Artists for the 30th Anniversary Season 2015

Adrianne Greenbaum


Adrianne Greenbaum is a nationally acclaimed klezmer and classical flutist. As a klezmer she is the founder and leader of "FleytMuzik," an ensemble with flute, violin, cimbalom and bass, and of "The Klezical Tradition" klezmer band where she performs on both flute and keyboard and leads Yiddish dance. She has been on the faculties of Living Traditions’ KlezKamp, KlezKanada, and Boxwood, was a premier participant with FleytMuzik at the KlezMore Festival in Vienna, and presents master classes in the art of klezmer performance to classical flutists. She has also performed with "Kapelye", with Adrienne Cooper in performances at the International Jewish Festival in Amsterdam and NYC‘s Jewish Museum and as accompanying artist with numerous cantors in concert as both pianist and flutist. As a clinician interested in sharing klezmer music with young people of all ages and backgrounds she also presents school workshops and directs three student klezmer ensembles in Connecticut and Massachusetts. "The Klezical Tradition" has won many awards for its recording Family Portrait, including Top 10 CD’s from both Moment Magazine and the NY Jewish Week. The band was also chosen to be included as a feature in the ABC-TV documentary A Sacred Noise: The New Jewish Music.

After receiving over 10,000 albums from 85 countries, FleytMuzik is was 1 of 8 albums nominated by Just Plain Folks indy awards for 2004 in the klezmer catagory for Best Album and, in 2009, FleytMuzik in Konsert! was again nominated.

Greenbaum's master classes are unique as flutists learn to bridge the gap between folk and classical as well as learning a new genre.Being a pioneer in reviving the art of klezmer flute performance has garnered invitations to be guest artist for many flute organizations in the US, in the UK, and, most recently, in France. In addition, her performances on the simple system flute offer a special look into historic performance practices of both classical and klezmer of the 19th century.

Adrianne's classical training and experience ranks with the finest in the flute scene. She received her Bachelors in Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory and her Masters degree from the Yale School of Music, studying with Robert Willoughby and Thomas Nyfenger respectively. She has performed as soloist and orchestral musician in all of New York’s major concert halls and in many major cities of the U.S. She has appeared with such orchestras as New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival (as soloist), the Berlin Ballet at the Met (as principal flutist), the Period Orchestra of the Fairfield Academy, and for many years performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Currently she is Solo Flutist with the New Haven Symphony, the Wall Street Chamber Players, and Emeritus Principal of Orchestra New England. She has held faculty positions at Wesleyan and Yale Universities, at Smith College, and is currently Professor of Music (flute and klezmer ensemble) at Mount Holyoke College. She can be heard in recording on the Koch International, CBS Masterworks, Nonesuch, and EMC labels as well as on her independent albums "Sounds of America" and Klezical Tradition's "Family Portrait." "FleytMuzik" and "FleytMuzik In Konsert" are of course the featured albums on this website. Go to the album page to listen!

Adrianne lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Aeolian Singers


A 40-voice women’s choir based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Aeolian Singers have enjoyed close to 30 years of music making. The choir has toured Europe twice, recorded radio and television programs, and performed many times as guest artists of Symphony Nova Scotia. The Aeolians’ repertoire spans five centuries and a wide variety of styles, with a primary focus on music composed specifically for women’s voices. The choir has commissioned many works by well-known Atlantic Canadian composers, including Scott Macmillan, Gary Ewer, Alisdair MacLean, Donna Rhodenizer, Laura Hoffman, Dennis Farrell and Lydia Adams. Much of the Aeolians’ repertoire features other Canadian composers as well.

Allan Gaskin


Allan is the Outreach and Education Outreach Coordinator for Symphony Nova Scotia. He is a retired school principal of the Halifax Regional School Board and was a music educator for 18 years of his teaching career. Allan is also a percussionist and plays with the Halifax Concert Band, Chebucto Orchestra and Nova Sinfonia. He currently sings with the Coastal Voices Men’s Choir and the “Musical Friends” Choir on the Eastern Shore. Other than his passion for music, his interests include small boat building, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and cycling.

Andrew Boudreau

Pianist Andrew Boudreau is quickly becoming an active part of the Canadian jazz scene. He completed an ARCT Diploma (Piano Performance) with First Class Honours with Distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Then, he studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where he was a designated Schulich Scholar. There, he received a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) with Outstanding Achievement and Dean’s Honour List standings. At McGill, Andrew was also the pianist for the critically acclaimed McGill Jazz Orchestra, which released an album and completed a tour of France and Switzerland. In 2013, Andrew was also awarded the Astral Artist Prize at the National Arts Centre, one of eight young Canadian musicians from a wide variety of genres. Andrew also attended the School for Improvisational Music Workshop in New York City in 2014.

Andrew performed in the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montreal, Festi-Jazz International de Rimoushi, Ottawa International Jazz Festival and the TD Halifax Jazz Festival. Having performed in a variety of settings from Paris to Geneva to New York via Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, Andrew has had the privilege to perform with a wide variety of musicians and ensembles, such as Kevin Dean, Remi Bolduc, Jan Jarczyk, Measha Brueggergosman, the Orchestre national de jazz de Montreal and the Altsys Jazz Orchestra among many others.

Andrew is currently based in Montreal, Quebec, where he maintains an active performing and teaching schedule.

Capella Regalis

Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Director Nick Halley in 2010. The choir comprises ten men and twelve boys (ages 7–14) and is modeled on the great Anglican tradition of men and boys church choirs. While Canada was once rich with such choirs, Capella Regalis is one of only a handful of men and boys choirs in Canada today.

The choir sings Choral Evensong every Tuesday of the academic term at 5:00 p.m. in the University of King’s College Chapel, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax. The choir also performs concerts throughout Nova Scotia and beyond in a busy September – July season. Past concerts range from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the King’s College Chapel Choir to Carmina Burana with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and King’s Chorus to the ever-popular annual Christmas concert, To Bethlehem with Kings. In addition to services and concerts, the boys of Capella Regalis enjoy a summer choir camp in the last week of August and other musically- and socially-enriching outings and experiences. The choir is a free programme open to any boy who passes an audition.

The Chapel Choir of the University of King's College

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Paul Halley

Paul Halley was made an associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto at 16 and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he received his MA with prizes in composition and performance. He won first prize in the College examinations and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Halley was the organist and choirmaster at The Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City (1977-1989) while also acting as principal composer and keyboardist for The Paul Winter Consort, earning five Grammy Awards for his work with the Consort.

Halley founded the children's choir, Chorus Angelicus, and the chamber choir, Gaudeamus, in Connecticut and became director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington, where he established a choral and organ scholars program with nearby Yale University.

Since 2007, Halley has served as the university musician at Atlantic School of Theology and as director of music for the University of King’s College chapel. His compositions have been performed and licensed by many artists and groups, including the New Jersey Symphony, John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and professional choirs around the world. He is the recipient of many composer awards and is a guest artist throughout North America. His recordings and performances are frequently aired on National Public Radio and the CBC.

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Modeled after the chapel choirs of Cambridge and Oxford, the choir at the University of King’s College comprises 24 talented choristers and is directed by Grammy winning musician Paul Halley. The choir sings for the Chapel’s weekly services of Evensong and Eucharist and gives concerts throughout Eastern Canada and the United States. This is the final concert of the second annual three-part concert series at the Cathedral Church of All Saints entitled “King’s At The Cathedral.” Next season, the choir will be performing the Rachmaninov Vespers on 6 November 2011, A King’s Christmas, 9-11 December 2011, and Bach’s B Minor Mass, 20 and 22 April 2012.The Chapel Choir of the University of King’s College, modeled on the Chapel Choirs of Cambridge and Oxford, comprises twenty choristers selected through annual auditions held in September, which are open to all students at King's College and Dalhousie University. The choir’s primary function is to sing at the weekly Evensongs and Eucharists, as well as other major services throughout the academic year. The choir had its beginnings in the early 1970s when Dr. Robert Crouse put together a group of singers to lead the worship at the Thursday Eucharists at King’s. Since that time the choir has expanded its role, having sung under the direction of several notable conductors including Helen Roby, David Buley, and most recently Dr. Walter Kemp.

In July 2007, Paul Halley was appointed Director of Music of the Chapel and since then has built the group into a fine ensemble which now includes touring and recording amongst its activities. Halley says of the choir: "It is my hope that over time, prospective students will view the Chapel Choir as one of the reasons to attend university in Halifax. There’s really nothing quite like the training a fine collegiate chapel choir can offer. You get through so much first-rate music, just in one week - all the anthems, motets, mass settings, canticles, psalms and hymns - that your musical literacy increases at a phenomenal rate."

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Chris Norman

Hailed by The New Yorker as “a flute player of spectacular and imaginative virtuosity”, Chris Norman’s brilliant and warm-toned flute playing has contributed to groups as diverse as The Baltimore Consort, Skyedance, Helicon, Chatham Baroque, and Concerto Caledonia. His influential work for the past 30 years as performer, composer, recording artist, educator, and director of the Boxwood Festival & Workshop has played a significant role in reviving the flute in traditional Scottish and Canadian music. His playing has appeared on more than 40 award winning recordings, and can be heard featured on the Oscar winning soundtrack of Titanic and other Hollywood films including, Soldier, and Stone of Destiny. Norman also brings a wealth of technical knowledge in the craftsmanship of wooden flute making.

Clary Croft

Clary Croft is a performer, author, folklore researcher, recording artist and producer. The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada has recognized Clary’s contribution to Maritime folklore studies and his ongoing research into the traditional music of the Maritime provinces. He is best known for his continuing work with the collection of his late mentor, Dr. Helen Creighton, the Nova Scotian born, internationally renowned Canadian folklore pioneer. In addition to working with Dr. Creighton for the last fifteen years of her life, Clary was also responsible for cataloguing her collection at the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. The Halifax Mail Star calls him, “the acknowledged master of one of the richest repertoires in Canada.” Clary lives in Halifax.

Coastal Voices Men’s Choir


Coastal Voices Men’s Choir came into existence in 2011 to support and promote male choral singing on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. As the men gained choral skills, the group became a permanent performing vocal ensemble. A name was chosen and the choir debuted at the Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte in the summer of 2012. In the 2014 season the choir premiered the song “Come with Me” composed by choir member and songwriter Jim Reid. Gary Ewer, well-known educator, conductor and composer arranged the work for the choir. The “Come with Me” project was supported by a grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The 17 member choir has a six month season from January to June.

The choir is under the leadership of Music Director Janet Gaskin and accompanist John Plant.

Cynthia Myers


Cynthia Myers (Vocalist/Actor/Writer) has performed as a musical theatre actress on stages and in clubs with various jazz combos in both Canada and the U.S. Cynthia is a five time veteran of the fringe festival having worked both in the Victoria and the Seattle festivals.When not on stage with Swingology, the Cynthetics or Jazzette; Cynthia is writing musicals for children, and developing curriculum for the Chester Playhouse After School Program. An educator for the past 20years, Mrs. Myers is thrilled to be singing with dear friends Mary & Stacy.

David Greenberg

David Greenberg's double career as both a baroque violinist and traditional fiddler began at an early age. He studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University's Early Music Institute, and moved to Canada in 1988 to join the Toronto-based baroque orchestra Tafelmusik. With Tafelmusik for ten years, David performed orchestral, chamber, and solo roles in North America, Europe, and the Far East, and on more than forty recordings. David also plays the vielle (medieval fiddle). He won first prize at the Erwin Bodky International Early Music Competition in 1988 with the Medieval Quintet, and recorded vielle soundtracks for Atom Egoyan’s film The Sweet Hereafter. David has gained the reputation in Cape Breton music circles as being one of the few people from outside the Nova Scotia island to have achieved a fluent command of the Cape Breton music idiom. With his wife, Kate Dunlay, he published Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton, The DunGreen Collection.

David Langstroth


David Langstroth was born in Halifax and was introduced to the double bass through the thriving Halifax schools music program in the mid 1970s. After being inspired by the teaching of Alexander Tilley, he went to Montreal to study at McGill University where he divided his time between classical and jazz performance. In 1986 he went to London to study with virtuoso Thomas Martin and won an audition for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 1987. For the next 17 years David played for the orchestra on radio, television, film, CD recordings and toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the far east. He was also the bassist with the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales and performed on radio and television with the string quintet he founded, Opus5. David's other musical activities have included solo recitals, playing bass guitar and conducting, notably the Bridgend Choral Society and the Tromso Symphony Orchestra in Norway. While working for the BBC David became involved in the education and outreach activities in the orchestra, gaining a qualification from the University of Manchester in this work. Other degrees over the years include an MA in Education, an MBA and a Diploma in Computer Science. David completed these studies by using the spare time hanging around recording studios or sitting at the back of a tour bus. In 1987 David also met the Alexander Technique, having lessons with Tasha Miller in Cardiff. After several years he learned to teach the technique and he joined Tasha in running the highly successful Cardiff Consultancy for the Alexander Technique. David plays as an extra with Symphony Nova Scotia as a founding member of world music fusion group Talambra and a variety of classical and jazz collaborations. He and Tasha have also set up Alexander Technique Atlantic which attracts a growing interest from across the Maritime Provinces.

Ensemble Polaris


ENSEMBLE POLARIS was founded to create a multifaceted Canadian voice for the ‘idea of North’ in music. Their innovative and genre-bending artistry has won them international rave reviews of all kinds, from an Amazon.com customer’s “I dare you not to love this music!” to selection as the Best New Disc of 2012 from KMUW-FM’s award-winning show Global Village.

Comprised of eight expert performers from a variety of musical traditions and backgrounds, Polaris incorporates an eclectic palette of influences in their music, and performs on traditional instruments from Scandinavia, percussion from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and other instruments from the folk, classical and early music worlds. Accompanied song makes up about one-quarter of their programming, and their repertoire is created by a mixture of individual and collaborative arrangement, improvisation, and composition.

The band members are Marco Cera (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Margaret Gay (cello); Kirk Elliott (violin, accordion, mandolin, Swedish pipes, bouzouki and more); Katherine Hill (nyckelharpa, voice); Colin Savage (clarinet, bass clarinet, recorders); Debashis Sinha (percussion); Alison Melville (traverso, recorders, seljefløyte); and Jeff Wilson (percussion, musical saw).

Since their first performance at the 1997 Northern Encounters Festival, Ensemble Polaris has performed at the Salle Pierre Mercure, Luminato Festival, Music at Sharon, River Run Centre, Barrie Colours of Music, Chamber Music Mississauga, Gallery Players of Niagara and others, and on tour to audiences in Western and Atlantic Canada. They present occasional evening and school concerts in their home base of Toronto, and perform in conjunction with silent film, traditional dance and other art forms. Polaris has worked collaboratively with diverse groups including the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Viva! Youth Choir, the University of Toronto’s Jackman Series and the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies. Upcoming shows include a collaborative venture with Ryerson University’s Image Arts Department (May 16/15), and with the Toronto Silent Film Festival in 2016.

Polaris’s five CDs have received national and international rave reviews from critics and public alike, including a ‘Disc of the Month’ selection from Classic CD (UK) magazine (for Midnight Sun). Their latest CD Nutcracker Nouveau was supported by a grant from FACTOR and released in October 2013 to critical acclaim from Canadian, Swedish, American and other writers. Regularly heard on radio in North America, Europe (BBC, NRK, RUV), Australia and New Zealand, Polaris’s music has also been included in compilations and film/TV soundtracks in Turkey, Canada and Germany.

Ensemble Polaris is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council for their generous support of the band’s musical adventures.

Gaspard Tanguay‐Labrosse

The young pianist Gaspard Tanguay ‐ Labrosse holds a Master in Music Performance from the University of Montreal, where he studied with Jean Saulnier and Marc Durand. In the fall of 2004, he won Third Prize at the Julia Crane International Piano Competition at SUNY Potsdam. Over the years, He has distinguished himself at several competitions across Canada. In the spring of 2009, Gaspard recorded a demo CD for Radio ‐ Canada with his brother Hubert, who is a clarinettist. Together, they have given recitals in Orford, Yellowknife and Toronto. In December 2010, Gaspard was guest soloist with the Philharmonie Jeunesse de Montréal.

Hank Knox

Hailed internationally for his “colorful, kinetic performances” (All Music Guide) which “abound in vitality” (Early Music America), Hank Knox performs on harpsichord in concert halls, churches, museums, galleries and homes around the globe. A founding member of Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has toured North and South America, Europe and Japan, Knox also regularly performs, records and tours with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, among numerous other ensembles. As one of today’s busiest musicians in the field of Early Music, Knox’s musical collaborators have included violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch, Monica Huggett, and Stefano Montanari, lutenist Steven Stubbs, baritone Max van Egmond, and conductors Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Roger Norrington, and Andrew Parrott.

Dedicated to sharing the unique sounds of antique harpsichords, as well as fine copies of historical instruments, Knox has released a number of acclaimed recordings on rare instruments. He has released two collections of Frescobaldi keyboard works, on a 1677 Italian harpsichord, for the ATMA Classique and early-music.com labels, along with works by D’Anglebert performed on a copy of one of the few upright harpsichords in existence, made by Montreal builder Yves Beaupré. A recording of Handel opera arias and overtures in transcriptions by William Babell was recorded on three different exceptional antique instruments from the treasured Benton Fletcher collection at Fenton House in London. Knox’s most recent recording features transcriptions of music by Francesco Geminiani, performed on a 1772 Kirkman harpsichord. A solo recording of works by J.S. Bach, performed on a copy of an 18th-century Flemish instrument, will be released in 2013. Hank Knox can also be heard on numerous recordings with Arion and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestras for early-music.com, ATMA, Analekta, CBC, Titanic and Collegium labels, as well as on national broadcasts for Radio-Canada and CBC.

Hank Knox teaches harpsichord and continuo in the Early Music program at McGill University in Montreal, where he also conducts various instrumental and chamber music ensembles including the McGill Baroque Orchestra. A William Dawson Scholar in recognition of his achievements in Early Music, Knox held the post of Director of McGill’s Early Music program for over 20 years and was awarded the Thomas Binkley prize for an outstanding university collegium director by Early Music America in 2008. Knox continues to direct a series of Baroque operas for Opera McGill, which have included Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Lully’s Thésée, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d’Ulisse, and Handel’s Agrippina, Giulio Cesare, Alcina, Semele, Imeneo, Radamisto and, most recently, Rinaldo.

Hank Knox earned a Master of Music in harpsichord performance from McGill University, where he studied with John Grew, which he followed by studies in the Netherlands, in Italy and with Kenneth Gilbert in Paris. When he is not playing or conducting, Knox may be found hurtling down a ski hill not too far from his home in Montreal.

Holly Carr

Holly has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting and public instillations. Holly has exhibited her work throughout Canada and designed for theatre. In recent years Holly has branched out in to performance art, working with numerous musicians and performers including a cross Canada tour with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café, as well as performances with world renowned violinist Min Lee in Singapore, The National Art Center Orchestra in Ottawa, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as well as her own production with Symphony Nova Scotia where she produced a 32 foot live painting during the performance. Holly has recently performed with the TSYO at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto and the Orchestre symphonique de Laval.

In the fall of 2013 Holly had a large installation on view at the Acadia University Art Gallery, entitled “A Light in the Forest”; and is presently working on a book related to the installation. She is looking forward to an upcoming artist in residence posting in Hong Kong.

Holly’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

Jennifer King

Energetic and insightful, Jennifer King is a versatile pianist who is equally at home on the concert stage, and in the classroom. Also in high demand as an adjudicator, coach, and clinician, she has firmly established herself as a sought-after talent across Atlantic Canada.

A faculty pianist at Acadia University’s School of Music since 2003, Ms. King has performed in hundreds of recitals and concerts at the respected institution as a collaborative pianist, and as a solo artist. Outside the walls of academia, Jennifer has been heard in concert alongside some of Canada’s leading singers such as Measha Bruggergosman, Richard Margison, Isabel Bayrakdarian, and Mary Lou Fallis. She can also be heard on CBC Radio, and seen on a variety of television programs, including the hit Bathroom Divas on Bravo.

Jennifer is a strong believer in community, and in reaching out to the next generation of artists, and educators. She was the founder, and an executive council member of the Prince Edward Island Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and she is currently the Vice-President and Registrar of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association. Other volunteer activities include sitting on concert committees, fundraising teams, and creating performance and education opportunities for emerging artists.

Ms. King holds a Masters of Music degree in solo piano performance from McGill University, and has completed postgraduate diplomas at the University of Reading in the UK as well as the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London England. Other highlights from her musical background and education include a scholarship to the Kneisal Hall Chamber Music School, and a grant for contemporary music studies from the Britten Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies.

Her accolades include two scholarships from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, various Alumni awards and a full entrance scholarship to Acadia University, and an Award of Appreciation from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in recognition of her contributions to musical life in the province.

Outside of her multi-faceted career, Jennifer enjoys activities such as cycling, skiing, and boogie boarding. She also loves spending quality time with her husband, a veterinarian, and their two children, Maddie and Evan.

Kiya Tabassian

Kiya Tabassian was born in 1976, in Tehran, Iran, immigrating to Montreal in 1990. He trained in Persian music under Reza Ghasemi and Kayhan Kalhor and studied musical composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Gilles Tremblay.

In 1998, he co-founded Constantinople, a Montreal based ensemble, which has earned an international reputation for its unique juxtaposition of early musical sources and the living traditions of the Middle East. He has recorded 11 CDs for the Atma and Analekta labels and has created with Constantinople over 35 original programs performing them at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues such as Salle Pleyel (Paris), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), Festival de Musiques Sacrées de Fès (Morocco), Festival d'Ile de France (Paris), Festival Stimmen (Germany), Festival de Mexico en el Centro historico (Mexico), Schwetzinger SWR Festival (Germany) and Orford Music Festival (Canada). Over the past decade, he has staged nearly 400 concerts in 95 cities in 20 different countries.

From 2002 to 2005, he was involved in the international MediMuses research project on the history and repertoire of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern music lands in several publishing and recording projects. As part of MediMuses, he published several articles on the music of Iran during the Safavid court and recorded a CD compiling the work of Abolhassan Saba together with Hossein Omoumi. Numerous musical groups and institutions have called upon his talents as a composer, including the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the Union Européenne de Radio-Télévision. He has also composed music for documentary and feature films, including Jabaroot and Voices of the Unheard.

From 2005 to 2011, he was a member of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Chairman of the Music Committee for three years. His artistic research and creations receive the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Laura Smith


In Laura Smith's music, real emotions ebb and flow. Your heart is in her capable hands, and likewise, she has entrusted you with hers. As she sings, her strong, melodious voice waves and catches, snagging on a scar here and there, surfing on a wonder, staring down a riddle... As you listen, the two of you go along together; brave and surfacing; calm and inquisitive.

Smith's music is direct and honest. Sometimes, fiddles and guitars gently lift and carry her spirited vocals, while her melodies and careful poetry dig deep. "My work is all very simple, earth-based," says the Maritime-based singer/songwriter. Her work is not so much written, as painstakingly designed, cut and stitched together. "Like quilt craft," she explains. "I make it body and soul, with everything I have available - my sensibilities, my ability to play. So many things come into the making of a song. When I say write, it limits what I bring to bear."

Maeve Gilchrist

Maeve Gilchrist is a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity” (Dirty Linen)

Maeve Gilchrist was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Daughter to an Irish mother and Scottish father she grew up immersed in traditional folk music. At an early age Maeve was accepted into the City of Edinburgh Music School where she spent seven years studying classical piano, clarsach (Celtic harp) and vocals. From her early teens, Maeve was an in-demand member on the traditional music scene in Scotland where she performed at events such as the opening of the Scottish Parliament, the Celtic Connections Festival and the International Edinburgh Harp Festival. At seventeen Maeve received a full scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA where she studied jazz and world music, alongside a colorful career as a professional musician and teacher.

Recent performance highlights include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the World Harp Congress, Celtic Connections Festival, the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival and the ICONS Irish Festival. She has collaborated with some of the most celebrated contemporary musicians on the scene today such as Darol Anger, Vardan Ovsepian, Kathy Mattea, Tony Trischka and Esperanza Spalding. Maeve released her album ‘Song of Delight’ on the Adventure Music Label in 2010 and is preparing for labels second release of ’20 Chandler st’ this coming April. Last January she self-released her debut solo harp album called ‘The Ostinato Project’. Written as a celebration and exploration of the harp, this series of compositions focuses on utilizing both hands as separate instruments.

Maeve is based in Brooklyn NY. She tours internationally as a soloist and with various collaborations including a duo project with the percussive dancer Nic Gareiss in which Maeve and Nic explore the soundscape possibilities of fingers, feet, electronics and sand. Maeve also plays with the legendary fiddler Darol Anger’s new All-Star Band, the furies and has a solo project called ‘THE OSTINATO PROJECT’, a constantly evolving exploration of the harp incorporating voice and electronics to various degrees.

She is the first lever harpist to be employed as an instructor by the Berklee College of Music’s string department and has written a folk harp method book, published by Hal Leonard Music.

Mary Knickle

Mary Knickle (Singer, actor, composer) has performed on stage in folk venues, theatres and folk festivals across Canada. Recently she has found a new passion in composing large works. Her Opera Morgan Le Fay received a rave review in Opera Canada Magasine, and her Seafarers' Requiem received national coverage on CBC radio. She is currently working on a new Opera and several choral works. She is thrilled to be singing one of her favourite styles, celtic music with Cynthia and Stacy

Nic Gareiss

Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms from around the world. At the age of eight he began taking tap lessons with Sam and Lisa Williams at Vision Studio of Performing Arts in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Soon after, he was exposed to fiddle music and traditional dance at the Wheatland Music Organization’s annual Traditional Arts Weekend. It was there that he had his first instruction in Appalachian clogging with Michigan dance mentor, Sheila Graziano. As a teenager, Nic also studied Irish step dance with John Heinzman, T.C.R.G., Appalachian flat-footing with Ira Bernstein, Québécois step dance with Benoit Bourque, and improvisation and composition with Sandy Silva.

In 2001, Nic began an educational relationship with the internationally-renowned company, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. After meeting Footworks’ director, NEA Choreography Fellow Eileen Carson at the Augusta Heritage Center dance camp, Nic was invited to spend nine weeks apprenticing with the company in Annapolis, Maryland. While working with Footworks, Gareiss danced in their evening-length theater show, Incredible Feets as well as two new collaborative works: SoleMates, with StepAfrika and The Crossing, with Grammy-winning recording artist Tim O’Brien.

In 2007, Nic spent a year studying traditional Irish music and dance performance at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Ireland. There he studied Cape Breton step dance with Mats Melin as well as Irish dance and choreography with Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, T.C.R.G, A.D.C.R.G. He also studied privately with contemporary dance artist and Irish dancer Colin Dunne and sean-nós dancer Seosamh Ó Néachtain.

Nic has performed many of the luminaries of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, and North America, including The Chieftains, Dervish, Gráda, Beoga, Téada, FIDIL, Le Vent du Nord, Genticorum, Dr. Anthony Barrand, Buille, Liz Carroll, Frankie Gavin, Martin Hayes, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger and Alasdair Fraser. His dancing has been seen on CMT in Uncle Earl's music video, Streak O' Lean, Steak O' Fat, and also on Ireland's RTÉ 2 in the film Unsung, commissioned by the Irish Arts Council, which premiered during the 2008 Dublin Dance Festival. He has performed for the Irish head of state, An Taoiseach Brian Cowen and American Energy Secretary Steven Chu. In 2011, Nic received two commissions from the Cork Opera House to create new solo percussive dance works for Reich’s pieces Six Marimbas and Clapping Music in honor of the composer’s 75th birthday. The commissions were hailed by the Irish Times as “a leftfield tour-de-force with irresistible wow factor.”

Nic continues to study, seeking out new forms of floor-music and shoe rhythms, recently studying flamenco with Felipe de Algeciras in Dublin and American percussive dance with Rhythm in Shoes founder and artistic director Sharon Leahy of Dayton, Ohio.

Nic has taught workshops in percussive dance technique, American clogging, musicality and improvisation internationally. He has had the pleasure of teaching at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp in northern California, as well as for Scottish Culture & Traditions Organization, The University of Limerick, Michigan State University, Alma College, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry, Northern Ireland. Through workshops for both movers and musicians, Nic seeks to remind students of the crucial, intrinsic, and historic place that percussive dance has held in the formation and development of many world music traditions as well as encourage dancers with the innately sonic capabilities of movement.

Nic holds degrees in anthropology and music from Central Michigan University. In 2011, he earned a distinction from the Norwegian University for Science and Technology’s IPEDAM Erasmus Intensive for Ethnochoreologists. Nic completed post-graduate work in 2012, earning a MA in ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. He continues to tour internationally, working with dance communities and presenting solo percussive dance choreography and dance research.

Nick Halley

Nick Halley is the founder and Artistic Director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir. He is the founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax. Nick is also the Assistant Director of the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by his father, Paul Halley. He is Cantor and Director for the King’s College Chapel male Compline choir. Nick was for one year (2013-14) the Host of CBC’s Choral Concert, a national, weekly radio show exploring all facets of choral music. In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts, particularly for his work with Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir. In 2011, Nick was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study in England with some of the world’s finest directors of men and boys choirs.

As a jazz drummer and world percussionist, Nick performs and records internationally with a wide range of musicians, including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness, Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne and Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band. The recording Barnum Hill features Nick and his ensemble playing some of his original compositions.

Rebecca Caine


Rebecca Caine is equally comfortable singing musical theatre, opera, oratorio, and cabaret. Although born in Toronto, Ms Caine has divided her musical career between the UK and Canada when she is not performing as invited artist elsewhere. She created the role of Cosette in Les Miserables and was part of the original cast for Phantom of the Opera in BOTH London and Toronto. She has been the principal soprano in numerous operas throughout the world, is frequently heard in the UK on Radio 3, and recently performed in The Mikado (Katisha) at the Charing Cross Theatre to rave reviews.

Robert Kortgaard



Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England.

Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels.

Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (recently nominated “Event of the Year” by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998, and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China. He is pleased to act as a board member of Debut Atlantic, Canada’s unique and distinguished provider of classical music concerts and educational opportunities.

Mr. Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald, Adrianne Pieczonka and Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with Peter Tiefenbach and prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled “Invitation to the Dance”. He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records. His CD with soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Recent engagements include tours with flutist Susan Hoeppner, cabaret artist Patricia O’Callaghan. baritone Brett Polegato, renowned music theatre actress/singer Rebecca Caine and several performances of duo piano repertoire with Peter Tiefenbach. A CD of the music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded with soprano Suzie LeBlanc, was released on the ATMA Classiques label and has received an Opus Award for best recording of contemporary music.

Sarah Yunji Moon


One of Canada’s emerging young artists, Flutist Sarah Yunji Moon is in high demand as a recitalist, chamber and orchestra musician. Ms. Moon is an enthusiastic ambassador of new music and she enjoys commissioning works of young composer’s of her generation and finding rarely performed Flute repertoire. Until now, Sarah played with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra, in addition to having given recitals, among others, at CAMI Hall in New York.

Scott Macmillan

Scott Macmillan was recently awarded Nova Scotia’s most prestigious Arts Prize, The Portia White Prize at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards which celebrates Nova Scotia’s Artistic community. This award recognizes the recipient’s commitment to artistic growth, community engagement and life time achievement. Former bassist for the Rankin Family Band, and now a jazz vocalist, John Chiasson draws on styles including latin, swing, and blues. John Cuming has performed with a long list of musicians including Ray Charles, Dion Warwick, The Spinners, Victor Borge, Chantal Kreviazuk, Rosemary Clooney, Ernie Watts, Kenny Wheeler, and many Maritime artists.

Seph Peters


From picturesque Margaree, Cape Breton Island, Seph Peters is one of the most sought-after tenor banjo and guitar players in Canada. His unique and innovative style of playing has graced festival stages and theatres across Canada, USA, and Europe.

These days, you’ll find Seph on the road with acclaimed Cape Breton Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddler Wendy MacIsaac, the Irish touring show Celtic Crossroads, Ashley MacIsaac...and the list goes on, and on, and on. Seph is also a highly regarded teacher, studio session player, and is increasingly appearing on recordings."

Shimon Walt


Shimon Walt is the Assistant Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia. Since his arrival to Nova Scotia in 1976 he has been an integral part of the province’s musical life. Whether on concert stages with Symphony Nova Scotia, in solo recitals or in chamber music concerts, or teaching in the classrooms of Dalhousie University, he is totally dedicated to the art of music. Shimon is also one of the founding members of Symphony Nova Scotia.

After the demise of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed by the Nova Scotia government to a steering committee entrusted with rebuilding symphonic life in Nova Scotia. Shimon was Symphony Nova Scotia’s first Personnel Manager, a position he held for six years. Mr. Walt was educated in Tel Aviv and Boston, where his principal teachers were Uzi Wiezel and George Neikrug. He has performed with major orchestras under such noted conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta and Pablo Casals. Today he shares his time between Symphony Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University and operating Walt Music.

Shimon Walt is known as a dedicated teacher, and many of his students have gone on to professional musical careers. He has been a provincial adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festivals in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and served on national juries for FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record) and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Stacy Chadwell


Nova Scotia newbie Stacy Chadwell is a vocalist and pianist originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She brings her classical training to each performance, with a background in opera fueling a love for foreign, cultured music. From the Bal-musette of France - to Portugal's Fado - to Norse minimalism - this wide variety of genres combine for a stunning repertoire sure to delight.

Steve Normandin

Fans of Steve Normandin know to expect riveting renditions of traditional chansons from France and Québec, enlivened by touches of jazz and swing and performed with a uniquely theatrical flair. Audiences discovering Normadin for the first time will find themselves in the hands of a true master: an artist who can make you laugh, cry, and dance in the space of one set of music. Equally accomplished as an instrumentalist and as a songwriter, Normandin has appeared as a soloist with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and toured internationally with a host of musical projects and theatrical productions.

Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

“Unforgettable” – Claude Gingras, La Presse

“Pure beauty” – François Houde, Le Nouvelliste, 2012

Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal has established a reputation as Montréal’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Composed of 10 to 13 singers chosen for the remarkable clarity and purity of their voices, the Studio was founded in 1974 by the organist and harpsichordist Christopher Jackson, whose inspired leadership continues to this day.

Delighting audiences for close to four decades, the Studio has brought more than 800 Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces before the public, and continues to reveal and share the vitality, sensuality, and emotional depth of early music. The ensemble’s concert series is a highlight of Montréal’s cultural and ranks as an integral part of the city’s lively baroque scene. Flowering from Montreal’s fertile early music scene in the early 1970s, the Studio was a pioneer ensemble in the North American period music movement. The choir partners with period instrument ensembles to perform Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces.

The Studio has toured Mexico, France, Spain and Luxembourg and has often appeared at the Festival International de Sarrebourg. Through frequent concert collaborations with many well-known early music instrumental ensembles—including Skip Sempé’s Cappriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra — the Studio has partnered with many renowned artists, such as Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Dame Emma Kirkby, Guillemette Laurens, Suzie LeBlanc and Daniel Taylor.

The Studio has made 15 widely acclaimed recordings, several of which are on the ATMA label, including Arvo Pärt/Stabat Mater, which earned the Toronto Star’s CD Pick of the Week, and Rise, O my soul, which Classics Today singled out for the “ardent, deeply-felt expression of the singers”. The Studio’s CBC recording, Heavenly Spheres, won a Félix (ADISQ) Award, and its Palestrina recording won the Prix Choc du Monde de la Musique. In January 2012, the Conseil québécois de la musique awarded an Opus Prize to the Studio’s Lagrime di San Pietro recording.

On the eve of its 40th anniversary season, the Studio de musique ancienne was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in March 2013.

Suzie Lablanc

Born in Acadia, Suzie LeBlanc fell in love with the Baroque early in life. Now an international star, the charismatic soprano provides convincing evidence for the popularity of Early Music while exploring French mélodies, lieder, Acadian folk music, contemporary music and, with Ensemble Mélosphère, the art of improvisation.

Recently appointed to the Order of Canada for her contribution to Acadian culture and to the performance of Early Music, she has also earned four honorary doctorates and a career grant from the Conseil des Arts du Québec.

Suzie’s recordings have recieved several prestigious awards, including a Grammy award for a recording of Lully's Thésée with the Boston Early Music Festival, an Opus awards for best world music recording - "Tempi con Variazioni” - and best contemporary album, for a disc of early songs by Olivier Messiaen. In 2014, she was awarded ECMA’s Best Classical Album (2014) for “I am in need of music”, which was also a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.

2015 is a busy year for Suzie, including the songs on poems by Elizabeth Bishop from her CD “I am in need of Music” with the Victoria, P.E.I. and New-Brunswick symphony orchestras, Mozart arias with Symphony New-Brunswick, a duet concert with Emma Kirkby and Les Idées Heureuses and multiple appearances at the Montreal Baroque Festival. She also teaches at the Orford Arts Centre Academy in June and at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP) in the fall.

Suzie is the founder and artistic director of Montreal’s Le Nouvel Opéra and the honorary patron of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia.

Born in Acadia, Suzie LeBlanc fell in love with the Baroque early in life. Now an international star, the charismatic soprano provides convincing evidence for the popularity of Early Music while exploring French mélodies, lieder, Acadian folk music, contemporary music and, with Ensemble Mélosphère, the art of improvisation.

Recently appointed to the Order of Canada for her contribution to Acadian culture and to the performance of Early Music, she has also earned four honorary doctorates and a career grant from the Conseil des Arts du Québec.

Suzie’s recordings have recieved several prestigious awards, including a Grammy award for a recording of Lully's Thésée with the Boston Early Music Festival, an Opus awards for best world music recording - "Tempi con Variazioni” - and best contemporary album, for a disc of early songs by Olivier Messiaen. In 2014, she was awarded ECMA’s Best Classical Album (2014) for “I am in need of music”, which was also a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.

2015 is a busy year for Suzie, including the songs on poems by Elizabeth Bishop from her CD “I am in need of Music” with the Victoria, P.E.I. and New-Brunswick symphony orchestras, Mozart arias with Symphony New-Brunswick, a duet concert with Emma Kirkby and Les Idées Heureuses and multiple appearances at the Montreal Baroque Festival. She also teaches at the Orford Arts Centre Academy in June and at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP) in the fall.

Suzie is the founder and artistic director of Montreal’s Le Nouvel Opéra and the honorary patron of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia.