Concert Organizer


Jackalyn Short

Canadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. Internationally, she has performed in many U. S. cities, and also in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. Roles range from Alcina to Donna Anna, Gilda to Anne Trulove. She has been a regular performer on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Two New Hours, and has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships.

Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA opera program in Edmonton, HSOF in Halifax, COAA at Western and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld. Recently she founded Music Theatre on the Thames, a summer intensive program at Western. ( Learn more


Performers & Speakers

Ted Baerg

Theodore Baerg continues to enjoy a long and celebrated career, with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Festival (England) and the Tapei Chamber Orchestra - just four of his international destinations. He has performed in opera and concert on virtually every major stage in Canada and many in the United States. In addition to more than 80 operatic roles, Ted was heralded as Emile DeBecque in the hit Stratford Festival production of South Pacific. He is a popular star for orchestra evenings devoted to the works of Strauss, Lehar, and "The Best of Broadway."

Prof. Baerg has performed many world premiere operas and concerts including Mario and the Magician and The Golden Asswith the Canadian Opera Company. His operatic repertoire ranges from the title role in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck to Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. His concert repertoire includes many of the oratorio greats. He has performed recitals and masterclasses across Canada and the United States. His discography includes a DVD of Turandot (Ping) with the San Francisco Opera as well as two CDs, La Mystique D'Amour (with Irena Welhasch Baerg) and Enchanted Evenings.

During the summer months he has taught at numerous young artist programs including La Musica Lirica in Italy, Opera Nuova in Canada, FIO Americas in Brazil.

Prof. Baerg’s students have been engaged in many of Canada’s professional young artist programs.

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Jill Ball

Jill Ball is an award-winning teacher and an accomplished solo, chamber and orchestral musician as well as an active adjudicator, conductor, and clinician. Her responsibilities include the Undergraduate and Graduate percussion studio, directing the Western University Percussion Ensemble, and Division Coordinator for Winds, Brass and Percussion.

She has appeared as soloist in the World Premier performances of David Maslanka's In Lonely Fields for Percussion and Orchestra with the Windsor Symphony, and Alan Heard’s Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra with Orchestra London Canada. She has performed with a variety of professional orchestras in the United States and Canada, including the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, and the Windsor Symphony. Other solo appearances include the Northwestern University Wind Ensemble, the Oklahoma City University Percussion Ensemble, and the Western University Percussion Ensemble. Jill is a frequent recitalist and advocate of contemporary music. She has recorded with the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble on the Albany and DMP labels. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Music from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University and has also taught at the University of Windsor and at the University of New Brunswick. She is a Yamaha Canada artist, Sabian endorser and Past President of the Ontario Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.



Jen Cyr


Paul Digout

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Patricia Green

Acclaimed for “singing with a poignancy and molten resonance,” Patricia Green’s active career includes an international presence in operas, oratorios, recital and chamber music in such illustrious halls as Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Glazunov Hall and the Kennedy Centre. Soloist with leading orchestras and organizations l’Orchestre de Radio-France, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, the National Symphony (DC), the Northern Israel Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Opera Parallèle, Washington Bach Consort, BluePrint Project San Francisco, Vancouver New Music, the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum series, the Paranjoti Chorus, New Music Concerts Toronto, Soundstreams Canada, Bethlehem Bach Society includes work with leading conductors Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Nicole Paiement, Peter Eotvos, Pascal Rophé, and Sir David Willcocks.

Known for remarkable versatility and exceptional musicianship, she has created over 30 world premieres and worked with acclaimed composers such as Pierre Boulez, R. Murray Schafer, György Ligeti, Lasse Thoresen, Lori Laitman, Emily Doolittle and Laura Schwendinger. Look for her 3 solo recordings on the award-winning Blue Griffin label and 9 other recordings on Albany Records, Newport Classics, and Naxos.

In demand as a judge/clinician, she has adjudicated the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and provincial Music Festivals. Ms Green has taught masterclasses across China, in Italy, the U.S. and Canada. During the summer, she teaches at the summer opera program La Musica Lirica, in Novafeltria, Italy. She has given concerts across China, and created the first International Institute for Voice and Piano at CUMT, Xuzhou.

Prof. Green loves to share her passion for singing and enjoys the personal process of development with each singer. Past students are in professional young artist programs, singing internationally, and are professors in the U.S. and Brazil.

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Bethany Horst

Described as possessing “a bright, round and supple sound,” (Kitchener-Waterloo Record), Bethany Hörst is quickly establishing herself on the stage in both opera and concert. Ms. Hörst has appeared in numerous productions with opera companies across Canada, France and the Netherlands. Her roles include multiple Baroque operas, many Classical works and 20th-century repertoire. Equally comfortable in concert, Ms. Hörst has sung oratorio works with orchestras and major choirs across Canada and the U.S.

Ms. Hörst has won several international competitions, including the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She was twice honoured as a district winner and regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.She has received the Encouragement Award at the Met Regional Finals, and also at the Palm Beach International Opera Competition. Ms. Hörst is also a recipient of the prestigious Canadian Opera Grant, the Jacqueline Desmarais Award. She placed first in the Advanced Singer’s category at NATS and NATSAA (Chicago and Indianapolis), the NYCO Mozart Competition, the International Aria Competition, the Opera Lyra Ottawa Studio Competition and Conservatory Canada’s Vocal Competition. Ms. Horst recently placed second at the Brian Law Competition in Ottawa. She has been honoured with Western University’s Board of Governor’s Award, the A. E. Rose Award, the Doris E. Tanton Award and the Abner Martin Music Scholarship.

Ms. Hörst holds a Master of Music in Literature and Performance from Western, where she currently teaches. She is a frequent guest instructor at Singers Theatre, Eastwood Collegiate and Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, and is in high demand for masterclasses and adjudicating throughout Ontario.

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Tyrone Paterson

Canadian conductor, Tyrone Paterson, has led many of Canada’s finest ensembles including: National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Regina Symphony, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Victoria Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Music Advisor/Principal Conductor for Manitoba Opera, a position he has held since 2005. As Artistic Director of Opera Lyra Ottawa (1998-2014), he produced over 30 productions and conducted nearly 90 performances at the National Arts Centre. Earlier in his career, he served as Music Director for the Calgary Youth Orchestra and was Resident Conductor for Calgary Opera. 

Mr. Paterson made his professional orchestral conducting debut at the age of 25 conducting the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has since been hired to conduct more than 400 performances with professional orchestras and opera companies in Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania and USA. Mr. Paterson has appeared with Canada’s leading opera companies including Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Hamilton Opera, Manitoba Opera, Montreal Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera de Québec, Opera Saskatchewan, Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera.

As an educator, he has led student ensembles for the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, Opera Avalon (Newfoundland), the Calgary Youth Orchestra and Western University. He began his career as a professional teacher for the Calgary Board of Education leading student orchestras, bands and choirs. Mr. Paterson was awarded the Don Wright Award in Vocal and Choral Music from the University of Calgary. He is proud to be part of the music faculty at Western University.

In addition to his extensive conducting career, Mr. Paterson is an experienced arts administrator having held several senior management positions. He has achieved the professional designation of Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) awarded by the Canadian Institute of Management. As General/Artistic Director of Opera Lyra Ottawa, he received an Opera America BRAVO! award recognising over ten years of ‘dynamic leadership’. Mr. Paterson earned a BMus degree and a Professional Teaching Certificate from the University of Calgary as well as a MSc degree in Management (with distinction) from the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University. He studied orchestral conducting at the University of Redlands and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College.

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Anne Thompson

Flutist Anne Thompson is a native of Peterborough Ont. and received her early musical education there before entering the Bachelor of Music program at Western University. While an undergraduate, she became a member of Orchestra London and later played with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for several years before receiving a Canada Council grant for further study in the U.S. After a year of study with flutist Geoffrey Gilbert, she attended Yale University where she studied under Thomas Nyfenger and performed at the Norfolk Summer Music Festival. Upon receiving the degree of Master of Music Performance from Yale, she returned to Canada to join the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western, where she still teaches.

Ms. Thompson lives in Toronto, where she is a busy free-lance artist. She has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra, the Mississauga Philharmonic, Continuum New Music Ensemble, the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Talisker Players, the Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra and all of the Toronto theatre orchestras, and is a frequent performer on CBC Radio in chamber and orchestral setting.

With Continuum Contemporary Music, she has performed on CBC, BBC and VPRO. In January 2010, Continuum released their fourth CD, Raw, featuring chamber music of James Rolfe and in February, returned to the Montreal New Music Festival. In the summer of 2012, Continuum premiered Christopher Butterfield’s new opera, Contes pour enfants pas sages and performed at Chamberfest Ottawa.

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Bobbi Thompson

Saxophonist Bobbi Thompson has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in North America and Israel, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of saxophone at Western University in London, Ontario. She is a passionate proponent of contemporary music who performs frequently with guitarist Ariel Kasler. Together, the Thompson-Kasler Duo is working to expand the repertoire for saxophone and electric guitar through commissioning and performance projects. She has also performed with a wide range of organizations including Orchestra London (Canada), Irving Symphony Orchestra, Plano Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Wind Orchestra, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Grand Theatre (Canada), Drayton Entertainment, and the world-famous University of North Texas Lab Bands.

Outside of her role as a performer and educator, Dr. Thompson serves on the Editorial Board of the North American Saxophone Alliance’s journal The Saxophone Symposium. She previously taught saxophone and chamber music at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduate Music Certificate from Bowling Green State University, Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas, and Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance from the University of Idaho. Her research focuses on the saxophone music of American composer Marilyn Shrude.


Adrian Wright

The major part of Adrian Wright's work as a cellist was spent as a member of the National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, U.K. The broad repertoire of a BBC orchestra and significant resources of the BBC made this an interesting time. During his years in the U.K., Adrian was able to work with a number of orchestras on a freelance basis.

He had experience as a cello teacher in school and private studio settings and learned much from some consultation lessons that he had with the inspirational cello teacher Joan Dickson. Later several years of lessons with an Alexander Method Teacher taught him much about natural, active and effective posture and technique.

Presently Adrian is enjoying a varied professional life. He is a lecturer at the Don Wright Faculty of Music in the Music Education Dept. helping aspiring high school teachers understand the cello and cello technique, is a cello instructor in the Performance Dept. has a private studio, plays in a number of chamber ensembles and freelances, mainly with Orchestra London. Increasingly important to him is his work with the new and expanding El Systema Aeolian program in East London, Ont.

Adrian received his training as a cellist from the Royal Academy of Music in London, U.K. and prior to that three years with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain had a considerable influence on the course of his life.


Thank you to Western University and its Don Wright Faculty of Music for their continued support and encouragement.

We respectfully acknowledge the history of the traditional territory on which this university stands and this concert is being held. We would also like to respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario.

The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.

The three other longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are: the Anishinaabe Peoples (also referred to as the Three Fires Confederacy including; Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations); the Haudenosaunee Peoples (also known as the Iroquoian people or Six Nations including Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscorora); and, the Leni-Lunaape Peoples (also referred to as the Delaware and/or Munsee).

The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to this University are: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe); Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee); and, Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape)


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