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Benjamin Butterfield, tenor

Regarded by the New York Times as, “clarion-voiced and vibrant”, Benjamin Butterfield is known for his performances throughout North America, Europe as well as in the Middle East and Asia.

Associate Professor, head of voice and co-head of performance for the School of Music at the University of Victoria, Benjamin is the 2015 recipient of the UVic. Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression. He has also served as guest faculty for Opera Nuova, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, The Victoria Conservatory Summer Vocal Academy, Vancouver International Song Institute, Yellow Barn and Opera on the Avalon.

 

Speakers & Performers

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Fifth Street, a cappella vocal quintet
Taylor Caswell, Kenji Lee, Ryan Narciso, Jilaine Orton, Natasha Penfield

Fifth Street is a vocal quintet based in Victoria, BC. Its five members – Natasha Penfield, Jilaine Orton, Ryan Narciso, Kenji Lee, and Taylor Caswell – met at the University of Victoria’s School of Music and formed the group out of a desire to make music together and continue growing as artists. Inspired by a capella powerhouses such as Pentatonix, The Real Group, and M-Pact, Fifth Street combines the worlds of pop, jazz, and R&B in five-part harmony. Learn more

 
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Harald Krebs, piano

Harald Krebs obtained his PhD in music theory from Yale University in 1980. He held a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and taught at UBC and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a sessional instructor. He joined the music faculty at the University of Victoria in 1986. He is head of the theory section, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theory. He has published widely on the tonal and rhythmic structure of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music in Canadian, American and European journals, and in numerous collections of essays.

 
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Sharon Krebs, soprano

Sharon Krebs holds degrees in Human Physiology and Germanic Studies. She calls herself a “singing Germanist.” She has published articles on topics ranging from Bertolt Brecht to the 19th-century song composer Josephine Lang. A book entitled Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (co-authored with Harald Krebs) appeared with Oxford University press in 2007. Her most recent publication is entitled “Chamissos Thränen. Die musikalische Rezeption des Gedichtzyklus.” She is currently researching the nightingale metaphor in German literature in relation to singing. As a singer, she has performed in Germany, Poland, France, England, Wales, as well as in the US and Canada.

 
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Lafayette String Quartet
Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, Joanna Hood, Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Sharon Stanis

Since 1986, the members of the Lafayette String Quartet have divided their time between entertaining audiences all over North America and Europe and teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Their residency at the University of Victoria is rich in local performances and community involvement. Their concerts in Canada and abroad are hailed as “Passionate, riveting, and with flawless ensemble.” Learn more

 
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Ken Lavigne, tenor

Singer Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. Ken Lavigne is a singer, composer, communicator and consummate entertainer. Recognized early for the outstanding timbre of his lyric tenor voice as well as the ease and agility with which he sings, Ken’s career has taken many directions that includes current touring shows, The Road to Carnegie Hall, The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow and a new show, 3 Knights with a Tenor.

Ken was a founding member of The Canadian Tenors and co-founded the successful tenor trio, Romanza, which toured throughout Canada and the United States presenting hundreds of concerts. Over the past decade, Ken shifted his focus to independently producing solo performances and recordings that include eight albums: Believe, Keep Holding On, Showtime, Comfort & Joy, The Ken Lavigne Christmas Roadshow, Closer Than Ever and Let Me Be Frank.

 
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Jeanel Liang, violin

Violinist Jeanel Liang is a passionate chamber, orchestral, and solo musician. She completed her RCM grade 10 at the age of 14 while studying with Fiona Carnie in Calgary, Alberta. During this time, Jeanel also performed with various chamber groups and student orchestras that took her to the Banff center, Victoria, as well as cities in Italy and Germany. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with the Calgary Youth Orchestra and alongside professionals in the Calgary Philharmonic and the Victoria Symphony.

Currently, she is completing a Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Ann-Elliot Goldschmid, where she has been awarded several accolades such as the Strauss Foundation Scholarship, which will bring Jeanel to the summer academy at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in August 2020. This summer, she attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in the studio of Juilliard professor Naoko Tanaka. In the fall, Jeanel will appear as a soloist with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and the UVIC Symphony Orchestra. Alongside school, Jeanel regularly performs with her string quartet and substitutes with the Victoria symphony. 

 

Louise Rose, jazz piano and vocal

 
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Kinza Tyrrell, couperin

2019 marks the 42nd year that Dr. Kinza Tyrrell has been playing the piano.  She made her orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony at age twelve and obtained the highest piano exam level at age fifteen.  Kinza continued to pursue her love of music at such prestigious institutions as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Musikhochschule für darstellende und Kunst in Graz, the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco.

Dr. Tyrrell is one of Canada’s finest collaborators and has been heard on the recital stages across the country, having concertized with many renowned singers including Richard Margison, Erin Wall, Benjamin Butterfield, Daniel Taylor and Measha Brueggergosman.  She is currently in her eleventh season as Principle Répétiteur, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master with Vancouver Opera.  She co-runs the Voice Ensemble at UVic alongside Benjamin Butterfield.  Increasingly recognized for her teaching and vocal coaching, Kinza has been invited to Young Artists Programs for masterclasses, workshops and diction classes.  In her spare time, she continues to seek out dramatic solo piano music performing opportunities, which inform her orchestral playing and Répétiteur work.  The critics have called her a “sensation with award-winning talent”. 

 

University of Victoria Brass Ensemble
Featuring Merrie Klazek as soloist and UVic students in 10 piece brass ensemble

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Merrie Klazek is a versatile and respected trumpet artist in the world of performance and education. Fluent in orchestral, chamber, solo, traditional, and popular music, Merrie joined the full-time faculty at the University of Victoria’s School of Music in 2016. Merrie holds a BMus from her native Calgary and a MMus from Northwestern University where she studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz. Her musical travels have taken her around the globe with performance highlights including Spoleto Festival Italy, Musik Contemporaire Strasbourg France, Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan hall, Stratford Festival, Hungary's Niyrbator Festival, and many solo appearances with Canadian orchestras. Merrie’s solo recording “Songs to the Moon” has been featured on TVO Studio 2 and CBC Radio and she is currently working on a recording to highlight the trumpet in settings of world music. Merrie has appeared as a presenter and adjudicator at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Women’s Brass Conference, and Canadian Women’s Brass Collective. Principal trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony from 1999-2018, Merrie has held the same position with the Victoria Symphony and Orchestra London Canada. Merrie is an endorsing artist for Wedge Mouthpieces and is a Bach trumpet artist for Selmer-Conn.

 
 

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