Concert Organizer


Sally Dibblee

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. Since her Canadian Opera Company mainstage debut in the role of Lauretta in ianni Schicchi nd Musetta in a Bohèm, she has performed the title roles in adama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor n La Traviata nd many more of opera’s best loved soprano roles. On the concert stage she has been a soloist in the Messiah, Carmina Burana, Beethoven 9th Symphony and the Verdi Requiem to name a few.

She made her theatre debut with St. Andrews Summer Theatre Company playing the role of the notoriously flawed singer Florence Foster Jenkins in the hilarious ouveni.

Sally received her Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and a Diploma in Operatic Studies from University of Toronto where she studied with the wonderful Lois Marshall.

A former faculty member at Mount Allison University, Sally is in demand as a voice teacher and adjudicator of regional and provincial Music Festivals. She is the conductor of the Fredericton Ladies Choir.


Performers & Speakers

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David Adams, violin

David Adams, a native of Winnipeg Manitoba, completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto and went on to pursue his career as a professional violinist. With many scholarships and first prizes to his credit, Adams has gained critical acclaim as a soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician. Along with his active performing schedule, Adams teaches privately, performs in school concerts and coaches youth orchestras. David Adams received the New Brunswick Merit Award, the Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Metal for his contribution to Music in New Brunswick.

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Sonja Adams, cello

Before earning her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto in 1985, Sonja Adams was actively involved in the flourishing Vancouver music scene. She has incorporated the same interest in her adopted home province, with an impressive private studio that includes students from across New Brunswick. She also coaches a number of the province’s youth orchestras, including the award-winning New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and serves as faculty at summer music camps and extensive in-school concert programs. Recognizing her enduring commitment to Arts and Culture in the province - both as a volunteer and as a professional musician - Sonja Adams was honoured with a New Brunswick Merit Award.


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Deantha Edmunds, singer

Canada’s first and only Inuk classical singer, Deantha Edmunds, has performed on stages across the world. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Edmunds is a laureate of the prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards. 

In 2016 Edmunds was nominated for the ECMA Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award for her recording “Pillorikput Inuit: Inuktitut Arias for All Seasons.”  

In the spring of 2018, Edmunds was the soprano soloist in “Makkipok!", a unique program of Labrador Inuit Music with renowned Lady Cove Women’s Choir, Newman Sound Men’s Choir and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Edmunds also presented a program of solo Inuktitut arias and her own compositions as part of the Cecilia Concert series in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Edmunds uses her talents for writing and music composition to empower Indigenous people and share their stories. An Urban Inuk, she explores and embraces her Indigenous identity through poetry and song. 

On Canada Day, 2018, a new composition, "Song of the River”, arranged for string quartet and choir, was performed by Nunatsiavut's Inuit youth choir “Ullugiagâtsuk" in St John’s, Newfoundland. The event entitled “… float…” was an immersivechoral experience that was part of the Canadian Choral Conductors Association 2018 Podium Festival. 

Most recently, Edmunds performed at the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in Utqiagvik, Alaska in July, 2018. Delegates from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia gathered to share information and strengthen the bonds between all Inuit. 

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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.

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Peter Higham, guitar

Peter Higham continues to perform and teach guitar for the Department of Music at Mount Allison University, where he was Music Librarian for twenty-five years, now Librarian Emeritus. As a performer, Peter Higham has often collaborated with other instrumentalists and vocalists. He has premiered works with guitar by Canadian composers, including Violet Archer and John Beckwith, and Atlantic composers Kevin Morse, Michael Parker, W.L. Altman, Alasdair MacLean, and Michael Miller. He has made special studies of the guitar music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and continues to contribute arrangements to the repertoire for voice and guitar, and for instrumental duos. In 2014 Peter Higham gave the premiere performance of a new work composed for him by Dr. John Beckwith; his performance of Ut re mi fa sol la is included on the 2018 Centrediscs CD Calling John Beckwith.

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Thaddeus Holownia, Visual Artist

Thaddeus Holownia, is a visual artist, teacher, letterpress printer and publisher. Holownia was born in England in 1949 and immigrated to Canada in 1954. He completed a B.A. in Communication and Fine Arts at University of Windsor in 1972. After a forty-one year teaching and administrative career in the Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick, Holownia recently retired and now spends his time at his studio in Jolicure New Brunswick.

Holownia’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including The Nature of Nature, The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia 1976–2016, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; The Terra Nova Suite, a twenty-five year survey of his work in Newfoundland & Labrador at the Provincial Gallery (The Rooms) in St. John’s Newfoundland; 24 Tree Studies for Henry David Thoreau at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton New Brunswick. His 1998 mid career retrospective exhibition, Extended Vision: Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia 1978–1997, organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, traveled across Canada and to the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. His photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Monet’s Legacy: Series, Order and Obsession at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany and Car Culture at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington NY.

Holownia is a Fulbright Fellow and elected member of the RCA. He has twice received the Paul Paré Medal from Mount Allison University in recognition of excellence in teaching, creative activity, research, and community service. Recent awards include the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Visual Arts from artsNB and the Order of New Brunswick.

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Lynn Johnson

Lynn Johnson's career as a solo and collaborative artist has taken her across Canada, throughout the United States and Europe.  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 the First Prize with Distinction in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. 


Ventus Machina
Karin Aurell, 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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David Rogosin, piano

Pianist David Rogosin has performed across Canada, in the American midwest, the Caribbean and France.  Praised for the brilliance, clarity and passion of his playing, he is highly regarded as a performer, adjudicator and clinician.  Rogosin is also a frequent collaborator with a particular passion for the two-piano repertoire.  He has released two solo recordings: Incandescence (2005) and Evocation (2012).  Professor at Mount Allison University since 2001, he was awarded the Paul Paré Excellence Award in 2013.   He holds a master’s degree from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate in performance from UBC.

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Stephen Runge

Praised for his sensitivity and versatility, pianist Stephen Runge has been heard from Victoria to Halifax as soloist and collaborative artist. Stephen has been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio Two and La Chaîne Culturelle de Radio-Canada, and has recorded all the major works for solo piano by Robert Schumann. Stephen has received special recognition as soloist and for his frequent performances of chamber music and art song. In recent seasons he has shared the stage with artists such as violinists Jasper Wood, Andréa Tyniec and Kerry DuWors, tenor David Pomeroy, countertenor Daniel Cabena, mezzo-sopranos Krisztina Szabó and Patricia Green, and has appeared as soloist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra. Holding a Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance from l’Université de Montréal, Stephen is in demand across the country as teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. He has presented at conferences and workshops on topics such as effective practice methods, performance practices for Baroque and Classical music, and the challenges of teaching popular music. Stephen came to national attention when he was awarded first prize in the piano category of the National Music Festival. Since then he has been the recipient of several important awards, including prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Stephen Runge studied with Janice Elliott-Denike before completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Victoria, where he was a student of Dr. Robin Wood and was awarded the Victoria Medal and the Governor General’s Silver Medal upon graduation. Under the direction of Marc Durand, he completed a Master of Music degree at l’Université de Montréal and an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Julian Martin of the Juilliard School, and was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Stephen Runge taught at St. Olaf College in Minnesota before joining the Department of Music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where he is currently Head of the Department of Music, Associate Professor of Piano, and Director of Mount Allison Local Centre Examinations in Music. He was awarded a Paul Paré Excellence Award in 2010 and the J.E.A. Crake Award for excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Arts at Mount Allison University in 2014. For more information on Stephen Runge, please visit his website at


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

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.


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