DIRECTOR’S NOTES

We open tonight’s concert with a selection dedicated to the memory of Susan LeTendre, long-standing chorister, board member, and heart of the ECC. Sing Me To Heaven by Daniel Gawthrup, with words by Janet Griner, expresses our heartfelt wish that she has found peace.

Johann Sebastien Bach adapted the Magnificat in D+, BWV 243 in 1733, from a version written ten years prior, when Bach had first become Thomaskantor (director of the boys choir at St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig. The text is ascribed to the Virgin Mary, and is taken from Luke 1:46 – 1:55 and the Doxology. In German, it is an intrinsic part of evensong, in the Lutheran service. The Latin form, here employed by Bach, was reserved for high holidays, such as Christmas.

The Magnificat is divided into 12 sections, alternating between choruses, in movements 1, 4, 7, 11 and 12, and solos, in movements 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9, along with one duet in movement 6, and one trio of treble voices, in movement 10. The work is compact, and avoids any da capo repetitions. As such we experience a wide variety of textures and figurations in short and succinct movements. The effect is breath-taking. From thundering choruses to delicate solos accompanied by tender and sparing instrumentation, the sheer variety and ingenuity of Bach’s genius is on full display. What a joy it is for us to be able to present the work, employing an orchestra of 20 players, using the full complement of Bach’s instrumentation.

We end the first half of our concert by inviting the Cantabile Choir, Young Voices Toronto to our stage. We are so pleased to be collaborating, once again, with their excellent musical director and conductor, Carole Anderson. We look forward to hearing their youthful exuberance and singing acumen, to help usher in the holiday season.

We open the second half of our concert with John Rutter’s enchanting Brother Heinrich’s Christmas, and once again welcome the Cantabile Choir to our stage, along with our narrator, the Reverend Patrick McManus. Loosely based on a legend about Dominican mystic Heinrich Suso, the story of Brother Heinrich’s Christmas describes the transmission of the Christmas Carol In dulci Jubilo to him by angels, here portrayed by the Cantabile Choir. We are delighted to also welcome oboist Karen Ages and bassoonist Michael Macaulay, portraying Sigismund the donkey, to our telling of the tale.

We close our concert with a choice selection of Christmas carols, featuring a quartet of soloists and the Etobicoke Centennial Choir, including the plaintive Gabriel’s Message, the exuberant Gaudete, and yet another selection from John Rutter, the touching and stirring Nativity Carol.

Best of the season!
Henry Renglich, music director

TEXTS & TRANSLATIONS

Magnificat
Johann Sebastian Bach

  1. My soul doth magnify the Lord.
  2. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  3. For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
  4. For behold all generations.
  5. For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his name.
  6. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
  7. The Lord hath shewed a strength, and scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
  8. He hath put down the mighty from their thrones, and hath exalted them of low degree.
  9. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
  10. Hi servant Israel, He hath holpen, in remembrance of his mercy.
  11. Even as he promised to our forefathers, to Abraham, and to his seed, forever.
  12. Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Ghost! As it was in the beginning, and is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Gaudete
Traditional; arrangement: Brian Kay

Gaudete, gaudete! (Rejoice, rejoice!)
Christus est natus (Christ is born)
Ex Maria virgine, (Of the Virgin Mary)
gaudete! (Rejoice!)
Tempus adest gratiæ (The time of grace has come)
Hoc quod optabamus, (What we have wished for;)
Carmina lætitiæ (Songs of joy)
Devote reddamus. (Let us give back faithfully.)
Deus homo factus est (God has become man,)
Natura mirante, (With nature marvelling,)
Mundus renovatus est (The world has been renewed)
A Christo regnante. (By the reigning Christ.)
Ezechielis porta (The closed gate of Ezekiel)
Clausa pertransitur, (Is passed through,)
Unde lux est orta (Whence the light is risen;)
Salus invenitur. (Salvation has been found.)
Ergo nostra contio (Therefore, let our assembly)
Psallat iam in lustro; (Now sing in brightness)
Benedicat Domino: (Let it bless the Lord:)
Salus Regi nostro. (Salvation to our King.)

PROFILES

Henry Renglich, director

Henry Renglich, artistic director

Artistic Director of Etobicoke Centennial Choir since 2008, Henry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a pianist, composer and music pedagogue to his role. Henry holds an Honours BA in Music Theory and Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from McGill University, along with a Bachelor of Education degree from York University. While in Montreal, his keyboard talent and improvisational skills were in demand at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Linda Rabin Danse Moderne. He composed a variety of musical and theatrical works, including a cabaret for The National Theatre School, and was Musical Director for the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley, Quebec. Henry taught music theory at McGill University and the University of Waterloo, where he was active as a chamber musician, accompanist and coach to young pianists. He has coached and accompanied vocalists in many genres, ranging from classical and opera to contemporary music and musical theatre. His opera experience includes serving as accompanist for Toronto Opera Repertoire and Coro Verdi, and as chorus director for Opera Hamilton. Henry has composed a number of choral arrangements for Etobicoke Centennial Choir during his tenure. Most recently, he composed choral parts to accompany three world music pieces by guitarist Anton Apostolov and his Balkania Ensemble for ECC’s June 2019 concert.

An experienced music pedagogue who believes strongly in quality music education for young children, Henry’s children’s choirs have won numerous awards and been chosen for professional theatrical productions. He currently teaches music at Unionville Montessori School, where he directs choirs and musical theatre productions.

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Carl Steinhauser, accompanist

Carl Steinhauser, collaborative accompanist

Carl began studying the piano at age four and earned his ARCT in Piano Performance in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Honors) in Music Theory and Composition from the Western University, where he studied piano with Gwen Beamish and composition with Peter Paul Koprowski and Paul Frehner. Carl has been ECC’s accompanist since 2012. His exceptional keyboard skills and collaborative focus are a tremendous asset to both the conductor and singers. In addition to his work with ECC, Carl is an accompanist for the Mississauga Festival Choir and the organist at Runnymede United Church. He does frequent collaborative work with the Toronto District School Board and Etobicoke School of the Arts.

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Érika Wood

Érika Wood, soprano section lead

Érika Wood is a musician and educator from Toronto, ON. Érika is thrilled to be back with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir in their 2022-2023 season. She is a BMus graduate from the University of Toronto, and holds a B.Ed. from Queen’s University through the Artist in the Community program. She performs with various choirs, notably the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Forest Grove United Church, as well as various other choral ensembles in the GTA. She has been a featured soloist with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston and the Kingston Chamber Choir. Alongside her love for choral music, she is a country & bluegrass singer in Toronto’s up and coming bluegrass band Duke Street Turnaround.

Outside of music, Érika enjoys nature, kayaking, and sharing donuts with friends and family.

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Mélissa Danis

Mélissa Danis, alto section lead

Mélissa Danis is a French-Canadian lyric soprano who recently completed a fellowship program as Vocal Scholar at The Royal Conservatory of Music – Glenn Gould School under the guidance of Adrienne Pieczonka and Elizabeth McDonald. In 2021, she graduated with her Master Degree from The University of Toronto’s Opera School. In May 2019, she graduated with honors from The Glenn Gould School with her Bachelor in Voice Performance. Miss Danis’ recent performances with the Glenn Gould School includes Danica in Svadba (Sokolovic) and Almirena in Handel’s opera Rinaldo. In addition, her performances with U of T Opera consist of Micaëla in La Tragédie de Carmen (Bizet), A Little Nacht Music where she performed Mimi in the quartet Addio dolce svegliare alla mattina (Puccini), Maria Bertram in Mansfield Park (Dove) and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart).

Over the years, Miss Danis has developed a profound love for musical theater as well as cabaret.

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Lauren Halász

Lauren Halász, alto section lead

Ottawa native Lauren Halász is a mezzo-soprano, director, and singer/songwriter based in Toronto. Lauren has been featured as an emerging artist with both Tapestry Opera and Against the Grain Theatre. They have also been seen in oratorio around the Greater Toronto Area, most notably as the Alto soloist in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Haydn’s Mass in G Major with the Mississauga Choral Society, as well as Handel’s Messiah with both Music Niagara and Arcady. Favourite Opera credits include Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Cherubino with Le Nozze di Figaro, and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Lauren made their directorial debut in 2020 with a filmed production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for Fuse, an art’s collective based in Kitchener, Ontario. More recently, Lauren directed Medusa’s Children, a hybrid opera film, with OperaQ, and co-directed A Good Haunting Vol. 2 with Good Mess Opera Theatre. Equally passionate about contemporary music, Lauren in the lead vocalist and songwriter for independent folk band, “Lo & the High Road”, and maintains a private studio of singers of all levels singing a wide variety of music.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from Western University, and an Advanced Certificate in Performance from the University of Toronto.

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Ryan Downey, tenor section lead

A proud Newfoundlander, tenor Ryan Downey is quickly gaining nationwide recognition for his “nimbleness of voice” (Bachtrack) and “attractive lyric tenor colour” (Edmonton Journal).  You’ll have seen Ryan on the opera stage recently with the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert.  Recent solo credits include Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, and Count Boni in Czardas Princess,  Rodolfo in La boheme, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Goro (Pinkerton cover) in Madama Butterfly, the Gingerbread Witch in Hansel and Gretel and Basilio and Curzio Le nozze di Figaro. On the concert stage, Ryan has recently sung Handel’s Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony and Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with the Windsor Symphony, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Guelph Symphony as well as making his Kennedy Centre debut in Washington, DC, singing Adolphus Hailstork’s I will lift up mine eyes. 

Ryan is thrilled to be returning to sing with Etobicoke Centennial Choir, seven years after his stint as tenor lead with the ensemble in 2015.

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David Finneran, tenor and baritone

David Finneran, baritone section lead

David attended St. Michael’s Choir School through elementary and high school. His enjoyment of many music genres moved him to learn guitar, drums and organ as well as piano. David completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Carleton University, where he focused on classical piano performance and composition, along with studying jazz theory and music history. While in Ottawa, he further developed his vocal skills as a member of the Canadian Centennial Choir, Carleton University Choir and The Capital Vox Choir, a jazz choir led by Elise Letourneau.

David also sings at St. John’s United Church in Oakville. He teaches private music lessons in piano, guitar and music theory at D&D Music, an Oakville-based music business which he co-owns with his wife, Daniella Theresia.

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Canabile, Young Voices Toronto

Cantabile, Young Voices Toronto

Young Voices Toronto is a West Toronto based children’s and youth choral organization that champions the motto, “More than Music,” embracing both musical excellence and community involvement. Cantabile is the Junior Treble Ensemble of Young Voices Toronto and is comprised of choristers in Grades 4 through 8. This energetic ensemble is conducted by Artistic Director, Carole Anderson and Assistant Conductor, Emily Parker. The talented Jai Eun Yoo is Cantabile’s collaborative pianist. Cantabile choristers prepare a diverse repertoire in 2 and 3 parts and perform in self-presented concerts, the Junior Treble Festival and other community events. Cantabile is excited to be performing Brother Heinrich’s Christmas with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir this holiday season.

Performers

Loyse Ageorges-Pigeon | Megan Black | Jackie Bremner | Asha Buliung | Penny Burke | Claire Cassidy | Julia Dziewaltowska | Grace Elinesky | Anders Frejd | Mason Friesner | Maeve Gionet | Poppy Gosse | Mairead Guy | Sydney Hamel | Charlie Hollis | Anya Jitomirski | Rebekah Joy KimPhin | Eliane Klasios Maeve Lalonde | Markas Laurinavicius | Tara McLean | Claire McNabb | Sydney Miller | Oliver Paterson | August Platt-Smith | Leni Porter | Kaley Rajmoolie | Amelia Ramsay | Charlotte Ramsay | Sloan Reyes | Madeleine Romano | Anna Ross-Gibson | Katherine Shepherd | Ramona Sischy | Anna Simonyi | Devan Surtani | Lauren Tummon | Emma Ulas | Sam Wilkinson | Sarah Williams

ECC CHORISTERS

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Barb Anderson | Olimpia Anderson | Barb Dadson | Grace De Francesco | Juliana De Francesco | Lindsay Dodge | Barb Griffin | Carole Garraway | Susan Harris | Barb Horigan | Pein-Pein Huang | Kathy Kossow | Julie Lautens | Joyce Law | Ale Palermo | Angie Reichenbach | Janie Sanderson | Maria Stevens | Gert Wharton |Érika Wood (Lead)

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Dale Allen | Donna Brickus-Hollett | Karen Brookfield | Kelly Crowdy | Carol Cunnane | Mélissa Danis (Lead) | Nancy Dockrill | Sandy Dufour | Janet Fralick | Amara Gutierrez | Lauren Halasz (Lead) | Deborah Holdsworth | Suzanne Kekely | Navina Lotay | Lee Majewski | Lauren Mayer | Kathie Murphy | Patricia Palin | Laura Pritzker | Camille Rogers (Lead) | Heather Thornton | Kathie Wagg | Mary | Jo Walker | Karin Walter | Lynda Wood | Sara Yelland

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Ryan Downey (Lead) | Leonard Jonuska | Max King | Greg Pimento | Bill Price | Safwat Zaky

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Peter Dick | Peter Duke | Terry Dockrill | David Finneran (Lead) | Richard Harrison | Eugene Polyansky (Lead) | Norman Salt | John Swallow | George Thackray | John Turner

ORCHESTRA

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Marija Ivicevic

Marija Ivicevic, violin

Marija Ivicevic is an 18 year old violinist and violist from Toronto, Ontario. This past fall, Marija began her studies with Mark Fewer at the University of Toronto, where she will be earning her Bachelor of Music in violin performance. Music has always played an important role in her life. Her orchestral experience began at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music, where she had the privilege of playing alongside members of such acclaimed Baroque Chamber ensembles as Aradia and Tafelmusik. She attended high school at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts and continued her music education at the Regent Park School of Music, where she studied with Tanya Charles Iveniuk. One of her favourite experiences as a musician was performing and spending a day with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. In 2019, Marija was a student scholarship winner with the Etobicoke Philharmonic, and has been a member of other various orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, where she had the privilege of playing with the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall this past April. Marija also plays with Corktown Chamber Orchestra and is looking forward to performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto with them this spring.

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Kenin McKay

Kenin McKay, violin

Kenin McKay is a freelance violinist based in Toronto, who has enjoyed the opportunity to perform with many ensembles and orchestras, both locally and nationally, over the past 20 years. She began her studies in Brantford, Ontario, and received her Performer’s Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, before continuing on to the University of Toronto, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance. This season has seen her perform with groups such as the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra, and she’s looking forward to her upcoming first time on stage with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir. In addition to her performance commitments, Kenin maintains an active teaching studio, both privately and with several music schools. She is also the mother of two young children who keep her especially busy!

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Joelle Crigger

Joelle Crigger, violin

Joelle Crigger is an accomplished classical violinist as well as a past winner of The Canadian Open Junior Fiddle Championship. An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Joelle has served as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra for three terms. Having received top awards at numerous music festivals/competitions, she is thrilled to be soloing with both the North York Concert Orchestra and the Oakville Chamber Orchestra for the 2022/2023 season. A recipient of the President’s Scholar of Excellence, the Kathleen Parlow Scholarship, the Percy Faith Award, and the Nick Gelmych Violin Scholarship, Joelle is currently studying Violin Performance at the University of Toronto in the studio of Jonathan Crow.

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Maya Budzinski

Maya Budzinski, violin

Maya Budzinski, a native of Edmonton Alberta, has been performing in concerts since the age of 7. She has won numerous competitions including the Grand Prize at the 2018 Canadian Music Competition, which granted her the opportunity to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra. Earlier that year, Maya was a part of the Fifty for the Future Project, working and performing with the Kronos Quartet. Maya has attended many prestigious summer music festivals including Heifetz International Music Institute, Morningside Music Bridge, and the Young Artists Program at NAC, studying with violinists such as Grigory Kalinovsky, Pinchas Zukerman, and Ilya Kaler. In March of 2023, Maya will be performing Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the finals of the Calgary Concerto Competition. She currently studies with TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow at the University of Toronto pursuing her Undergraduate Degree in Violin Performance.

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Christine Wang

Christine Wang, violin

Christine Wang is a violinist in her first year of study at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Annalee Patipatanakoon. She began studying violin at the age of 6, and piano at the age of 8. She is a graduate of the strings division in the Arts Unionville program at Unionville High School in Markham, where she was able to develop her skill and discover her passion for music. She has won various awards and competitions, including a gold medal for RCM Level 10 violin in 2018.

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Woosol Cho

Woosol Cho, viola

Woosol Cho is a much in demand orchestral and chamber musician. As an educator, Woosol has taught at OrKidstra in Ottawa, the Preparatory Program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and has been a recurring adjudicator at the prestigious Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in Hong Kong. Woosol formerly held the position of Principal Viola with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, where she appeared as a featured soloist performing Paul Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher concerto for Viola and Orchestra. She has appeared in a variety of festivals such as the Ottawa Chamberfest, the Luminato Festival, the Stratford Festival, and the Lanaudière Festival. Miss Cho has also been broadcast across Times Square, in New York City, while performing on Good Morning America, and has been featured on the Grammy Award’s digital series “Positive Vibes Only.” Woosol received her Masters Degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

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Cole Canaday

Cole Canaday, viola

Cole Canaday is a violist based in west end Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto, studying under Katharine Rapoport, with a focus on classical performance, music theory and education. Cole profoundly enjoys performing, and, from a very young age, has taken every opportunity to play for those around him. Among some of his favourite performance settings are those accompanying a stage production such as musicals and operas. Cole continues to perform, record, arrange and compose a broad range of genres with a large variety of different groups across the greater Toronto area.

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Naomi Barron

Naomi Barron, cello

Currently based in Toronto, Naomi Barron enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and educator. She performs regularly with groups such as the Toronto Symphony and Canadian Opera Company and has recorded live in studio for CBC radio. An avid chamber musician, Naomi’s experience includes recent collaborations with such renowned artists as Isabel Bayrakdarian and Robert McDonald, as well as performances with Group of Seven and Against the Grain. A seasoned orchestral musician, Naomi has performed under the batons of such celebrated conductors as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev and Placido Domingo. She is a former member of the internationally acclaimed Orquesta Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain (under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta) as well as former co-principal cellist of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife. Naomi spends her summers in beautiful southern Oregon, where she is in her nineteenth season as principal cellist of the Britt Festival Orchestra.

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Mario Rodriguez

Mario Rodriguez, cello

Eighteen-year-old cellist Mario Rodriguez McMillan was born in Mexico City. He grew up surrounded by music and began his own musical studies at the age of seven. He studied classical guitar at Escuela Superior de Música del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura, an acclaimed conservatory in Mexico. His love for music inspired him to reach proficiency on various instruments, including piano, drums, percussion, and trumpet. He eventually chose the cello because of its incredibly expressive qualities. Mario was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, in 2022, and he studied with renowned faculty, including Sascha Goetzel, David Hetherington, and Bryan Epperson. Since 2020, he has also been a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and currently holds a principal cellist position. Mario is in his first year studying cello performance with Joseph Johnson at the University of Toronto.

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Sam Fitzpatrick

Sam Fitzpatrick, double bass

Sam Fitzpatrick is a bassist, arranger and recording engineer from Guelph, Ontario. During his studies at the internationally recognized Humber College Bachelors of Music program, he has had the chance to work with some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Mike Downes and Larnell Lewis, as well as Grammy Winning producers George Massenburg and Larry Klein. Fitzpatrick now works as a freelance bassist in Toronto, where he plays with a range of artists, including power-folk band The Lifers and pop artist Meesha Shafi.

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Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon, flute

Toronto-based flutist Sarah Moon enjoys an active performance and teaching career all over Ontario. She balances her schedule between teaching at Queen’s University in Kingston, and rehearsals and performances in Toronto. Currently, Sarah is a member of Blythwood Winds, and the principal flute of the Ontario Philharmonic. From 2016 to 2018, Sarah held the principal flute position with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and taught at the University of Saskatchewan. As an active recitalist, Sarah recently performed at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts in Kingston as part of the Faculty Artists Series, and Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY. Follow her @sarahymoon on Fb, IG, and YouTube for her upcoming performances, and teaching inquiries.

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Lauren Yeomans

Lauren Yeomans, flute

Flautist Lauren Yeomans is an active performer in the Toronto area, providing bold and robust interpretations through a genteel instrument. She is principal flute of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she will be performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, this December 2022. She is also Co-Founder and Flautist of the Quintagious wind quintet, and has arranged a number of pieces for the ensemble, including the slow movement of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. Recently Lauren has taken up the podium and is currently Assistant Conductor of Summerhill Orchestra as well as undertaking a Conducting Apprenticeship with Orchestra Toronto. Lauren graduated with her Master of Music from Rutgers University, studying with Bart Feller, having previously studied at the Glenn Gould School with Kathleen Rudolph.

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Karen Ages

Karen Ages, oboe, oboe d’amore

Karen is a longtime freelancer in the Toronto area. In addition to playing oboe and English horn regularly with the Niagara Symphony since 1994, she has also played with many other groups including the Kingston and Windsor Symphonies, Opera York, Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick, Esprit Orchestra, and for the Bach Cantata series at Church of the Redeemer. When not playing the oboe, Karen works for WholeNote magazine.

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Sara Spigott

Sara Spigott, oboe

Sara Spigott is an active freelance musician based in Toronto, where she performs on oboe, English horn and piano with ensembles in and around the Greater Toronto area, including the Niagara Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Brantford Symphony, Sudbury Symphony and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. She also teaches instrumental music and is director of the Symphonic Band at Havergal College. Sara holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan; a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Ottawa; and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.

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Michael Macaulay

Michael Macaulay, bassoon

Since winning a position with the Red Deer Symphony at the age of 18, bassoonist Michael Macaulay has enjoyed a varied and vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and software developer. He was a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony for five years, held the position of Principal Bassoon in the Niagara and Red Deer Symphonies, and has performed as an extra musician with the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, and Regina Symphony. As a member of Quintessence Winds (Calgary) and the Blythwood Winds (Toronto), he has been involved in commissioning and premiering many new works by Canadian composers. Michael is grateful to his teachers Kathleen McLean, Stephen Franse, and Francesca Davenport for their assistance in overcoming the bewildering challenges of the bassoon. When not performing, he helps the public realize creative projects in the Hamilton Public Library’s Makerspace, where he works as a Digital Technology Assistant.

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Andrew Mendis

Andrew Mendis, trumpet

Andrew Mendis is a 20-year-old trumpet player from Markham, Ontario. He is currently attending the University of Toronto, where he is completing a Bachelor of Music. Andrew has also previously attended the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory and has performed with various ensembles in the GTA, including the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Hannaford Youth Band and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra during the 2021 season. Andrew hopes to win an audition for a professional orchestra in the near future.

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Brad-Digel

Brad Digel, trumpet

Known for his “beautiful singing tone and musicality,” Bradley demonstrates a high level of musical proficiency with every note. He aims to move his audiences with his natural affinity for the art of singing through the trumpet, in a vocal and lyrical way. In the autumn of 2017, Bradley toured his hometown of Winnipeg with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, performing The Hummel Trumpet Concerto. This tour consisted of seven shows at different schools across the city. Throughout his years at The Glenn Gould School, he has played with orchestras such as the New York String Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, featuring a wide variety of repertoire and esteemed conductors. Bradley began his journey on the trumpet at the age of twelve, after being drawn to it at instrument trial night at his middle school in Winnipeg. After four years, he began his private studies under the tutelage of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s second trumpet, Paul Jeffrey. Following this, Bradley auditioned for The Glenn Gould School, and was admitted to the school as the recipient of the Bob and Gail Farquharson Scholarship. To this day, Bradley is convinced his love of classical music began during his glory days watching Bugs Bunny with his father, every day before elementary school.

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Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes, trumpet

Sam Hughes was born in London, England, but moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2001, and began his formal studies of the trumpet with Isaac Pulford of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, at age 14. In 2018, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins, and was hired as principal trumpet of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has subbed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and in 2022 moved to Toronto to pursue his Artist Diploma Certificate at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.

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Alejandro Cespedes

Alejandro Cespedes, timpani

Alejandro Céspedes, M.Mus, is an active freelance percussionist and educator who studied at the University of Toronto and Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, Cuba. He performs classical percussion, body percussion, Latin percussion and steel pan. Céspedes performed with the National Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Cuba and the Niagara, Kingston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Jane Bunnett, the Buena Vista Social Club, and was featured at the Toronto Body Percussion Festival. He was a musician/dancer/actor for Venom of Love and The Power of Harriet T! Céspedes founded and conducted the steel pan ensembles at Music By The Lake (Toronto District School Board Music Camp) and the Regent Park School of Music, which performed with 2Cellos at events such as the Luminato and Toronto Jazz Festivals. He has also taught percussion at the National Music Camp of Canada, Manuel Saumell and Amadeo Roldán Conservatories in Havana. He has conducted body percussion workshops at Lizt Alfonso Dance Company in Havana and McGill University in Montreal. He co-founded Oregano Percussion, which combines styles from Latin and Caribbean to Songwriting, Pop, and percussion chamber music. Céspedes is an artist/endorser of Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments, and Humes & Berg. www.oreganopercussion.com

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Greg Pimento
President and Acting Treasurer

Lee Horigan
Vice-President

Janet Fralick
Artistic Liaison

Julie Lautens
Membership Chairperson

Lauren Mayer
Publicity and Media Relations Coordinator

Lindsay Dodge
Fundraising Coordinator

Deborah Holdsworth
Recording Secretary

Rose Wardell
Member at Large, Publicity Assistant

BEHIND THE SCENES

Front of House, Ushers
Lindsay Dodge, Evelyn Clark, Lee Horigan, Oliver Kubasik, Christine Pimento, Rose Wardell

Rehearsal and Concert Staging
Dale Allen, Olimpia Anderson, Juliana DeFrancesco, David Finneran, Janet Fralick, Carole Garraway, Amara Gutierrez, Susan Harris, Deborah Holdsworth, Pein-Pein Huang, Max King, Julie Lautens, Navina Lotay, Ale Palermo, Patricia Palin, Greg Pimento, George Thackray, Kathie Wagg

Recording Engineer
Brandon Wells

Music Librarian
Karen Brookfield

Wardrobe
Heather Thornton, Sara Yelland

Marketing & Promotion
Lauren Mayer

Marketing Assistant
Matt DeMelo

Artists’ Display Boards
Heather Thornton

Program Design
Daniel Boulerice

eGaming Volunteer Coordinator
Barb Horigan

The ongoing support of student and community volunteers is greatly appreciated. We sincerely regret any omissions.