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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

Rich BlenkinsoppRich Blenkinsopp-videographer (sunrise video from Cape Spear, NL)
Rich Blenkinsopp is the Music Technologist at Memorial University’s School of Music. His experience in music includes performing on stage and in the recording studio, but he prefers to be on the production side as a composer, producer, technician or photographer. He runs Studio Bee Creative which provides photography services to the Arts sector. Rich originates from Bristol, England, but has been calling St. John’s home for the last 18 years.

Tina DaviesTina Davies (speaker)
Tina 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.

Duo ConcertanteDuo Concertante
Canada’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.

Dan GoodyearDan Goodyear (speaker)
Dan 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.

Florian HoefneFlorian Hoefner (piano)
Born 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.

Alan KlausDr. Alan Klaus (trumpet)
Dr. 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.

Sheilagh OLearySheilagh O’Leary (speaker)
A 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.

Paul RodermondPaul Rodermond (piano)
Paul 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.

Ian SutherlandDr. Ian Sutherland (speaker)
Born 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 SzutorKristina Szutor (piano)
Praised 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
The 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.

Jakub MartinecJakub Martinec (co-artistic directors/conductores, The Atlantic Boychoir)
Dr. Jakub Martinec is director of choral activities at Memorial University of Newfound-land in Canada. Dr. Martinec holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Western Ontario and his research focuses on a comparison of European and North American perspectives on choral conducting as well as investigations of early Czech choral literature, and pedagogical strategies for teaching adolescent male singers. Born in the Czech Republic, he was the founding artistic director of the renowned Czech Boys Choir, Dr. Martinec has recorded for national TV and Radio in the Czech Republic, and has directed on numerous CD‘s and DVD’s - his recording of Britten‘s A Ceremony of Carols received a Recording of the Month award by the London-based Classical Music Web in 2004.
Dr. Martinec has performed with eminent orchestras, ensem- bles and musical person-alities in some of the world’s most famous concert halls and cathedrals , including Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg, Germany (2005, 2009, 2011), Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, USA (2004), Winspear Hall in Edmonton, Canada (2006), Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada (2012), the Pantheon and the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the leaders of the Vatican (2009, 2010), Truro Cathedral, UK (2013) and regularly at the Rudol num Dvorak Hall and Smetana Hall in Prague. With his choirs, he performed the opening concert of choral cycle of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (2006), and has appeared at numerous international music festivals including The Prague Spring Festival (2004, 2005), European Festival of Youth Choirs „Giuseppe Zelioli“ (2003, 2012), AmericaFest International Festival for Boys’ & Men’ Choirs including the VIth World Choral Symposium in Minneapolis (2002), Festival d’Ambronay (2006), Mitte Europa (2008, 2009, 2013), and the highly acclaimed World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys (Prague, Hradec Kralove, 2004, 2008). Dr. Martinec is also often asked to be a guest clinician, adjudicator and presenter, e.g. Cornwall Male Choral Festival, UK (2013), Pemulwuy, Australia (2014), European Festival of Youth Choirs „Giuseppe
Zelioli“, Italy (2014, 2016), Podium, Canada (2014), ACE - Asian Conference on Edu-cation, Japan (2015).
In 2016 Dr. Jakub Martinec has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the Atlantic Boychoir - the first Provincial choir of boys and young men in Canada.

Jennifer Beynon MartinecJennifer Beynon Martinec (co-artistic directors/conductores, The Atlantic Boychoir)
Jennifer Beynon- Martinec B. Mus., B. Mus. Ed., M. Mus., is a Ph.D. candidate in Music, Medicine and Education at Memorial University. She is a voice and music education graduate from the University of British Columbia and the University of Western of Ontario.
Jennifer has been a choral conductor and vocal pedagogue for over fifteen years in both Canada and Europe; having worked with prestigious organizations such as: St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, Ontario, the Amabile Boys Choir, the Bach Children’s Choir, and the prize-winning Czech Boys Choir. Jennifer was awarded the Don Wright Scholarship for Vocal Music (UWO, 2001), the Lloyd Bradshaw Scholarship in Choral Conducting (UofT, 2003) and most recently the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, 2016).
Currently, Jennifer is the artistic director of the AVE Girls Choir in collaboration with the Graham Academy, co-artistic director of the Atlantic Boychoir and a per-course instructor at Memorial University. Jennifer enjoys being active in the St. John’s community with her three children and husband, Jakub Martinec.

David ChafeDavid Chafe (piano, The Atlantic Boychoir)
Dr. David Chafe is an award-winning pianist and recording artist, twice recognized by the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL) as Gospel Artist of the Year for It Is Well (2007) - his popular debut CD of hymns for solo piano - and for his follow-up album Bright and Beautiful (2008). He has also been recognized by MusicNL as Classical Artist of the Year for the album Over Hill and Valley (2008) with singer Christopher Bowman. This CD was also awarded Classical Album of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and was nominated as Classical Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA). David has also recorded a popular and critically-acclaimed CD of sacred Christmas carols, Midnight Clear (2008) with singer and instrumentalist Andrew Dale. In 2014, David and longtime musical partner, trombonist Stephen Ivany, recorded This Shall Be for Music, a collection of folksongs by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Mahler.
David is co-Founder and a past Artistic Director of Newman Sound Men’s Choir whose CD The Green and Salty Days earned the choir the 2011 MusicNL award for Classical Artist of the Year and an ECMA nomination for Classical Recording of the Year. Newman Sound won international acclaim in 2012 as Champion Male Chamber Choir at the prestigious World Choir Games, one of the world’s largest choir competitions. David’s playing can also be heard on the albums Lady Cove and Heart’s Content by world-renowned Lady Cove Women’s Choir, the albums Choral Voyages and Cantus Vocum Christmas by Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, and on recordings by gospel singer Mark House and the gospel group Celebration.
He has produced, hosted and performed in many concerts in St. John’s. David teaches piano and music theory privately, is mentor to many aspiring young musicians, and is accompanist for some of the most promising students of the MUN School of Music. He is also in demand as a private teacher and adjudicator throughout the province.
David earned his Bachelor of Music (Honours; Piano Performance) in 2002 and Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy) in 2004 from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music as a student of Dr. Kristina Szutor. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University, which enables him to manage his career as a teacher, performer, accompanist, recording artist, concert producer and musical director in his St. John’s home. In 2017, David completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at Memorial University following extensive research into the lives and work of numerous professional musicians whose careers are based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His thesis is entitled Price of a Gift: Lives and Work of Professional Musicians in St. John’s, Newfoundland . He plans to undertake additional research and writing further examining musician careers.
David has served as Chair of the Board of MusicNL and Waypoints, and has been active in numerous other community projects. In addition to his busy accompanying, teaching and research life, he is a singer and assistant pianist in Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, pianist for Newman Sound Men’s Choir, and pianist for Atlantic Boychoir of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jennifer MatthewsJennifer Matthews (accompanist, The Atlantic Boychoir)
Dr. Jennifer Matthews is a vocal and piano pedagogue, collaborative pianist, and conductor. Jennifer worked at the Mannes School of Music and City Opera of New York as accompanist and répétiteur and at Hunter College, City University of New York as lecturer and assistant conductor of Hunter Opera Theater and Hunter Choirs. She concluded her formal education by earning a Doctorate in Music Performance in opera studies and conducting from McGill University; also working as assistant conductor for Opera McGill. She returned to Hunter College and later spent the summer months at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Institute as vocal coach and répétiteur.
Dr. Matthews returned to Corner Brook where she has a large piano and vocal studio and formed the Bay of Islands Musical Arts Incorporated which features a mixed choir, and senior and junior youth choirs, The Bay of Island Musical Arts Chorus has performed with Marc David and the Newfoundland Symphony and looks forward to another production of BIMA’s annual Messiah in December. BIMA opera was thrilled to present a fully-staged production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica as their inaugural opera featuring all choirs and guest artists. Jennifer has also been music director for the musicals presented by the Stage West Festival for the last three years and also made her third appearance with Winter Tide Festival as pianist and Choral conductor. She also just completed a term as Musical Director at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Corner Brook. Dr. Matthews was thrilled to become the official accompanist for the Atlantic Boychoir in 2016 and is looking forward to its many exciting artistic endeavours planned in the upcoming year.

Trinitas Cook-Cheramy-RobertsTrinitas Chamber Ensemble
Born 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.

Concert Programme

St. John’s: 06:30 -08:00 (03:00 – 04:30 MDT)

Concert Lead: Dr. Jane Leibel

Concert MC: Dr. Ian Sutherland, Dean, School of Music

Concert Venue: D. F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University

Performed and Recorded on Sept 8 at 19:30 NDT

MDT Local
 03:00 06:30 Dr. Sutherland - welcome 2
Les Barricades Mystérieuses (Ordre 6ème de clavecin)

(Francois Couperin )

Sonata for Trumpet and Piano                William Rowson

II     Andante

III   Allegro spiritoso

Alan Klaus, trumpet

Kristina Szutor, piano

Dan Goodyear, Guest Speaker

Chief executive officer, Canadian Mental Health Association NL

Violin Sonata no 2 in A major, op. 100     Johannes Brahms

I    Allegro amabile

Duo concertante:  Nancy Dahn, violin, Timothy Steeves, piano

Voces de mi Tierra (2003)    Elisenda Fábregas

II  Noche en la Alhambra

IV  Gigue

Trio Trinitas:  Michelle Cheramy, flute, Nathan Cook, cello, Phil Roberts, piano

Sheilagh O'Leary, Guest Speaker

Sheilagh conceived and established the ‘Tickle Swim for Mental Health’, a fundraising, awareness campaign for The Canadian Mental Health Association NL

Migration                 Florian Hoefner

Florian Hoefner

Tina Davies, Guest Speaker

President of Richard’s Legacy Foundation for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Ave Maria                                    Giulio Caccini (arr.)

Panis Angelicus                           Cesar Franck

Edelweiss                                    Linda Spevacek (arr.)

True Colors                                  Bill Brennan (arr.)

Praise His Holy Name                             Keith Hampton

Atlantic Boychoir:  Jakub Martinec, Jennifer Beynon-Martinec, Conductors/ Artistic Directors

David Chafe, piano


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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

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.

Friday, September 8 – 7:00 to 8:30
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue

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

Peter Allen (piano)
Peter Allen, concert pianist, has been heard for years on CBC regional and national radio performing solo works, concertos with orchestra, and chamber music. He continues to stay busy performing many concerts, as well as participating regularly with Scotia Festival, The New Brunswick Summer Festival, the Kincardine Music Festival, Musique Royale and as soloist with numerous orchestras centered here in the Maritimes. He has recorded two solo cd’s as well as numerous duo recordings with flautist Patricia Creighton.
As a composer, Peter has fulfilled many commissions including Mar Atlantico; Variations on the Halifax Explosion; a Suite for Clarinet and Orchestra; and the much heralded CBC/SNS commissioned Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto. Of his many other compositions for many instrumental combinations, his most recent work for clarinet quintet, Lamentation was premiered in France in April of 2016 and later repeated in February, 2017 in evening of all Peter Allen works as part of the Cecilia Concert Series.
Peter is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.

Blue Engine String Quartet: Jennifer Jones, Anne Simons, Alexandra Bates, Hilary Brown
The Blue Engine String Quartet was created by four women as a vehicle for a more personal musical expression apart from their orchestral careers.
With many CBC broadcasts to their credit, the quartet has been at the forefront of the Atlantic Canadian music scene for two decades, whether it’s playing the core repertoire, collaborating with songwriters- most recently Reeny Smith, Catherine MacLellan and Erin Costelo or premiering the music of Canadian composers, the Blue Engine has covered a lot of track.
BESQ’s 2005 album, If It Be Your Will, songs of Leonard Cohen, was met with critical acclaim, including Mr. Cohen himself, who wrote “My dear colleagues, thank you for the sublime gift”.

Erin Costelo (jazz and contemporary singer)
Erin Costelo is an artist who is mining the truth - through writing, arranging, producing and masterful live performance. With a voice unlike any other in Canada she has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story. With songs that sound like they were written by your heroes. Heavily influenced by Gospel and Americana, she’s had the opportunity to open for heroes like Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Bettye Lavette and has recently performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.
Her latest, self-produced album Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of twelve awards in her home of Eastern Canada and named the best R&B/Sould recording at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards. It is a magical, moonlight-soaked reverie, filled with drama and intensity; in one moment a defiant cry and in the next a desperate whisper. It has been described as "embodying the spirit of Nina Simone" and "conjuring the ghost of Donny Hathaway".

D’Arcy Gray (percussion)
Canadian percussionist D'Arcy Philip Gray exploits his versatility to find himself in a great variety of performing situations. In the past ten years, Gray has premiered well over 100 new works, mostly solo or chamber music by Canadian composers. In addition, he participated in installations of Rainforest IV and the Collage Juke-Box project, both of which have been presented worldwide. He has also given dozens of clinics on three continents on a variety of subjects.
As of summer 2008, Gray has made Halifax, Nova Scotia his new home after 23 years in Montreal. He has been appointed Percussion Instructor at Dalhousie University. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and McGill University. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Getty Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He is a clinician for Yamaha Canada and Sabian. In his spare time he is a dedicated member of the Canadian Ski Patrol, an avid sailor, and a certified SCUBA diver.

El Jones (speech)
El Jones is a spoken word poet, an educator, journalist, and a community activist living in African Nova Scotia. She was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax. In 2016, El was a recipient of the Burnley "Rocky" Jones human rights award for her community work and work in prison justice. She is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a live radio show with incarcerated people on CKDU that creates space for people inside to share their creative work and discuss contemporary social and political issues, and along with this work, she supports women in Nova Institution in writing and sharing their voices. El was recently named the Nancy's Chair of Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University for the 2017-2019 term. Her book of spoken word poetry, Live from the Afrikan Resistance! was published by Roseway Press in 2014. El would like to pay tribute to the many nameless and unrecognized women whose work makes it possible for her to be here today.

Scott Macmillan (composer, conductor, guitar (jazz, Celtic))
Born in Halifax, Scott Macmillan enjoys a stellar reputation in Nova Scotia and abroad for his unusual versatility working in the fields of classical, pop, jazz, blues and celtic music.
Once inked, a Scott Macmillan biography is at once out of date, for he and his passion for creating music have already moved on to a new composition, arrangement commission, collaboration, performance, musical directing live or in the studio, conducting, teaching, or as a clinician.
Music has taken Macmillan to many places, to Carnegie Hall in New York twice, to perform his much loved ode to our world’s oceans Celtic Mass for the Sea, with his partner and librettist Jennyfer Brickenden. He has performed in the British Isles and Germany, the US and has crossed Canada many times to conduct orchestras, perform, make television and radio shows and sound tracks for films. Yet the many who seek out his talents know that Nova Scotia, the home of his birth, is where to find him.
2016 saw the completion of 3 new recordings. In April, Macmillan released Scott ’n the Rocks, Live at Stayner’s featuring his original music composed for his 12-piece jazz ensemble, celebrating their 10th anniversary. In July Scott and Cape Breton fiddler Colin Grant launched their 1st duo recording GOOD2GO and in September Scott released his serious music recording, Currents of Sable Island, an extended composition for solo voice and chamber ensemble based around his experiences on Sable Island. All 3 were nominated for 2017 East Coast Music Awards, Currents of Sable Island garnered Classical Composition of the Year while GOOD2GO took home Trad. Instrumental of the Year.
Inspired by his desire to learn and expand his own musical knowledge and knowing that the best students make the best teachers, Scott began mentoring a new generation of guitarists in 2008 at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University.

Catherine Martin (drummer/singer)
A member of the Millbrook First Nation in Truro, Nova Scotia, Catherine Martin is an independent producer, director, writer, facilitator, communications consultant, drummer and the first woman Mi’kmaw filmmaker from the Atlantic Region. She has a BA from Dalhousie University in Theatre Arts and a Masters of Education from Mount St. Vincent with a focus on Media Literacy.
Among Catherine’s many, many films and documentaries are the award-winning animation film Little Boy who lived with Muini’skw (2004), the NFB film the Spirit of Annie May (2002) and Spirit Wind (2000) and Bringing Annie May Home. She has produced videos for Coady Intl Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership , Mi’kmawey Debert Project, Truro, Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Shows, Ulnooweg Development Group and continues to work with organizations to produce stories about Mi’kmaq and First nations communities.
She has served on many Boards of Directors and has helped to develop many of the polciies and programs within the Canadian Cultural and Arts Institutions to advance First Nation Artits in the respective disciplines and has advocated fore educational access to professional careers.
Catherine was recently awarded the Women in Film Award for her contribution to the film industry in Canada. She teaches communications and fine arts for the University College of Cape Breton in Mi’kmaq communities and was the 14th Nancy Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017.

Olga Milosevich (host)
Olga Milosevich studied music at the University of British Columbia, and then Broadcast Journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her first job was working as a news reporter for a private radio station in Vancouver. In October 1983, she moved to Halifax for a job with the CBC. She spent the first 3 years with CBC TV working as a news anchor on the “Maritimes Tonight”. During the next 11 years she hosted 2 CBC Radio network shows, “Weekender” and “Music Alive”. For the last 15 years of her career, she worked as host and producer of the regional arts show “Connections”, and produced a daily arts report for “Mainstreet”. She also emceed 15 to 20 community events each year. She retired in July 2012. In November 2012, in recognition of her community service, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. Olga is busy in retirement, sitting on several boards and committees, one of which is the MCPA. She is happy to give back to this venerable institution, which provided her daughter with excellent instruction in piano and flute.

Gregory Myra (pianist)
Halifax pianist Gregory Myra received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2009 from Dalhousie University. Upon graduation he developed a keen passion for accompanying singers and accompanied voice students at Dalhousie for two years. He then accepted a fellowship at the University of Manitoba working with Dr. Laura Loewen and graduated with a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano in 2013. He is currently a collaborative pianist at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, accompanying the voice studio of Professor Marcia Swanston and is the repetiteur for Dal Opera. Locally, he has conducted and served as pianist for five seasons with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, performed with Opera Nova Scotia and at the Music Room as part of the Fountain School of Music Chamber Series.

Lucas Hernandes Nascimento (tenor)
Lucas Hernandes Nascimento grew up in the south of Brazil surrounded by popular and traditional Southern American culture. He began his education at the Federal University of Paraná, taking a variety of courses within several artistic fields. Beginning with an applied study pursuit in guitar, Lucas took interest in various performance idioms. After a few performance opportunities, it was a clear decision that learning to sing was the next step towards something greater. In September of 2015 Lucas began to take that step under the tutelage of Professor Marcia Swanston, where the Fountain School of Performing Arts became a second home with intense study and practice. Lucas is thankful to his friends, peers, instructors and the FSPA staff members for fostering his inner voice, and preparing him to be a vessel for music.

Marcia SwanstonMarcia Swanston (speaker)
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

Concert Programme


Olga Milosevich


Catherine Anne Martin

Welcoming Chant and Dance                                                                                                

Catherine Anne Martin, singer/drummer

Suli’An Knockwood, Grass Dancer  

Trisha Gore, Fancy Shawl Dancer

 Sonata in E flat major, Hob. XVI:49


Adagio e cantabile

Finale:  Tempo di Minuet

  1. J. Haydn (1732 – 1819)

Peter Allen, piano

De’ miei bollenti spiriti

from “La Traviata”

  1. Verdi (1813 – 1901)

Lucas Hernandes Nascimento, tenor - Greg Myra, piano

 Original El Jones poem

El Jones

  1. The Birds that Wake the Day
  2. Pale Moon
  3. Give a Little
  4. Quiet the Bombs

Written and arranged by Erin Costelo

Erin Costelo & The Blue Engine String Quartet


Marcia Swanston

Lesson 35

Dionisio Aguado  (1784 – 1849)

Scott Macmillan, solo guitar

New Century Hornpipe

Trad. arr. by Scott Macmillan

Scott Macmillan, guitar - Hilary Brown, ‘cello 

D’Arcy Gray, percussion

Gigglebee Jig

Scott Macmillan

Scott Macmillan, guitar - D’Arcy Gray, percussion

The Blue Engine String Quartet



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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

Jonna BrewerJonna Brewer (speaker)
Jonna Brewer has been with the CBC since 1988, starting as an editorial assistant in the national radio newsroom in Toronto after graduating from the University of King's College. Having grown up in Sackville, she was happy to return to New Brunswick. Jonna has done many jobs during her years at CBC Moncton, from reporter to executive producer, news announcer and now host of Information Morning. Her passion for story telling has never waned and she says there is no shortage of stories to tell, nor a shortage of fascinating people to talk to, in New Brunswick.

Joël CormierJoël Cormier (percussion)
Joël first studied percussion under Michel Deschenes at the Université de Moncton where he finished his BA. Mus in music performance. Afterwards, he moved to Toronto to study percussion at the University of Toronto under Beverly Johnston, John Rudolph and Russell Hartenberger where he finished his M. Mus and DMA. During his time in Toronto, Joël played with various orchestras including the Kingston Symphony, Peterborough Symphony, Brampton Symphony and the Esprit Orchestra. He also participated in many music festivals including the New Music Festival and Nuit Blanche. Joël released his first solo percussion CD, “Les voiles blanches” in 2012. The album features two well known New Brunswick composers: Richard Gibson and Christian Hébert. Joël is also a founding member of the Sonore Percussion Trio, which made its debut in 2009. The Toronto based ensemble is dedicated to new sounds and new music having commissioned two new percussion pieces since its creation. Joël has been awarded numerous prizes including the winner the University of Toronto Concerto Competition, the Star of the festival in the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music and the winner of CBC's Jeunes Artistes competition. Along with teaching percussion at Mount Allison, Joël is also timpanist for Symphony New Brunswick.
Joel a débuté ses études à l'Université de Moncton où il a terminé son Baccalauréat en musique. Ensuite, il a poursuivi ses études à l'Université de Toronto où il a obtenu sa maitrise et son doctorat en
musique. Joel est un joueur orchestral expérimenté. Il a joué avec le Kingston Symphony, le Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, le Brampton Symphony et l'Esprit Orchestra et plus récemment, la Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick et Tutta Musica. Il collabore aussi avec de nombreux projets de musique contemporain et il aime surtout la musique expérimentale.
Joel a lancé son premier CD de percussion solo “Les voiles blanches” en 2012. L'album comprend les pièces de Richard Gibson et Christian Hébert. Joel enseigne actuellement les percussions à Mount Allison. En plus, il est le timbalier pour Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick.

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

Nadia FrancavillaNadia Francavilla (violin)
Nadia Francavilla, Montreal-born violinist and music educator, brings a collaborative spirit, a passion for new music, and a distinctly European sensibility to her performing and teaching work.
A McGill University graduate, she trained under Mauricio Fuks, Raphael Druian and Joseph Silverstein. Her orchestral background includes l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Les Violons du Roy, and she spent several years with Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc and Quatuor Bozzini, producing recordings and touring in North America, Europe and Japan. At present, she performs most often with Motion2, Atlantica and Moineaux D’Entendre, exploring classical and contemporary works in mixed chamber music settings.
Ms. Francavilla’s driving interest in new music has led her to commission and premiere new works from both Canadian and international composers. She particularly enjoys working with young composers, sharing in their creative process and nurturing their innovative spark. Meanwhile, explorations of improvised works and frequent collaborations with visual and multimedia artists have shaped her study of music as performance art.More

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Lynn JohnsonLynn Johnson (piano)
In addition to a solo piano career, Lynn Johnson’s joy of creating music with others led to an early involvement in a variety of chamber music combinations. This has resulted in degrees in piano performance, chamber music and collaborative piano. Her career as a solo and collaborative artist has taken her across Canada, throughout the United States and Europe, including a solo performance at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She has been featured in numerous broadcasts with CBC and Radio Canada.
Johnson earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at the University of Southern California. At USC she studied with renowned collaborative pianist, Gwendolyn Koldofsky and harpsichordist, Malcolm Hamilton. She is also the recipient of First Prizes with Distinction in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. She is currently professor of piano at Mount Allison University. She maintains an active agenda as teacher, adjudicator and chamber musician.

Sannu Lawt

David Rogosin

Vasi Vangieli

Ventus MachinaVentus Machina (quintet-Ulises Aragon, Karin Aurell ,Patrick Bolduc, Christie Goodwin, James Kalyn)
Ventus Machina is a professional woodwind quintet based in New Brunswick, Canada. We present chamber music concerts and educational concerts in both official languages throughout the Maritime region.
The undeniable chemistry between the members of Ventus Machina is apparent in their flexible and unique style of performance. Each from vastly different geographical and cultural backgrounds, the five musicians have truly found their common musical language.
Formed in 2011 as a joint project between Symphony New Brunswick and l’Université de Moncton, the Ventus Machina woodwind quintet has enjoyed a warm welcome from audiences all over New Brunswick. Through their educational outreach performances and workshops the quintet reaches thousands of New Brunswick students each year, and has expanded their scope to include the exciting new summer program, the “Wind Masters’ Workshop” which will return for a third year in July 2015. Ventus Machina is featured each season on Symphony New Brunswick’s popular ‘Virtuoso Series’ of chamber concerts, and are pleased to have performed with the Atlantic Ballet, Atlantic Sinfonia and with guest SNB soloist Suzie Leblanc during the 2014-15 season. Follow us on Facebook or at for current details.
The members of Ventus Machina are: Karin Aurell, flute - originally from Sweden and contributing a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience; Christie Goodwin, oboe – born and raised in central Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country; James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone - renowned woodwind doubler and full-time Professor at Mount Allison University; Ulises Aragon, horn – a soloist and all-round superstar transplanted from Venezuela’s famous Simon Bolivar Orchestra; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon – bringing a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’ plus a wide range of performance experience, Patrick contributes his boundless energy and humour to the group.

Concert Programme

Sackville: 09:00 – 10:00 (06:00 – 07:00 MDT)

Concert Lead: Sally Dibblee

Concert MC: Jonna Brewer

Concert Venue: Mount Allison University, Brunton Auditorium

MDT Local
06:00 09:00 Jonna Brewer  - Opening welcome and intro :30
06:01 09:01 Doreen Richard, First Nation’s Blessing :30
06:02 09:02 David Rogosin, piano

Mysterious Barricades, Couperin

Italian Ground Orlando Gibbons

Air & Variations, from Suite No. 5 in E G. F. Handel




06:12 09:12 Sannu Lawt and Vasi Vangjeli, violin, David Rogosin, piano

Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV 1043 Johann Sebastian Bach

06:16 09:16 Speaker 2:00
06:18 09:18 Sally Dibblee, voice and Lynn Johnson, piano

El tra la la y el punteado Enrique Granados

El mirar de la maja

El majo discreto




06:25 09:25 Speaker, Kim Meade 2:00
06:27 09:27 An die Musik Franz Schubert 3:00
06:31 09:31 Fragments for Wind Trio Robert Mucynski 7:00
06:39 09:39 Ventus Machina, Aires Tropicales Paquito D'Rivera 3:00
06:43 09:43 Joel Cormier, marimba, Nadia Francavilla, violin

Histoire du Tango Astor Piazzola

06:48 09:48 Joel Cormier, vibraphone, Musique matinale Richard Gibson 4:00
06:53 09:53 Hubert Francis…… 5:00
06:58 09:58 End (includes time for On and off, clapping and bows 7m)

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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 acknowledge that McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

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

Donna BrownDonna Brown (soprano)
Renowned for the floating "golden-hued" quality of her voice, and for her "intelligent musicality", celebrated Canadian soprano Donna Brown performs on the world’s great opera and concert stages throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America. She has worked with such distinguished conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Helmuth Rilling, Kurt Masur, Jeffrey Tate, Kent Nagano, Daniel Barenboim, Carlo Maria Giulini, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Armin Jordan, Charles Dutoit, Georges Pretre, Mario Bernardi, Roberto Minczuk, Antonio Pappano, Pinchas Zukerman, Carlo Rizzi, William Christie, Philippe Hereweghe, Frans Brüggen, Bernard Labadie and Trevor Pinnock.
Ms. Brown has received critical acclaim for her roles as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Almirena (Rinaldo), Gilda (Rigoletto), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Seviglia), Michaela (Carmen), Nanetta (Falstaff), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Servillia (La Clemenza di Tito), Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), Madeleine (Le Postillon de Lonjumeau) Aricie (Hippolyte et Aricie) Scylla (Scylla et Glaucus) and Morgana (Alcina). Ms. Brown was also asked to create the role of Chimène in the world premiere creation of Debussy’s unfinished opera Rodrigue et Chimène for the opening of the renovated Opera de Lyon.
Recitals have always been of major importance to Ms. Brown, and she has sung in over a hundred recitals with such pianists as Roger Vignolles, Menahem Pressler, Maria Joao Pires, Michel Dalberto, Stephane Lemelin, Philippe Cassard, Françoise Tillard, Alain Planes, Micahel McMahon, Jane Coop, Peter Tiefenbach, Bruce Ubukata, Stephen Ralls, Jean Marc Luisada, Jean Philippe Collard.
Many of her CD recordings have won prestigious awards (Grammy, Diapason d'Or, Gramophone) and she has been filmed for television in Canada, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan.
Ms Brown was a visiting professor at the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, the Fondacion Schola Cantorum in Caracas, Venezuela, the Bachakademie in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and has given masterclasses throughout the world. She currently teaches at the Conservatoire de Montréal.

Nils BrownNils Brown (tenor)
In the 2017-18 season, Nils Brown will perform the Monteverdi Vespers as soloist with the American Bach Soloists, Festival Montréal Baroque and Festival International de Lameque, will appear in ''Nicandro e Fileno'', by Paolo Lorenzani, with Nouvel Opéra in Montreal, and will tour with La Nef ensemble, supporting the critically acclaimed album, Sea Songs and Shanties (ATMA Classique), on which he features prominently. Nils Brown has performed extensively in Canada and the USA with groups such as the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Chicago Music of the Baroque, Tafelmusik and Aradia Ensemble in Toronto, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, I Musici de Montreal, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver and Edmonton Symphonies, the Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, and has sung with great choral societies including Montreal's Choeur St. Laurent, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ottawa Choral Society, and the Vancouver Bach Choir. As a singing actor in Dr. Jonathan Miller's stagings of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Brooklyn Academy, New York City, Nils Brown appeared in three separate productions in this the very first dramatic treatment of the work. In 2016, in a busy season, he completed a self-directed work-shop with Calgary dance company W&M Physical Theatre, at the Banff Centre, in vocal repertoire from Lutoslawski to Britten to Bowie, reprised the role of Almaviva, with Chicoutimi's Société Lyrique du Royaume, and appeared in the complete Bach Cantata cycle at Salle Bourgie, Montreal. Opera credits include the role of Don Ottavio with Cork Opera, Ireland, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opéra de Montreal, several roles with Toronto's Opera in Concert, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermor with Opera Lyra Ottawa, as well as a very successful outing as Florestan in a small Montreal production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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.

Aline Kutan (soprano)
Aline Kutan is “an exceptional performer who charms, not only by the brilliance of her crystalline high notes but also by her angelic voice which instantly dispenses emotion on stage” (La Provence).
‘She can throw out gruelling coloratura runs and stratospheric high notes with ease... Her accurate placement is impressive, particularly because she weaves the singing into a seamless legato line, yet she can hold a note forever, as well as play with nuance. She is also very musical and expressive, and is quite a good actress.” (Globe and Mail)
“high and effortless notes”, “voluptuous vocalizes”, and “extraordinary precision, flexibility and vocal beauty.” (La Presse).
Montreal soprano Aline Kutan is a versatile artist acclaimed by the critics and public for her crystalline voice and virtuosity. Over the past 20 years of her career, she has sung over 25 leading roles in such operas as Lakmé, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Zauberflôte, Entfuhrung aus des Serail, le Comte Ory, La Traviata, Falstaff etc. and on prestigious stages such as at Paris Opera, La Scala de Milan, Glyndebourne Festival, Festival des Chorégies d'Oranges, Grand Opéra de Genève, Opéra de Monte Carlo, San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Opera de Santiago, Chile, Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, NY City Opera, Montreal Opera etc. She sang in the world premiere of Philippe Fenelon’s Les Rois at Opéra de Bordeaux and has sung the role of Semele in Salieri’s Europa Riconosciuta with Riccardo Muti conducting. She has worked with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Johannes Debus, Kent Nagano, Jacques Lacombe, Raffi Armenian, James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Hogwood, Frederic Chaslin etc. Concert highlights include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Gliere's Concerto for a coloratura Soprano, Mozart's C minor mass, Stravinsky's Rossignol, the Angel in Messiaen's St. Francis of Assisi as a Canadian premiere with the MSO and recently Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony. Other highlights include Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge, the 9th Symphony and the Missa Solemnis, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and soloist in Mahler’s 4th and 8th symphonies. Past winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition and International Voice Competition in Toulouse, she teaches at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal as well as the McGill University. She has recordings of chamber music and opera with Atma, Analekta & Sony BMG labels

Dominique LabelleDominique 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.

michael mcmahonMichael McMahon (Piano)
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.

Marie-Ève ScarfoneMarie-Ève Scarfone (piano)
Diplômée de la Manhattan School of Music et de l'Université de Montréal, Marie-Ève Scarfone mène une brillante carrière de pianiste tant au Canada qu'à l'étranger. Elle s'est produite à travers l'Amérique du Nord ainsi qu'en Europe, en Asie et au Moyen-Orient.
En tant que récitaliste et chambriste, elle a été l'invitée de nombreux festivals dont Centro Històrico (Mexico), Printemps musical de Silly (Belgique), Flâneries musicales de Reims (France), les Concerts du jeudi du Louvre (Paris), The Song Continues (Carnegie Hall, New York), Debut Atlantic, le Festival international du Domaine Forget, le Festival Orford, la Virée classique de l'OSM, le Festival international de Lanaudière et la Société d'Art Vocal de Montréal pour ne nommer que ceux-là. La réputée chaîne a diffusé à plusieurs reprises ses récitals avec son complice Stéphane Tétreault au violoncelle.
Récemment nommée chef de chant principal à l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, Marie-Ève Scarfone voue un grand amour à l’art vocal. Elle a assumé la direction musicale de différentes productions d'opéra dont au Wexford Festival Opera (Irlande) ainsi qu’à l'Opéra de Québec. Mlle Scarfone est aussi chef de chant à l'Université McGill en plus d'être répétitrice à l'Opéra de Montréal et à l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Elle est également pianiste officielle au Concours musical international de Montréal et au Concours OSM Manuvie.
Lauréate du prix de piano de la Marilyn Horne Foundation Song Competition et du prix de la Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, elle a été plusieurs fois récompensée par l'Opéra de Montréal au cours de sa formation à l'Atelier lyrique. Ses enregistrements réalisés avec de nombreux artistes ont été salués par la critique internationale en plus d'être en sélection pour plusieurs prix.

Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart (piano)
Canadian pianist Paul Stewart launched his career in 1981, appearing with the Toronto Symphony in a critically acclaimed performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Since then he has appeared as guest-soloist with major orchestras worldwide, and in recital throughout Canada, the United States (including Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Center, Washington), Mexico, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa and Asia.
In 1996, his British début in London’s Wigmore Hall was broadcast live by the BBC, and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra was heard throughout Russia and subsequently released on a bestselling CD.
Other recordings include works by Beethoven, Britten, Elgar, Granados, Honegger, Liszt, Medtner, Phil Nimmons, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schubert and Strauss. For Grand Piano (Naxos) he is currently recording, on 4 CDs, the complete piano sonatas of Nicolai Medtner, a composer he has championed and performed on five continents. Volume I and II in the series have received enthusiastic critical acclaim. «This is pianism at its pinnacle. Stewart’s dynamic range is amazing...but through all the virtuosic wizardry that leaves one agape, there emerges an artist of poetic sensitivity who makes every measure of Medtner’s music sing.» (Gramophone).
A « Bluenoser » from the town of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Paul Stewart studied in Halifax with Tietje Zonneveld, in Montréal with Charles Reiner, in London with Kendall Taylor, and in Italy with Guido Agosti and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
In addition to his active performing and recording career, Paul Stewart is a Professor of Piano at the Université de Montréal.

Stéphane Tétreault, Violin
In addition to innumerous awards and honours, Stéphane was recently selected as laureate of the "Classe d'Excellence de violoncelle" Gautier Capuçon from the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and was the recipient of the Fernand-Lindsay Career Award.
Chosen as the first ever Soloist-in-Residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain, he performed alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the 2014-2015 season. In 2016, Stéphane made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Nézet-Séguin and performed at the prestigious Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. During the 2017-18 season, he will take part in the Orchestre Métropolitain’s first European tour and make his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Stéphane has performed with violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov and pianist Alexandre Tharaud and has participated in a number of masterclasses, notably with cellists Gautier Capuçon and Frans Helmerson. He has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Paul McCreesh, Julian Kuerti, Timothy Vernon, James Feddeck, amongst many others.
His debut CD, recorded with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel was chosen as "Editor's Choice" in the March 2013 issue of Gramophone Magazine. His second album with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone featuring works from Haydn, Schubert and Brahms was given Gramophone magazine's "Critics' Choice 2016" as one of the best albums of the year.
Stéphane was a student of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky for more than 10 years and holds a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Montreal.
Stéphane plays the 1707 "Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini" Stradivarius cello, on generous loan by Mme Jacqueline Desmarais
Détenteur d’innombrables prix et distinctions, Stéphane fut récemment choisi dans la Classe d'Excellence de violoncelle Gautier Capuçon de la Fondation Louis Vuitton et s'est vu remettre la toute première Bourse de carrière Fernand-Lindsay de la Fondation Père Lindsay.
Nommé premier soliste en résidence de l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Stéphane s'est produit entre autres avec Yannick Nézet-Séguin lors de la saison 2014-2015. En 2016, il a fait ses débuts avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Philadelphie, sous la direction de Maestro Nézet-Séguin et s’est aussi produit au prestigieux Gstaad Menuhin Festival en Suisse. Au cours de la saison 2017-18, il participera à la première tournée européenne de l’Orchestre Métropolitain et fera ses débuts avec le London Philharmonic Orchestra. Il a partagé la scène avec le célèbre violoniste et chef d’orchestre Maxim Vengerov ainsi qu’avec le pianiste Alexandre Tharaud et a travaillé avec les chefs Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Paul McCreesh, Julian Kuerti, Timothy Vernon, James Feddeck et bien d’autres. Stéphane a aussi participé à de nombreuses classes de maître, notamment avec les violoncellistes Gautier Capuçon et Frans Helmerson.
Son premier album, enregistré avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec sous la direction de Fabien Gabel s’est vu remettre le Choix de l’éditeur du prestigieux magazine Gramophone. Son deuxième, avec la pianiste Marie-Ève Scarfone, a été sélectionné sur la liste des meilleurs albums de l'année "Critic's Choise 2016" de Gramophone.
Stéphane a étudié pendant plus de 10 ans sous la tutelle du regretté violoncelliste et chef d’orchestre Yuli Turovsky. Il est titulaire d’une maîtrise en interprétation à l’Université de Montréal.
Stéphane joue sur le violoncelle Stradivarius « Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini » de 1707, qui lui est généreusement prêté par Madame Jacqueline Desmarais.

Jacqueline WoodleyJacqueline Woodley (voice)
Canadian soprano Jacqueline Woodley has been praised for her fearless versatility, changing styles fluidly from early music to contemporary, from opera to art song. Sought after for her “exceptional talent” in performing modern works, Jacqueline created the role of Milice-Bride in the première of Ana Sokolovic’s opera, Svaba-Wedding, with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, a production that toured Canada and Europe. She starred in the American premiere of the Sokolovic work for Philadelphia Opera and was also featured in the San Francisco Opera production. Other acclaimed performances of contemporary music include works by György Kurtág, Kaija Saariaho and Judith Weir.
Recent performances include her Montreal Symphony debut under Kent Nagano; the Forest Bird (Siegfried), Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) for the Canadian Opera Company; Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Edmonton Opera; appearances at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival with Les Voix Baroques; a soprano and trumpet programme for Clavecin en Concert and La Fête de la Musique de Mont-Tremblant; and Handel’s Messiah for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Aradia Ensemble, Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir and in a staged version for Against the Grain Theatre. She has been featured in Tapestry’s M’dea Undone and Oksana G and appears frequently with Toronto Masque Theatre, Edmonton Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony and Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings. Ms. Woodley holds a Master’s Degree in Opera from McGill University and is an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio.

Concert Programme

Montreal: 09:00 – 10:30 (07:00 – 08:30 MDT)

Concert Lead: Michael McMahon

Concert MC: Julian Patenaude

Concert Venue: McGill, Tanna Schulich Hall

MTD Local
9:00 Les barricades mistérieuses - François Couperin

Hank Knox ,  harpsichord

9:03 SR  Speaker John McMaster  Introduction 3
9:06 John intro Dominique and Hank 1
9:07 Dominique Labelle, Soprano, Hank Knox , harpsichord

Sweeter than roses (Purcell),  Evening Hymn

9:17 (SR)  Speaker  Cecile Bardon from Association québécoise de prevention du suicide 3
9:20 ( SR)   MC intro 1
9:21 Paul Stewart, piano, Michael McMahon, piano

Fingals Cave   (1 piano 4 hands)  Mendelssohn

9:32 ( SR)   MC intro 1
9:33 Donna Brown,soprano, Michael McMahon, piano

Songs my mother taught me         Dvorak

9:36 ( SR)   MC intro 1
9:37 Hank Knox, harpsichord


9:42 ( SR)   MC intro 1
9:43 Aline Kutan , soprano, Michael McMahon,piano

Sul fil d’un sofio etesio  Verdi

9:51 ( SR)   MC intro 1
9:52 Paul Stewart  Piano

Song of India (Rimsky-Korsakov)

9:58 ( SR)   MC intro 1
9:59 Stéphane Tétreault, cello, Marie-Ève  Scarfone, piano

Meditation (Thais )    Massenet

10:07 ( SR)   MC intro 1
10:08 Jacqueline Woodley,soprano, Michael McMahon,piano

Forever young (Corigliano) 4’

Somewhere over the rainbow  (Kern) 3’



10:16 MC Intro AND THANK YOU 2?
Nils  Brown, tenor and guitar ( acoustic)

Se,               Denza 4’

Ideale           Tosti  3’40

Rondine al Nido       Vincenzo


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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

Yvonne Cox Yvonne Cox (harp)
Yvonne Cox is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa studying harp performance under the direction of Michelle Gott. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cox began studying harp at the age of five.
Yvonne Cox is a motivated performer and has played with many orchestras such as the University of Ottawa Orchestra, University of Nevada-Reno orchestra and “Sound-Painting” Orchestra. Most recently, she had the opportunity to play with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Brevard, North Carolina with artistic director Keith Lockhart.
This year, she will perform with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and the University of Ottawa Orchestra.

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.

Isabelle GagnonIsabelle Gagnon (harp)
Isabelle Gagnon is currently studying harp with Michelle Gott at the University of Ottawa. Isabelle is a dedicated musician and student, with a passion for performing and teaching. She enjoys performing in all types of ensembles, from small chamber groups to full-size orchestras. While studying at uOttawa, Isabelle discovered a love for playing contemporary music. She now pursues performances and of both traditional classical music and new contemporary works, which she feels enriches her musical life. Isabelle believes that music education is a vital part of children’s education. She loves to teach music and work with kids, and encourage a love for playing music.

Michelle GottMichelle 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.

Michele J Penney (singer)

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

Claire Stevens
Claire Stevens (piano)
Claire Stevens relocated to Ottawa in the summer of 2014 from London UK, where she was an active collaborative pianist working with a variety of instrumental and vocal partners. She was Principal Keyboard player of the Kantanti Ensemble, a chamber orchestra of young professional musicians, and was the mainstay of their pre-concert recital series, performing instrumental duos and chamber music in additional to orchestral, rehearsal pianist and continuo roles. Claire has also worked extensively with young choirs and in artist development for the Banff Centre and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Claire is accompanist to Hypatia's Voice Women's Choir and the Ewashko Singers, and has assisted with the preparation of massed choruses for NAC Orchestra concerts. As a guest artist her performances include concerts with Capital Chamber Choir, Canterbury Trebles and the Ottawa Recitalists. She also enjoys a regular collaboration with Sandra Graham’s vocal studio at the University of Ottawa.

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.

Concert Programme

Ottawa: 10:30 – 12:00 (08:30 – 10:00 MDT)

Concert lead: Christiane Riel

Concert MC: John Avey

Concert venue: University of Ottawa, - Perez Hall - Freiman Hall


  MDT Local  
1. 08:30 10:30 Les Barricades mystérieuses from Deuxième Livre de clavecin – François Couperin

Michelle Gott, harp

2. 08:33 10:33 TEXT – Christiane Riel, John Avey
3. 08:35 10:35 Longest Walk – aboriginal song

Michele J Penney, drummer/singer

4. 08:40 10:40 TEXT – John Avey
5. 08:41 10:41 Où irai-je me plaindre? and  Au Pré de la rose – from Chants de France – Joseph Canteloube

Christiane Riel, soprano; Leopoldo Erice, piano

6. 08:46 10:46 TEXT- John Avey
7. 08:46 10:46 Sonnets 29 and 30 – William Shakespeare

Sometimes - Sheenagh Pugh

Kristina Watt, actor

8. 08:49 10:49 TEXT – John Avey
9. 08:50 10:50 Widmung from Myrthen, Op.25 - Robert Schumann

Vergebliches Ständchen, from Fünf Romanzen und Lieder, Op. 84 – Johannes Brahms

Sandra Graham, mezzo-soprano; Claire Stevens, piano

10. 08:55 10:55 TEXT – John Avey
11. 08:55 10:55 Guest speakers - Ms. Renée Ouimet and Justice Russell Brown
12. 09:03 11:03 Romeo and Juliet before Parting from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - Sergueï Prokofiev

David Jalbert, piano

13. 09:10 11:10 TEXT- John Avey
14. 09:10 11:10 Aria in a Classic Style - Marcel Grandjany

Michelle Gott, Yvonne Cox, Isabelle Gagnon, harp trio

15. 09:16 11:16 TEXT – John Avey
16. 09:17 11:17 Punto de Habanera, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito and Canto negro from Cinco canciones negras - Xavier Montsalvatge

Renée Lapointe, mezzo-soprano; Leopoldo Erice, piano

17. 09:24 11:24 Prelude and Waltz from Little Suite - Balys Dvarionas

Leopoldo Erice, piano

18. 09:29 11:29 TEXT – Christiane Riel and John Avey
19. 09:29 11:29 I Want Jesus To Walk With Me – arr. Edward Boatner

Joshua Fit the Battle Of Jericho – arr. Mark Hayes

John Avey, bass-baritone; Leopoldo Erice, piano

20. 09:35 11:35 Love after Love - Derek Walcott
Let it Go – E. E. Cummings

Kristina Watt, actor

21. 09:38 11:38 TEXT – Christiane Riel
22. 09:38 11:38 Carrickfergus – arr. Jean Shackleton

John Avey, bass-baritone; Leopoldo Erice, piano

23. 09:42 11:42 Please Call Me by My True Name - Thich Nhat Hanh

Kristina Watt, actor

24. 09:44 11:44 TEXT – John Avey
25. 09:44 11:44 Granada from Suite Española, Op. 47 - Isaac Albéniz

Louis Trépanier, guitar

26. 9:50 11:50 Aranjuez, ma pensée -Thème de l’adagio du Concerto d’Aranjuez - Joaquín Rodrigo

Christiane Riel, soprano; Louis Trépanier, guitar

27. 9:56 11:56 TEXT – John Avey
28. 9:57 11:57 Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music - Rodger/Hammerstein

Sandra Graham, mezzo-soprano; Claire Stevens, piano

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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.

Concert Programme

Toronto: 12:00 -13:30 (10:00 – 11:30 MDT)

Concert Lead and MC: Monica Whicher

Concert Venue: University of Toronto, Walter Hall

MDT Local
10:00 12:00 Opening Remarks: Monica Whicher, Intro of UofT rep. 1:00
10:01 12:01 Welcome: U of Toronto representative 2:00
10:03 12:03 Carolyn Maule, solo piano

Les Barricades Mystérieuses, François Couperin

10:06 12:06 Intro of Carolyn Maule and Russell Braun and next 3 selections : MW 1 :00
10:07 12:07 Monica Whicher and Russell Braun, duet with Carolyn Maule: 1) My Lord, What a Morning, Norman Gabriel Nurmi

R. Braun and C. Maule:

2) Sonnett, Sir Ernest MacMillan, RB/CM

3) Who is Sylvia, Gerald Finzi RB/CM

10:14 12:14 Introduction of Judy Loman, arranging of harp etc. for next 2 selections. 1:00
10:15 12:15 1) Judy Loman, solo harp: David and Saul, Srul Irving Glick

2) Monica Whicher, soprano and Judy Loman, harp: Kishmul’s Galley

10:25 12:25 Introduce Speaker: Dr. Ivan Silver, Vice President, Education, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) 3:00
10:28 12:28 Intro of Norine Burgess and John Greer and next 2 pieces 1:00
10:29 12:29 Norine Burgess, mezzo-soprano; John Greer, piano:

1) Out on the Mira, Alister MacGillivray, arr. John Greer

Norine Burgess, mezzo soprano; John Greer, piano:

2) Song, TBD

10:36 12:36 Intro of Julie Ranti and Tim Dawson 1:00
10:37 12:37 1)Julie Ranti, solo flute: Etching, Harry Somers

2)Tim Dawson, double bass; Carolyn Maule, piano: Colloquy, Don Coakley

10:44 12:44 Lorna MacDonald to introduce her own songs

LM, soprano; Carolyn Maule, piano

Cape Breton Lullaby, Kenneth Leslie, arranged by Peter Wright

Nova Scotia Song (traditional) arranged by Joel Phillips

10:52 12:52 MW Introduces Liz Upchurch and next 3 songs 1:00
10:53 12:53 1)Liz Upchurch, solo piano: Mazurka opus 17, no. 4 in A minor

Monica Whicher, soprano; Liz Upchurch, piano:

2)Give Me Your Hand; Cradle Song, Liz Upchurch

11:02 1:02 Nathalie Paulin introduces her 3 songs

NP, soprano; Liz Upchurch, piano:

L’amour captif; Ma première letter; Villanelle, Cécile Chaminade

11:09 1:09 Introduce Lorna, Nathalie, Norine, voice; JG, piano:

Sing for your Supper, Rogers and Hart

11:13 1:13 The Mysterious Barricades Toronto Chorale, Tracy Wong, Conductor

Where Go the Boats, Mark Sirett

We are One, Brian Tate

11:21 1:21 Closing Remarks (Monica Whicher) 1:00
11:22 1:22 Finale: I Arise Today, Matthew Emery; with the MBTC; Julie Ranti, flute; solo singers will join the choir onstage for this finale; Tracy Wong, conductor. 4:00

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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

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.
Leanne Holland Brown (Dean of Students)

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

Liam Gordon

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.

Kathryn LadanorKathryn Ladanor (clarinet)
Kathryn 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

Pete Lamont (technical director, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall)

Tanis MacdonaldTanis Macdonald (poet)
Tanis 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.

Glenn MaraisGlenn Marais
Glenn 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.

Rene Andre MeshakeRene 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.

Tana Nash, WRSPC

Office of the Dean of Students and the Faculty of Music

Penderecki QuartetPenderecki String Quartet
Celebrating their 30th anniversary season, the Penderecki String Quartet began their career as winners of the Penderecki Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Łódz , Poland in 1986. Now based in Waterloo, Ontario where they have been Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1991, The Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. The four Penderecki musicians (now originating from Poland, Canada, and USA) bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail).
The PSQ’s international performing schedule has included appearances in New York (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hong Kong (Academy for the Arts), Los Angeles (REDCAT Hall at Disney Center), St. Petersburg (Sheremetev Palace), the Adam Festival in New Zealand, and throughout Europe in Rome, Madrid, Paris, Belgrade, Prague, Krakow, Vilnius, and Zagreb. The PSQ has also toured extensively in Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil and from coast to coast in Canada.
Dedicated educators, the PSQ have been recent guests at Bloomington Indiana University’s String Academy, the Beijing Conservatory, University of Southern California (Los Angeles), University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and with their partner universities in Osnabrück, Germany and Lyon, France.
To this day the PSQ is a devoted champion of the music of our time, having premiered over 100 new works from composers in Canada and abroad. Penderecki Quartet’s large discography includes over three dozen recordings including the chamber music repertoire of Beethoven and Brahms on both the Marquis and Eclectra labels, as well as the first Canadian release of the six Béla Bartók quartets. Their disc of Marjan Mozetich’s “Lament in the Trampled Garden” won the 2010 JUNO Award for Best Composition. In October 2013, the PSQ worked with Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki on his Third Quartet (2008) and performed it at Symphony Space in New York City on the occasion of his 80th birthday. This season they release a disc of Penderecki’s Third Quartet along with quartets of Norbert Palej on the Marquis label.

Samantha PickettSamantha Pickett (soprano)
Soprano 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..

Chad Quigley

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.

Sherrie Steinberg (Student Wellness)

Heather TavesHeather Taves (piano)
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

Jason Verhoeve (WLU Student's Union)

Concert Programme

Waterloo: 13:30 – 15:00 (11:30 – 13:00 MDT)

Concert Lead & MC: Kimberly Barber

Tech Lead: Peter Lamont

Concert Venue: Wilfrid Laurier University, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall

Program: From Darkness into Light

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11:00 13:30 Opening: Rene Meshake, Pipigwewin 6
13:36 Brief Welcome and introduction:  MC Kimberly Barber 3
13:39 Heather Taves (harpsichord) - Les barricades mystérieuses 4
13:43 Kimberly Barber, mezzo and Anna Ronai, piano: Litany (Musto) 4
13:47 Short intro Sabrina 5
13:52 Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak: Bear Song 5
13:57 Inspirational video—Chad’s Story 2:45
14:00 Glenn Marais, singer-songwriter: My native me 3:40
14:04 Tanis MacDonald & Kathryn Ladano, spoken word and bass clarinet 4
14:08 Intro KB 3
14:11 Penderecki String Quartet (8:00) Robert Schumann String Quartet no. 3 variation movement‪ 8
14:19 Inspirational video—Sam’s story 4
14:23 Samantha Pickett, soprano and Anna Ronai, piano

Ruhe, meine Seele; Befreit (Richard Strauss)(

14:29 Short Intro: Leanne Holland Brown 3
14:32 Ashley Hynd and Kathryn Ladano, spoken word and bass clarinet improv 4
14:36 Glenn Marais, Like a child 4
14:40 Laurier Singers, Conductor Lee Willingham: 2 songs TBA 8
14:48 Intro for final sets: KB 2
14:50 Full company Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) 6
14:56 Heather Taves & Liam Gordon, piano: Improvisation on Les barricades mystérieuses (Couperin) 4
15:00 End 90

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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)

Patricia GreenMagisterra Soloists
Artistic Director: Annette-Barbara Vogel
Magisterra Soloists is a vibrant, independent Canadian classical music ensemble dedicated to programming venturesome chamber works in juxtaposition with traditional classical repertoire. Their programs not only seek to rediscover historically important works, but also aim to support the new output of this generation’s living composers. Magisterra brings together a varied roster of established professionals and young emerging musicians from across the globe to create engaging performances. Magisterra is proud to offer a mentorship program for outstanding young musicians invited to perform as “Magisterra Fellows” in select concerts. Magisterra has launched its “Salon Series”, designed to provide music to more intimate audiences by way of in-home concerts. Additionally, the ensemble presents interactive educational concerts around the province through its curriculum-based educational outreach program, “Magisterra in Schools”, funded in part by TD Canada Trust.
Founded in 2015 by internationally-acclaimed German violinist, Annette-Barbara Vogel, Magisterra Soloists is based in London, Ontario. Within less than two years of concertizing, the ensemble has performed to critical acclaim in over two dozen venues across Ontario and Quebec, including Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. In May 2016, Magisterra gave the Canadian premiere of the ensemble’s first commissioned arrangement, Sapling, by award-winning Canadian composer, Emily Doolittle (originally commissioned by Canada Council for the Arts for the Victoria Symphony). Magisterra subsequently premiered this work internationally in August 2016 during its inaugural international six-city tour to Brazil which included a performance in Rio de Janeiro, where they received the support of the Canadian Consulate General and in Sao Paolo where the ensemble had the privilege of playing for the students of the Baccarelli Institute. Magisterra Soloists embarked on its first Ontario-Quebec tour in May 2017 and is pleased to announce “Magisterra at the Museum”, its partnership with Museum London in a six-concert series.
Magisterra Soloists is a not-for-profit organziation. Tax deductable donations can currently be received through our partner organization FCTE.
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Patricia GreenAnnette-Barbara Vogel
In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review wrote: “Vogel is about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for”. Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for “... authoritative and highly sensitive perfor-mances” (Music Web International),” and a “for-midable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” (Brahms Concerto, Wup-pertaler Zeitung).
Vogel’s exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships. Vogel was one of the musicians chosen to perform in a Gala concert honoring Dorothy Delay’s seventy-fifth birthday, where she played Brahms Concerto with Keith Lockhart.
A Full Professor, Annette-Barbara Vogel joined Western University in 2004 where she is in high demand as a pedagogue. Prior to coming to Canada, Vogel held several university teaching positions: she was “Artist-in-Residence” at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, professor at Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, and subsequently professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she was founder and Artistic Director of “MAGISTERRA! International Chamber Music Festival and Academy.”
Vogel’s musical training has been multifaceted: in addition to her two soloist and artist diplomas “summa com laude” from Folkwang Hochschule Essen and Cincinnati College-Conservatory she also holds a degree in chamber music with distinction. Additional studies took her to Los Angeles (University of Southern California, violin pedagogy with Alice Schoenfeld), Basel /Switzerland (Chamber Music, Walter Levin, LaSalle Quar-tet) and Amsterdam (Sweelinck Konservat-orium, Herman Krebbers).
Two recently released CDs of Vogel’s over twelve commercial recordings, the much anticipated complete violin repertoire of Hans Gál, met with critical acclaim, citing her “committed performances... [and] winning presence [of] her tone and delivery” (The Strad). Her February 2011 CD release “Französische Komponistinnen,” which includes works by French women composers Farrenc, Boulanger, and Viardot received the British IRR Outstanding Recording Award. About her newest CD release with Daniel Sweaney “Through the Centuries” (June 2013) American Record Guide April 2014 writes: “This is an exceptional recital of violin-and- viola duos for three reasons: the very worth- while unusual repertoire, the superior playing, and Blue Griffin’s clear, detailed, immediate, airy, natural sonics.” Her recording of violin sonatas of European Women Composers Ethel Smyth, Elfrieda Andrée and Mel Bonis will be released in 2017.

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 LouwerseChad 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)

Concert Programme

London: 15:00 – 16:30 (13:00 – 14:30 MDT)

Concert Lead: Jackie Short

Concert MC: Brian McIntosh?

Concert Venue: Western University – von Kuster Recital Hall

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Annette-Barbara Vogel, Artistic Director, violin, Mikela Witjes, Kirin Mascarenhas, Jordan Clayton, Kelvin Mun, Nic Carlucci – violin, Jeff Komar - viola, Adrian Wright - cello, Andrew Kosty - bass. 10
Aaron Hodgson (trumpet) - "With malice toward none" by John William 4.5
Patricia Green (voice), Sarah Bowker (piano) - "The last dream" Lu Zai Yi, "I live at the Yangtze River" Qing Zhou 5
Robert Kubica (guitar) - "Campanas Del Alba" Regino Sainz de la Mazda 4' 20"
GUEST SPEAKER Heather Fredin B.A., D.A.T., B.Ed., M.Ed. Counselling PsychologyRegistered Psychotherapist/Workshop Facilitator/Trainer/Student Placement Coordinator/LFCC Counsellor5 5
Chad Louwerse (voice), Paul Digout (piano) - Fiddler on the roof  "If I were a rich man" Bock & Harnick 5
Scott St. John (violin), Sharon Wei (viola) - Duo no. 1 in G major for violin and viola  K.423  "Allegro" Mozart 4.5
Todd Wieczorek (voice) - op 9, no 4 "Liebesbriefchen"  E. Korngold,  Man of La Mancha "The impossible dream"  Leigh and Darion 5
Adrian Wright (cello), Alexandre von Wartburg (bassoon) Sonata no. 6 in G "movements 1 and 3" L. Boccherini. 6
Christine Tithecott (piano) - "third movement" Black Echoes by T. Patrick Carrabre. 5.5
Jackie Short (voice), Paul Digout (piano) - Fiançailles pour rire "1, 5, 6"  Poulenc 5
Anne Thompson (flute), Jim Hibbard (piano) –

Suite op. 34 "Romance"  Ch. M. Widor

Marie Johnson (clarinet), Tina Yanchus (piano) - Sonatina for Clarinet & Piano   "Movement 2" Joseph Horovitz 4
Jennie Such (voice), Eric Charbonneau (piano) "A simple song" Bernstein 4

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Elizabeth Gazebo in Bell Park, City of Greater Sudbury

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


We would like to respectfully acknowledge that this concert is being held in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg.

Lead Organizer: Cindy Shyminsky

Lead Organizer: Cindy Shyminsky

Artists and Performers

Matthew Gould (guitar)
Guitarist Matthew Gould (B.Mus. Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Manuel Barrueco; M.Mus. University of Arizona with Tom Patterson; D.M.A. Arizona State University with Frank Koonce) has been described by his mentor, Manuel Barrueco, as "a guitarist capable of giving performances of great beauty, enthusiasm and control". He is active as a performer, scholar and teacher. As a scholar, Dr. Gould has presented papers on “Composing for Guitar” at San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, CSU Fresno, and the Vittadini School of Music (Italy), including a theoretical analysis in “Ex Tempore. A Journal of Compositional and Theoretical Research in Music” of Toward the "SEA" for Alto Flute and Guitar by Toru Takemitsu. Current projects include the development of the Sudbury Guitar Trio, having recently toured Italy and Netherlands, and acting as Artistic Director of Guitars Alive in Sudbury. As an American football fanatic and Baltimore Ravens fan, Matthew served as Head Coach of the champion Crows American Football Team, part of the Turkish American Football League, while an Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Mediterranean University on the island of Cyprus. Former teaching posts include Arizona State University, University of Memphis, Paradise Valley College, Peabody Conservatory of Music Preparatory, and is currently Director of Guitar Studies at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario
Le guitariste Matthew Gould (B.Mus. Peabody Institute de la Johns Hopkins University avec Manuel Barrueco; M.Mus. University of Arizona avec Tom Patterson; D.M.A. Arizona State University avec Frank Koonce) a été décrit par son mentor, Manuel Barrueco, comme « un guitariste capable de livrer des interprétations caractérisées par une grande beauté, l’enthousiasme et le contrôle ». Il fait carrière comme interprète, chercheur et professeur. En tant que chercheur, Matthew Gould a présenté des exposés sur « la composition pour guitare » au San Francisco Conservatory, à l’Université de la Californie à Berkeley, à la CSU Fresno et à l’École de musique Vittadini (Italie), y compris, dans « Ex Tempore. A Journal of Compositional and Theoretical Research in Music », une analyse théorique de Toward the "SEA" pour flûte alto et guitare de Toru Takemitsu. Parmi ses projets en cours figurent la consolidation du Sudbury Guitar Trio, qui a tourné récemment en Italie et aux Pays-Bas, et ses activités comme directeur artistique de Guitars Alive à Sudbury. Fanatique de football américain et admirateur des Baltimore Ravens, Matthew a occupé le poste d’entraîneur principal de l’équipe championne Crows American Football Team, membre de la Turkish American Football League, lorsqu’il était professeur adjoint de musique à l’Université de la Méditerranée orientale dans l’île de Chypre. Il avait enseigné précédemment à la Arizona State University, à la University of Memphis, au Paradise Valley College, au Peabody Conservatory of Music Preparatory, et il est actuellement directeur du programme de guitare au Cambrian College à Sudbury, en Ontario

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

Joshua Tillson (speaker)

Concert Programme

Sudbury: 16:30 – 17:30 (14:30 – 15:30 MDT)

Concert Lead: Cindy Shyminsky

Concert MC: Cindy Shyminsky

Concert Venue: Elizabeth Gazebo in Bell Park

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4:30 Cindy & Jackie - Intro to event 4
4:34 Deputy Mayor Al Sizer - Read proclamation 2
4:36 Cindy – introduce 1st speaker .5
4:36 Gerry Lougheed speaks about suicide and our community 5
4:41 Cindy – introduce Joshua 1
4:42 Joshua Tillman speaks about how Suicide has touched him 3
4:45 Cindy – introduce Sudbury Symphony Orchestra .5
4:45 Beth to introduce String Quartet and music they are playing 35
5:20 Cindy - introduce the N’Swakamok Kweok Hand drummers 4
5:24 N’Swakamok Kweok Hand drummers 6-10
5:30 The Drumming will close out our event….feed to be switched over to Mysterious Barricades

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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

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that this concert is being held in Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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)
Desiree Abbey has appeared as a cello soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. She has performed, recorded and toured with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as Principal Cellist since 2012, 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 of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season.
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.
Desiree maintains a private studio of award winning students, has taught sessionally for the University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University and Brandon University and has served as an adjudicator for the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association and Provincial Music Festival.

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

Andrew BalfourAndrew Balfour (drummer)
Of Cree descent, Andrew Balfour has written a body of more than 30 choral, instrumental and orchestral works, including Take the Indian, Empire Étrange: The Death of Louis Riel, Migiis: A Whiteshell Soundscape, Bawajigaywin, Gregorio’s Nightmare, Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights), Fantasia on a Poem by Rumi, Missa Brevis and Medieval Inuit. He has been commissioned by the Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Caprice, the Winnipeg Singers, the Kingston Chamber Choir and Camerata Nova, among many others. His works have been performed and/or broadcast locally, nationally and internationally.
Andrew is also the founder and Artistic Director of the innovative, 14-member vocal group Camerata Nova. Founded in 1996, Winnipeg-based Camerata Nova presents an annual concert series as well as special performances. With Camerata Nova, Andrew specializes in creating “concept concerts” (Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights), Medieval Inuit, Chant!, Tricksters and Troubadours ) exploring a theme through an eclectic array of music, including new works, arrangements and innovative inter-genre and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Andrew is passionate about music education and outreach, particularly in schools located in low-income areas of Winnipeg and northern communities. Since 2008 he has worked on behalf of organizations such as the National Arts Centre, Camerata Nova, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and various Manitoba school divisions, offering young students empowering sessions in the joy and freedom of self-expression through music.
Andrew was Curator and Composer-in-Residence of the WSO’s Indigenous Festivals in 2009 and 2010 and in 2007 received the Mayor of Winnipeg’s Making a Mark Award, sponsored by the Winnipeg Arts Council to recognize the most promising midcareer artist in the City.More

Tadeusz BiernackiTadeusz Biernacki (piano)
Tadeusz Biernacki holds the position of Music Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Music Director and Conductor of Saskatoon Opera as well as Associate Music Director, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Manitoba Opera. Tadeusz was born in Czestochowa Poland where he begun his music education at early age of four. He won the Karol Szymanowski competition in Warsaw in 1976 and earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatory of Music in Katowice in 1978. He has performed as a soloist in many European countries. Tadeusz settled in Canada in 1978 and continued his studies with professor Marek Jablonski at the University of Manitoba and Banff School of Fine Arts. As a winner of 1980 Young Artist’s Competition he has toured Canada extensively in solo and chamber music recitals. In 1983 he had begun his association with the Manitoba Opera and in 1988 with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He made his conducting debut with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992, in 1995 he conducted “The Abduction from Seraglio” for Manitoba Opera and has since conducted Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, String and Symphony Orchestras of The International Music Camp at Peace Garden, Music Baroque Ensemble, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grand Forks Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Tessaloniki State Orchestra (Greece), Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan),Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra. Since 2001 he has been collaborating with Saskatoon Opera as Music Director and Conductor. Tadeusz has also branched out into composition with his 1 act opera “Happy campers” composed for Manitoba Opera School Tour in 1997, and numerous symphonic arrangements and orchestrations made for RWB, WSO, MO, SO, “Queen’s gala” with TSO, “Queen’s visit” with WSO, Governor General Awards with NAC, Ann Mortifee and others. His “Charlies Kreuzfahrt” full-length ballet commissioned for Stadtische Theater Chemnitz (Germany) received its world premiere in 2005.
His last CD “Going Home Star” recorded with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra was awarded 2017 JUNO Award – Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble. Tadeusz maintains busy schedule as pianist in solo and chamber recitals as well as an accompanist for many opera singers.

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

Camerata Nova (choir)

Lara CiekiewiczAnne Christopherson (soprano)
Lyric coloratura soprano, Anne Christopherson enjoys a varied and rewarding career as a performer, coach, and teacher. Her “dazzlingly supple voice,” has been acclaimed in many genres in such venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, the Colorado Lyric Theatre Festival, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival. As a cabaret artist, she has been a special guest for the “After Party’s Tribute to Sandi Patty” and “Bound for Broadway” in New York City. Cabaret Scenes magazine lauded her “well-honed ability to convey emotion, tenderness, and poignancy…” in her one-woman show, “I Hear Music,” which premiered at the Don’t Tell Mama cabaret in NYC.
She has premiered Oddly Beautiful and Three Songs to Texts by Terry Jacobson by North Dakota composer, Michael Wittgraf, and In the beginning, mountains, by Canadian composer, Diana McIntyre. She performed the France premiere of Christopher Berg’s Four Songs on Poems by Vladimir Nabokov at L’Atelier de la Main d’Or with pianist and Grand Prix du Disque winner, Mary Dibbern.
Anne is a top prizewinner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and a finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition. In addition to her degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder and The Ohio State University, she has studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the I Solisti Ensemble of Lucca (Italy) under the auspices of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Christopherson is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of North Dakota.

Lara CiekiewiczLara Ciekiewicz (vocal)
Whether being hailed as “mesmerizing” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), “magnificently bell-toned” (Capital Critics Circle), or “a clear standout” (San Francisco Classical Voice), soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is making her mark as a dynamic singing-actress. The upcoming season sees Lara take on the title role in Janáček’s Jenůfa for Pacific Opera Victoria, directed by Atom Egoyan. She returns to Opera on the Avalon as Cinderella in Into the Woods. She makes her Virtuosi Concerts debut in a program for soprano, piano, and string quartet. Lara also makes her company and role debuts as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin for Calgary Opera. Finally, she is happy to be reunited with her Salute to Vienna!, Winnipeg Singers, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra families for various concerts throughout the season.
Last season saw Lara debut as the Sound of Music’s irrepressible Maria for Opera on the Avalon. With a nod to her Polish heritage, she was part of a wonderful program of music for the Paderewski Music Society. The past season also brought Lara’s first major Verdi role - Amelia in Simon Boccanegra for Pacific Opera Victoria. She rejoined her Salute to Vienna! family for concerts in Los Angeles and San Diego, and made her Vancouver Opera debut as La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro.
Further credits include: May (Ours); Liù (Turandot); Micaëla (Carmen); Musetta (La Bohème); Nellie Forbush (South Pacific); Sylva (The Gypsy Princess); Helga (Gisela in Her Bathtub); Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music); High Priestess (Aida); Lyudmila (Ruslan I Lyudmila); Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte); Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte); Alcina (Alcina); Anna (Anna Bolena); and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). Recent collaborators include the Boise Philharmonic, Manitoba Opera, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Flipside Opera, Dry Cold Productions, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, l’Opéra de Montréal, and l’Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke.
Ms. Ciekiewicz holds a Master of Music in Opera from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Voice from the University of Winnipeg. She is an alumna of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Banff Centre, Opera NUOVA and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre).

Tracy DahlTracy Dahl (vocal)
Canadian coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl is grateful for the opportunity to perform with colleagues across the country in support of mental health awareness. Ms. Dahl has been performing internationally for over 30 years. She has had international success in opera, concert and recital. She has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Washington Opera, the Canadian opera Company to name but a few. Most recently she was heard as Adele in Die Fledermaus for Calgary opera, Madame Mao for Houston Grand Opera and Cunegonde for Vancouver and Regina Symphony orchestras. This past season she also rang in the new year with Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Philadelphia orchestra in an evening of American music. In addition to a busy performing career Ms Dahl is also a voice teacher at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba and guest instructor for Calgary Opera's young artist program and many other North American programs. She was very humbled by her becoming a member of the Order of Canada this year.

Edmund DaweEdmund Dawe (piano)
“sensitive, engaging, and virtuoso” La Scena Musicale
Edmund Dawe’s career includes a wide range of activities as a solo and collaborative pianist, administrator, teacher, adjudicator, and lecturer/clinician. He has held academic and administrative appointments at several Canadian universities and, since 2007, has served as Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.
Praised for his technical command of the piano and artistic interpretations, Edmund has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
Edmund’s has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career including teaching and research awards as well as grants from the Canada Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and Provincial Arts Councils. Edmund has been twice nominated for an East Coast Music Award (Best Classical) for his solo recording, Sonatas, and piano duo recording, Dialogue, with colleague Lynn Johnson.
Since 2007, Edmund has been leading the Desautels Faculty of Music through a period of growth and expansion, including construction of the most modern university music facilities in Canada that combine the restoration of a historic building with state-of-the-art new rehearsal, recording, and multimedia spaces.

Esprit de Choeur ChoirEsprit de Choeur ChoirEsprit de Choeur Choir
(Valdine Anderson, conductor)
Winnipeg's Esprit de Choeur Women's Choir is a vibrant musical ensemble conducted by Valdine Anderson and accompanied by Rachel Dyck. Esprit strives to forge new paths in choral concert experiences for audiences by merging eclectic combinations of traditional and contemporary choral repertoire, be it a cappella or collaborating with chamber instrumentalists.
Esprit begins its 7th season in the fall of 2017, continuing to explore and perform the finest choral works for women's voices. Esprit's invited guests have included players from the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Juno-award winning pianist Corey Hamm, percussionist Steven Howes, narrator Derek Morphy and dancer Camila Schujman.
Esprit de Choeur was distinguished as a national finalist in the Associated Festivals of Music and Arts in Canada in 2013, and in 2014 opened the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the all-day Rightsfest music celebration. Esprit was invited to perform at Tapestry International Festival of Women's Choirs, hosted by Elektra Women's Choir in Vancouver, Canada in April 2015 joining forces with choirs from the USA and Norway. In 2017, Esprit performed for the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at the annual New Year's Levee and at Islandingadagurinn, Manitoba's Icelandic Festival.
This fall, Esprit performs alongside Canada's top musicians and performers in the live-streamed Canada-wide Concert of Hope, for Mysterious Barricades, and appears in the November folk-song gala celebration of Manitoba Choral Association's Voices Rising: Connecting Communities along with many other Manitoban choral ensembles.
Esprit showcases pride in its Canadian and Manitoban musical heritage with a tour in August, 2018, performing and connecting with other choral groups in the land of fire and ice, Iceland. The choir's annual spring concert in Winnipeg will feature tour repertoire including a world premiere.

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

Rosemarie Van der Hooft
Rosemarie Van der Hooft (vocal)
Mezzo-soprano, Rosemarie van der Hooft holds a Masters of Early Music Performance from McGill University and enjoys a career performing masterpieces of the baroque and classical era alongside the new and varied works of contemporary classical composers. She is widely respected for her interpretations of Bach and Handel. Career highlights include oratorio and concert performances with acclaimed orchestras and ensembles throughout the United States and Canada, including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, New York Collegium, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Washington Bach Consort and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. She is featured with the Aradia Baroque Ensemble on the Naxos label recording of Henry Purcell’s music for The Tempest. Rosemarie has been heard on CBC in concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, GroundSwell, Victoria Symphony, SoundStreams Canada among others. Rosemarie’s operatic work reflects her baroque and 20th century specialties including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (role: Dido), Handel operas Ariodante (role: Polinesso) and Tamerlano (role: Irene) and the Manitoba Opera premiere of Randolph Peters’ opera Nosferatu (Sequin Lady).
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, commissions and premieres the work of Canada’s foremost composers in collaborations with Winnipeg colleagues. Upcoming engagements include a Manitoba tour of “A Prairie Boy’s Life” by composer, John Greer, performances for the Mysterious Barricades Concert, Canadian Mennonite University Reformation 500 Concert, the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society and a vocal recital with pianist, Laura Loewen.
Rosemarie is on faculty at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. She and her husband have three talented sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and one delightful grandchild (so far).

Margruite KrahnMargruite Krahn (visual artist)
Margruite Krahn is a visual artist, art instructor, lecturer, curator, and co founder of The Buffalo Creek Artists (Gallery in the Park, Altona). Making a home in rural Manitoba, she considers herself fortunate to live in a barn and married to a man that is a “Jack of all trades”, and master of some . Her current work features mixed medium including acrylic, gel mediums, oxides from Zimbabwe and Roussellion, France, egg yolk from her chickens, and latex house paints on cotton canvas duck.
From 2001-2013 she was actively involved as Chair of the Neubergthal Heritage Foundation Inc., for the village of Neubergthal, A Mennonite Street Village and National Historic Site. This work has played a key role in her development as an artist, including restoration of 19th and early 20th century hand painted floors, and restoration and preservation of the village Herdsman House into an artist residence and guest house.
Margruite’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and from time to time can be seen in Manitoba at the WAG, Buhler Gallery ( St Boniface Hospital), Gallery in the Park ( Altona), Mennonite Heritage Gallery ( CMU), or in her studio in Neubergthal. Over the past couple of years Margruite has had the privilege of collaborating with composers and musicians such as Andrew Balfour and Camerata Nova. She is presently working on a body of work in collaboration with various composers and musicians. Stay “tuned”.

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

Robert MacLarenRobert MacLaren (tenor)
Robert MacLaren spent 17 years living in Germany as an opera soloist, recitalist, and oratorio singer. Theatres and concert halls performances include: Saarbrücken, Cologne, Hannover, Bremen, Bern, Vienna, and Berlin, as well as Beijing and Tokyo.MacLaren Archive 3
Favourite repertoire includes Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at Kassel Staatstheater and Hannover-Würzburg; Werther in J. Massenet's Werther, performed in Stadttheater Görlitz, Dortmund, Saarbrücken, and Würzburg; Don José in Bizet's Carmen at Mainfranken Theatre; Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman; and Rodolfo in “La Boheme” which he performed in Bejing, Bremen, Hannover, Bern, Saarbrücken, Linz, and Kassel.More

James McLennanJames McLennan (vocal)
James 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. This season Jamie appears as Goro in Madama Butterfly at Manitoba Opera, Luther Billis in South Pacific for Calgary Opera, and Gastone in La Traviata for Manitoba Opera. He will also reprise the role of Jeune Bilodeau in Les Feluettes at Edmonton Opera, following the acclaimed world premiere at Montreal Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria last year. Past opera credits include Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos (Pacific Opera Victoria), Bardolfo in Falstaff (Manitoba Opera), Caïus in Falstaff (Hamilton Opera, Montreal Opera), Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (Edmonton Opera), Goro in Madama Butterfly (Montreal Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria), Pang in Turandot (Edmonton Opera), Triquet in Eugene Onegin (Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera), Gastone in La Traviata (Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera), and the title role in Candide (Toronto Operetta Theatre, Windsor Symphony). On the concert stage, James has appeared with the Vancouver Bach Choir (Bach Mass in B Minor), the Amadeus Choir (Bach St. John Passion), the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Haydn’s Creation, Tavener Requiem), Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Handel’s Israel in Egypt), the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Bach Magnificat), Toronto Classical Singers (Mozart Requiem), and Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings (Britten’s The Company of Heaven). This fall James will join the University of Manitoba School of Music as a voice instructor. An alumnus of the Second City Training Centre in Toronto, he is also a certified French translator.

Oleg PokhanovskiOleg Pokhanovski (violin)
Oleg Pokhanovski is an accomplished virtuosic violinist, pianist, and music educator currently holding the position of Professor of Violin at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. He has performed over 2000 concerts as a soloist nationally and internationally on both violin and piano in symphonic, recital and chamber music performances. 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. The First Prize Winner of the 1990 Scheveningen International Violin Competition in Netherlands, he twice received the prestigious Canada Council National Career Development Grant, and multiple Conceil des Arts du Quebec and Manitoba Arts Council Grants. Dr. Pokhanovski is in much demand as a pedagogue and previously held a professorial position at the Lake State Superior University in Michigan. He is frequently invited and has adjudicated both strings and piano at music festivals all across Canada. Dr. Pokhanovski is also renowned for creating over 100 virtuosic transcriptions for violin and piano, as well as other instruments, and has produced professional CD recordings of many of these. He has recently formed the Desautels Piano Trio with colleagues Judy Kehler-Siebert (piano) and Minna Rose Chung (cello). The Trio has to date already performed in Canada and abroad. Dr. 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 the renowned Special Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow and later studied at the Moscow State Conservatory with professor Valery Klimov, the grand prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. Dr. Pokhanovski cites his most influential teachers to be his uncle violinist Lev Zaides, and piano instructor 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 at the St. Louis Conservatory under violin professor Taras Gabora. He received a doctorate degree at the Université de Montreal in violin performance, with a focus on Paganini.
Dr. Pokhanovski has performed as a violinist in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Russia. He has been presented in Carnegie Recital Hall, the Grand Hall in Moscow, the Concertgebouw, Knight Hall in Prague, Place des Arts in Montréal and others. His solo appearances with orchestra included the Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, The Hague Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montréal Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras. His concerts brought rave reviews calling him a “Russian Paganini” and describing his playing as “brilliant”, “phenomenal”, “outstanding”, and “extraordinary”. He has been invited to perform on national television and radio in Russia, Serbia, Poland, Canada and The Netherlands. Dr. Pokhanovski is active as a chamber musician and has appeared in the International Virtuosi Series in Germany, International Music Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, Domaine Forget in Quebec, Centara New Music, Agassiz Summer Chamber Music, Orford and Pender Harbour Music festivals in Canada. He is a Founder and Artistic Director of the “Oleg and Friends” concert series in Winnipeg. Dr. Pokhanovski has recorded several CDs including The Mirror Image and La Valse, and in live performances on Youtube. Other CDs he has recorded include solo violin works, and the complete works for violin and piano by Sophia C. Eckhardt-Gramatté in collaboration with pianist Megumi Masaki. The Mirror Image and La Valse are comprised of his transcriptions for violin and piano, of which he continues to give concerts regularly including performances as part of his concert series “Oleg and Friends” and at recitals with international prize-winning pianist Scott Meek. Dr. Pokhanovski’s deep admiration for the great musicians of the past, including Heifetz, Hofmann, Rubinstein, Milstein, Kreisler and others is evident in his sensitive, passionate style of playing. “Pokhanovski’s high- energy performances are characterized by an unmistakably genuine passion for the music. Urgent, serious and heartfelt – all words that aptly describe Oleg Pokhanovski’s playing” (Gwenda Nemerofsky, Winnipeg Free Press.) (“Oleg Pokhanovski”, “Heifetz Remembered”)

Victoria SparksVictoria Sparks (percussion)
Percussionist Victoria Sparks has studied music since the age of 5, first learning piano from her grandmother before developing her love of percussion in her middle school band program. She completed her bachelor’s degrees in Music and Education studying with Rob Gardner and Jauvon Gilliam (University of Manitoba) and she completed her Masters in Percussion Performance with Jon Crabiel (Butler University) Victoria performs regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, acts as principal Timpani/Percussion with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as well as working with many other local arts organizations including the Brandon Chamber Players, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Singers. In 2016 she had the honour of premiering Sid Robinovitch’s Concerto for Percussion and Strings with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
In 2010, Sparks was appointed the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Brandon University where she currently teaches percussion techniques and runs a private studio. She runs the percussion studio at the University of Manitoba and directs their percussion ensemble, as well as teaching percussion methods at the Canadian Mennonite University. She is the founder and director of the MBA Prairie Percussion Workshop (since 2012), an education and performance based event for percussion students in middle and high school.

John Weier by PAUL REIMER PhotographyJohn Weier (poetry)
John Weier was born on the broad prairie, but grew up on a small peach farm in southern Ontario. The recent Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence at the University of Winnipeg has written thirteen books in a variety of genres—poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction as well as books for children; he’s still pushing out those small-farm boundaries. John works in Winnipeg as a writer and luthier.More Photo courtesy of PAUL REIMER Photography

Concert Programme

Winnipeg: 16:30 18:00– (15:30 – 17:00 MDT)

Concert Lead: Dr. Laura Loewen

Concert MC: Dr. Laura Loewen

Concert Venue: University of Manitoba, The Desautels Faculty Vocal Arts Room


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15:30 16:30 Opening song -  Invoking the Four Directions 5
15:35 16:35 Laura Loewen – Introduction to concert 2
15:37 16:37 Earth - Poem by Mary Oliver – John Weier, reader 1’30
15:39 16:39 Tracy Dahl, soprano, Laura Loewen, piano

Nature the gentlest mother (Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson)  – Aaron Copland

15:43 16:43 Richard Gillis, trumpet, Laura Loewen, piano

New piece – Richard Gillis

15:47 16:47 Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano, Tad Biernacki, piano

Song to the moon (Rusalka) – Antonin Dvorák

15:53 16:53 Water - Poem by Mary Oliver – John Weier, reader 1’30
15:55 16:55 Esprit de Choeur, Valdine Anderson, director

Hymn to the waters, Hymn to the travellers (Choral Hymns  from The Rig Veda) – Gustav Holst

16:00 17:00 Mel Braun, baritone, Laura Loewen, piano

Der Einsame – Franz Schubert

16:05 17:05 Anne Christopherson, soprano, Laura Loewen, piano

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me(Early Snow)

16:08 17:08 Vicki Atallah – Teen Talk, Klinic 5
16:13 17:13 Fire - Poem by Mary Oliver – John Weier, reader 1’30
16:15 17:15 James McLennan, tenor, Laura Loewen, piano

Thaw, Matches - Jocelyn Morlock

16:22 17:22 Oleg Pokhanovski, violin, Edmund Dawe, piano

Caprice #16 – Paganini

Adagio – Bach

16:28 17:28 Robert MacLaren, tenor, Tad Biernacki, piano

”Pourquoi me reveiller”       Massenet

16:32 17:32 Victoria Sparks, marimba

Restless       - Richard O’Meara

16:36 17:36 Air - Poem by Mary Oliver – John Weier, reader 1’30
16:38 17:38 Desiree Abbey, cello, Laura Loewen, piano

Après un rêve          Gabriel Fauré

16:41 17:41 Oleg Pokhanovski, violin, Laura Loewen, piano

Old Sir Faulk – William Walton ( arr. Oleg Pokhanovski)

16:43 17:43 Rosemarie van der Hooft, mezzo-soprano, Laura Loewen, piano

O ihr Zärtlichen, Atmen, du unsichtbares Gedicht (Rilke Songs) –Peter Lieberson

16:50 17:50 Victoria Sparks

A little prayer Evelyn Glennie

16:55 17:55 Closing song – Water and Light – Mel Braun 1’45
16:57+ 17:57+ End

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

Erin Brophy (oboe)
Erin Brophey is currently the Principal Oboe of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Erin held the position of section oboe and English horn with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for eight seasons. Erin is also an active freelance musician, and has performed with many Canadian orchestras, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra and the Elora Festival Orchestra.
Erin has also performed with several chamber music groups including Mélange, Festival Winds, Lake Winds Octet, Mistral 5, the Bremen String Quartet and the Gryphon Trio.
In 2000, Erin received her Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with James Mason. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Cynthia Koledo de Almeida in 2002.
Erin Brophey is a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan and is the Woodwind Coach for the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. In Saskatoon, Erin co-directs a community double- reed band called Squawk, is active in new music programming and also teaches a private oboe studio. In addition, Erin is on faculty at the Inter-Provincial Music Camp in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Elise Cragg (‘slam’ poet)

Garry GableGarry Gable (vocal)
Dr. Garry Gable, bass-baritone, resides in Saskatoon where he teaches vocal studies and directs the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a recipient of the Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Saskatchewan, and his students have enjoyed success across Canada and into Europe, the United States, and China.
He has performed across Canada and into the USA in all types of music, musical theater, drama, television, and in-concert productions. He has enjoyed success in recital in China, where Garry is adjunct faculty in Music Conservatories in Wuhan and Tianjin. He has been heard in recital with his spouse/pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable on the CBC-Radio both regionally and nationally.
In Saskatoon, there have been many appearances with the Saskatoon Symphony, and with Saskatoon Opera Association. Garry has been seen as Frank in Die Fledermaus, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Alcindoro in La Bohème, Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zuniga in Carmen, and as the Bonz in Madama Butterfly. Last June (2017), he sang with Saskatoon Opera as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He also had a successful turn in Persephone Theater’s It’s a wonderful life as the irascible Mr. Potter, and earlier was seen as the affable Maurice in Beauty and the Beast. Garry has sung many times with the Saskatoon Symphony and joined them again last December to narrate and sing in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He sang the role of Pangloss in March of 2017 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra performance of Candide.

David Kim-Cragg (ecumenical story teller)

Kathy GableKathleen Lohrenz Gable (piano)
As a teacher of both solo and collaborative music, Kathleen Lohrenz Gable is dedicated to developing young pianists, singers and instrumentalists, and she also works to create performing opportunities for developing and professional singers, in Saskatchewan. Since returning to Saskatchewan in 1994, she has worked with Opera Nuova, Calgary Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Saskatoon Symphony, and the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio. She has travelled three times to China with husband bass-baritone Garry Gable to perform and teach. Kathleen was an official pianist for the World Saxophone conference in Bangkok. At the 2011 CFMTA Convention she performed, gave workshops and master classes, and was one of the judges for the National Piano Competition. Kathleen teaches piano, and is Music Director for the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. Since 1997, Kathleen has been pleased to collaborate with eight Young Artist winners.
Kathleen has been a part of NUOVA’s faculty since 2004 where she has conducted Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Copland’s The Tender Land, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Oklahoma, The Gondoliers and Patience. 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.


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 has remained active as a clinician and adjudicator for solo/ensemble festivals/workshops as well as conducting honour ensembles. As director of the U of S Wind Orchestra from 2001-10, the ensemble released three commercial CDs in 2005, 2007, and 2009. In 2004 he created the Band Directors Professional Development and the High School Select Wind Orchestra and in 2005 the North Saskatchewan Wind Symphony.
Dr. Gillis is a Conn-Selmer Saxophone Artist/Clinician and has performed in North America, Europe, and China as well as numerous conferences such as the World Saxophone Congresses and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences, He released SaxSpectrum (2009) and SaxSpectrum 2 (2014) through MSR Classics performing many of his compositions (Eighth Note Pub) 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.
Dr. Gillis has written many articles that appear in the Canadian Music Educator, Canadian Winds, Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada, Teaching Music through Performance in Band (Vol. X), and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band. He has presented at several international conferences such as the Midwest Clinic, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.
Dr. Gillis’ professional affiliations include WASBE, CBDNA, SBA/CBA, SMEA/CMEA, NAfME, SOCAN, NASA, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.


Dr Holly Graham
Dr. Holly Graham is a member of the Thunderchild First Nation. She has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of northern communities, in addition to various other health care environments since 1985. Holly is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, at the University of Saskatchewan. She maintains an active practice as a Registered Doctoral Psychologist, working primarily with individuals who have experienced trauma and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Holly's research is focused on Indigenous health, mental health, and well-being.

Greystones Singers – Jennifer Lang, Director

Chelsea MahanChelsea Mahan (soprano)
On the operatic stage, soprano Chelsea Mahan has been noticed for her panache of character (La Presse), but she is equally at home in soundtrack recording, concert repertoire and intimate recital settings. Recently returning home to Saskatchewan with her Masters in Music (McGill University), Ms. Mahan performed regularly with Opera McGill. She has made appearances with La Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Opera, Opera Nuova, Halifax Summer Opera, Souris Valley Theatre, and Little Opera on the Prairie. Ms. Mahan is currently involved in many projects across Western Canada, creating and collaborating on both established and new classical repertoire.

Scott McKnight (cello)
Cellist Scott McKnight is an active performer in Saskatoon, playing as a member of the Saskatoon Symphony, Elixir Ensemble, and Prairie Virtuosi. In addition to performing he maintains a private studio, teaches with the Saskatoon Suzuki String Program, and co-directs Sistema Saskatoon. Scott holds a master of music degree in cello performance (University of Ottawa), a bachelor of music in cello performance and a chamber diploma (Wilfrid Laurier University).

Dean McNeillDean McNeill (trumpet)
Award winning Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill regularly performs in both the classical and jazz idioms. Dean has been a University of Saskatchewan Dept. of Music faculty member for the past 19 years over which time he has performed and adjudicating throughout Canada and the United States. Dean is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Special Recognition Award, UofS’s Student Union Teaching Excellence Award, UofS Dept. of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award, and, a Downbeat Magazine big band arranging award. Since its inception Dean has been the Artistic Director of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra . Dean has performed 3 times at the Western Canadian Music Awards (W.C.M.A.) within various projects that have been nominated.

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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, 1984) and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1987), as well as an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the R.C.M. (1984). Teachers and influences are varied and include her mentor, Robin Harrison.
For over 25 years, Bonnie has served as a Sessional Lecturer in Piano, at the Department of Music, U of S, in Saskatoon. 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 U of S Association of Student Musicians (2000) and the Sylvia Wallace Award for Sessional Teaching Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan (2004).
From April to June of 2009, Bonnie served as an adjudicator for the National Tour of the Canadian Music Competitions. In June of 2012, Bonnie fulfilled a life long dream to tour and teach in China, visiting Universities in five major Chinese cities with saxophonist, Dr. Glen Gillis. In July of 2015, Bonnie accompanied Dr. Gillis at the International Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.
Bonnie Nicholson appears on CD with Bass-Baritone Henri Loiselle, the Saskatoon Children’s Choir, the Saskatoon Fireside Singers, trumpeter Dean McNeill’s disc entitled “Melange”, and saxophonist Glen Gillis’ two discs entitled, “SaxSpectrum” and SaxSpectrum 2”. In April of 2015, she and fellow pianist Dianne Gryba released their first piano duet disc entitled “Les Quatre Mains Volume 1”.
Bonnie is Past President of the Saskatoon Registered Music Teachers and sits on both the local and provincial boards for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Associations. She has travelled to the National level of the Music Festival over 18 times as the official accompanist for the Saskatchewan candidates.
Bonnie is the pianist for the Saskatoon Fireside Singers under the direction of Marilyn Whitehead. They will appear in concert this Christmas at TCU Place celebrating Marilyn Whitehead’s 45th year as Artistic Director and in May of 2018, the Saskatoon Fireside Singers will stage “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
July 2016 marked the inaugural session of the Summer Academy for Voice and Piano held at the University of Saskatchewan in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Band Association (2016 only). Bonnie is a founding member of the Academy and serves as a piano instructor.
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Bonnie NicholsonMy name is Michele J Penney of the Saulteaux Nation from Yellow Quill Saskatchewan. I am known by the government as a 60's scooper. I returned to my birth family in my 20's and have been learning and sharing what little I know for 18yrs which is how long I have been drumming and singing. The drum is a wonderful way to maintain a connection to the culture and has brought many amazing opportunities for personal growth my way.

Rafaele Rogolo (trumpet)
Rafaele Rigolo is a Fourth Year Music Education Major at the University of Saskatchewan. Hailing from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, he has spent the last four years studying in Saskatoon with Professor Dean McNeill. He plays 1st trumpet in both the University Wind Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and is hoping to pursue a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance.

Kathleen SoloseKathleen Solose (piano)
Kathleen Solose, Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is an esteemed performer and master teacher of both the solo and chamber music repertoire. She received her earliest musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, where she also studied composition, and holds a M.Mus. degree from the Juilliard School, New York. She received numerous Canada Council grants for further study abroad at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Vienna Meisterkurse and the Moscow Conservatory. Her teachers have included Adele Marcus, Guido Agosti, Carlo Zecchi, Stanislav Neuhaus and Dorothy Taubman. Unanimous first-prize winner of the Casagrande International Competition in Italy and winner of CBC Canada’s National auditions for both solo and chamber music, Kathleen Solose has appeared in recital in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, Russia, the United States, Australia and Canada. Solo CD’s include an all Chopin CD and John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano, both available on CDBaby.
Professor Solose has founded several chamber ensembles, including the Toronto Kammertrio and Musici Amati. She has performed with major artists including Pierre Henri Xuereb, Erika Raum, the LaFayette String Quartet, cellists Paul Marleyn and Philip Hansen, and recently was on tour with the Penderecki String Quartet. She has performed at the Quadra Island Music Festival for the past two summers. For the past eight seasons she has been pianist and Artistic Director of the Elixir Chamber Ensemble, which presents an annual concert series in Saskatoon.


Peter Stoicheff - Speech/Guitar
Peter Stoicheff was born in Ottawa, grew up in Toronto, and received degrees from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, where he completed his PhD in Literature in 1983. Peter joined the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English in 1986 and became dean of the College of Arts & Science in 2010. In October 2015, Peter was installed as the University of Saskatchewan’s 11th president.

Jacqueline WoodsJacqueline Woods (piano)
Canadian pianist Jacqueline Woods is known for exciting, dynamic playing and accessible presentation. Her 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. Chamber music remains an important passion – Jacqueline is Artistic Director and co-founder of Saskatoon's Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2018. Visit to find out more!

Concert Program

Saskatoon: 17:00 – 18:30 (17:00 – 18:30 MDT)

Concert lead: Dr. Garry Gable

MC: Dr. Garry Gable, Peter Hedley

Venue: U of S, Peter MacKinnon Building, Convocation Hall


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Kathleen Solose - Piano

Dumka: Russian rustic scene, Op. 59  - Tchaikovsky

Glen Gillis – Saxophone, Bonnie Nicholson – Piano

Elegy Cadenza (2009) - Glen Gillis

Nicole's Gigue (2009) - Glen Gillis




Rafaele Rogolo – Trumpet; Dean McNeil – Trumpet

Melosalgia – Ben-Zion Orgad

Dean McNeill – Trumpet; Bonnie Nicholson – Piano

Sonate For Trumpet  -  Jean Hubeau (3rd movement only)



Garry Gable, Bass-baritone; Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, Piano;

Erin Brophy, Oboe

Mache dich mein Herze rein – from St Matthew Passion.

Garry Gable, Bass-baritone; Peter Stoicheff, Guitar

‘She’s like the Swallow’ – Marjorie Kisbey Hicks

Greystones Singers – Jennifer Lang, Director

Jenny – Nick Meyers

Erin Brophy, oboe -  Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, piano

(TBA) Composer - Matjan Mozetich

Ritornello Chamber Music Group, Jacqueline Woods, Piano.

Chelsea Mahan, Soprano, (Cellist – tba)

Elegie – Massenet

Le Sylph – Franck

Wild Horse (First Nations performers) TBA

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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 BoissenaultRandy Boissenault (speaker)
Randy Boissonnault is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues.
Prior to his election, Randy was a successful entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist. He has a strong record of leadership in business, in public service, and in the not-for-profit sector.
Randy discovered his passion for leadership and public service at the University of Alberta, where he served as President of the Students’ Union. Since studying at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Randy has worked as a lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, and as a journalist and political commentator for CBC Radio-Canada and Les Affaires. Randy also owned and led a consulting business that helped small- and medium-sized businesses overcome their strategy and management challenges.
A proud Rotarian, Randy has a long history of charitable work, both locally in Edmonton and abroad. He founded Literacy Without Borders, an international NGO devoted to promoting literacy for both children and adults in the developing world and in Canada. He has also served as Vice Chair of TEDx Edmonton and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Francophone Economic Council of Alberta, the Francophone Sport Federation of Alberta, and the Canadian Francophone Games. He was one of the 50 founders of Startup Edmonton and was a finisher of the Ironman Canada Triathlon.

Lesley CormackLesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, University of Alberta (Speaker)
Lesley Cormack is the dean of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts.
“Dr. Cormack has guided the faculty through a great deal of change and has been an articulate and respected voice for the Faculty of Arts,” said Olive Yonge, interim provost and vice-president (academic). “She has provided leadership on a number of issues including the budget, the administrative reorganization in arts and the quality of undergraduate and graduate programs. She is committed to effective and innovative teaching, recognizing this as a core strength of the Faculty of Arts. Dr. Cormack has led a drive to enhance and diversify international recruitment in the faculty. She is a strong scholar and a passionate advocate of faculty and student research.”

Viktoria Reiswich-DappViktoria Reiswich-Dapp (piano)
Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp is an award-winning soloist and collaborative pianist with a special love and passion for art song and the delicate musical intimacy of performing in small chamber music ensembles. Her artistic finesse across a wide range of genres and styles has earned her recognition around the world, and she has performed as soloist, with orchestras, and in various chamber music formations in Canada, Austria, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
Viktoria has lived on three continents and studied piano performance and piano pedagogy in the Russian, German, and North American traditions. She honed her skills as a performer during her studies at the University of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany, the University of Music Frankfurt/Main, and the University of Alberta from where she holds a Doctor of Music degree. Viktoria is continuing an exploration, begun during her doctoral research, into how the classical repertoire can be integrated into a 21st century context by embracing the new performative possibilities of media while honouring the cultural heritage, and conversely, how contemporary repertoire can be made accessible to both traditional and new audiences.
Besides winning numerous national and international prizes and scholarships from an early age, Viktoria is the first and only performer who has won the highest Canadian graduate scholarship, the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
Viktoria has recorded several CDs in Germany, Canada and Poland, and has extensive teaching and coaching experience, including vocal chamber ensemble at the University of Alberta.

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
Scott McKeen (speaker)
Aside from being the current Ward 6 City Councillor, Scott is best known his 24 years at The Edmonton Journal, including eight years as the hometown newspaper’s City Hall columnist.
Scott’s career at the paper ran the entire spectrum, from crime reporting to the environment beat. The majority of his years were spent at City Hall, reporting and commenting on city council.
Upon leaving the newspaper, Scott launched a last-minute bid in the 2010 civic election, finishing second. Since then he has started a successful communications business, serving local, provincial and federal clients.
He also became actively involved in the community, a few including volunteering as director of the Downtown Edmonton Community League, the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, the Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction.
Scott was also the City of Edmonton’s first ever Blogger in Residence, a position he stepped down from to run in Ward 6 in 2013.
Since his election in 2013, Scott has advocated for our most vulnerable population with his Mental Health and Urban Isolation initiative and through affordable housing and harm reduction strategies.

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 YoungCurt YoungCurt Young (composer)
Curt Young is a multi-Award winning, international artist from the George Gordon's First Nations in Saskatchewan. He is a part of the duo Young Medicine . in 2011 the duo represented Canada at the world championship of performing arts in Los Angeles where they won two gold medals, three silver and one bronze for thier music, dance, and storytelling. He has done over 600 performance world wide which include China, Peru, New York, Hawaii, and many communities & Schools across turtle Island without a manager or Major record label. Working with the youth is very important to him as he grew up with a learning disability and has learnt to use music, culture and dance to help him get through his education.
the message "Be your own person and live a positive way" is a message you will here through his songs and storytelling. He has recently became a grass dancer which has become a part of his performance. Through his positive performance he is able to engage the audience by getting them on stage. In 2016 his new album with Young Medicine 'Meant 2 Be' got nominated for world album of the year at the breakout west award, and People's choice award with Edmonton Music Awards. Recently the song "Take My Hand" hit the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Top 40 Music Countdown.
Currently he's been working on recording and producing Jamie Medicine Crane's Flute Album and will come out in early 2017. A new single called "Protectors" is coming out on Dec 25 2016 a bonus track by Young Medicine to promote the Flute album. Curt hopes to bring positives vibes to the world through music, dance, stories and being
proud of who he is and we're he comes from

Concert Programme

Edmonton: 18:30 – 20:00 (18:30 – 20:00 MDT)

Concert Lead: Elizabeth Turnbull

Concert MC: Shannon Hiebert

Concert Venue: University of Alberta, Convocation Hall


MDT Local Dur
18:30 18:30 Curt Young - Own composition 4
18:34 18:34 Shannon: Welcome. Thank Curt, intro Michael 1
18:35 18:35 Michal Phair, speaker, Chair of Board of Directors, U of A 2
18:37 18:37 Rafael H and Patty T (cello and piano)

5 Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102, no. 2 and 4 (Schumann)

18:43 18:43 Shannon Intro Jean 2
18:45 18:45 Jeanne Yang (organ)

Te Deum (Reger)

18:50 18:50 Shannon intro Allison AND MP Boissonault AND Guillaume 2
18:52 18:52 Allison Balcetis (soprano saxophone)

Wicker Park (Balter)

18:58 18:58 MP Randy Boissonault 2
19:00 19:00 Guillaume Tardiff (violin), Jeanne Yang, piano

Andante from Sonata in F k. 376 (Mozart)

19:06 19:06 Shannon Intro John 2
19:08 19:08 John Tessier, tenor, Shannon Hiebert, piano

Ah, mes amis (La Fille du Regiment, Donizetti)

19:14 19:14 Shannon intro Mads AND Counsellor McKeen AND Petar/Leanne 2
19:16 19:16 Madrigal Singers, Lenard Ratzlaff (conductor)

-          Ubi caritas (Duruflé)

-          Ave Maria (Bruckner)

19:21 19:21 Scott McKeen 2
19:23 19:23 Petar Dundjerski and Leanne Regehr      (Flute and piano)

Carmen fantasy - Bourne

19:30 19:30 Shannon intro Jacques 2
19:32 19:32 Jacques Despres (piano)

Hommage à Rameau (from Images, Book !, Debussy)

19:39 19:39 Shannon intro Bill/ Viktoria 2
19:41 19:41 William Street (saxophone), Viktoria R. Dapp (piano)

Modéré and Brazileira (Scaramouche, Milhaud

19:47 19:47 Shannon intro Sherry/Max/David AND Dean Cormack AND Jeanne 2
19:49 19:49 Sherry Steele (soprano), Max Fingerrott (baritone) David Wilson (baritone), Shannon Hiebert (piano)

No one is alone (Into the woods, Sondheim)

19:54 19:54 Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts 2
19:56 19:56 Jeanne Yang (harpsichord)

Les Barricades Mysterieuses        (Couperin)


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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

Laura HynesConcert Lead:  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.

Mara GrunauSpeaker: Mara Grunau, B.Ed. MPA
Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention

The Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Alberta. Established in 1981, CSP equips Canadians to respond to people at risk of suicide.

Upwards of 4000 Canadians die by suicide annually. Each year around the world, more people die by suicide than by homicide and war combined.

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 can be grouped in to four broad categories:

  • Easy, open access to mental health care
  • Responsible media reporting
  • Restriction of lethal means, and
  • Education, including surveillance and further research.

CSP 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.

Jean-Louis Bleau, conductor
Jean-Louis Bleau has been very involved in the Calgary and area arts scene for a number of years, organizing numerous concerts and music festivals while maintaining a successful career as a choral conductor. He is the artistic director of Choral Programs at Mount Royal University, where he also directs Mount Royal Artio. In addition to his work at Mount Royal University, Bleau is the artistic director of Cum Vino Cantus and the University of Calgary Chamber Choir, both of which will be performing for this concert.

Bleau's passion for music, especially choral music, is evident through his unique and expressive conducting style, and his enthusiastic approach to rehearsals. He is known for asking his choirs to engage difficult music, always seeking to push the members past their perceived limitations in order to produce music which — while challenging — is ultimately very rewarding.

Bleau has always sought to push the boundaries of choral music and the concert experience through unique collaborations and concert events. This has resulted in performances around a lake in the heart of Kananaskis and concert events in a planetarium, parking garages, an industrial shop and even a swimming pool. He has worked to collaborate not only with other choirs but also a variety of musicians, choreographers, dancers, synchronized swimmers and aerial gymnasts.

When not engrossed in music, Bleau can be found with his partner on their farm northwest of Calgary enjoying the mountain views and the quiet peace of the country.

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 theorbists 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.

Cheryl Emery-KarapitaCheryl 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.

Adriana Lebedovich, violin
Adriana Lebedovich joined the second violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra after successfully winning the audition in May 2007. She convocated from the University of Calgary in June 2009 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in performance. She began playing the violin at age three and has studied with Katherine Grigoriu, Elaine Henchell, Theresa and Jeff Plotnick, John Lowry, and Edmond Agopian.

Adriana won the University of Calgary Concerto Competition in April 2006 and played the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Following her debut, she substituted regularly with the CPO until winning her present position. Adriana is a former member of the UCalgary String Quartet and toured Portugal with the quartet in May 2008. The quartet recorded a CD of Eastern European Folk Music which was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award as well as a Western Canadian Music Award. She has studied at various summer programs including the Académie Musicale Internationale “Barbara Krakauer” program in Vaison-la-Romaine, France; the ARIA International Summer Music Academy in Muncie, Indiana; and the Banff Centre for Fine Arts. In July 2009 and 2010, Adriana travelled to Brazil for the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão, under the artistic direction of Roberto Minczuk.

Adriana enjoyed playing the first violin concerto by Mozart with the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra in June 2012, as well as the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Timmins Symphony Orchestra in March 2014. When she is not playing the violin, Adriana can be found riding her horse, Taima.

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 MunarOliver 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, a recital at the International Kodàly Festival and Symposium (Camrose, Canada), and 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.

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.

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.

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.

VoiceScapes is a professional music collective created in 2000 by two couples: Christina Jahn (Artistic Director, soprano) & Paul Grindlay (baritone), and Julie Harris (soprano) & Jerald Fast (tenor). Each singer brings a broad range of performing experience: from medieval groups to opera companies, from solo to choral work, spanning four continents. The ensemble’s mandate is to create distinctive and varied concerts, which include VoiceScapes members in collaboration with other great Canadian musicians.

VoiceScapes specializes in early music and has presented numerous critically acclaimed concerts and operas in concert, including a number of Alberta firsts, including J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor with period orchestra at Baroque pitch. In addition to presenting their own concerts in Calgary, VoiceScapes appears regularly on concert series throughout Alberta, and has been featured with ensembles such as Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, and Rosa Barocca. Their concerts have been recorded for provincial and national broadcast on CBC Radio Two and they have released two recordings.

Concert Programme

Calgary: 20:00 – 21:00 (20:00 – 21:00 MDT)

Concert Lead: Laura Hynes

Concert MC: Mara Grunau

Concert Venue:


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16:30 16:30 Penny Sanborn Trio: Penny Sanborn, accordion, Darcy Stamp, violin, Simon Fisk, bassetto

“Passion” - French valse musette

“El Choclo” - Argentine tango

Mara Speaks 2
16:40 16:40 Adriana Lebedovich, violin

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (J.S. Bach) - Adagio

Mara Speaks 1
16:46 16:46 Voicescapes, with Neil Cockburn, organ

Christina Jahn, soprano, Paul Grindlay, baritone

"Virga Jesse floruit" from Magnificat by J.S. Bach

16:50 16:50 Voicescapes, with Neil Cockburn, organ

Julie Harris, soprano, Jerald Fast, tenor

“Dite spera” from Ariodante by G.F. Händel

16:55 16:55 Mara Speaks 1
16:56 16:56 Oliver Munar, tenor, Cheryl Emery-Karapita, piano

“À Chloris" by Reynaldo Hahn

16:59 16:59 Mara Speaks 1
17:00 17:00 "Mysterious Barricades” by François Couperin (1668–1733) 3’30

Ralph Maier, guitar

17:04 17:04 Mara Speaks 2’30
17:06 17:06 Land’s End Ensemble: Beth Root Sandvoss, cello;

Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano

“Spiegel im Spiegel” by Arvo Pärt

17:15 17:15 Laura Hynes, soprano, Cheryl Emery-Karapita, piano

“Epiphanies” by David Evan Thomas (b. 1958) 2’30

17:18 17:18 Mara Speaks 1
17:19 17:19 Members of Cum Vino Cantus and U of C Chamber Choir, conducted by Jean-Louis Bleau 10'00 “

“Nyon Nyon" by Jake Runestad

Mara speaks

“Unclouded Day” arr. by Shawn Kirchner






17:29 17:29 End

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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 ChiangIngrid 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 DalaLeslie 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
Rebecca 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 McCavittAmira McCavitt (soprano)
Amira McCavitt’s love for music and singing developed from a young age. Throughout both elementary school and high school Amira actively participated in choral singing, solo singing and theatre. Originally from London, Ontario, Amira had the privilege of being a part of the Grand Theatre’s High School Project for two productions. Amira McCavitt is a recent graduate from the Masters in Opera program at UBC. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music, Honors in Voice performance. In 2013 she completed an Artists Diploma in voice, also at Western. While at the University of Western Ontario, she performed “The Witch” in UWOpera’s 2010 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, as well as “Fiordoligi” in UWOpera’s 2013 production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Her Debut role with UBC opera was “Helena” in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In July 2016, she traveled to the Czech Republic to sing the role of “First lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflӧte, and also sang the same role with UBC Opera at Bard on the Beach this past August. Autumn 2016, Amira sang the role of “Magda” in Menotti’s The Consul with UBC Opera, as a part of the symposium “Breaking the Cycle: Canada’s Refugee Record on the Global Stage”. In June of 2017, Under the baton of Maestro Jonathan Darlington, Amira performed the role of “Ariadne” in UBC Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

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 OrsonBeth 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)

Concert Programme

Vancouver: 20:00 – 21:30 (21:00 – 22:30 MDT)

Concert lead: Professor J. Patrick Raftery

Concert MC: J. Patrick Raftery

Concert venue: UBC Old Auditorium


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Terence Dawson – Mysterious Barricades (Couperin) 2
J. Patrick Raftery– Hello and Introduction 3-5
Julia Nolan – Saxaphone and Jane Hayes- Piano

Random Acts by Don Freund

Patrick intro Dawson and Orson 1-2
Terence Dawson- Piano

Listen (2013/2014) by Kevin Morse

Beth Orson- Oboe

Sonata in A minor for Oboe and Continuo by Telemann

Siciliana, Andante amabile

Patrick intro Rebecca Hass 1-2
Rebecca will speak about her Mètis journey, address our first nation’s issues with suicide and sing two selections.

Ombra mai fu

Canoe song by Connie Caldor

Patrick intro Leslie Dala and Ingrid Chiang 1-2
Leslie Dala and Ingrid Chiang

“Nightclub 1960” from Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzola

Hermiston intro President Ono 2
Ono (cello) Dawson (piano) The president will either speak before he plays or just after? 6
Patrick intro Nancy Hermiston and UBC Opera Ensemble 1
Nancy Hermiston and Patrick Raftery with Terence Dawson-

Reitersman duet from Merry Widow

Leslie Dala- Piano, Amira McCavitt –Soprano

Dich Teure Halle

Spencer Britten- Tenor

Languir per una bella

Gwendolyn Yearwood- Soprano

Rosalinde’s aria

Scott Rumble – tenor

Lensky’s aria

Leslie Dala-Piano

Paraphrase sur concert du Rigoletto by Liszt


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Streamed at 21:30-23:00(Local PDT) 00:30-02:00(EDT)

Venue: St. John the Divine

St John the Divine ​Anglican Church

1611 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC
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We would like to respectfully acknowledge that this concert is being held on the lands of the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples and their traditional territories and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSANEC peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Lead organizer: Sharon Krebs

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 StokesTobin 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.

Concert Programme

Victoria: 21:30 – 23:00 (22:30 – 00:00 MDT)

Concert lead: Sharon Krebs

Concert MC:

Concert venue: St. John the Divine

(Performed on August 22 19:30 – 21:00)

MDT Local
22:30 Introductions

The Reverend Alistair McCollum, St. John the Divine

Justine Thomson, Need2 Suicide Prevention, Education and Support

Jocelyn de Montmorency, Canadian Mental Health Association

Abendlied, op. 69 no. 3 (Joseph Rheinberger)

       Chamber choir, Thomas Nicholson, conductor

excerpt from “Parisina” (George Gordon, Lord Byron)

        John Krich, reader

Sommerabend, op. 85 no. 1; Mondenschein, op. 85 no. 2 (Johannes Brahms)

       Rebecca Hass, mezzo-soprano   Harald Krebs, piano

Siciliana, Antiche danze ed Arie, no. 3 (Ottorino Respighi)

       Annabelle Stanley, harp

excerpt from “The Quiet Singer” (Charles Hanson Towne)

       Rebecca Hass, reader

Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen, op. 30 no. 1 (Robert Franz)

       Sharon Krebs, soprano   Harald Krebs, piano

Nachtlied, op. 71 no. 6 (Felix Mendelssohn)

       Scott MacInnes, trombone   Harald Krebs, piano

“The Nightingale” (Thomas Cox)

       John Krich, reader

Abschiedslied der Zugvögel, op. 63 no. 2 (Felix Mendelssohn); Puisqu’içi-bas, op. 10 no. 1; Pleurs d’Or, op. 72 (Gabriel Fauré)

       Anne Grimm, soprano   Benjamin Butterfield, tenor   Harald Krebs, piano

Arabeske, WoO (Josephine Lang)

       Kelly Charlton, piano

“Bird Raptures” (Christina Rossetti)

       Rebecca Hass, reader

In Waldeseinsamkeit, op. 85 no. 6 (Johannes Brahms)

       Kathryn Whitney, mezzo-soprano   Harald Krebs, piano

Das Leben, Zwei Duette mit Klavierbegleitung, no. 1 (Richard Rößler)

       Alana Despins, French horn   Scott MacInnes, trombone   Harald Krebs, piano

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, op. 3 no. 2 (Roger Quilter); Voix d’yeux, Les Chansons du Cœur no. 3 (Jean Coulthard); Sure on this Shining Night, op. 13 no. 3 (Samuel Barber); Canoe, Stories from Klee Wyck no.4 (Tobin Stokes)

       Eve Daniell, soprano   Rykie Avenant, piano

“To the Nightingale” (William Drummond of Hawthornden)

       John Krich, reader

Denn Er hat seinen Engeln, MWV B 53 (Felix Mendelssohn)

       Chamber choir, Thomas Nicholson, conductor

00:00 Les barricades mystérieuses, Ordre 6ème de clavecin, no. 5 (François Couperin)

       Annabelle Stanley, harp