Barbara Butler is a chamber musician, choral conductor, organist and music educator and a well-known champion for the arts in Nova Scotia. She is a graduate in music from Acadia University and in Arts Management from the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1990 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She has earned both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to music and the arts in Nova Scotia. Barbara is the Founder and past Artistic Director of the St. Cecilia Concert Series and former Director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Concert Series. She is a 2006 recipient of a Women of Excellence Award in the field of culture from the Canadian Progress Club (Halifax – Cornwallis) and in 2011 was honoured to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of King’s College. Barbara has strong affiliations with many arts organizations in the province and has sat on various boards including the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Debut Atlantic, Opera Nova Scotia, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, The Nova Scotia Masterworks Foundation and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. She is currently Chair of the Board of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, Artistic Director of Musique Royale and organist/choir director at St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg.
Erin Donovan is the Artistic Director of Hear Here Productions based out of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Passionate about site-specific interdisciplinary performance, Hear Here has been producing shows on glacier lakes, in ghost towns, parks, libraries and in theatres throughout Canada since 1999 including collaborations with the Banff Centre and Parks Canada. Hear Here’s mandate ‘Art for Everyone’ reflects a desire to create innovative contemporary art that is also inclusive and accessible. Also a percussionist, composer and pianist, she has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, The Calgary Philharmonic, Array Music, Continuum New Music and the Glass Orchestra. Her most recent work Burnwater: Alchemy features the sound sculptures of NS blacksmith John Little in a beautiful interactive environment that the audience moves within. The project was a collaboration with Mocean Dance and ran at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth in Sept. 2017. She is currently working on an upcoming sound design for First Nation’s artist Alex Janvier’s art installation Thirteen Moons. As a mother, musician and music teacher, Erin is dedicated to furthering arts education and is very pleased to be the Education Outreach Coordinator for Musique Royale. For more information: hearhereproductions.ca
Janelle Lucyk (soprano) graduated in 2014 with distinction from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in Belgium where she performed with three choirs, debuted Lux Aeterna, written for her and the Brussels Chamber Choir by Jan Moeyaert, and formed Voces Desuper, an ensemble performing regularly in the magnificent Cathédrale de Saints-Michel-et-Gudule, and especially at the Te Deum ceremony for the King and Queen of Belgium. Following, she completed her Masters in Management at Durham University in the UK and won the role of Susanna in Durham Opera Ensemble’s The Marriage of Figaro for which she was awarded the Best Soloist by Music Durham, and Best Female Soloist by her peers at the DOE.
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