Our Team

Our Team

We gratefully extend our thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and supporters who are bringing this cross-country concert to life!

Volunteers

 

and Supporters

Canada-wide

 

Organizing Team

Sheena Abar, Robert Agostinis, Miki Andrejevic, Jochen Eggert, Laurier Fagnan, Ivan Fair, Angus Findlay, Kees den Hartigh, Harold Hornig, Steph Kubash Mahé, Marlize Morris, Tana Nash, Julia Necheff, Marvin Severson, Jane Slessor, Elizabeth Turnbull, Mike Verdin, Debbie Yee

Canada-wide

 

Special Thanks

Jeff Allen, Amy Dambrowitz, Veronica Farmer(and the staff at TrueCourse Communications), Allan Gilliland (composer of “First Light Brings New Beginning”), Nicholas Kubash, Jane Leske, Paul Links, Mike MacGregor, Pamela Sewers, University of Alberta: Office of the Dean of Students and Information Services & Technology

St John’s

 

Volunteer Performers

Bill Brennan (piano), Peter Cho (viola), Tina Davies (speaker), Kassandra-Anne Demers (piano), Anne Devine (guitar), La Rose des Vents Francophone Choir, Allan Gilliland (composer of “First Light Brings New Beginning”), Cheryl Hickman (Vocal), Alan Klaus (Trumpet), Sheilagh O’Leary (speaker), Dr. Ian Sutherland (Emcee of the concert), Kristina Szutor (piano), Wa’pek Muin –St. John’s Men’s Drumming Group, Dr. Claire Wilkshire (conductor, La Rose des Vents Francophone Choir)

Support Team

Sarah Bartlett, Richard Blenkinsopp, Julie Broderick, Sharon King-Campbell, Tina Davies, Mitchel Fleming, Kathy Skinner, Ian Sutherland, Sheilagh O’Leary

Halifax

 

Volunteer Performers

Chris Mitchell quartet: (Chris Mitchell – saxophone, Dave Staples – piano, Jamie Gatti – bass, Dave Burton – percussion), Daedalus trio: (Mark Lee – violin, Kerry Kavalo – viola, Benjamin Marmen – cello), Deb Eisen – First Nations Elder, Rob McClure – actor and host, Lynn Stodola – piano, Marcia Swanston – singer

Support Team

John D.S. Adams, Ian Fraser, Sue Marchand, Tamsin Marriott, Colin Richardson, Jeremy VanSlyke

Sackville

 

Volunteer Performers

Jonna Brewer (mc), Joël Cormier (percussion), Sally Dibblee (vocal), Nadia Francavilla (violin), Thaddeus Holownia (visual artist), Gayle Martin (portative organ), Stephen Runge (piano), Tesla Quartet (Ross Snyder, Michelle Lie, Edwin Kaplan, Serafim Smigelskiy), Ventus Machina (quintet-Ulises Aragon, Karin Aurell ,Patrick Bolduc, Christie Goodwin, James Kalyn)

Support Team

Margaret Ann Craig, Laura Dillman, Murielle Doucett, Karen Geldart, Melody Petlock, Matthew Thompson

Montreal

 

Volunteer Performers

Duo Brazil (Donna Brown and Andrew Mah), John Fanning, Mark Fewer, Blake Hawley Trio, Hank Knox, Michael McMahon, Quartom quator vocal a cappella, Jacqueline Woodley

Support Team

Cécile Bardon, Johanne Froncioni, Jerome Gaudreault, Joanne Kolomyjec, George Massenburg, Jacqueline Woodley

Ottawa

 

Volunteer Performers

John Avey, Yvonne Cox, Jean Desmarais, Valerie Dueck, Roddy Ellias, Victor Herbeit, Ewashko Singers, Maghan McPhee, Alan Neals, Dillion Parmer, Christiane Riel, Sarah Veber

Support Team

Maria Bamford, Don Cote, Alyssa Curto, Hali Krawchuk, James Law, April MacInnes, Terri-Lynn Mitchell, Renee Ouimet, Andrea Ponica, Mark Wilkinson

Toronto

 

Volunteer Performers

Russell Braun, Norine Burgess (vocal), Tim Dawson (bass), Eybler Quartet (Julie Wedman, violin; Aisslinn Nosky, violin; Pat Jordan, viola; Margaret Gay, cello), Jason Howard (vocal), Carolyn Maule (piano and harpsichord), Nathalie Paulin (vocal), Julie Ranti(flute), Liz Upchurch (piano), Monica Whicher (vocal), Young Voices Toronto (Tracy Wong, conductor)

Support Team

Robert Fysh, Karen Letofsky, David Newman, Alex Shendelman

Kitchener Waterloo

 

Volunteer Performers

Kimberly Barber (vocal), Leopoldo Erice (piano), Daniel Lichti (vocal), James Mason (oboe), Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers), Penderecki String Quartet, Anna Ronai (piano), Sing Fires of Justice Community Choir (Gerard Yun, conductor), Heather Taves (couperin), Vienna D’Amato Hall (vocal), Gerard Yun (shakuhachi)

Support Team

Glen Carruthers, Leanne Holland Brown, John Hergel, Peter Lamont, Adrienne Luft, Kate Penner, Sean Poole

London

 

Volunteer Performers

Theodore Berg (vocal), Paul Digout (piano), Patricia Green (vocal), John Hess (piano), Aaron Hodgson (trumpet), Bethany Horst (vocal), Anita Krause (vocal), Robert Kubica (guitar), Simone Luti (piano), Mel Martin (violin), Jackalyn Short (vocal), Jana Starling (clarinet), Jennie Such, Ann Thomson (flute), Sharon Wei (violin), Adrian Wright (cello), Allison Wiebe Benstead (piano)

Support Team

Melanie-Anne Atkins, Lynda Cowie, Cynthia Gibney, Gail Hutchinson, Mike Godwin

Winnipeg

 

Volunteer Performers

Desiree Abbey (cello), Chris Anstey (violin), Andrew Balfour (composer), Mel Braun (baritone), Minna Rose Chun (cello), Lara Ciekiewicz (vocal), Tracy Dahl (vocal), Esprit de Choeur Choir (Valdine Anderson, conductor), Richard Gillis (trumpet), John Greer (piano), Monica Huisman (soprano), Judy Kehler-Siebert (piano), Dr. Laura Loewen (piano), Robert MacLaren (tenor), Manitoba Opera Chorus (Tadeusz Biernacki, conductor), James McLennan (tenor), Oleg Pokhanovski (violin), Rosemarie Van der Hooft (vocal), Lois Watson-Lyons (mezzo-soprano), John Weier (poetry)

Support Team

Darryl Neustaedter Barg, Richard Boyd, Charlene Diehl, Jacquie Loewen (stage manager), David Ness, Maureen Rice, Janet Smith

Saskatoon

 

Volunteer Performers

Peter Stoicheff (U of S President), Peter Hedley (U of S Director of Support Services), Brianna Dennehy (Mezzo Soprano), Garry Gable (Bass-baritone), Kathleen Lohrenz Gable (Piano), Glen Gillis (Alto Saxophone), Chelsea Mahan (Soprano), Michael Maurice (First Nations Elder), Scott McKnight (Cello), Dean McNeill (Trumpet), Bonnie Nicholson (Piano), Kathleen Solose (Piano)

Support Team

Terry Allington, Wayne Giesbrecht, Peter Hedley, Tim Kohlruss, Ryan Lalonde, Adrienne Thomas, Don Warkentin

Edmonton

 

Volunteer Performers

Catherine Abele (vocal), Asani (vocal trio), Booming Tree Taiko Drumming (Twilla MacLeod and Greg Shimizu), Cantilon Choir (Heather Johnson, conductor), Jacques Despres (piano), Marnie Giesbrecht (organ and harpsichord), Shannon Hiebert (piano), Rafael Hoekman (clarinet), Leanne Regehr (piano), Colin Ryan (cello), Sherry Steele (vocal), Patricia Tao (piano), University of Alberta Madrigal Choir (Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor), Jeanne Yang (piano)

Support Team

Sheena Abar, Russell Baker, Agatha Beschell, Helena Dayal, Daniel Drozak, Angus Findlay, Larry Grosfield, Oliver Munar, Marlize Morris, Allen Mozak, Andy Paley, Clare Peters, Shawn Ratke, Jane Slessor, Chris Spencer, Patrick Strain, Mike Verdin, Debbie Yee

Vancouver

 

Volunteer Performers

Dorothy Chang (composer), Tina Chang (piano), Kallie Beth Clayton (vocal), Judith Forst (vocal), Gordon Gerrard (piano), Corey Hamm (piano), Nancy Herminston (vocal), Rhosalyn Jones (vocal), Dr. Robert Mills (piano), Julia Nolan (saxophone), James Patrick Raftery (vocal), Geoffrey Schellenberg (vocal), Eric Wilson (cello)

Support Team

Dammy Albach, Lorna Allen, Christopher Croda, Nancy Hermiston, Scott Rumble, Naomi Schatz

Special Thanks

UBC School of Music, Professor Nancy Hermiston, Dr. Richard Kurth Director, Patty Hambler (Director, Student Wellbeing Promotion, Student Development & Services, The University of British Columbia), Naomi Schatz and Margaret Leathley (UBC’s Suicide Awareness Committee), Dammy Damstrom Albach, MSW, MA (Manager, Gatekeeper Training Project, CMHA BC), Shiloh Bouvette (Manager, Community Programs and Outreach), Mustafa Akhtar

Victoria

 

Volunteer Performers

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Ben Butterfield (Vocal), Rebecca Hass (MC), Pam Highbaugh (cello), Yoomi Kim (piano), Harald Krebs, Sharon Krebs, Lafayette String Quartet (Ann Elliot-Goldschmidt, Joanna Hood, Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Sharon Stanis), Ken Lavigne (vocal), Michelle Mares (piano), Suzanne Snizek (flute), Colin Tilney (harpsichord), Victoria Good News Choir (Louise Rose, conductor)

Support Team

Ai-Lan Chia, Kristy Farkas, Amelia Hamfelt, Sarah Jossee, Alex Klassen, Rita Knodel, Harald Krebs, Mathieu Larente, Kirk McNally, Craig Meikle, Dawn Schelle, The Yaxley Family (John, Heather, Timmy & Daniel)

We made every effort to make these listings as accurate as possible. We apologize if there are any inaccuracies or omissions.

Mysterious Barricades

Mysterious Barricades

Concert Society

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Elizabeth Turnbull

President

Mezzo soprano Elizabeth Turnbull, hailed by the critics as ‘a revelation’, with ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’ has many and varied credits including appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America and Europe. Her roles range from the baroque to the modern era, and also include premieres of newly written operatic works. Concert experience has included traditional oratorio and song repertoire, as well as numerous new music compositions. In addition to being Director of Opera Workshop, Beth has been an instructor of voice at the Department of Music at the University of Alberta since 2009. She is in demand as a vocal pedagogue at summer vocal programs, and has been a vocal clinician at numerous universities and schools for both solo and ensemble singing, as well as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country. Discography includes 3 CDs with Toronto’s Bach Consort, two recordings with the Ukrainian Art Song Project (songs of Lysenko and Stepovyi), as well as a self-produced disc of Irish and Scottish Songs, entitled ‘The Meeting of the Waters’. Many of her Canadian operatic performances have been heard across the country on CBC’s ‘Saturday Afternoon at the Opera’. When not singing and teaching, Beth is an avid amateur equestrian, and enjoys pursuing the
sport of dressage.

Milentije Andrejevic

Vice-President

Miki Andrejevic graduated from the Law Faculty, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan College Arts Administration Program, Edmonton, Alberta, and the Banff Centre Arts Management Program, Banff, Alberta. He is a Fellow of the British RSA (Royal Society for the Encouraging of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce) based in London, England. He has had a distinguished career in arts management in Europe and Canada. He was the General Manager of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and since coming to Canada has been the Executive Director of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and the Executive Director of Alberta’s only professional choir, Pro Coro Canada. He also established LitFest — the Edmonton International Literary Arts Festival — Canada’s only festival devoted to creative non-fiction, and he has been directing the University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas since its inception. Mr. Andrejevic has been a committee or jury member of various organizations such as the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition Yugoslavia (head quartered in Brussels, Belgium), the Mayor’s Lunch for the Business and the Arts (Edmonton), jury member for the Saskatchewan Arts Board, founding member of the Edmonton Arts Council, jury member of the Edmonton Arts Council – Arts Operating Community Investment Grant and the Canada Council for the Arts – Touring Grants and International Performance Assistance. Also, he was instrumental in establishing the City of Edmonton and City of Calgary Book Prizes, the City of Edmonton Writer in Exile Program, Alberta Book Awards Gala and the National Literary Arts Summit. Further, while with the Writers Guild of Alberta he collaborated with the Banff Centre in establishing WordFest, the Banff – Calgary International Writers Festival.
Presently he is a member of the PEN Canada Board of Directors – Chair of Outreach Program Western Canada. PEN Canada is the Canadian chapter of PEN International which celebrates literature and envisions the world where writers are free to write, readers are free to read, and freedom of expression prevails.
Mr. Andrejevic is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the City of Edmonton Arts and Culture Citation Award.

Harold Hornig

Director

Deeply involved in volunteering in the community, Harold also has over 30 years experience in the Information Technology industry giving him a strong knowledge of how technology makes businesses and communities succeed. He has made presentations to large and small groups as well as City council meetings. He thrives on taking on projects that seem impossible to succeed. He is the President of four community organizations and is involved in a community theatre project in cooperation with the Edmonton Public School Board in South West Edmonton. He has a passion in bringing fine arts to the youth and all ages of his community.

Ivan Fair

Director

In his professional life, Ivan Fair is a Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the U of A in 1998 he was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now amalgamated with Dalhousie University) in Halifax and participated in the design and implementation of communication systems when working for MPR TelTech Ltd. in Vancouver and Bell Northern Research Ltd. in Edmonton and Ottawa. He is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and an Honorary Fellow of Geoscientists Canada in recognition of his volunteer activities with these professions.
Ivan is an avid member of the audience as his wife Jane and their three children perform with Edmonton Musical Theatre, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Alberta Ballet (Edmonton Division), and the Society for Talent Education. He also spends a considerable amount of his time on bleachers and in cold hockey arenas supporting and watching his sons play baseball and play hockey with their Edmonton Minor Hockey Association teams.

Steph Kubash Mahé

Administrative
Coordinator

Steph has 10 years experience as an administrative assistant, five of which are working within the non profit sector. She is now working at Greater Edmonton Foundations Housing for Seniors, Ottewell Man.or, secure housing for adults 55 to 65 living with mental health problems.
Steph spent five years volunteering with the Idylwylde Community League, she was the SECLA representative, vice-president and president. She was also Secretary for the SECLA skate park project.
In her spare time Steph trains in martial arts, she has her 1st Dan blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and is training in Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense.

Julia Necheff

Marketing and Communications Lead

Kees den Hartigh

Social Media

Robert Agostinis

Media
&
Sponsorship
Coordinator

Dr.Robert Agostinis lives by the mantra ‘make it happen.’ Robert is currently and extensively involved in community, sports and City initiatives for the Terwillegar Riverbend and Greater Windermere communities. He is the founder and past president of the Terwillegar Riverbend Advisory Council, District H Director for the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and a collaborative member, mentor and volunteer for Brander Garden Rocks, a community group that provides supports and activities for youth in the community. He is the co-founder of the South West Edmonton Seniors’ Association, a Communications, Civics Director and Ambassador for Carter Crest for the Oak Hills Community League, a member of the Community Well Being Work Group for the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty in Edmonton, and involved in several community engagement initiatives with several community leagues and sports associations.

Marlize Morris

Graphics Designer

Jochen Eggert

Production
Director