soprano Sandra Graham has established a worldwide reputation after winning top prizes in the International Vocal Competitions of s'Hertogenbosch in Holland, the Montreal International Competition, and the Toulouse, France International Vocal Competition. She also received first place in the Canadian Opera Company Mozart Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, and was the first singer to receive the Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for these accomplishments.

Miss Graham has appeared in concert and on the operatic stages of Germany, Canada, United States, Holland and China. She has performed and recorded with Helmut Rilling, Christoff Penderecki, Charles Dutoit, and Vladimir Ashkenazy, appearing with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Canadian Opera company, the Welsh National Opera, the Arizona Opera, and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

David JalbertDavid Jalbert (piano)
A virtuoso with a warm, elegant style and a wide-ranging repertoire, pianist David Jalbert has established himself among the elite of a new generation of classical musicians:“Jalbert’s piano playing is remarkable for its sweep, confidence, sensitivity, power and color, what more can we ask?” (Fanfare). Recently named by the CBC among the 15 best Canadian pianists of all time, Mr. Jalbert performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe. His solo recordings – of the Goldberg Variations, the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, of American and French piano music – have all garnered international praise in venues ranging from Gramophone to France-Culture. An accomplished chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Nicola Benedetti, Jean-Philippe Collard and the Quatuor Alcan, and is a member of Triple Forte (along with violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Denise Djokic). A national and international prize-winner, David Jalbert has won five Opus Awards, was nominated three times at the Juno Awards, and was the 2007 laureate of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Glenn Gould School, Université de Montréal and Conservatoire de Musique du Québec, and is now Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Ottawa.

Renée LapointeRenée Lapointe (mezzo-soprano)
Among her many achievements, Quebec-born mezzo-soprano Renée Lapointe has won the Raoul-Jobin Prize in 1990 and, the Stage Prize in 1993, both awarded by the Fondation de l'Opéra de Québec.
Besides her frequent appearances in recitals and oratorios, in Canada and abroad, Renée Lapointe has performed the title role of CARMEN in Bizet's Carmen, the roles of CHARLOTTE (Werther, Massenet), MÉLISANDE (Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy), BRADAMANTE (Alcina, Händel), HERMIA (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten), PAULINE (La Dame de Pique, Tchaikovsky), GIANNETTA (L'Elisir d'Amore, Donizetti), FLORA (La Traviata, Verdi).
In concert, Renée Lapointe has become known for her inspired performances of Händel's Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Berlioz’ Les Nuits d'été, and of sacred works by Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi. She has performed with most of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles. She made her US debut in 2007 with the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music Society. More recently, Ms. Lapointe took part in the productions of Verdi’s Macbeth and Massenet’s Manon, with Opera Lyra in Ottawa ; she sung Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, for Maestro Yoav Talmi’s farewell concert. She also performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestre philharmonique du Nouveau-Monde, under Michel Brousseau in Montreal and Ottawa, and she sang the role of PRINCESSE DE GRENADE in Offenbach’s Les Brigands and then L’OPINION PUBLIQUE in Orphée aux Enfers, with the Société d’Art lyrique du Royaume in Saguenay, Québec. In 2013, she sang Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, conducted by Jacques Lacombe. In 2014, she performed again in Verdi’s Requiem, this time with the Société philharmonique de Montréal under Miklós Takács. She returned with the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke in 2015, for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, a work she also sung with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra in 2016, under Fabien Gabel. That same season, she performed as a soloist with the Laval symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Alain Trudel.
A renowned artist for her warm and flexible voice, her charismatic presence and versatility, Renée Lapointe is a regular guest soloist in great musical events such as the Festival de Wallonie (Belgium)and the Festival international de Lanaudière (Canada). Ms. Lapointe has toured regularly with world-known guitarist Rémi Boucher with the recital Una Noche en Sevilla which has been recorded under the label “Disques Tout Crin” in Montreal. Another record was released in 2011 : « La saison inachevée » by the Canadian composer Marius Tremblay, in which she is accompanied by pianist Renée Villemaire.

Renée Lapointe has been teaching at the Gatineau music Conservatory since 2008.

Christiane RielChristiane Riel
Appreciated for more than the sheer beauty of her voice, Christiane Riel is recognized for the generosity and intensity of her interpretations. The heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and those of the French romantic repertoire encompass the very heart of her remarkable career. After a triumphant debut with the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Riel has enjoyed an international career throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. A "heartbreakingly believable" Madama Butterfly, Ms. Riel’s Cio-Cio-San is acclaimed worldwide in over 18 different productions. Since 1997, despite her professional engagements, she has devoted significant time to vocal instruction regularly giving master classes at universities, conservatories and young artists programs throughout Canada. Summer programs like Opera Nuova and the Highlands Opera Studio have also requested her expertise. From 2009 to 2013, Christiane taught voice at the universities of Wilfrid-Laurier and Western Ontario. Armed with a Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organizations from HEC Montreal, Ms. Riel displays a broad understanding of the artistic, logistical and administrative components of the lyric art form.More

Louis TrépanierLouis Trépanier (guitar)
A native of Ottawa, Louis Trépanier studied under Patrick Roux at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Hull, graduating in 1998 with the Prix en Guitare. Louis has further studied both privately and in master classes with: Sergio Assad, David Russell and Fabio Zanon. He has also studied jazz with Canadian composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias.

Trépanier has performed often on CBC radio and Radio-Canada both as soloist and with the CGQ. His arrangements of orchestral masterworks for the CGQ have received fantastic reviews and have set a new standard in guitar quartet transcription. These and Trépanier’s own compositions are published by Les Productions d’Oz under the special CGQ collection.

He has adjudicated guitar competitions at the provincial, national and international levels and is also known for his dynamic style of teaching in masterclasses. Trépanier is a member of the Donkin/Trépanier piano-guitar duo, with his wife Catherine Donkin. Louis has previously taught at both Laurentian University and Cambrian College in Sudbury. He is currently Coordinator of the Guitar Sector at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music.

Kristina WattKristina Watt (actor)

Actor, theatre creator with 100 Watt Productions, Artistic Director of TWA, instructor, musician & dancer. Most recent projects: A Christmas Carol at the National Arts Centre, the new creation PARTICLE, co-created with Martha Ross, premiering at Undercurrents Festival, and Woyzeck’s Head with Third Wall. After relocating to Canada 2003, she has worked with the GCTC, New Theatre of Ottawa, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Mag North and the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Kristina is the recipient of three Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Performance for her work in Angel Square (GCTC), Blackbird and Top Girls (Third Wall). Other projects in Ottawa include Generous and The Optimists (GCTC), God of Carnage (Third Wall), Up to Low (Mag North & Easy Street Productions), Love’s Labours Lost (NAC), and oh dear, oh dear (SubDevision). Site-specific creations in collaboration with youth include: Wild Life, 12 Drops and 1 Moon, the 100 Watt Earth Stage at Ottawa Children's Festival, and UthInk Project (with PGC). Trained in North Carolina, London (UK) & New York City - where she lived & worked until 2003. Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. Performance coach for figure skater Josh Allen.

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Venue: Walter Hall at the University of Toronto

walterhallNamed for Arnold Walter, Dean of UofT Music (1952-1968), with 490 seats, Walter Hall is Toronto’s finest small auditorium. Designed for chamber music and solo recitals, Walter Hall also has a Casavant Organ.

Thank you to University of Toronto for their continued support and encouragement.


We wish to respectfully acknowledge this concert is being held on land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

Lead organizer: Monica Whicher

Monica WhicherStyle and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. In recent seasons, the varied aspects of her artistry have been reflected in performances with the Toronto Symphony (Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder), Houston’s Mercury Baroque (Vivaldi’s Motezuma), the Colorado Symphony (Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C), the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), the Elmer Iseler Singers (Bach’s Mass in B Minor, for CBC radio), Symphony Nova Scotia (Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem) and in recitals across Canada. More

Artists and Performers

Norine BurgessNorine Burgess (vocal)
Praised for her bright, elegant and lambent-toned voice, Canadian mezzo-soprano has performed in opera houses and with leading orchestras throughout North America and around the world.
Norine’s refreshingly compelling, charismatic and touching interpretations bring vigour and dimension to her signature roles, including Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Siebel in Faust, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Her enormous success after an extended run as Miss Mary Lloyd in the Vienna Volksoper’s production of Kálmán’s Die Herzogin von Chicago has made it one of her most memorable characters: “she is so perfect in the role that it is almost impossible to imagine a production without her: she is charismatic, and brings depth and sensitivity to what could be an unsympathetic role. Her enthusiasm seems to light up the stage.” (MusicWebInternational).
Other roles include Neris in Cherubini’s rarely-performed opera Médée which she performed at the Salzburg festival under the direction of Sir Charles MacKerras, Mother Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites (Arizona Opera), Meg Page in Falstaff, and 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Salzburg Festival).
Concerts and recitals always figure prominently on Norine’s calendar. Notable concert engagements have included Mozart’s Requiem under Manfred Honeck in Leipzig and Halle, the Monteverdi Vespers conducted by Helmuth Rilling with the Oregon Bach Festival, Peer Gynt with the Toronto Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Columbus Symphony, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Handel’s Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic in, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s St. John Passion and Healey Willan’s Requiem with the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hartford Symphony and Haydn’s Mass in B flat Major, “Harmoniemesse” at the Salzburg Festival.

Russell BraunRussell Braun (vocal)
Renowned for his luminous voice “capable of the most powerful explosions as well as the gentlest covered notes” (Toronto Star) baritone Russell Braun rightfully claims his place on the concert, opera and recital stages of the world. His intelligent and thoughtful portrayals of Chou En-lai, Billy Budd, Prince Andrei, Figaro, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, and The Traveller have captivated audiences at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, l'Oéra de Paris, the State Opera in Vienna, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Los Angeles Opera, La Scala in Milan, and at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals.
The highlight of Russell’s 2016-2017 season is the title role of the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre and in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra presented as part of the celebrations surrounding Canada’s 150th Anniversary. In an intense concert season, Russell reprises Peter Eötvös’s Senza Sangue in Rome and London, Brett Dean’s Knocking at the Hell Gate with the BBC Symphony in London, and Kaija Saariaho’s Cinque reflets aus: l’amour de loin with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester in both Stuttgart and Freiburg. He also performs Carmina Burana with l’orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Fauré’s Requiem and Brahms’s Four Serious Songs with the Toronto Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall, Elijah with Chorus Niagara, and Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony.
Recent seasons have included performances of Brahms’s Vier Ernste Gesänge arranged by Detlev Glanert and Fauré’s Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vaughn Williams’s A Sea Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, reprisals of Peter Eötvös’s Senza Sangue in Bergen (Norway) and Göteberg (Sweden), a work he premiered in May 2015with the New York Philharmonic in Cologne and New York, his role debut as Pentheus in Hans Werner Henze’s The Bassarids with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and appearances as Count Almaviva in the COC production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.More

Yvonne Choi (piano)
An accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, Yvonne Choi has had tremendous success working with both singers and instrumentalists in the Greater Toronto Area and Kitchener/Waterloo. Winner of the WLU Concerto Competition, the Ken Murray Concerto Competition, and the Penderecki String Quartet Prize, her talent for solo and collaborative performance is evident.

Building on her Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier under the guidance of Leslie De'Ath, Yvonne completed her Masters in Collaborative Piano Performance under Lydia Wong from the University of Toronto. Throughout her continuing musical career, she has received coaching by renowned pedagogues such as Marietta Orlov, Steven Philcox, Jamie Parker, and Joseph Johnson. Yvonne has been the recipient of multiple scholarships, notably the Richard Kehn Scholarship in recognition of being an outstanding student in the area of music performance, Ken Murray Scholarship, and the Penderecki String Quartet Prize.

Yvonne has had the privilege of sharing the stage with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in Masterclasses for world class musicians such as Barbara Hannigan, Lawerence Lesser, Michael McMahon, the Penderecki String Quartet, and the Chiara String Quartet to name a few.

In pursuit of excellence in the field of collaborative performance, Yvonne works with various choirs in the GTA, such A Few Good Men (Oakville Children’s Choir), Resonance (Mississauga Festival Choir), and Windago. She also maintains an active teaching studio, with students achieving awards of distinction, and she is a sought-after private studio accompanist for all instruments.

Tim DawsonTim Dawson (bass)
Timothy Dawson joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1980. At age 21, upon graduating from the University of Toronto, he became the youngest member of the TSO at that time. He has played under TSO Music Directors Sir Andrew Davis, Gunter Herbig, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Peter Oundjian.
Over the years, Timothy has been instrumental in starting several chamber music groups. One of them, The Bach Consort, continues to this day. This group now performs an annual presentation of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. This ensemble is inextricably linked with charitable causes, thus its mantra, “Giving Bach to the Community”. The Bach Consort has been an artistic success, performing with conductors such as Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Dame Jane Glover, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Harry Bicket. The Bach Consort has been an important community presence as well, and has raised over $400,000 for local charities over the last 20 years. Timothy also organizes concert series at two churches in Toronto’s East End: he is Music Director of the Kingston Road Village Concert Series and the Seicho-No-Ie Chamber Music Series.
Teaching is a big part of Timothy’s life. He is busy at the University of Toronto, the National Music Camp of Canada, and in his own home studio. For 20 years, he was involved with the TSO Adopt-a- Player programme, acting as its music director in its last three years.More

John GreerJohn Greer (piano)
JOHN GREER is an active accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, composer and conductor and is heard in these capacities throughout Canada and abroad, in recital and on various CBC broadcasts. He is an honoured music graduate of both the University of Manitoba where he studied piano and composition with Boyd McDonald and of the University of Southern California where he was a student of pianists Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith and harpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton. His conducting teachers and mentors were Canadian James Fraser-Craig, Boris Goldofsky and David Effron.
Mr. Greer has been fortunate to have worked in recital with many of Canada’s most talented young singers of his generation: Nancy Argenta, Tracy Dahl, Rosemarie Landry, Linda McGuire, Kevin McMillan, Mark Pedrotti, Catherine Robbin, and Michael Schade, to name a few, as well as the renowned American singers/teachers Carmen Balthrope, Linda Mabbs, Carmen Pelton, Ashley Putnam, William Sharp, Carol Webber and Delores Ziegler.
As a faculty member of the University of Toronto opera division Mr. Greer made his conducting debut in 1983. He has conducted numerous operas there including The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Tschaikowsky’s Iolanta and Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon, as well as works for Victoria’s Opera Piccola, Ottawa’s Opera Lyra, The Banff School of Fine Arts, the Toronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Mirvish Productions. He has worked on numerous productions with Opera (Hamilton) Ontario and the Canadian Opera Company where he was chorus master for their 1989 productions of Un Ballo in Maschera and Il Barbiere di Siviglia and assistant conductor for their 1990 production of Suor Angelica. For five years Mr. Greer served as Music Director of the Eastman Opera Theatre in Rochester, New York where conducting credits include Le Nozze di Figaro, Candide, Albert Herring, Patience and The Turn of the Screw and two years he was Music Director of the Opera Studio at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2001. From 2003-10 he was Director and Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston and made his conducting debut there with The Magic Flute. Other NEC conducting credits include Massenet’s Cendrillon and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and all of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas. For ten seasons his summers were occupied with his duties as General Manager and Head of Music Staff for the Janiec Opera Workshop at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina where his conducting credits include A Little Night Music, La Cenerentola, The Mikado, Naughty Marietta,The Gondoliers, Brigadoon and the world premier of David Liptak’s chamber opera The Moon-Singer. Mr. Greer has also been on the music staff of Glimmerglass and Chautauqua Opera companies. He is currently HeadVocal Coach for the University of Kentucky voice and opera in Lexington, KY.
Mr. Greer’s compositions include ten song cycles written for Canadian singers such as Catherine Robbin, Kevin McMillan, Mark Dubois, Tracy Dahl, Monica Whicher, and Adrianne Pieczonka and numerous works based on Canadian folk song. He has written two operas for the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, The Snow Queen based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale with a libretto by Jeremy James Taylor of Britain’s National Youth Music Theatre, and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale The Star-Child with librettist Ned Dickens and a revision and orchestration of the 1889 Canadian operetta Leo the Royal Cadet by O. F. Telgmann, commissioned by Toronto Operetta Theatre.

Jason HowardJason Howard (vocal)
Raised in the rich singing tradition of South Wales, Jason Howard is now recognized as one of the UK's leading performers on the international operatic stage. Upon leaving his first career as a fireman, he took up studies at Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music with John Wakefield and Norman Bailey respectively, and commenced his career at Scottish Opera, subsequently singing with all of the major United Kingdom opera companies and orchestras. Since then, Mr. Howard has sung to critical acclaim throughout Europe and North America, in addition to his many UK engagements.
Engagements during the 2013-14 season include the title role in New Zealand Opera's Der Fliegende Holländer and Opera Tampa's Popera and Carmen.
In addition to Mr. Howard's successful German debut at the Frankfurt Opera, the 2012-13 season included the title role in Saint-Saëns' Henry VIII with the Bard Music Festival, which the New York Arts called a "truly memorable performance," as well as title roles with the Minnesota Opera and Opera Hamilton.
Mr. Howard has long been known as an outstanding performer of French and Italian repertoire. His celebrated Verdi roles have included those in Attila, La traviata, Don Carlos, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Nabucco and Il trovatore. Other highlights include his debuts at the Royal Opera House and Paris Opera as Marcello in La Bohème and his debut at Chicago Lyric Opera as Adam Brant in Mourning Becomes Electra. More

Judy LomanJudy Loman (Harp)

Considered by numerous music critics to be one of the world’s great harpists, Judy Loman can look back on an impressive career. After studies with Carlos Salzedo at the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Judy Loman was awarded the position of principal harpist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1960, a position she occupied until 2002. She teaches at The University of Toronto, is a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Visiting Artist at The Curtis Institute of Music. Her discography comprises some twenty recordings amongst which her recording of Schafer’s Crown of Ariadne has received the Juno Award and the Grand Prix du Disque, Canada. She has commissioned, performed and recorded many Canadian works for harp. As a soloist, she has performed in North America, Europe, Israel Japan and China. Ms. Loman was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

Lorna MacDonaldLorna MacDonald (soprano)
Soprano Lorna MacDonald enjoys a multi-faceted career as performer, professor, librettist and researcher. She holds the Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of three, career teaching awards, and numerous prestigious singing prizes. Head of Voice Studies from 1994-2007, she performed throughout Canada and the US, and in Wales, Taiwan, China, France, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, and Bermuda. Among her opera portrayals are Zaide, Konstanze, Marie, Despina, Adele, Rose, Monica, Carolina, Musetta, Donna Anna, Belinda, and others, and she has been recorded by CBC, CTV, NBC, and NPR in a variety of recitals, premières, and oratorios. Reviewed “an absolute jewel” (Edmonton Journal), a “master of transformation” (Toronto Star) and “MacDonald’s freshness of tone, her clarity of style and diction, and her beautifully expressive musicianship are served by a perfection of technical mastery which allows her to sing both softly and full on any note in her entire range, as meaning and emotional imagery require.” (Halifax Herald), her prized description remains, “a voice as fresh as a June morn on the Bras d’Or Lakes”.

In 2009 MacDonald created the multi-media program “Lois Marshall in Russia” performed in Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax, and reviewed, “MacDonald’s clear, agile soprano is lighter than Marshall’s was…but she is an outstanding artist in her own right”. In her project “Marrying Mozart” Lorna portrayed all three of the Weber sisters for whom Mozart wrote some of his most brilliant arias, with narration by Howard Dyck and Stuart Hamilton. She is sought widely as an adjudicator, including for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Canadian National Music Competition, Eckhardt-Gramattée Competition, and the Canadian JUNO awards. MacDonald designed and leads the graduate program in Voice Pedagogy at the University of Toronto and her Cochlear Implant Singing Study in collaboration with Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children was cited in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and national media for its collaboration between medicine and music. She is the creator, with composer Dean Burry, of the award-winning opera, The Bells of Baddeck - the Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell Story, “ a tour de force production” (Opera Canada), which received Parks Canada’s CEO Award of Excellence in 2016. She maintains close ties with her home village of Port Morien on Cape Breton Island. More

Carolyn MauleCarolyn Maule (piano and harpsichord)
“Maule’s sensitive accompaniment brought to life the phrase ‘Every note has a living Soul’…the piano sang with lyrical grace” (David Richards, Toronto Concert Reviews 2016)
Much in demand as a vocal accompanist, Canadian pianist Carolyn Maule has worked with such renowned artists as Michael Schade, Monica Whicher, Patricia Racette, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Norine Burgess, Elizabeth Turnbull, and is often heard in recital with her husband, baritone Russell Braun.
She has performed in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, the National Arts Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall and accompanied recitals in Salzburg, Hamburg, Chicago, Cleveland and New York, as well as at music festivals across Canada.
Carolyn Maule’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, CBC Radio, Radio- Canada and WQXR-FM in New York. She is featured on recordings including Schubert's Winterreise (CBC Records) Le Souvenir (CMC Records), two CDs of Bach excerpts with the Toronto Bach Consortas well as recordings for the Ukrainian Art Song Project.

Nathalie PaulinNathalie Paulin (vocal)
Soprano Nathalie Paulin has established herself in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East as an interpretive artist of the very first rank. Winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera Performance, she has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Jane Glover, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antony Walker, Bernard Labadie, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, Hervé Niquet, David Agler, Jacques Lacombe, Michael Christie, Robert Spano, Graeme Jenkins, and Andrew Litton on both the concert platform and in opera. As well, critics have been lavish in their praise. Reviewing from Chicago, John van Rhein noted that “Paulin in particular is a real find; her rich, agile voice possesses great depth and allure, her manner radiates sensuous charm.” Ms. Paulin debuted for L’Opéra de Montréal as Mélisande in PÉLLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE and for Chicago Opera Theater as Galatea in ACIS AND GALATEA. She was re-engaged by Chicago Opera Theater for the title role in SEMELE and for Mary in LA RESURREZIONE, both by Handel. She has also been heard as Constance in DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES for Calgary Opera, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI for L’Opéra de Québec, and Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Cincinnati Opera. The Dallas Opera featured her in CARMEN and CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN..More

Julie RantiJulie Ranti (Bach consort contingent - instrumental)
Julie Ranti joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1985. She grew up in Montreal in a musical family: her father was Principal Trumpet of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM); her mother is a harpist; and her brother Richard is Associate Principal Bassoon of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Ranti began flute studies with Jeanne Baxtresser, principal flute of the OSM at the time. After a year at the Interlochen Arts Academy, she attended The Juilliard School where she studied with Julius Baker and Samuel Baron.
Ms. Ranti is an active chamber musician and a founding member of the Bach Consort. She maintains a busy teaching studio, coaches the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra flute section, is on faculty at National Music Camp, and has taught at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
In her spare time, when not pursuing postdoctoral studies in astrophysics, freediving in Hawaii, or rebuilding a 1968 Chevelle SS 396 convertible, she enjoys walking her dog in High Park.More

Liz UpchurchLiz Upchurch (piano)
Pianist and vocal coach Liz Upchurch is one of the most sort after pianists and vocal coaches in Canada. Currently she is in her 12th season as Music Director of the Ensemble Studio at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. In that time she has helped to train an entire generation of Canadian opera singers including artists such as David Pomeroy, Shannon Mercer, Robert Gleadow, Krisztina Szabo, Joe Kaiser and many more. There she collaborates with celebrated guest artists including, Carol Vaness, Catherine Malfitano and Marlena Malas.
Born and educated in Britain Liz is a graduate prize-winning soloist of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Roger Vignoles. For many years she worked with young artists at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh where she played for masterclasses with artists such as Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Suzanne Danco, William Pleeth and Dame Joan Sutherland. Upchurch has also worked at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg festival in Germany and the National Theatre in London. She held a faculty position in the 20th-century Opera and Song program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and was repetiteur and chorus director at Edmonton Opera. She has taught at the University of Toronto and for the COSI summer program in Italy. She has performed and broadcast chamber music and song recitals extensively throughout Europe and North America as well as working at opera houses such as the Glyndebourne Festival.More

Monica WhicherMonica Whicher (vocal)
Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. In recent seasons, the varied aspects of her artistry have been reflected in performances with the Toronto Symphony (Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder), Houston’s Mercury Baroque (Vivaldi’s Motezuma), the Colorado Symphony (Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C), the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), the Elmer Iseler Singers (Bach’s Mass in B Minor, for CBC radio), Symphony Nova Scotia (Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem) and in recitals across Canada.
Operatic roles include Thaïs (Massenet’s Thaïs), the Countess (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina and Erste Dame (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Zerlina (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), (Anna Maurant (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), The Governess (Britten’s Turn of the Screw), Female Chorus (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia), and Mérope (Lully’s Persée) with companies such as The Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, The Cleveland Opera, Opera in Concert and the Nürnberg International Chamber Music Festival.More

Tracy WongThe Mysterious Barricades Toronto Chorale
Tracy Wong, conductor
Tracy Wong hails from Malaysia and is a choral conductor, music educator, and composer. She is completing a Doctor in Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt after obtaining a Master in Music Performance (Choral Conducting) at the same institution. She is also a proud recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting. Tracy has led choirs in Malaysia and Canada, including the Kuala Lumpur Children's Choir, University of Toronto Women's Chorus, Young Voices Toronto, and Mississauga Festival Youth Choir. She has also conducted choral workshops in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada, and France. Tracy’s choral works have been published and performed by Malaysian, Canadian, and American choirs at international competitions and festivals. She has also recently completed the compilation of Nancy Telfer’s choral compositions, a resource for music educators and choral directors.

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13:30-15:00(Local EDT) Live

Venue: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University - "The Sounds of Silence"

LaurierUThe Recital Hall seats 323 guests

Thank you to Wilfrid Laurier University for their continued support and encouragement. We are especially indebted to the Faculty of Music and the Office of the Dean of Students for their sponsorship of this concert.

Laurier University

We would like to acknowledge that this concert is being held on the Haldimand Tract, traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosauonee peoples.

Lead organizer: Prof. Kimberly Barber

Kimberly BarberThis season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G to critical acclaim. Kimberly also appeared with Ojibwe narrator Rene Meshake, TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017.

Kimberly has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

A powerful advocate of mental health and suicide prevention and awareness, Kimberly was project lead for Laurier's inaugural Mysterious Barricades concert, also taking the helm for this year's event. She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002 and recently assumed the role of Associate Dean: External. More

Artists and Performers

Anna RonaiAnna Ronai (piano)
Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has preformed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.
Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.
In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario.
Recent performances include “Music Toronto”, (world-premiere of ”Manidoog”, by native composer Barbara Croall), the Caledon Music Festival and the McMaster University celebrity series.

Ashley Hynd (Spoken Word)

Glenn MaraisGlenn Marais is an incredible singer, Juno Nominated songwriter and an amazing guitar player who has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. He performs solo and with his band The Mojo Train and performs every show like it his last pouring his heart and soul into his performances.

Heather TavesHeather Taves (couperin)
Pianist Heather Taves ( performs in classical, contemporary, and popular idioms. Emerging first as a classical concert pianist, she was acclaimed in the classical music industry by age sixteen when she entered McGill University, and her graduation recital at age nineteen was broadcast nationwide in Canada by the CBC. In the same year, she performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra under Uri Mayer, won the Grand Prize for all categories of the Quebec Music Festival, and first prizes in the CMC and the National Festival of Music with her trio, the Trio de Quebec. She also won scholarships to the Banff and Orford Arts Centres, and a Canada Council Grant to obtain her Master of Music at Indiana University. In the creative environment of Indiana University she joined the legendary piano class of Gyorgy Sebok, but simultaneously discovered her interests in jazz, world music, early music and improvisation. On graduating from Indiana, she became a concert artist based in Montreal, performing over 80 concerts a year while teaching part-time at the McGill Conservatory. At age 30, she won a major Quebec fellowship to obtain her doctorate at Stony Brook in New York. Completing her doctorate in two years, she was immediately offered a tenure-track professorship at Brock University, and four years later her current position at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since then, she has integrated her love of undergraduate teaching in her home country of Canada with an international performing career in diverse genres. Her own compositions have been recorded on two CDs.More

Kathryn LadanorKathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. Several works have been composed for her and her ensembles from some of Canada’s most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. Her performance instructors have included Stan Climie, Tilly Kooyman and world-renowned bass clarinetist and improviser, Lori Freedman. Kathryn has participated in workshops and masterclasses from world-renowned musicians such as bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay and legendary improviser and percussionist, Eddie Prévost. Kathryn has studied Electroacoustic Composition with Richard Windeyer and Jazz improvisation with Sundar Viswanathan and has also performed with internationally known musicians and improvisers such as Douglas Ewart, Richard Robeson, Ed Sarath, Billy Satterwhite, Michael Jefry Stevens, Stephen Nachmanovitch, and Dong-Won Kim. More

Kimberly BarberThis season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G to critical acclaim. Kimberly also appeared with Ojibwe narrator Rene Meshake, TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017.

Kimberly has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

A powerful advocate of mental health and suicide prevention and awareness, Kimberly was project lead for Laurier's inaugural Mysterious Barricades concert, also taking the helm for this year's event. She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002 and recently assumed the role of Associate Dean: External.

The Good Hearted Women SingersMino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers)
We are Indigenous and non-Indigenous women following the drum circle teachings of Community Elder Jean Becker, who began this group in 2003.
We have been taught to follow the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. These teachings guide us in our relationships with ourselves and each other and they help guide us towards living our lives in a balanced way.
Our drum group reflects a sweetgrass teaching. One blade of sweetgrass by itself is not very strong. It can break easily. When several blades of sweetgrass are braided together, the sweetgrass is strong and cannot easily be broken. The singing and drumming helps us to find the strength to keep going. A woman may feel reluctant and not have the confidence to lead a song, but she gives it a try because she knows that the others will be there to pick up the song if she falters. That song will be carried on, just as we all must carry on with our lives, no matter what. Just as the braided sweetgrass is strong, our "knowing" that we have the strength and support of one another helps us to carry on.More

Ashley HyndAshley Hynd (Speaker)
Ashley is a Kitchener based poet and mother of one who's other hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes, and being consumed by conversations. She has recently begun the walk towards her heritage. Her poetry is fiercely honest touching on themes of healing, women’s stories, and indigenous resurgence and identity.

Penderecki QuartetPenderecki Quartet

Rene Andre Meshake Rene Andre Meshake is an Ojibwe elder, visual and performing artist, award-winning author, storyteller, flute player, new media artist and a Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He works to fuse Ojibwe and English words into his stories, poetry and spoken word performances, Rene communicates his Ojibwe spiritual heritage to the contemporary world. He was born in the railway town of Nakina in Northwestern Ontario and was raised by his Okomissan grandmother. His education includes: Anishinaabe oral tradition, language, arts and culture. Rene has a diploma in Graphic Design from Sheridan College and a certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. Rene’s body of artwork, stories and his flute improvisations create a strong, expressive, and entertaining presentation for an ever-increasing audience. He also has an active on-line and performing presence as a Funky-Elder.

Samantha PickettSoprano Samantha Pickett is from Kitchener, Ontario and is a current member of the Canadian Opera Company's illustrious Ensemble Studio. She has recently been featured as a soloist in recitals in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Free Concert Series, Against the Grain Theatre's Opera Pub, and in the 2016 Toronto Summer Music Festival. In 2015, she completed herbMasters of Opera and Voice at McGill University (Montreal, QC) under Professor Sanford Sylvan. Miss Pickett is an alumna of Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON), where she earned a Bachelor's of Voice Performance (2012) and Opera Diploma (2013), studying with Kimberly Barber. Engagements with Opera McGill in 2015 included Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, as well as understudy for the title role in Suor Angelica. In Opera McGill’s Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival, Miss Pickett appeared in excerpts as Magda Sorel in The Consul (2015), Alice Ford in Falstaff and Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (2014). Miss Pickett’s other recent roles include Micaëla in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA), and Elle in La Voix humaine (Opera McGill). Credits with Opera Laurier include Countess Almaviva and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Demers in Neil Weisensel’s City Workers in Love, and Die Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. In the summer of 2015, Miss Pickett was delighted to debut at the Banff Centre in the world premiere of Crush. Miss Pickett is a recipient of a Joseph Armand Bombardier Master’s CGS Grant, courtesy of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Through this grant, Miss Pickett launched The Emerging Project, a text and video web-series, chronicling the triumphs and struggles of the international operatic community. She now lives in Toronto, ON, where she studies with Wendy Nielsen..

Tanis MacdonaldTanis MacDonald is a poet and creative non-fiction writer. She won the national Bliss Carman Poetry Prize in 2003 and was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in 2013 for her book The Daughter’s Way. Her next poetry book, Mobile, is coming out with BookThug in Fall 2019, and her book of essays, The Art You Make, with Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2018. New poems have appeared or are appearing in The New Quarterly, Canthius, The Rusty Toque, Gamut, The Fourth River, Poetry is Dead, Contemporary Verse 2, FreeFall, and The Mondegreen. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where she teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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15:00-16:30(Local EDT) Live

Venue: von Kuster Recital Hall, Western University

von Kuster HallNamed in honour of Clifford von Kuster, the first dean of the Faculty of Music, the recital hall is located in the Music Building with the entrance off the main lobby. The 248 seat von Kuster Recital Hall is home to more than 270 performances each year between September and May. The hall is primarily used as a venue for the performance of chamber music and small ensembles.

Thank you to Western University and its Don Wright Faculty of Music for their continued support and encouragement.
Laurier University

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the history of the traditional territory on which this university stands and this concert is being held. We would also like to respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario.

The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.

The three other longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are: the Anishinaabe Peoples (also referred to as the Three Fires Confederacy including; Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations); the Haudenosaunee Peoples (also known as the Iroquoian people or Six Nations including Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscorora); and, the Leni-Lunaape Peoples (also referred to as the Delaware and/or Munsee).

The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to this University are: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe); Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee); and, Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape)

Lead organizer: Jackalyn Short

Jackalyn ShortCanadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. Internationally, she has performed in many U. S. cities, and also in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. Roles range from Alcina to Donna Anna, Gilda to Anne Trulove. She has been a regular performer on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Two New Hours, and has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships.
Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA opera program in Edmonton, HSOF in Halifax, COAA at Western and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld. Recently she founded Music Theatre on the Thames, a summer intensive program at Western. ( More

Artists and Performers

Michael Cavanagh (Master of ceremonies)

Magisterra Soloists

Éric Charbonneau (piano)

Paul Digout (piano)

Patricia GreenPatricia Green (vocal)
Praised for her “warm creamy voice" and “singing with a poignancy and molten resonance", Canadian mezzo-soprano Patricia Green has gained international renown for her remarkable versatility and exceptional musicianship. Her busy career has taken her to the MUSICA Festival in Strasbourg with l’Orchestre de Radio-France, to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, and to Haifa with the Northern Israel Symphony for the opening of the Baha’i Terrace Gardens. Ms. Green has performed extensively at the Kennedy Center in Washington with the Theatre Chamber Players, the National Symphony and Washington Choral Arts. She has also been heard at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the St. Lawrence Center, Roy Thomson Hall, and the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto. Ms Green has appeared with conductors Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Eötvös, J. Reilly Lewis, Zoltan Pesko, Sir David Willcocks, Reinbert de Leeuw, Paslcal Rophé, Noel Edison, and Gustav Meier.More

Aaron HodgsonAaron Hodgson (trumpet)
Aaron Hodgson is one of Canada’s most remarkable young trumpeters, praised for his “exquisite musicianship and assured composure” (International Trumpet Guild) and his “outstanding lyrical trumpet playing” (Hartford Courant). A prize-winner in the Ellsworth Smith and OSM Standard Life competitions, Aaron has been broadcast nationally as a soloist by CBC Radio and featured as a concerto soloist with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie at Canada’s National Arts Centre. His orchestral performances include appearances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic led by conductors such as Neeme Jarvi, Sir Neville Marriner and Helmuth Rilling. He can be heard on Naxos and Analekta records as principal trumpet for recordings of Bach’s Magnificat, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms.More

Marie Johnson (clarinet)

Robert Kubica (guitar)
Robert Kubica has been on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario since 1999, and currently teaches in the Music Performance and Music Education departments. Robert has recorded three CDs of guitar duets together with his wife, Wilma van Berkel, and has performed throughout Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. He has released two solo recordings: To the Greenwood Gone, featuring his own arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes and music from the English Renaissance, and Step Inside, which features his own compositions for steel-string and classical guitar. Robert is on the faculty of the National Music Camp of Canada, he teaches music at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London, and works regularly as an adjudicator for music festivals.

Chad Louwerse (Bass-Baritone)
Canadian Bass-Baritone Chad Louwerse debuted in Europe with l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg as Bernadino in Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini. In Canada he has been heard from Quebec to British Columbia. With Montreal Opera, he starred as Buonafede in Haydn’s Il Mondo Della Luna, sang Talpa in Il Tabarro, and covered Leporello in Don Giovanni. As a member of Montreal Opera’s Atelier Lyrique, he was singled out in Chabrier’s l’Étoile by Claude Gingras of La Presse, who wrote “for pure comedy, first distinction goes to Chad Louwerse”.
In past seasons Mr. Louwerse has sung Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Palémon in Thaïs for Pacific Opera Victoria, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Montreal Opera, and Hortensius in Edmonton Opera’s La Fille De Régiment. He has appeared with Vancouver Opera as The Nazarene in Salome, The Bailiff in Werther, Zaretsky and Captain Petrovich in Eugene Onegin, and as Monterone in Rigoletto. He was also featured in the Lanaudière Festival’s Der Vampyr conducted by Jean Marie Zeitouni.
He is a winner of both the CBC Westcoast Performance Pacific Spotlight competition and the Début competition and has given recitals broadcast on CBC Radio Two. On CD, he can be heard in excerpts of Robert Turner’s opera Vile Shadows and Sylvia Rickard’s song-cycle Three Chinese Songs Of Autumn for the Canadian Music Centre. He was named to the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in 2005 and received the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award. An active oratorio singer and recitalist, Mr. Louwerse’s concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, the Bach Mass in B-minor, the Brahms and Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Jackalyn ShortJackalyn Short (vocal)
Canadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. Internationally, she has performed in many United States cities, and also in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. She has been a regular performer on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Two New Hours, has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships, and is a member of Canada’s Who’s Who.
Jackalyn has been teaching voice to undergrads and post-graduate students at Western University since 2001. Her duties include teaching vocal technique and coaching repertoire, teaching Italian, French, English and German lyric diction, and instructing her students in the use of the IPA system. Several of her students have won prizes at Kiwanis, have advanced in the Met Competition and been accepted into opera ensemble programs. She is a member of NATS and is an active member of the music faculty, collaborating and performing with fellow professors at the school. Jackalyn has received the top teaching honour at Western every year since 2001.
Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA summer opera program in Edmonton, and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld.More

Scott St. John (violin)

Jennie SuchJennie Such
Jennie Such holds a B.Mus (Honours) in Voice Performance from Western University and two postgraduate diplomas in Concert Studies and Advanced Opera from the Royal College of Music.
Jennie enjoys a diverse career spanning the genres of oratorio, opera, and musical theatre.
She has performed principal roles with Vancouver Opera (Gianetta, L'Elisir d'Amore), Pacific Opera Victoria (Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew), Opera Ontario (Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro), Calgary Opera (Johanna, Sweeney Todd), Edmonton Opera (Yum Yum, the Mikado). Opera Atelier (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni), Mirvish Productions (Sister Sophia, The Sound of Music), and the Canadian Opera Company (First Niece, Peter Grimes, Janine/Ofwarren, The Handmaid's Tale).
On the concert stage Jennie made her debut with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Symphony in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem. Subsequently she went on to perform as an oratorio soloist with many orchestras and choirs across Canada including the Victoria Symphony (Handel's Messiah and Ode to St. Cecilia), the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Raminsh's Mass in C Minor), the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Mozart Requiem, Bach's Mass in B Minor), Guelph Chamber Choir and Symphony Nova Scotia (Handel's Messiah), and the National Ballet Orchestra (The Contract).More

Christine Tithecott (piano)
Christine Tithecott has recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Uriel Tsachor and Dr. Alan Huckleberry.
Dr. Tithecott holds a MMus in Performance and BMus (Honours) in Music Education from Western University studying with Gwen Beamish and John Paul Bracey. She also holds an ARCT Diploma in Solo Piano and Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Christine has furthered her studies in France to study privately under renowned teachers Jean-Paul Sevilla and Cécile Ousset. She has also been invited to attend summer festivals including Orford Arts Centre, Toronto Summer Music Academy, and Adamant Music School.
An avid performer, Dr. Tithecott has had the opportunity to present recitals throughout Canada, USA, and France. She has been the recipient of the Chopin award in the Stratford Kiwanis Music Festival, the Silver Tray recipient for Piano Performance from the Chatham Kiwanis Festival and a silver medalist from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Christine has a strong passion for teaching and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers (CFMTA) as well as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Sharon WeiSharon Wei (violin)
Sharon Wei was a National Scholar and Canadian Merit Scholar at the University of Western Ontario under the tutelage of the late Lorand Fenyves. She completed her studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under Roberto Diaz and Karen Tuttle and with Jesse Levine at Yale University.
Sharon has pursued her studies on career grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Chalmers Foundation. At Yale and Curtis she was on full scholarship and graduated from Yale with the Viola prize in 2006. Other honors include awards from the Washington International Competition for Strings, Sinfonia Toronto's International Concerto Competition, Elora Festival Competition and the grand prize at the London Music Foundation Competition. Sharon was nominated by Yale for the 2006 Harvard Musical Association Prize and was the recipient of a 2006 Rising Star Galaxie Award.More

Alexandre von Wartburg (bassoon)
Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Alexandre graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève (Performance, Counterpoint, Solfège), and from Western University (Performance, Music Education). His bassoon teachers and mentors were Kim Walker, Jim MacKay, Gabor Janota, and William Waterhouse.
His career in Education started by teaching Solfège at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique de Genève and continues today with Instrumental Music and Guitar at École secondaire Mgr Bruyère in London. At the Don Wright Faculty of Music, he is a bassoon instructor both in the Performance and Education Departments.
As an orchestra and chamber musician, Alexandre has had opportunities to perform in Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy, Poland, and Hungary.

Todd Wieczorek (voice)

Adrian WrightAdrian Wright (cello)
The major part of Adrian Wright's work as a cellist was spent as a member of the National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, U.K. The broad repertoire of a BBC orchestra and significant resources of the BBC made this an interesting time. During his years in the U.K., Adrian was able to work with a number of orchestras on a freelance basis.
He had experience as a cello teacher in school and private studio settings and learned much from some consultation lessons that he had with the inspirational cello teacher Joan Dickson. Later several years of lessons with an Alexander Method Teacher taught him much about natural, active and effective posture and technique.
Presently Adrian is enjoying a varied professional life. He is a lecturer at the Don Wright Faculty of Music in the Music Education Dept. helping aspiring high school teachers understand the cello and cello technique, is a cello instructor in the Performance Dept. has a private studio, plays in a number of chamber ensembles and freelances, mainly with Orchestra London. Increasingly important to him is his work with the new and expanding El Systema Aeolian program in East London, Ont.
Adrian received his training as a cellist from the Royal Academy of Music in London, U.K. and prior to that three years with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain had a considerable influence on the course of his life.

Tina Yanchus (piano)

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16:30-17:30(Local EDT) Live

Elizabeth Gazebo in Bell Park, City of Greater Sudbury

Elizabeth Gazebo in Bell Park, City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario


Lead Organizer: Cindy Shyminsky

Lead Organizer: Cindy Shyminsky

Artists and Performers

Emily ChungEmily Chung, Violin
“A powerful young violinist who has been praised for her clear sound with sensitive interpretation” -James Buswell.
Debuting at sixteen with the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Romania conducted by Romeo Rimbu at the Seoul Youngsan Art Center, she has also appeared as soloist with the Starling Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jiang Huan at Werner Hall, Cincinnati, OH. Ms. Chung has also played solo recitals at Watson Hall in Cincinnati, Marshall Hall in Boston and Mazzoleni Hall in Toronto. She participated in Aspen Music Festival and School, went on tour to South Korea with Orford Academy Orchestra as Associate Principal Second who were invited by BMIMF (Busan Maru International Music Festival), and she also joined a Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. As an orchestra player, she has played with Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Koerner hall in Toronto and went on tour to Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts in Kingston. She played with Orchestra of Indian Hill and New England Repertory Orchestra. With Boston University Symphony, she has played in Boston Symphony Hall. She has worked with great conductors such as Peter Oundjian, Jean-François Rivest, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Leon Fleisher, Johannes Debus, and Bramwell Tovey.
Ms. Chung graduated from SunHwa Arts High School under Yookyung Min. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus, and a Master of Music from College of Fine Arts, Boston University, where she studied with Peter Zazofsky. She pursued an Artist Diploma Program at The Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music under Barry Shiffman and Paul Kantor.

Gerry Lougheed Jr (Speaker)

Beth Ilana Schneider­GouldBeth Ilana Schneider­Gould

Beth made her soloist debut at the age of 16 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has
since performed throughout the Americas and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and
orchestral player.

Described as a “prodigious talent, poised, introspective and very impressive” by the Los
Angeles Times, Beth has performed with a number of renowned artists including cellist Lynn
Harrell and pianist Yefim Bronfman along with conductors Simon Rattle and Sir George Solti. An
advocate of music by living composers, Beth has commissioned over 100 compositions,
performing on 13 recordings as Duo46. Her CD, "Aires de Sefarad: 46 Spanish Songs for Violin
and Guitar," received a GRAMMY contention and was featured on the PBS Documentary of the
life and work of visual artist ​ ​Waissman. Beth has been heard on BBC, CBC, European
Broadcasting Union, New Zealand Radio and Bayrak Radio (Turkey) and has garnered positive
reviews by Gramophone, Strad, American Record Guide and Fanfare.

Formerly a member of the San Antonio Symphony and an assistant professor at Eastern
Mediterranean University in Cyprus, she currently teaches at Cambrian College and SSO
Conservatory as a certified Suzuki and Mark O’Conner instructor. And although she has
received many awards and honors, Beth considers her children Sophia and Max to be her finest
achievement to date! For more information, please visit

N’Swakamok Kweok Hand DrummersN’Swakamok Kweok Hand Drummers
N’Swakamok Kweok Hand Drummers consist of women that live in the Sudbury area and are from different First Nation Communities. They gather to learn and heal from singing with their Grandmother drums and other women in the group; which continues to honour their spirit and the spirits of others whom they touch with their voices and beat of their drum. Miigwech

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Venue: University of Manitoba, The Desautels Faculty Vocal Arts Room "The Healing Power of Ritual"

The Desautels Faculty Vocal Arts Room
University of Manitoba
Desautels Faculty of Music
T2 - 266, 136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lead organizer: Dr. Laura Loewen

Laura LoewenPraised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Winnipeg collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. More

Artists and Performers

Desiree AbbeyDesiree Abbey (cello)
A native of Toronto, Desiree Abbey has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has toured Europe with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestral Academy, played at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar and served as Assistant Principal cellist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season.
Desiree is an active freelance musician in Winnipeg, performing with the many of the local orchestral and chamber ensembles and currently serves as Principal Cellist with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Desiree holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Desmond Hoebig, and both a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music with Timothy Eddy.
Desi is a passionate music educator! She feels blessed to work with wonderful children in the Sistema Winnipeg program, runs a private home studio as a registered Suzuki cello teacher, and has taught as a sessional instructor of cello and chamber music for the University of Manitoba, Canadian Menonite University and Brandon University. When she is not playing cello, Desi can be found walking her dog Koda with her husband and daughter.More

Vycki Atallah, Coordinator of Teen Talk, Klinic (speaker)

Andrew BalfourAndrew Balfour (composer)
Andrew Balfour is the founder, conceptual creator and Artistic Director of Camerata Nova. In addition to extensive choral experience (singing, directing, coaching and clinician work with a range of choirs in Manitoba), Andrew has become a serious composer and arranger. He also specializes in creating “concept concerts” (Wa Wa Tey Wak, Medieval Inuit, Falls the Shadow) for Camerata Nova, where a theme is explored through an eclectic choice of music, including new works written for the performance, and innovative inter-genre and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Of Cree descent, Andrew started writing his own compositions in 1998. Since then, he has written a body of choral, instrumental and orchestral work, including Gregorio’s Nightmare, Raven Can Tango, Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights), Fantasia on a Poem by Rumi, Missa Brevis, Medieval Inuit, Kihewetaniy (Eagle Feather), and Voice of the Lake. Many of Andrew’s works have been performed and/or broadcast locally, nationally and internationally. As well, several are featured on Camerata Nova recordings. In 2010, two new orchestral works by Andrew are being premiered: Manitou Sky was performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) in June and Oscana will be performed by the Regina Symphony Orchestra in September with Andrew conducting. More

Tadeusz BiernackiTadeusz Biernacki (piano)

Mel BraunMel Braun (baritone)
Baritone Mel Braun is a versatile performer, equally at home in oratorio, recital, and opera, always open to new collaborations. He is well-known to Canadian audiences for his many performances and broadcasts of Early Music with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier, and for his frequent appearances across Canada in the Masterworks of Bach and Handel. These appearances include performances with the Calgary Bach Festival, Edmonton’s Pro Coro, Symphony Nova Scotia, Winnipeg’s Canzona, Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. New Music, another of Mel’s interests, has seen him premiere works with the Banff Centre, Winnipeg’s Groundswell, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Kitchener’s Sound in the Land Festival, Toronto’s New Music Gallery, and Saskatoon Symphony. As a recitalist, he is renowned for his creative approach to Song, whether it’s singing Schumann’s Liederkreis while on stage with the dancers of Winnipeg’s Q Dance, staging Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, or tracing the life of Schubert among his friends as he completed his final work, Die Winterreise. His ongoing duo partnership with pianist Laura Loewen is at the centre of many of these collaborations. When not performing as a soloist, he sings with the Emerado Trio, and with Il Primo, an all-baritone trio.More

Lara CiekiewiczLara Ciekiewicz (vocal)
Versatile soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is quickly making her mark as a compelling, intelligent, and accomplished singing-actress. As a mark of her increasing stature in the arts world, Ms. Ciekiewicz received the Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC ‘On the Rise Award’ for 2015. An alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, she has distinguished herself at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, Opera NUOVA and the Banff Centre. She is featured in the world premiere of Estacio’s OURS at Opera on the Avalon in July of 2016 and later makes her role debut as Amelia in SIMON BOCCANEGRA for Pacific Opera Victoria. Her ‘Salute to Vienna’ New Year’s concerts this season take her to California.
A favourite with Winnipeg audiences, Ms. Ciekiewicz was heard during 2015-2016 season as the Countess in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Manitoba Opera and as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Winnipeg Symphony. Gala New Year’s concerts – ‘Salute to Vienna’ – were on her schedule in Miami, West Palm Beach and Coral Springs, Florida.More

Tracy DahlTracy Dahl (vocal)
With her 2006 debut at La Scala as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Canada's premier coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl has taken another milestone in a career that has brought her together with such opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and the Chatelet in Paris, to name a few. Her "superlative coloratura" (Globe and Mail), "deliciously accurate, stratospheric" (Opera), is regularly singled out by critics. "Her extreme high notes, and she threw in a lot of them, are easy and spectacular." (Boston Globe). She has "a voice filled with sunshine, rainbows and laser light" according to Opera Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle finds her "bright, sparkling, and bouncing, accurate and winning." "Where pure, well-tuned, characterful, and seemingly easy acrobatics through two and a half octaves are required, Dahl is among a relative few who can do it all superlatively well," comments the Calgary Herald. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Opera Canada Award.More

Edmund Dawe (piano)

Esprit de Choeur ChoirEsprit de Choeur ChoirEsprit de Choeur Choir
(Valdine Anderson, conductor)
Esprit de Choeur was formed in the fall of 2011, initially made up of voice students (and daughters!) of Grammy nominated soprano Valdine Anderson. They won triple gold at the 2012 Winnipeg Music Festival in their first public performance!
Esprit de Choeur is delighted to plant roots with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Music Preparatory Studies Department and will begin its inaugural year as an auditioned choir for women’s voices starting in the fall of 2012. Music will range from contemporary compositions by living composers to the best of classical, from folk song to jazz, presented in concerts throughout the season. More

Richard GillisRichard Gillis (trumpet)
A versatile performer and conductor, Richard Gillis began his musical studies in rural Saskatchewan where he played in the school band and in his father’s dance band. In high school, he performed in the Saskatchewan Youth Band and studied at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts.
Richard then went to Saskatoon where he attended the University of Saskatchewan, organized his own musical ensembles, and performed with several groups, including the Saskatoon Symphony. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree, Mr. Gillis was instrumental in founding the NewWest Brass Quintet with whom he recorded an album and performed over 300 concerts and broadcasts throughout Western Canada.More

Allen Harrington
Allen Harrington (saxophone)
Allen Harrington is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music where he teaches saxophone, bassoon, and chamber music. As “an extremely fluid player of superb artistry” (Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal), Allen has amazed and delighted audiences with his “honest sound, …radio-active resonance,” (Halifax Chronicle Herald) “considerable virtuosity,” “mellifluous tone,” (Winnipeg Free Press) “fluid and delicate legato, clear phrasing, great agility, and excellent sense of rhythm” (Le Soleil, Québec City). A native of Saskatoon, he holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (B.Mus.) and Northwestern University (M.Mus.)
As an active soloist, recitalist, adjudicator, chamber and orchestral musician, Allen maintains a busy schedule outside of his University teaching career. He has appeared as a soloist with more than a dozen orchestras in Canada, Europe, and South America. He has given countless recitals across Canada and toured with the organizations Debut Atlantic, Prairie Debut, and Home Routes Classical. Over the years he has also frequently been heard on CBC radio.
Allen has had great success at music competitions at the national and international level. He won the Grand Award of the National Music Festival of Canada in 1999, making him only the second saxophonist ever to accomplish that feat. In 2000, he placed first in woodwinds at the Canadian Music Competition finals, and first in chamber music at the National Music Festival. In 2004, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the international Stepping Stone Competition. In 2006 he became the first Canadian and only the second North American ever to reach the final round of the International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant, Belgium. He finished in fourth place from a field of 144 of the finest saxophonists in the world under the age of 31, at this largest and most prestigious saxophone competition in the world.

Rosemarie Van der Hooft (vocal)
Mezzo-soprano Rosemarie van der Hooft holds a Masters of Early Music Performance from McGill University and has studied with early music specialist Julianne Baird and 20th century specialist Jane Manning. She is widely respected for her interpretations of Bach and Handel, performing this repertoire in England, the United States, and Canada. Rosemarie has performed in concert and oratorio with leading orchestras and early music organizations across Canada including Tafelmusik, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Society, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Richard Eaton Singers, Guelph Chamber Choir and the Elora Festival, and in the United States with the New York Collegium, Washington Bach Consort, American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Handel & Haydn Society, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Baroque. She is featured with the Aradia Baroque Ensemble on the Naxos label recording of Purcell’s music for The Tempest, as well as a music video excerpt from this CD for broadcast on BRAVO!. Rosemarie enjoys frequent recital performances with many Winnipeg colleagues performing music of all eras. She is a founding member of and administrator for the vocal/instrumental ensemble EMERADO. In 2009 Rosemarie founded the Professor Bach Project and serves as Co-artistic Director and Administrator, mentor and performer.
Ms van der Hooft’s interpretation of repertoire from the 20th and 21st century has received widespread critical acclaim. She has been a frequent performer at the Winnipeg Symphony’s New Music Festival. She regularly performs, premieres and commissions the work of Canada’s foremost composers including R. Murray Shafer, Randolph Peters, Michael Oesterle and James Rolfe among others. Most recently Rosemarie performed the premiere of Randolph Peter’s Violinmaker’s Lament at the Envoi Poetry Festival in Winnipeg. She has performed the works of international composers such as Gavin Bryars, Bright Sheng, and Sophia Gubaidulina, as well as the Canadian premiere of two works by Peter Sculthorpe for CBC Toronto’s Encounters Series and Soundstreams Canada. Rosemarie’s operatic work reflects her baroque and 20th century specialties including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the American Bach Soloists, Handel’s Ariodante with the Boston Handel & Haydn Society, and Tamerlano at the Aldeburgh Festival in England, and the Manitoba Opera premiere of Randolph Peters’ opera Nosferatu.
Rosemarie is active in Winnipeg as a teacher and adjudicator. She is on faculty at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) where she teaches Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Lyric Diction. Rosemarie is in demand as a clinician for workshops and master classes at universities and conservatories in Western Canada including U of M, CMU, Brandon University, University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta, King’s University College (Edmonton), CMU Community School of Music and Arts, Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA) and U of M Preparatory Division. She is a well respected adjudicator at festivals and competitions throughout Manitoba, most notably as juror at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition in Brandon. Rosemarie is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves as secretary for the Manitoba Chapter of NATS.

Monica HuismanMonica Huisman (soprano)
Dutch-Canadian Soprano, Monica Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that ’embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact’ (Opera Canada). Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Guatemala City with the reputation of her ‘silken’ voice ‘consistently crafting each note into a work of art’ (Winnipeg Free Press).
She has soared on the stages of Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Netherlands Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario and Saskatoon Opera in productions of Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Cunning Little Vixen, La bohème, Magic Flute, Hansel und Gretel and Lakmé. Many of these performances have been broadcasted by CBC Radio on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.More

Margruite Krahn (visual artist)

Dr. Laura LoewenDr. Laura Loewen (piano)
Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. She is a founding faculty artist of VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute), and is also on the faculties of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta, the Contemporary Opera Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and RICE (Rio International Cello Encounter) in Brazil.
An extremely versatile pianist, Dr. Loewen has performed extensively with singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles, and is equally comfortable in traditional and contemporary idioms. She has appeared in concert with artists such as Charles Castleman, Tracy Dahl, Wendy Nielsen, Kimberly Barber, Jasper Wood, Eugene Rousseau, and William Bennett. She is a regular recital partner of fellow University of Manitoba faculty members baritone Mel Braun, tenor Robert MacLaren, violinist Oleg Pokhanovski, and cellist Minna Rose Chung.
Loewen and duo partner, saxophonist Allen Harrington, have been performing together for more than a decade and are acclaimed for their virtuosic, musical, and electrifying performances. Loewen is also a founding member of The Galileo Trio with Kerry duWors, violin and Mark Rudoff, cello (“an enlightened idea” – Winnipeg Free Press). and Emerado with Rosemarie van der Hooft, mezzo-soprano, and Mel Braun, baritone (“true camaraderie and rapport” – Winnipeg Free Press).More

James McLennanJames McLennan (vocal)
ames McLennan has been celebrated for his “emotional intensity” (Opera News), "considerable charm," and "strong yet pure tenor," (Toronto Star) in a career encompassing over 25 roles on opera stages across Canada. An alumnus of Toronto's famed Second City improv and comedy training centre, his lovesick protagonists, quirky villains and comical sidekicks have been winning over audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade.
James McLennan's "freely expressive and carefully nuanced singing" (Toronto Star) has also been featured in repeat performances with major Canadian orchestras and musical ensembles.
Recent opera roles include Almaviva (THE BARBER OF SEVILLE) for Edmonton Opera; Tamino (THE MAGIC FLUTE) with the Sudbury Symphony; Caius in FALSTAFF, Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, and Young Bilodeau in the world premiere of LES FELUETTES at Montreal Opera; Spoletta (TOSCA) and Remendado (CARMEN) with Opera Lyra Ottawa; and Brighella (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS) and Goro (MADAMA BUTTERFLY) with Pacific Opera Victoria.More

Oleg PokhanovskiOleg Pokhanovski (violin)
Oleg Pokhanovski began his career as a violinist at the age of 6, giving his first performance with the Kuybyshev Symphony in Russia. At 10, he was accepted into renowned Special Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow and later studied at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Valery Klimov. Pokhanovski cites his most influential teachers to be his uncle violinist Lev Zaides, and pianist Svetlana Vorobyova. Invited to move to the United States, he received full scholarships at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music studying with Dorothy DeLay, Pinchas Zukerman and Ani Kavafian, and took part in the “Solisti dal Mondo” program under Taras Gabora. Pokhanovski was also awarded a Doctor of Music degree at the University of Montreal.
Oleg Pokhanovski is a top prizewinner of eight prestigious international violin competitions including the Paganini in Genova, Sarasate in Pamplona and CIEM in Geneva among others, and was First Prize Winner of the 1990 Scheveningen International Violin Competition. He is also a twice recipient of the prestigious Canada Council National Career Development Grant, as well as a multiple recipient of Conceil des Arts du Quebec and Manitoba Arts Council Grants.More

John WeierJohn Weier (poetry)
John Weier was born in Winnipeg and grew up on a peach farm near Niagara-on-the- Lake, Ontario. After graduating from high school, he studied anthropology and history of religions at the University of Manitoba. In 1975 he began work as Winnipeg’s resident luthier; maker of banjos, violas and violins. He’s built more than one hundred stringed instruments.
John has studied in India and England. He’s worked in the Canadian book publishing industry and as a musician with the Duck Mountain Bluegrass Band. He coached for ten years in the Manitoba Fastball program and was awarded the Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence. He is a past President of the League of Canadian Poets and past Creator Co-chair of the Access Copyright Board of Directors. John began writing in his teens and has pursued this vocation professionally since 1983.
His first book, a collection of poems titled After the Revolution, was published in 1986; his thirteenth, When Flowers Bloom and Sparrows Sing, a children’s book, will appear in the fall of 2013. Other books include Steppe: A Novel, Stand the Sacred Tree, Friends Coming Back As Animals, and Violinmaker’s Lament. His writing tends to ride the genre boundaries.More

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Venue: Peter MacKinnon Building Convocation Hall at University of Saskatchewan

peter-mackinnon-buildingPeter MacKinnon Building is an impressive, 2 ½-storey, stone-clad, Collegiate Gothic-style building that was constructed between 1910 and 1912. Convocation Hall, a large assembly hall with a stage and wrap-around balcony that forms the central wing of the E-shaped building. Added at the request of Dean of Agriculture W.J. Rutherford during the design phase, the room was designed to seat 500-600 people as a meeting place for farmers and as a facility for use in extension work. Convocation Hall became the cultural centre of the university campus, hosting convocation ceremonies, dances, concerts, drama productions, societies’ meetings and conventions, and class reunions.

Thank you to University of Saskatchewan for their continued support and encouragement.

We respectfully acknowledge that this concert is being held on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional territory of Cree Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Lead organizer: Prof. Garry Gable

Garry GableGarry Gable’s rich bass-baritone has provided him with performing opportunities across Canada and into the United States. He has ably spanned the vocal spectrum from Broadway to Pop, and of course classical music. His successes include appearance with the Canadian Opera Company, Charlottetown Festival, Victoria Symphony (with CBC-TV), Windsor Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Toledo Opera. Many recitals can be counted among Dr. Gable’s performances as well. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan. More

Artists and Performers

Peter Stoicheff (U of S President) - Speech

Peter Hedley (U of S Director of Support Services) - Speech

Erin Brophy (oboe)

Garry GableGarry Gable (vocal)
Garry Gable has been with the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Music since 1994 in his capacity as Associate Professor (Voice). He is responsible for private Vocal instruction and the providing of courses in Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction for Singers, and is Director of the Music Theatre Ensemble. The winner of the 2011 Provost's Teaching Award for the Division of the Humanities and Fine Arts, Dr Gable is strongly dedicated to providing the best possible vocal instruction to his students, with the goal of assuring that UofS students are competitive with students from any other undergraduate program. Dr Gable is sought out as a master teacher and clinician for the voice - and is recognized for his ability to get his students to sing naturally, no matter what the style of music. Students of singing at the UofS have gone on to the best graduate and other professional training programs in Cananda and abroad, are regular winners in local and national competitions, and have gained success as performers in opera and other venues.More

Kathy GableKathleen Lohrenz Gable (piano)
Kathleen Lohrenz Gable has been a part of NUOVA’s faculty since 2004 where she has conducted Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Copland’s The Tender Land, and Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. Kathleen’s career includes experiences as a recitalist, voice coach, piano instructor, accompanist, and as a musical director and rehearsal pianist for opera productions in Canada and the USA. Kathleen received her bachelor of music from Wilfrid Laurier University; a diploma in lieder from the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria; her fellowship from Trinity College in London; and her Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. Kathleen taught piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Michigan and was a piano instructor at the Interlochen national music camp in Michigan. She has also taught at Wilfrid Laurier university, the University of Windsor, and currently teaches at the University of Saskatchewan. More

Glen GillisGlen Gillis (alto sax)
Glen Gillis, Professor of Music, conducts the Concert Band and several saxophone ensembles, and teaches saxophone, conducting, and music education courses at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Gillis is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and continues to maintain an active schedule in saxophone performance. He has performed at numerous international music conferences (World Saxophone Congresses and North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences) and has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles in Canada. As a member of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada), his diverse performance career and musical experience has spanned over three decades in the realms of classical and jazz, with many published compositions for saxophone, and band through Eighth Note Publications (distributed by Alfred Music). He released SaxSpectrum (2009) and SaxSpectrum 2 (2014) through the MSR Classics label performing and displaying many of his compositions and commissioned works, all world premiere recordings. International music magazines such as Fanfare, American Music Guide, BBC Music Magazine, and Gramophone gave stellar reviews of his CDs. SaxSpectrum 2 also received a nomination for the 2015 Instrumental Recording of the Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards. He can also be heard on didgeridoo.diversions (Hoot/Wisdom Recordings 2007) and Devotion (Ice Music Press 2015). In 2012 he toured China and performed at five city/university venues that included: Beijing, Tianjin, Xi’an, Kunming, and Shanghai. In February 2013 he hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 9 Conference. In 2015 he was appointed as the NASA Region 9 director to a two-year term.More

Greystones Singers – Jennifer Lang, Director

Chelsey MahanChelsey Mahan (soprano)
Canadian-American soprano Chelsea Mahan is making an impression on the independent music scene with her transparency of character on the stage and in unconventional performance spaces. These intimate performances include the roles of Monica in The Medium and Laurette in Bizet’s comedy Le Docteur Miracle with Stu & Jess Productions in Montreal. Having recently completed her Masters of Music at McGill University studying with renowned Canadian soprano Joanne Kolomyjec, Ms. Mahan is currently balancing engagements in and around Montreal and her home province of Saskatchewan.
As a prize-winning competitor, her achievements include first prize in the 65th Young Artist Series Western Concert tour in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association. Through the CFMTA, Ms. Mahan collaborated with pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, in recital, to tour the cities of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Ms. Mahan also won first prize in the prestigious Gordon Wallis Opera Competition (2012), which included professional engagements with both the Saskatoon and Regina Symphony Orchestras. Most recently, Ms. Mahan was appointed a Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (2014) and named a finalist in the Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Cantanti Lirici in Riva del Garda, Italy.More

Dean McNeillDean McNeill (trumpet)
A Full Professor at the University of Saskatchewan Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill has received a Special Recognition Award from the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival for his contributions to jazz in Saskatchewan. On the CD O Music ( Dean performed as soloist the composition Kalla which won the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composition of the Year.
A member of the Saskatoon Symphony ( Dean directs the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (, UofS Jazz Ensemble ( and the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s Jazz Workshop program (

Bonnie NicholsonBonnie Nicholson (piano)
Bonnie Nicholson is a pianist, teacher and chamber musician from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the R.C.M. Teachers and influences are varied and include mentor, Robin Harrison.
Since 1985, Bonnie has served as a Sessional Lecturer in Piano, at the Department of Music, University of Saskatchewan. As part of her solo and teaching career, she has received the Florence Bowes Piano Pedagogy Scholarship (1993), the Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award for Excellence from the University of Saskatchewan Association of Student Musicians (2000) and the Sylvia Wallace Award for Sessional Teaching Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan (2004).More

Rafaele Rogolo (trumpet)

Kathleen SoloseKathleen Solose (piano)
Currently Professor of Piano at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canadian pianist Kathleen Solose earned prestigious degrees from the Juilliard School, New York, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and from the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with renowned artist-teachers Adele Marcus, Carlo Zecchi, and Stanislav Neuhaus. In New York she also worked with renowned pedagogue Dorothy Taubman. The recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants for study abroad, she was first prize winner at the Casagrande International Competition in Italy. Her solo credits include concerts as a recitalist and with orchestras in Germany, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, the United States and Canada. She has recorded for RAI-TV, Radio Svizzera Italiana, National Public Radio (US) and records frequently for CBC Radio Canada.
Kathleen Solose performs a broad range of repertoire, from the Baroque to the 21st Century. Her all-Chopin CD (ArielArts) features the rarely performed Sonata no. 1 in C minor, as well as Chopin's Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor and the Polonaise-Fantasie. Her live performance of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes has been recently released. More

Peter Stoicheff (Guitar)

Jacqueline WoodsJacqueline Woods (piano)
Canadian pianist Jacqueline Woods is known for exciting, dynamic playing and accessible presentation.She commands a wide range of repertoire but has a particular love for the world of chamber music.
Jacqueline’s musical career has taken her around the world – from Budapest to New York. She is an advanced candidate of the SUNY Doctor of Musical Arts program and holds additional degrees from the University of Ottawa, the University of Saskatchewan, the London College of Music and Hungary’s Liszt Academy of Music.
These days, you’ll find Jacqueline working as a communications consultant and pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School, where she focuses on Aboriginal Economic Development and enjoys traveling to communities across the province. In her spare time, she performs chamber music, advocates for the arts, renovates her 100-year-old home and spends time at Wakaw Lake with her husband and miniature dachshund.

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Venue: Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

UBC-old-auditoriumA gem of a performance space, Convocation Hall was opened in 1915 and holds an audience of 426 people. A rectangular room wrapped by balcony on three sides, the seating in Convocation Hall is fixed, theatre style. The venue is most suitable for recitals and chamber music ensembles, although larger ensembles can be accommodated.

Thank you to University of Alberta: Office of the Dean of Students and Information Services & Technology for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Territory on which this concert is being held, a welcoming place for peoples from around the world. We would like to acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps have marked this territory for centuries such as: Cree, Saulteaux, Niisitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, Nakota Sioux.

Lead organizer: Elizabeth Turnbull

BethElizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by the critics as ‘a revelation’, with ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’. Her many and varied credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America (Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Florida, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco). More

Artists and Performers

Allison BalcetisAllison Balcetis (saprano saxophone)
Internationally recognized as an ambitious contemporary saxophonist, Allison Balcetis has studied and collaborated with artists from around the world. Her international performance career includes concerts throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, Thailand, and Taiwan. Recent projects include partnering with André Mestre to create Curto-Circuito, a yearly workshop for young Brazilian composers, which has seen the creation of over 30 new pieces for saxophone and piano since 2014. Other creative partnerships include Colin Labadie, Ian Crutchley, Nicolás Arnáez, Thierry Alla, Rodrigo Bussad, and André Ribeiro. Her work as a soloist and chamber musician has produced over 70 world premieres.

Randy Boissenault (speaker)

Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts (Speaker)

Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp (piano)

Jacques DespresJacques Despres (piano)
Dr. Jacques C. Després began learning to play piano at the age of 3. He started lessons a few months later at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Québec. In the fall of that year, the legendary Canadian conductor Wilfrid Pelletier, after hearing him play, noticed an extraordinary talent in the precocious pianist. After winning the Montréal Symphony Orchestra competition in 1978, and the Prix d’Europe in 1981 from the Académie de musique du Québec, Després has led a varied artistic life. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician, collaborative artist, lecturer, educator, and musical director of the Summer Serenades at the University of Stony Brook’s Staller Center in New York.
Worldwide noteworthy accolades for Després’ musical approach include a rare combination of virtuosity and artistic integrity. Després’ repertoire is broad and eclectic. Most notable are his two world premiere recordings of Joseph Martin Kraus of the complete piano works, and The New Goldberg Variations with cellist Tanya Prochazka. The Kraus performances on Naxos received world critical acclaim, and for the same label, he followed up with a two-compact disc recording of the complete chamber music works by Kraus, a recording he edited.More

Petar DundjerskiPetar Dundjerski (flute)
Dundjerski received his Master's degree in Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with Susan Heppner, Canada's eminent flute virtuoso. He has performed across Canada, from Toronto's Walter Hall to the Banff Centre for the Arts. Since settling in Edmonton, Petar has performed professionally on numerous occasions across the city, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has 16 years of experience teaching flute.Petar has received various awards including a 2003 and 2006-2008 Canada Council for the Arts Grants. He has worked with several distinguished instrumentalists including Shauna Rolston, Scott St. John and Jens Lindemann. Petar Dundjerski currently teaches at the University of Alberta as well as the Alberta College Conservatory of Grant MacEwan College. Petar was the Assistant Conductor in Residence of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 2006-2008, under the mentorship of Music Director William Eddins. This was a two-year appointment, funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Max Fingerrott (baritone)

Shannon HiebertShannon Hiebert (piano)
Shannon Hiebert is highly regarded as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, conductor and music director. A native of Winnipeg, she began her studies at the University of Manitoba and went on to train at the Banff Centre with Martin Isepp and the University of Michigan, in the prestigious studio of world renowned pianist, Martin Katz. Much in demand as a collaborative artist, she has worked with such celebrated singers as Tracy Dahl, Measha Brueggergosman and Andriana Chuchman and has been heard in recital and broadcast across Canada and the United States as well as Europe, Taiwan and Japan. A diverse performer, Shannon has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Groundswell and the Winnipeg Singers, Citadel Theatre and several musical theatre productions. Shannon has toured with Broadway Across Canada in productions of Mamma Mia, Spamalot and Wicked. In 2009, she joined the Toronto Company of Jersey Boys. Ms Hiebert has acted as Music Director for Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts productions of Spring Awakening and A Little NIght Music. She has also provided musical direction for the Plain Jane Theatre Company’s Sterling Award nominated productions of Fiorello, Little Fish, Mack and Mabel and A New Brain. In 2013 Shannon received a Sterling Award nomination for outstanding musical direction. A passionate teacher, Ms Hiebert has served on the faculties of the University of Manitoba, University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, Opera NUOVA, Calgary Opera’s Artist Program and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI). Her students have gone on to universities and programs around the world including, Opera Merola, Chicago Lyric Opera (LOCA), Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Atelier, The Britten­Pears School, The Banff Centre, The Franz Schubert Institute, Tanglewood and Netherlands Opera Theatre. Many of her students now enjoy international performing careers.
Shannon currently resides in her beloved home city of Edmonton where she maintains a busy performing and coaching schedule.

Rafael HoekmanRafael Hoekman (cello)
Hailed by the Toronto Star as a “young musician with a bright future” and noted for his “spirited and fiery performances”, Rafael Hoekman is currently Principal Cellist of the Edmonton Symphony, He has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony, I Musici de Montreal and Newfoundland Symphony and looks forward to making his debut as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony in 2017. As an orchestral musician, Rafael has performed with orchestras including the Toronto, Detroit, and Winnipeg symphonies as well as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a founding member of the Tokai String Quartet a prizewinner of the 2007 Banff International String Quartet Competition. He has performed with many of Canada’s great musicians including James Ehnes, Anton Kuerti, and the St Lawrence Quartet. Rafael teaches at the University of Alberta.

Scott McKeen (speaker)

Leanne RegehrLeanne Regehr (piano)
Leanne Regehr is a versatile and sensitive pianist who has captivated increasingly diverse audiences across North America. She is the featured soloist in a live recording of Victor Davies' Mennonite Piano Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and is currently based in Edmonton where she serves on the faculties of the University of Alberta and The King’s University.
Leanne’s reputation in opera has grown through engagements as a répétiteur with Shreveport Opera, Mercury Opera, and Edmonton Opera. Her dedication to the development of young singers has been shown through her work as a faculty member with Opera NUOVA, a staff pianist for Sherrill Milnes' VoicExperience Program in Florida, and as a Coaching Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She is widely recognized for her intuitive ability to collaborate with other musicians across an extensive range of repertoire.
Leanne completed her Doctor of Music in Piano Performance at Northwestern University and explored further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Aspen Music Festival. She is the accompanist for the Richard Eaton Singers and freelances as a soloist, vocal coach, recital partner, and adjudicator.

Sherry SteeleSherry Steele (soprano)
Originally from London Ontario, Sherry is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. She has performed with orchestras and in musical theatre throughout Canada, and toured internationally as a featured singer in Riverdance – The Show. Sherry also performed with the Broadway company of Riverdance, at the Gershwin Theatre for more than a year.
Sherry has been teaching piano and voice for more than twenty years, most recently at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, and currently at the University of Alberta

William StreetDr. William Street (saxophone)
William Street, saxophonist, has performed and lectured in Belgium, Canada, Federation of Russia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and the USA. He tours frequently with pianist Roger Admiral and the Quatuor International de Saxophones emphasizing the importance of both solo and chamber music making. 2016 chamber music performances are scheduled in Alberta (Edmonton, Red Deer, Camrose, Calgary, Lethbridge), as well as in the US mid-west in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Champaign, Illinois. Recent solo performances and lectures took place in San Jose, California as in well as Bordeaux and Strasbourg, France. Upcoming activities in Bangkok, Malta, and the Province of Alberta. Since 2015, William serves as Chair of the Department of Music of the University of Alberta.

Strongly influenced by his former teachers Etheridge, Hemke and Londeix, Street has sought to make heard the music of today’s composers in his concerts. He can be heard on compact disc recordings Sunthesis: Les Septs Iles, L'Ensemble International de Saxophones, At Your Service with pianist Sylvia Taylor and the Centaur recording of Evolution V for five saxophonists by Marilyn Shrude, with the Chicago Saxophone Quartet. His recording of Tre Vie, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Malcolm Forsyth with Grzegorz Nowak and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 1999 Juno award and was re-issued in 2009. Other recordings include Quatuor International de Saxophone LIVE, heliosaxo, MY VERY FIRST SOLO, Westwind, Canadian Music for Saxophone with Roger Admiral and Hard Rubber, Hard Elastic (2008), featuring Music for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Howard Bashaw.

Street also participated as a jury member and organizer for numerous international competitions in Belgium, France, Malta, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States. Currently in progress is the 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand (2017) where William serves as International Coordinator.

He served as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance from 1992-1994. His published work includes the English translation of Hello! Mr. Sax, ou les Paramètres du Saxophone (Leduc) by Jean-Marie Londeix, "Elise Boyer Hall," and "The Life of Elise Boyer Hall" in Les États Géneraux Mondiaux du Saxophone. Anna and William Street translated into English the Méthode d'étude de Saxophone, by Jean-Marie Londeix published by Éditions Henry Lemoine in Paris. William also served as editorial consultant for the biography Jean-Marie Londeix, Master of the Modern Saxophone by James Umble (Roncorp, 2000).

Patricia TaoPatricia Tao (piano)
Pianist Patricia Tao leads an active life as a performer, teacher and concert organizer. Following studies in Boston, Indiana, and New York, she performed throughout the U.S. and Europe for ten years with the award-winning Guild Trio (Joanne Rile Management), and as a soloist, she toured the U.S. for Columbia Artists’ Community Concert series and overseas as an Artistic Ambassador for the USIA. She continues to perform throughout North America with her trio, Trio Voce (Jasmine Lin, violin, Marina Hoover, cello), which has released two critically-acclaimed CDs and performs both community-outreach concerts as well as at well-known venues (Lively Arts Series at Stanford University, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Music Guild of Los Angeles). Trio Voce’s live performances are broadcast frequently on Chicago’s classical music station, WFMT.
Now in her 7th year as Artistic Director of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival, she programs innovative concerts and collaborates with some of North America’s most distinguished soloists and chamber musicians. She actively promotes community outreach programs through the Hear’s to Your Health Concerts at the U of A medical school, which features both local and international musicians, as well as through arranging performances at local schools and organizing master classes by distinguished artists for young Edmonton musicians.More

John TessierJohn Tessier (tenor)
The Juno Award winning Tenor, John Tessier, has garnered international attention and praise for the beauty and honesty of his voice, for a refined style and artistic versatility, and for his handsome, youthful presence in the lyric tenor repertoire. He has worked with many of the most notable musicians of our day including Plácido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Emmanuel Haim, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Bryn Terfel, Sir Thomas Allen, Thomas Hampson, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Deborah Voigt, Samuel Ramey, Bobby McFerrin, John Nelson, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Carlos Alvarez and Bernard Labadie. Appearances of the recent past and near future include performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, English National Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Musikverein, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Equally comfortable in the genres of opera, oratorio and recital, Mr. Tessier is also in high demand for coaching, master classes, and private consultations. His discography includes recordings on the Naxos, Telarc, BIS, Challenge Records and Dorian labels.

Guillaume TardifGuillaume Tardif
Canadian violinist Guillaume Tardif (DMA, Eastman) is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His current research explores various aspects of the history and practice of the violin, and often features new or neglected works – such as Gallois-Montbrun’s accompanied version of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, which he presented with pianist Roger Admiral at Carnegie-Weill Hall in 2011.
Guillaume Tardif has appeared widely as a violin soloist collaborating with ensembles and distinguished artists in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has been a guest professor at many universities and conservatories, such as Innsbruck University, Grieg Academy, Liszt Academy, Beijing Central Conservatory, Zhejiang University, Federal University Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco State University, and the Banff Centre.
He also joined the faculties of international summer programs at the Semper Music International Festival (Italy), Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and the Global Summer Institute of Music (Virginia). He has published in the areas of musicology, string literature, and pedagogy (e.g. in Locatelli and the Virtuoso Tradition, Brepols, 2015), and produced a number of CD recordings (e.g. From the Library of Joseph Szigeti), violin arrangements, and cadenzas (e.g. Paganini, Mozart). He also led award-winning projects such as the Dare to Discover Series with the Enterprise Quartet and the Genius of the Violin video-documentary.

University of Alberta Madrigal ChoirUniversity of Alberta Madrigal ChoirLeonard Ratzlaff
Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff (conductor)
Comprising 30 to 40 auditioned singers from across campus under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers have emerged in the past three decades as one of the foremost university chamber choirs in Canada.
Frequent first-prize winners in the CBC's Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs, the Madrigal Singers have also had several successes at major international competitions in Germany, including first prize at the Robert Schumann International Choral Competition in Zwickau (1995), third prize in the 5th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf (1997), first prize in the International Choir Competition in Cork, Ireland (1999), and the International Jury Award at this same competition in 2008.More

David Wilson (baritone)

Jeanne YangJeanne Yang (piano)
Jeanne Yang, currently working on a D.Mus. in piano at the University of Alberta. Previous studies include a Master of Music in piano from McGill University, Master of Music in trumpet from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Veterinary Medicine in Animal Welfare from National Taiwan University.

Curt Young (composer)

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Venue: Rozsa Centre, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Calgary

UBC-old-auditoriumThe Rozsa Centre houses one of the premiere music recital facilities in Western Canada in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall – a 384 seat acoustic marvel. The music hall is the main venue for performances by the Division of Music.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. I would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Concert Lead: Laura Hynes

Concert Lead: Laura Hynes
Laura Hynes

A Fulbright scholar in Paris, coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years abroad in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to “classical cabaret” on French television and radio. Laura Hynes has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. She was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013. She has also been awarded degrees from the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de Perfectionnement), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Miami University (B.M.).

Dr. Hynes is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Artists and Performers

Cheryl Emery-Karapita (piano)
Canadian Pianist Cheryl Emery-Karapita is based in Lethbridge and specializes in the field of song in recital with Canada’s emerging vocal talent. After completing an M.Mus in Vocal Operatic Coaching at McGill with Michael McMahon, Cheryl moved to Europe to pursue a Post-Graduate degree in Concert Accompanying with Julius Drake at the Kunst Universität in Graz, Austria. In addition to studies in Graz, Cheryl spent two summers in Baden bei Wien working with Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Rudolph Jansen and Wolfram Rieger at the Franz Schubert-Institut.
Cheryl’s B.Mus in solo performance was completed at the University of Calgary with Marilyn Engle.
In addition to current recital and recording projects, Cheryl is busy with Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices based in Calgary. She also is looking forward to beginning work with students at the University of Lethbridge and CASA Art Centre in Lethbridge.

Neil Cockburn (organ)
International prize-winning organist Neil Cockburn is Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Anglican) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Celebrated for his diverse repertoire interests and expertise, he performs an all-encompassing spectrum of solo organ recitals on a wide range of instrument types, from all-Bach recitals on historically inspired organs, to symphonic programmes on romantic instruments, and concerts of entirely new works. His most recent solo recording is of the Mass on the Sixth Tone with three Magnificat Suites by the seventeenth-century French composer, André Raison.
Born in Scotland, Neil Cockburn’s musical education was at Oxford University (BA Hons, Music), the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK (MusM, Organ Performance, and the Professional Performance Diploma, PPRNCM), the Conservatoire National de Région Rueil-Malmaison, France (Premier prix de perfectionnement), and the University of Calgary (PhD, Musicology). His formative teachers and mentors include David Sanger, Margaret Phillips, and Dame Gillian Weir. He won First Prize at the 1996 Dublin International Organ Competition, and has received numerous other prestigious awards, including the W. T. Best Memorial Organ Scholarship (UK), a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust (UK), and the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize — awarded by an international panel of judges.
From 2000-2015 he was Head of Organ Studies at Mount Royal Conservatory, where he worked alongside Simon Preston on the International Summer School (2000-2009), and was Artistic Director of the Calgary Organ Festival (2010-2015). He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award (Credit Free) by Mount Royal University in June 2014.
As a harpsichord and continuo player he performs regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. With the orbists Victor Coelho and David Dolata and the group “Il Furioso,” he performed harpsichord continuo on two recordings of early seventeenth-century Italian repertoire for the Toccata Classics label: recordings of the music of G.G. Kapsberger and B. Castaldi.

Mara Grunau
Mara Grunau, Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention (speaker)
Mara Grunau, B.Ed., MPA
Mara Grunau is the Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention, a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Alberta. Established in 1981, Centre for Suicide Prevention equips Canadians to respond to people at risk of suicide. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s of Public Administration.
Upwards of 4000 Canadians die by suicide annually. Each year around the world, more people die by suicide than by homicide and war combined. Yet there are few best practices. People are complex, therefore suicide is complex. No two people’s journeys to suicide crisis are the same; each person needs to be considered as the individual s/he is. Because of this complexity, there are few best practices that exist can be grouped in to 4 broad categories: easy, open access to mental health care, responsible media reporting, restriction of lethal means and education (including surveillance and further research). Centre for Suicide Prevention provides the education through secondary research. By collecting all available literature on suicide prevention, CSP boasts the largest English-language library on suicide in the world. We work to continually translate this research into a variety of usable, readily accessible media including webinars, workshops, articles, toolkits and Twitter. Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility and once we are equipped with knowledge and skills, we are better prepared to support someone in crisis.

Laura Hynes (soprano)
A Fulbright scholar in Paris, American coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to "classical cabaret" on French television and radio. She has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and North America, in venues including New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Barbican in London, the Châtelet and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, as well as major venues in Seville, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Marseille, and Montpellier.
In 2015, Hynes joined the performing arts faculty at the University of Calgary. Her research there focuses on innovation in art song recital and opera through social justice issues (Raise Your Voice), transgender voice transition, and interdisciplinary collaborative performance creation. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (DMA) where she was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow, the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de perfectionnement), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Miami University (B.M.).

Land’s End Ensemble
Juno-nominated Land’s End Ensemble of Calgary (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano; Vincent Ho, Artistic Director) is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and International composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“If you want to see a contemporary music ensemble perform provocative, brilliant and relevant work, with an eye for the narrative, then look no further than this bold ensemble that does it all” – Calgary Herald
LE Ensemble is continually creating legacy projects with living composers. The most recent LE Centrediscs release, Gravity and Grace, won a Juno Award and a Western Canadian Music Award in the category of Classical Composition of the year (2014) for the work Field Notes by Allan Gordon Bell. This work was composed for LE Ensemble and James Campbell.
LE’s discography includes two winners of the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording, as well as a Juno nomination for My Life in Widening Circles, music by R. Murray Schafer. LE is proud to champion the music of Canada, and have in fact performed works by more than a hundred Canadian and Alberta composers. Committed to nurturing young emerging composers, LE sponsors a nation-wide Composers Competition annually in partnership with the University of Calgary.More

Ralph Maier (guitar)

Ralph Maier has been engaging Canadian audiences for over thirty years with his sensitive interpretations and natural technical facility. His concert programs cover a broad range of periods from Renaissance to Contemporary, and he is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the Oberon Guitar Trio . He is currently on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory of Music where he conducts private lessons and ensemble classes, and at the University of Calgary where he heads the classical guitar studio and teaches classes in music history and popular music studies.
Ralph Maier concertizes frequently, and is in demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician on classical guitar and period instruments. He has appeared in Canada and abroad, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio. Ralph completed his PhD at the University of Calgary, specializing in sixteenth-century Spanish music for vihuela. His first solo CD, The Art of Vihuela, was released in the winter of 2008. Recent projects include the recording, engineering and production of his most recent CD Variations, with performances on vihuela, baroque guitar, romantic guitar, classical guitar, and electric guitars.

Oliver Munar
Oliver Munar (tenor)
Praised for "an instantly likeable and exciting voice" with "gorgeous spinning tone", tenor Oliver Munar is in increasing demand as a soloist for his musicality, interpretation and versatility. Recent engagements include the title role of Benjamin Britten's opera "Albert Herring" for the University of Alberta (directed by Elizabeth Turnbull), a recital at the International Kodàly Festival and Symposium (Camrose, Canada), and a series of appearances in Austria for the prestigious Franz-Schubert-Institut, singing works by Schubert, Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss and Beethoven. Oliver also sings with two Alberta-based professional choirs, and recently completed graduate studies with acclaimed international operatic tenor John Tessier. He continues to train with Tessier and coach Shannon Hiebert, and is both pleased and honored to lend his voice to this year's cross-Canada performance in support of Mysterious Barricades.

Penny Sanborn
PENNY SANBORN TRIO features Penny on accordion, Darcy Stamp on violin and Simon Fisk on bassetto. This exceptional trio performs live music for special events including receptions, corporate events, weddings and concerts. Their Chic European sound includes an attractive collection of french musette pieces, Italian folk songs, tango suites and improvised jazz tunes. Listeners will identify with the folk melodies at heart, the technique of classical music along with the improvisation of jazz. It is a fresh and invigorating way of treating this traditional music. Penny’s performance credits including the world-renowned Luciano Pavarotti, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and appearances across Canada, Dubai, France, Italy and Switzerland.

Beth Root Sandvoss (cello)
Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beth lives in Bragg Creek,
Alberta, and enjoys an active performance career in Canada and abroad. She has recorded for WERN Madison public radio, RTHK Radio Hong Kong, and CBC Radio. Beth has recorded six commercial CDs and has premiered more than 50 new works for solo cello, cello/piano and chamber ensemble. Beth has an intense interest in new music and is a founding member of the acclaimed Juno nominated Land’s End Ensemble. Beth is also a member of the UCalgary String Quartet in residence at the University of Calgary. Nominated as Instrumental Group of the Year, the UCalgary String Quartet has completed live recordings of all the Beethoven String Quartets as well as the CD Far Behind I left My Country which features Klezmer and East European Folk Music. Beth has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on an award - winning cello made by her husband, Luthier, Christopher Sandvoss.
“The performance brought out its depth of passion.... Beth Root Sandvoss has a beautiful sound, coupled with an excellent sense of harmony—“ Gordon Rumson, Music and Vision

Susanne Ruberg-Gordon (piano)
Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon’s is a highly regarded chamber-musician and collaborative artist. She has performed with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Catherine Monoukian, Ni Tao, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi.
Susanne is the pianist and core member of the Land’s End Ensemble in Calgary, an ensemble that is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by local, Canadian and International composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, Susanne is the pianist for the Galena Trio (Johanne Perron, cello and Nicola Everton, clarinet)
After graduating from the Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm with a Diploma in Chamber Music, her studies brought her to the Banff Centre Music and Sound Program. Her primary teachers were Greta Eriksson and Jose Ribera but she also appreciates learning from Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand and David Moroz. Susanne has also performed in various master-classes with Geoffrey Parsons, Richard Goode, Frans Helmerson, Lynn Harrell, Hans Jensen, Lawrence Lesser, Janos Starker, Henk Guittart and Siegfried Palm.
Susanne has been on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory since 1991 where she is the coordinator of Collaborative Pianists, works extensively with senior string students and teaches chamber music. She has also been a Collaborative Artist for the acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China and Poland since 2001.

“the perfect collaborative pianist, elegant and refined and her shaping everything the connoisseur of the composer could wish”

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Russell Thomsen, Health Promotion Coordinator of the SU Wellness Centre, University of Calgary (speaker)

VoiceScapes - Julie Harris, soprano; Christina Jahn, soprano; Jerald Fast, tenor; Paul Grindlay, baritone; Neil Cockburn, organ

Cum Vino Cantus, conducted by Jean-Louis Bleau
Adriana Lebedovich, violin

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Venue: Roy Barnett Recital Hall, University of British Columbia

Providing students with a state-of-the-art rehearsal space as well as a 255-seat concert hall, the Roy Barnett Recital Hall is a place of inspiration.

Thank you to University of British Columbia for their continued support and encouragement.


We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations.

Lead organizer: Prof. Patrick Raftery

Patrick RafteryJ. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.

Some notable debuts:
The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Conte-Nozze di Figaro)
Das Deutsche Oper Berlin (Marcello)
The Glyndebourne Festival (Guglielmo)
The Metropolitan Opera of New York (Lescaut- Manon Lescaut)
L’Opéra de Paris (Figaro-Barbiere)
The Canadian Opera Company (Marcello)
Vancouver Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Bayerische Staatsoper (Sharpless-Madama Butterfly)
Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Poeta-Turco in Italia)
The San Fransisco Opera (Marcello)
The Washington Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Teatro alla Scala (Cinna-La Vestale)
Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris (Zurga -Les pêcheurs de perles)

Artists and Performers

Spencer Britton At the young age of 6, Britten's passion for the stage began with dance. He began training at Caulfield School of Dance in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. There he worked with notable teachers Cori Caulfield, Sommer Thome, Isabelle Yuan and Van "The Man" Porter. Britten trained in multiple facets of dance, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Partnering, and lifts.
Soon after he found his passion for dance, he found his passion for singing. Mr. Britten started culminating his skills as a singer with the Coastal Sound Music Academy. Under the direction of Donna Otto and Carrie Tennant he surrounded himself with music which allowed him to develop a natural ear for classical music.
Britten's love for opera began while training with soprano Gina Oh. It was her love for teaching and music which recognized his potential for classical music. During his senior years of high school, she focused Britten's skills on preparing for post-secondary music programs, most importantly UBC.
Mr. Britten now enjoys performing regularly throughout Vancouver. In 2017, Britten had his debut with the Vancouver Opera as Older Brother in Dead Man Walking. With UBC this year he performed Triquet in Eugene Onegin, Tanzmeister and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Maestro Jonathan Darlington. Britten also explored Count Almaviva in Gioachino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia leading him to perform it on stages across the Czech Republic and at Vancouver's own Opera and Aria's concerts at Bard on the Beach.
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Ingrid Chiang
Ingrid Chiang, a Taiwanese-born Canadian, moved to Vancouver at age 15. She started her piano study at age 5 and bassoon at age 12. Ingrid studied at University of British Columbia School of Music with Jesse Read, and later at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Christopher Millard. Ms. Chiang is currently in her fourteenth season with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra as principal bassoon, and her eighth season with the Turning Point ensemble; she frequently appears with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Most recently joined the UBC School of Music as a sessional lecturer for woodwind class. In 2001, she won the debut CBC Radio competition, and performed in the Young Concert Artists Series. As a faculty member of the VAM and private teacher at the St. George’s School, Ingrid is one of the most sought after bassoonists and teachers. She has had numerous recordings for radio and CDs; her music making has also taken her across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Conductor Leslie Dala enjoys a multifaceted career spanning the genres of opera, symphonic music, choral and contemporary works. On the podium, he is known for his passionate, dynamic, and charismatic approach to music making. Named one of the top ten artistic leaders by the Vancouver Sun, Dala's national profile has grown steadily with guest conducting appearances with Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the COSI Festival in Sulmona, Italy, the Goh Ballet, and University of Toronto Opera Department. Upcoming engagements in the 2015-2016 season include Soundstreams, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.More

Leslie Dala
Conductor Leslie Dala enjoys a multifaceted career spanning the genres of opera, symphonic music, choral and contemporary works. On the podium, he is known for his passionate, dynamic, and charismatic approach to music making. Named one of the top ten artistic leaders by the Vancouver Sun, Dala's national profile has grown steadily with guest conducting appearances with Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the COSI Festival in Sulmona, Italy, the Goh Ballet, and University of Toronto Opera Department. Upcoming engagements in the 2015-2016 season include Soundstreams, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.More

Terence Dawson
His musicality described as “lucid” (Globe and Mail), his performances as “stunning” (Vancouver Sun), and possessing “trademark elegance and technical flair” (Georgia Straight), pianist Terence Dawson has earned a reputation as one of Vancouver’s most respected musicians. Repeat invitations to give both concerts and master classes from coast to coast across Canada, as well as in the USA, England and Asia affirm his versatility as a performer, dedicated teacher and engaging lecturer.
His career spans that of solo pianist and chamber musician in both small and large ensembles. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Curio Ensemble, and he is the collaborator of choice for numerous artists and ensembles.

Rebecca HassRebecca Hass is a woman of many creative passions. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music performance and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, she has devoted much of her professional life to singing. From her early career, appearing with major opera companies and symphonies across Canada she also appeared with The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto as a swing. Recenly, she has moved into acting, writing and producing a broad range of creative projects (The Belfry, Theatre Skam, Victoria Fringe Festival) and several intimate cabarets (Wanna Sing a Showtune). Rebecca is on staff with The Canadian College of Performing Arts teaching Music Theatre styles and has acted as a vocal clinician for The Victoria Conservatory of Music, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia and Opera Nuova. A Certified Life coach and meditation instructor, she is on staff with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble and has given artist-centered workshops for Opera Nuova, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and St. Andrews Arts Council Opera Workshop. A writer and broadcaster, you can hear her regularly as guest host and documentary maker on CBC Radio One and Two. Rebecca’s latest project is writing a guide for artist’s on meeting the challenge of creative living. A practicing Buddhist, Rebecca lives in Victoria BC. In the 2017/18 season Rebecca is appearing with The Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies as a soloist in Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation and Pacific Opera Victoria’s Jenufa, directed by Atom Egoyan. More

Nancy HerminstonNancy Herminston (vocal)
Nancy Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her New York debut took place in Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne and Mario Bernardi. Her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appointments as voice teacher, and as stage director at the Meistersinger Konservatorium, Nürnberg, and the University of Toronto Opera and Performance Divisions. She was appointed to the UBC faculty in 1995 as Coordinator of the Voice and Opera Division.More

Amira McCavitt (soprano)

Julia NolanJulia Nolan (saxophone)
Dr. Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone. She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, Neal Currie, Alain Mayrand, Alan Matheson, and Jeffrey Ryan.
In July 2013, Julia Nolan taught at the Taiwan International Saxophone Camp and gave master classes in Taipei.
Julia Nolan was the Head Judge at the First International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia in October 2012.More

Beth Orson

Beth Orson (english horn/oboe)
Beth Orson has played Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1990. Sessional faculty at the UBC School of Music since 1993, she has also taught a number of students at the Vancouver Academy of Music and was appointed Oboe Coach at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2008. As a chamber musician, Ms. Orson has appeared most recently with the Turning Point Ensemble and VSO Chamber Players, and in recital at the University of British Columbia and at NYOC. Principal Oboe of the NY Symphonic Ensemble from 1988-2005, she completed 19 tours to Japan with the NYSE, performing in every major concert hall in Japan, often as oboe soloist. As an English horn player Ms. Orson’s solo performances include the world & Canadian premiere of VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey’s “The Progress of Vanity” for English horn and small orchestra at the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference held at Miami University (Ohio) and with the VSO in 2014; Rodney Sharman’s “Songs Without Words” with the VSO, the North American premiere of James MacMillan's "The World's Ransoming" with the VSO, the solo English horn part to Dan Seguin’s Leo Award-winning score for the CBC feature film "Murder Unveiled,” Brian Cherney’s “In the Stillness of September 1942” with the VSO, the Kraus/Ferlandis Concerto for English horn and Orchestra with the Sinfonia-Orchestra of the North Shore and numerous performances of Sibelius’s “The Swan of Tuonela” with the VSO, which she is scheduled to play again in 2015.
Ms. Orson has recorded for CBC Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Essay, New World, Parnassus and Technics Records. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and winner of the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Ms. Orson's principal teachers were Laurence Thorstenberg, James Caldwell, and Elaine Douvas. Before moving to Vancouver, Ms. Orson worked as a freelance musician in New York City where she often performed with the orchestras of the Metropolitan & New York City Operas, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and on Broadway.

James Patrick RafteryJames Patrick Raftery (vocal)
J. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.


Scott Rumble (tenor)

Gwendolyn Yearwood (soprano)

James Patrick RafteryKristina Watt (actor)

Actor, theatre creator with 100 Watt Productions, Artistic Director of TWA, instructor, musician & dancer. Most recent projects: A Christmas Carol at the National Arts Centre, the new creation PARTICLE, co-created with Martha Ross, premiering at Undercurrents Festival, and Woyzeck’s Head with Third Wall. After relocating to Canada 2003, she has worked with the GCTC, New Theatre of Ottawa, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Mag North and the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Kristina is the recipient of three Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Performance for her work in Angel Square (GCTC), Blackbird and Top Girls (Third Wall). Other projects in Ottawa include Generous and The Optimists (GCTC), God of Carnage (Third Wall), Up to Low (Mag North & Easy Street Productions), Love’s Labours Lost (NAC), and oh dear, oh dear (SubDevision). Site-specific creations in collaboration with youth include: Wild Life, 12 Drops and 1 Moon, the 100 Watt Earth Stage at Ottawa Children's Festival, and UthInk Project (with PGC). Trained in North Carolina, London (UK) & New York City - where she lived & worked until 2003. Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. Performance coach for figure skater Josh Allen.

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Sharon Krebs

Sharon KrebsSharon Krebs
Sharon Krebs holds degrees in Human Physiology and Germanic Studies. She calls herself a “singing Germanist.” She has published articles on topics ranging from Bertolt Brecht to the 19th-century song composer Josephine Lang. A book entitled Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (co-authored with Harald Krebs) appeared with Oxford University press in 2007. Her most recent publication is entitled “Chamissos Thränen. Die musikalische Rezeption des Gedichtzyklus.” She is currently researching the nightingale metaphor in German literature in relation to singing. As a singer, she has performed in Germany, Poland, France, England, Wales, as well as in the US and Canada.

Artists and Performers

Rykie AvenantRykie Avenant (piano)
Rykie Avenant studied music at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and graduated with honours, obtaining a Performer's Licentiate in piano as well as a BMus Ed degree. She subsequently worked as repetiteur for the Cape Town and Pretoria opera companies, before relocating to Canada in 1991.

She came to the Cowichan Valley 15 years ago via Powell River, where she appeared regularly in concert for the Academy of Music, as well as at the International Kathaumixw Choral Festival. Since living in the Valley, she has established a solid reputation as teacher, coach and performer, and has been recognized by the BC Choral Federation for her work as choral accompanist.

The accompanist for Encore! Women's Choir since its inception, Rykie is also the pianist in Muse Duo (event music), preferred accompanist for several voice studios and in demand for recitals, auditions and examinations.

Benjamin ButterfieldBenjamin Butterfield (tenor)
Regarded by the New York Times as, “clarion-voiced and vibrant”, Benjamin Butterfield is known for his performances throughout North America, Europe as well as in the Middle East and Asia. Associate Professor, head of voice and co-head of performance for the School of Music at the University of Victoria, Benjamin is the 2015 recipient of the UVic. Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression. He has also served as guest faculty for Opera Nuova, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, The Victoria Conservatory Summer Vocal Academy, Vancouver International Song Institute, Yellow Barn and Opera on the Avalon. More

Kelly CharltonKelly Charlton (piano)

Kelly Charlton is much in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician and has performed with a wide variety of singers and instrumentalists in a career spanning more than 30 years. He has performed in Canada, England, France and Germany and is known for his sensitive and supportive playing, especially in German lieder. Mr. Charlton is currently a senior member of the Piano Faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is also active as a clinician, adjudicator and examiner. Mr. Charlton is also the Director of Music at First Metropolitan United Church.

Eve DaniellEve Daniell (soprano)

Described as “a real find” (Opera Magazine) with a voice “silkily rich, and as agile at the top as it is secure and full at the bottom.” (Opera Today) soprano Eve Daniell recently graduated from the Royal Academy Opera (London, UK) which she attended on a Sainsbury Award and the Catherine Osborne Scholarship, and won the prestigious Pavarotti Prize (2015).

Operatic roles include Konstanze (Pop Up Opera), Donna Elvira (Opera Holland Park, cover) Fiordiligi (Pop Up Opera, Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Programme), Countess (Royal Academy Opera), Tatyana (Dartington International Summer School) and Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Royal Academy Opera). She has appeared on BBC 4’s The Archers, on the Prairie Home Companion (APHC Baltic Cruise 2014) with Garrison Keillor, on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Splash 2012), the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and the Victoria Bach Ensemble.

In the 2016/2017 season Eve was a soloist in the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms singing Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Royal Albert Hall. She opened the London celebration of Canada Day in Trafalgar Square and returned more recently to Canada House to sing for Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Governor General David Johnston. She also received grants from the International Opera Foundation and the British Columbia Arts Council enabling her to undertake mentoring from Dame Felicity Lott and Dr Jane Glover.

Eve is grateful for the support of the Josephine Baker Trust, the Derek Hill and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundations, the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation. For more information please visit

Alana DespinsAlana Despins (horn)
Alana Despins joined the Victoria Symphony as Principal Horn in 2009. She has since been featured as a soloist in Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for Horn (2013), and in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (2012). Alana is also in demand throughout Victoria as a chamber musician. Recent highlights include a sold out performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, arranged for chamber ensemble, on the University of Victoria Faculty Chamber Music Series in 2014, and appearances on the Eine Kleine Summer Music Series, and the Christ Church Summer Recital Series. She is especially fond of performing with The Victoria Brass Quintet, of which she is a founding member.

Before joining the Victoria Symphony, she held the position of Third Horn with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for two years. Additionally, she has participated in numerous summer festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West, the International Bach Academy Festival Ensemble in Germany, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, among others.

Alana received her Master of Music from Northwestern University in Chicago, having studied with Gail Williams. She completed her Bachelor of Music, with distinction, at the University of Victoria where she studied with Kurt Kellan.

Anne GrimmAnne Grimm (soprano)
Soprano Anne Grimm is an internationally recognized performer known for her work in a varied and diverse repertoire. She has appeared extensively in Europe and North America with companies such as the Amsterdam Baroque Soloists, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, The Netherlands Bachvereniging and the Nationale Reisopera as well as at the Festivals of Ambronay, Salzburg and the Handel Festspiele Halle; in the US at the Tanglewood Festival, with Apollo’s Fire Cleveland, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Ojai Festival; in Canada with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Victoria Symphony, Continuum and Toronto Masque Theater. Recent engagements have included performances with Aventa in Adelaide Australia, New York and Montreal and song recitals in the Netherlands.
Ms. Grimm has been heard in Music from Montreal on the CBC Radio, VARA from the Concertgebouw in the Netherlands and has recorded extensively for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, NM Classics, Vanguard Classics, Troubadisc and Sony. Ms. Grimm is on the voice faculty at the University of Victoria.

Rebecca HassRebecca Hass (mezzo-soprano and reader)
Mezzo Soprano Rebecca Hass has enjoyed a long performance career in the classical field. She has also been seen in the Toronto Cast of Phantom of the Opera and in new musicals, some of which she created, at the Belfry Theatre and Theatre SKAM Victoria. Rebecca is also a producer of radio documentaries, columns and essays for CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Edition, North by North West, Tapestry and serves regularly as the guest host for Radio Two’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert. Currently she is working on a documentary about her Metis heritage for CBC Radio and is on staff for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble as their resident Creative Living Coach, as well as working as a Performance coach for The Canadian College of Performing Arts and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Harald KrebsHarald Krebs (piano)
Harald Krebs obtained his PhD in music theory from Yale University in 1980. He held a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and taught at UBC and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a sessional instructor. He joined the music faculty at the University of Victoria in 1986. He is head of the theory section, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theory. He has published widely on the tonal and rhythmic structure of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music in Canadian, American and European journals, and in numerous collections of essays. More

Sharon KrebsSharon Krebs (soprano)
Sharon Krebs holds degrees in Human Physiology and Germanic Studies. She calls herself a “singing Germanist.” She has published articles on topics ranging from Bertolt Brecht to the 19th-century song composer Josephine Lang. A book entitled Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (co-authored with Harald Krebs) appeared with Oxford University press in 2007. Her most recent publication is entitled “Chamissos Thränen. Die musikalische Rezeption des Gedichtzyklus.” She is currently researching the nightingale metaphor in German literature in relation to singing. As a singer, she has performed in Germany, Poland, France, England, Wales, as well as in the US and Canada.

John KrichJohn Krich (reader)

John Krich is an actor, director, and theatre instructor. He holds a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria, Department of Theatre, where he taught for 33 years. While at UVic, he founded and was Artistic Director of the Phoenix Summer Theatre and served as Director of Theatre for many years. He has worked professionally in theatres in both Canada and the U.S. and has been involved with many arts organizations as adjudicator, workshop director, lecturer, and has served on the Board of Directors of several groups. He continues to contribute to the theatre community.

Scott MacInnesScott MacInnes (trombone)
Scott MacInnes (MMus) has become a leader in the musical community as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger and clinician. In the fall of 2005 Scott moved to British Columbia to play bass trombone for a season with the Victoria Symphony. The following year he joined both the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra (VISO). As a member of the VISO for over 10 years he has held the position of Principal Bass Trombone and in 2016 was a featured soloist. At UVic he teaches private trombone lessons as well as conducts the brass choir, trombone choir and Vikes Band. Beyond the University, Scott can be seen performing with a variety of groups ranging from jazz and rock band to chamber groups such as iTromboni (North America’s only professional trombone quintet) and the Pinnacle Brass Quintet of which he a founding member. Scott is constantly striving to bring the highest quality music to the greatest number of people.

Thomas NicholsonThomas Nicholson (conductor)

Thomas Nicholson (*1995) is a Canadian-born composer, pianist, and conductor. His music is interested in the isolation and examination of singular elements of music, and the exploration of their capacities as stimuli within the process of composition. His more recent works have investigated the musical prospects and implications of extended just intonation by searching for a listening experience that is differentiated though informed by its relation to the preconceived philosophies of consonance and dissonance. Furthermore, he investigates the role of auditory memory in the evermore expressive potential of a linear experience of just intonation, as found, for instance, in the Indian classical music traditions. He obtained his Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria (Canada), where he studied under composer Christopher Butterfield.

As a pianist, Thomas Nicholson has performed with some of Canada’s leading chamber ensembles (Aventa, New Brunswick Summer Music Festival) and has given solo recitals of such works as John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes” and Messiaen’s solo organ music. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music under composer Marc Sabat at the Univeristät der Künste Berlin.

Annabelle StanleyAnnabelle Stanley (harp)
Annabelle Stanley is the principal harpist of the Victoria Symphony, a position she has held since 1982. During this time she has frequently been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra. She is also an active chamber musician, soloist and performer of new music. Annabelle is the harp instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria. She has adjudicated harp students throughout Western Canada. Last year she made a CD with the great American Bassist Gary Karr of familiar classics arranged for Bass and Harp.

Tobin Stokes
Tobin Stokes (composer)
Former rock drummer, jazz pianist, and street musician, Tobin Stokes studied percussion at the University of Victoria before settling into composing. He’s written music for the XV Commonwealth Games, the 2010 Olympics, and has been composer-in-residence with the Victoria Symphony (Canada), International Choral Kathaumixw Festival (Canada), Urban Youth Choir Festival (Sweden), and the Pacific Region International Music Academy (Canada). His choir music has been performed around the world, and he has scored several documentary films for the BBC, CBC, and ABC. The score for his newest series, “The Wild Canadian Year”, was recorded with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in July, and will be broadcasting this fall on CBC’s “The Nature of Things”.
His opera, Pauline, a collaboration with author Margaret Atwood, premiered in Vancouver in 2014. His opera Fallujah, with libretto by American/Iraqi Heather Raffo, premiered in 2016 with Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera. His latest opera, Rattenbury, premieres this fall in Victoria with Pacific Opera Victoria.
Tobin lives with his family in Victoria, British Columbia, and is involved in a number of new opera and theatre projects as composer or composer/librettist. He loves cycling, gardening, and paddle boarding.

Kathryn WhitneyKathryn Whitney (mezzo-soprano)
Kathryn Whitney was raised on Vancouver Island and now divides her time between Britain and Canada. She is a freelance musician whose work combines concert and recital performance with a wide range of collaborative research, educational, and experimental creative projects. Kathryn is the founder and Co-Director of the SongArt Performance Research Group in London, England, and in Canada, acts as Artistic Director of the SongArt Community Projects (Winterreise, 2015; Dichterliebe, 2016; Die schoene Muellerin, 2017), Co-Artistic Director of the Summer Academy Choral Program, and Director of the Solfa Chamber Choir Workshops, all at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she also teaches singing. A champion of new music, Kathryn has sung the world premiere of over 50 songs, the majority written for her voice. She was an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research in the School of Advanced Study of the University of London (2010-15), Wolfson Creative Arts Fellow at the University of Oxford (2002-2005) and Walton Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff (2009-2010). In 2012 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice, based at King’s College, London. Kathryn regularly gives masterclasses and workshops in both solo and choral singing, including with the British Columbia Choral Federation. Prior to becoming a performer, Kathryn taught music history and aesthetics as a college lecturer at the University of Oxford for twelve years with concurrent appointments at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music.

Kathryn is very pleased to be participating in the Mysterious Barricades concerts with so many other performers and listeners across Canada, and sends out with her singing her sympathy, hope, and love.