Concert Organizer


Sally Dibblee, soprano

Captivating opera audiences and critics alike since her Canadian Opera Company mainstage debuts in the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Musetta in La Bohème, soprano Sally Dibblee has performed the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor with Calgary Opera, Elizabetta in Maria Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria, Mimi in La Bohème with Arizona Opera, Liu in Turandot with Kentucky Opera and the Canadian premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China playing Pat Nixon with Vancouver Opera, to name a few. She has been a featured soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony New Brunswick, and the Mineria Symphony in Mexico, among others.

Sally made her theatre debut with St. Andrews Summer Theatre Company playing the role of notoriously flawed singer Florence Foster Jenkins in the hilarious Souvenir. Upcoming is a performance in the title role of Adrianna Lecouvreur with Opera in Concert in Toronto. Sally will sing with Symphony NB in December with Guest Conductor Kevin Mallon.

A former faculty member of Mount Allison University, Sally is in demand as a voice teacher, Masterclass lecturer and adjudicator. She is the conductor of the Fredericton Ladies Choir.


Speakers & Performers


Peter Allen, piano

Nova Scotian Peter Allen is one of Canada’s most respected and talented musicians. He is known nationally as a concert pianist, composer,
conductor and teacher.

As a concert pianist, he 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.

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As a composer, Peter has fulfilled many commissions. He has written orchestral music: Mar Atlantico; Variations on theHalifax Explosion; a Suite for Clarinet and Orchestra; and the much heralded CBC/SNS commissioned Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto.His much chamber music includes 2 String Quartets; Scherzo for 4 celli; Elegy for violin and piano; and other string pieces. Musicfor piano includes Haligonian Rhapsody for 2 pianos; Vaudeville for piano 6 hands; 90 Bagatelles and many other solo pieces. Hiswind music includes Black and Blues for Clarinet and piano; and 2 pieces for flute and piano, most recently a suite called Scenesfrom Nova Scotia. Other works include music for band and choir. His most recent work, Lamentation was premiered in France inApril of 2016, a work for clarinet quintet, which was later repeated in an entire concert devoted to his works on the Cecilia Concert Series in Halifax in February, 2017.

This season has been another busy year for Peter. Some highlights include: more composition; numerous concerts,including five performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations; also, a concert in Kitchener with Patricia Creighton and duoperformances in Halifax, St. John, Toronto and Edmonton and of course, Yellowknife, with violinist, Robert Uchida, performing thecomplete Brahms Sonatas. He also conducted 2 performances of his Variations on the Halifax Explosion for the city’s 100th anniversary of that event. Peter is currently Associate Professor of Music at Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts. He teaches piano, and conducts the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.

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Nadia 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 is currently musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick where she has worked on solo projects, given masterclasses and lectures, and integrated herself into the Fredericton music scene. Ms. Francavilla is also a violin teacher at the Mount Allison University and at the Université de Moncton.


Richard Hornsby, clarinet and saxophone

Richard Hornsby is an active performer, educator, arts administrator and arts advocate. A specialist in clarinets, he performs as a soloist and chamber musician with many groups including New Brunswick’s new music ensemble, Motion. He is Director of Music at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Since coming to New Brunswick he has been the founder and Director of the UNB Music Camp, founder and President of Musical Ventures Inc, founder and Artistic Director of Atlantic Sinfonia and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival. He also started the UNB Music Conservatory, a community music program at UNB. Recently he has accepted the invitation to be conductor and music director of the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra

As a volunteer and advocate, Richard has been active on the local, provincial, and national levels, including serving as President of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, President of the New Brunswick Arts Board, and President of the New Brunswick Arts Council.  He is currently past president of the Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada,  President of Music New Brunswick, and was a founding member of the Fredericton Arts Alliance. He is passionate about the role of the arts in our society, and works on issues of arts education, status of the artist, access to the arts and training for cultural workers through a variety of organizations.


Sebastian Hutchings, composer

Biography coming soon.


Stephen Hutchings, visual artist

Stephen Hutchings is a painter, photographer, printmaker and video artist. He exhibits his work throughout North America in both commercial galleries and public art venues. He currently resides in Florenceville, New Brunswick; his studio is in nearby Johnville, overlooking the beginning of the Appalachian Mountains, close to the St John River.

Hutchings has exhibited large-scale paintings and drawings in many museum shows. His latest was Landscape Tales, at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. Fury, a series of paintings that used violent storms as a metaphor for contemporary life, first installed at the Canadian Museum of Nature, travelled to the Whyte Museum in Banff, Alberta. Landscapes for the End of Time, a series of large canvases that explored the paradoxical relationship between specific sites and the idea of the infinite, travelled from the Glenbow Museum in Calgary to the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.

Contemporary classical music plays a large role in Hutchings’ work. He has created videos for music by Valentin Silvestrov (performed by the Gryphon Trio) and Phillip Glass (performed by Craig Morris). Images of his paintings are frequently used to accompany the performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.


Ventus Machina, quintet
Karin Aurell, Jon Fisher, Christie Goodwin, James Kalyn, Patrick Bolduc

Formed in 2011, the New Brunswick-based woodwind quintet Ventus Machina has quickly become a major player on Canada’s east coast classical music scene. Their flexible and dynamic style of performance—often presenting themed programs that at once engage, entertain, and educate—continues to attract and delight increasingly diverse audiences. Classically based and uncompromising in artistic quality, Ventus Machina makes regular excursions into other genres including jazz, opera, Latin and pop, challenging themselves and surprising their audiences.


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We 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.