Concert Organizer

Garry Gable, bass-baritone

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Garry Gable, bass-baritone, has enjoyed a performing career that has taken him across Canada and into the USA, Italy, and China in all types of classical music, musical theater, drama, television, radio, in-concert and stage presentations. He has also been heard in recital with his spouse/pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable. Both he and Kathleen have taught and performed together several times in China, where Garry is adjunct faculty in Music Conservatories in Wuhan and Tianjin.

Garry resides in Saskatoon where he teaches vocal studies, literature, and pedagogy, and directs the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. He is recipient of the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Saskatchewan. Among his many students over the years are multiple winners of CMFTA Nationals, Gordon Wallace Opera Competition, SMFA Provincial Competitions, the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Young Artists Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Regional), and the Netherlands National Opera Auditions. Garry is widely sought as an adjudicator and clinician and teacher. He has been a vocal instructor for the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio program. In the summer of 2018 Garry joined the faculty of the Bel Canto in Tuscany opera training program near Florence, Italy.


Symphony appearances include Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Bruckner Mass in F, William Walton’s Façade, Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem, and narrations of How the Grinch stole Christmas, and The night before Christmas.
In Saskatchewan, Garry has performed with Persephone Theatre, and Regina and Saskatoon Symphonies, and Saskatoon Opera Association. Roles include Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, and as Mr. Potter in the musical adaptation of Its a Wonderful Life. Balthazzzar in Amahl and the night visitors, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zuniga in Carmen, Il Bonze Madama Butterfly, and Pangloss in Candide (Regina Symphony). In 2018, Garry enjoyed a busy Christmas season of appearances singing and/or narrating How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Okanagan Symphony), and Twas the night before Christmas (Saskatoon Symphony.


Speakers & Performers

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Beta Brass Quintet
Aaron Bueckert, Dawn McLean Belyk, Dean McNeill, Erika Rybinski, Arlene Shiplett

The Beta Brass Quintet is comprised of University of Saskatchewan Department of Music brass teachers and M.Mus performance majors. The Beta Brass was creates as an enriched performance opportunity for UofS M.Mus students. This ensemble also serves as a versatile vehicle for presenting high quality chamber music that crosses many musical stylistic boundaries throughout the communities of Saskatchewan. The 2019-2020 Beta Brass Quintet members include Dean McNeill (trumpet), Aaron Bueckert (trumpet), Arlene Shiplett (horn), Erika Rybinski (trombone), and Dawn McLean Belyk (brass trombone).

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Elixir Ensemble
James Legge, Scott McKnight, Oxana Ossiptchouk, Kathleen Solose

+ Oxana Ossiptchouk

Oxana Ossiptchouk was educated in North Ossetiya, Russia, where she received a Master’s degree at the Sergey Rachmaninov State Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don in Violin Solo Performance, Orchestral Performance and Chamber Music. She was the winner of several competitions in Russia, performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the North Ossetiya Republic Symphony Orchestra, and the Brahms violin concerto with the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic Orchestra. In Canada, Oxana won the Saskatchewan Concerto Competition and performed the Szymanowsky Concerto with the Saskatoon and Regina Symphonies. She has also been an orchestral member of the Timmins and Regina Symphonies, and is presently Principal Second Violinist of the Saskatoon Symphony and performs with the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players and Elixir. She is the founder and Director of the Saskatoon Conservatory of Music.

+ Kathleen Solose

Kathleen Solose is both an accomplished solo pianist and chamber musician. She received numerous Canada Council grants for study abroad. Her teachers include Adele Marcus, (The Juilliard School, New York), Stanislav Neuhaus (Moscow Conservatory), Guido Agosti (Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy) and Carlo Zecchi (Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome). Kathleen has performed solo, chamber music and concerti in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Italy, the United States, and Canada. Prof. Solose has been the founding member of several chamber ensembles, including the Toronto Kammertrio and Musici Amati. Kathleen Solose is Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Artistic Director of the Elixir Ensemble.

+ James Legge

James Legge, originally from Waterloo, Ontario, moved to Saskatoon to take the position of principal violist with the Saskatoon Symphony after completing his studies at McGill University. While living in Montreal he won chamber music prizes in the Jeunesses Musicales and CIBC competitions. In Saskatoon, Jim performs regularly as the violist in the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players, and has been featured soloist with the Saskatoon Symphony, Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra and with Prairie Virtuosi. He has been a regular performer at the Calgary’s Mountain View Festival of Song and Chamber Music, Mountain View Connection, and Ontario’s Viola Camp, and co-directs Saskatoon’s Summer String Experience, a summer camp for young string players. Jim has a private studio of approximately thirty-six violin and viola students, and as a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, teaches in the Saskatoon Suzuki String Program.

+ Scott McKnight

Scott McKnight Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Scott holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, as well as a Chamber Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied with Paul Pulford and Simon Fryer. During his undergraduate studies Scott worked closely with the Penderecki String Quartet. An ardent chamber musician, he has performed in a multitude of ensembles and participated in intensive summer music festivals in Southern Ontario. In 2010 he completed a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance at the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Paul Marleyn. He currently performs with the Saskatoon Symphony and with Elixir. He is an active teacher in both the Suzuki Strings and the Sistema programs in Saskatoon.


Garry Gable, bass-baritone

See biography above under “Concert Organizer”.

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Glen Gillis, saxophone

Glen Gillis, Professor of Music, conducts the concert band and several saxophone ensembles, works with graduate students, and teaches saxophone, conducting, and music education courses at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Gillis is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and continues to maintain an active schedule, performing at numerous international music conferences in North America, Asia, Iceland, England, and Continental Europe. In the last two decades Dr. Gillis has commissioned numerous works for classical saxophone and has collaborated with many artist musicians, conductors, and composers. He has matriculated many saxophone students at the high school and college level who have received provincial and national awards.

As a member of SOCAN, his diverse performance career and musical experience has spanned over three decades in the realms of classical and jazz, with many published compositions. He released SaxSpectrum (2009) and SaxSpectrum 2 (2014) through MSR Classics performing and displaying many of his compositions and commissioned works, all world premiere recordings. SaxSpectrum 2 also received a nomination for the 2015 Instrumental Recording of the Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards. He can also be heard on didgeridoo.diversions (Hoot/Wisdom Recordings 2007) and Devotion (Ice Music Press 2015).

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Greystone Singers
Conductor: Jennifer Lang

Biography coming soon.

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Kathleen 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 (Emerging Artists), Saskatoon Opera, Saskatoon Symphony, and the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio. Kathleen has been pleased to collaborate with eight Young Artist winners. She has travelled to China with husband bass-baritone Garry Gable to perform and teach, and was an official pianist for the World Saxophone conference in Bangkok. Kathleen teaches piano, and is Music Director for the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan.

Kathleen has been with Opera NUOVA since 2004. She has conducted Dialogues des Carmelites, Suor Angelica, The Tender Land,Hänsel und Gretel, Oklahoma, The Gondoliers and Patience, and Tartuffe.


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 has 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.

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Véronique Mathieu, violin

Described as a violinist with 'chops to burn, and rock solid musicianship' (The Whole Note, TORONTO), Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. Highlights of this season include the premiere of Adam Scime’s new violin concerto with Esprit Orchestra, solo appearances with the Saskatoon and Oakville Symphony Orchestras, premieres of works by Barbara Croall and Alice Ping Yee Ho as well as the recording of a third CD with Parma Records.

Ms. Mathieu holds the David L. Kaplan Chair in Music at the University of Saskatchewan where she serves as an Associate Professor of Violin. She previously served on the faculty at the University of Kansas, and State University of New York in Buffalo. Learn more

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Dean McNeill and Richard Carnegie, trumpet and double bass

Bio: Mainstays in Saskatoon’s music community Richard Carnegie (double bass) and Dean McNeill (trumpet) began their musical collaboration and friendship in 2009 when Richard joined Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra as Principle Bassist. As SSO, UofS. Dept. of Music and freelance friends & colleagues Dean and Richard’s musical collaborators have spanned a variety of styles, venues, and ensembles over the past 10 years. Their most recent collaborative endeavour is a trumpet/bass duo is entitled Outside Voices. O.V. is an art-based chamber ensemble opportunity through which Richard and Dean are exploring a variety of musical styles. O.V. presents ‘just’ the bass and melodic line (i.e. just the outer parts) that explores the possibilities, versatility, and transparency, of 2-part musical counterpoint.

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Bonnie 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. 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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Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra - Low Brass
Brent Longstaff, Dawn McLean Belyk, Don Schmidt, Brian Unverricht

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) low brass players are: Brent Longstaff – principal tuba, Dawn McLean Belyk – bass trombone, Brian Unverricht – second trombone, and Don Schmidt – principal trombone. All four performers are part of the Saskatoon music community where they teach privately and/or in workshops while participating in various musical ensembles such as the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Saskatoon Opera Orchestra, Saskatoon Klezmer Band, and various brass ensembles and jazz groups. Every Christmas they assemble numerous local low brass players to perform Christmas carols prior to the SSO December concert. While each member joined the SSO at various times, they are now in their 29th consecutive season together. Each member of the group has been touched directly by mental issues that resulted in tragedy.


University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra
Conductor: Darrin Oelerking

Biography coming soon.


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