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.
Laurier Fagnan holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree in vocal pedagogy from Université Laval. He recently completed his doctoral studies in choral conducting (U of A/IRCAM, Paris), specializing in vocal technique for choirs. Further studies have brought him to the Mozarteum in Salzburg and to New York and Portland, where he studied with renowned bel canto masters Richard Miller and Dan Marek. Mr. Fagnan has given over three hundred workshops in the area of bel canto vocal technique for choirs from Whitehorse to Newfoundland.
Dr. Fagnan is associate professor of music responsible for the vocal/choral program at Campus Saint-Jean in Edmonton where he has directed the dynamic Chorale Saint-Jean for the past 14 years. For seven years he was also artistic director of the acclaimed ensemble Da Camera Singers which enjoyed regular collaborations with Edmonton’s professional orchestras. His recent area of research, choral acoustics, has led to collaborations and presentations at international conferences in Stockholm, Miami and Paris. His thesis entitled “The Acoustical Effects of the Core Principles of the Bel Canto Method on Choral Singing” was recently awarded both Canadian and American National dissertation prizes. He is a fellow of the Fondation Baxter et Alma Ricard, which enabled him to conduct advanced research in choral acoustics at IRCAM in Paris. The recent awarding of a generous grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation led to the opening of Canada’s first vocal acoustics laboratory at Campus Saint-Jean of the U of A in 2006. He has served as vocal coach for the largest choral festival in North America and in July of 2008, was honoured to conduct a choir of 1400 voices amassed to celebrate Québec City’s 400th anniversary. In 2009 presented several sessions at the Québec Choral Conductors’ Symposium and was keynote presenter at Festival 500, an international choral festival in Newfoundland. During his 2009-2010 sabbatical year, he will produce a new DVD on vocal technique for choirs and write a book on bel canto vocal pedagogy. He presented the keynote address at the Europa Cantat General Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria in November of 2009 and has been asked to present his research at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina in 2011.
In his professional life, Ivan Fair is a Professor and the 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.
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.
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.
Steph Kubash Mahé
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.
Marketing and Communications Lead
Kees den Hartigh
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.