Canadian Music Competition 2019 / Evaluation Committee

Historical Information

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First Round

National Final

William Aide


William Aide has enjoyed 50 years of professional music-making. Young, he won first prize in the CBC Talent Festival and the Canada Council Award for Young Performing Artists. As a collaborative pianist, he has worked with conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Arthur Fiedler and Walter Susskind; bass-baritone, James Milligan; sopranos Elizabeth Soederstroem and Lois Marshall; violist Rivka Golani and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, among many others. He has toured the former Soviet Union with Phyllis Mailing and held artist residencies at Aix en Provence’s Darius-Milhaud Conservatory, at the University of Glasgow and at the Trinity / Laban College, London. Head of the Keyboard Division at the University of Toronto for 25 years, he was the inaugural R.E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance. A proponent of Canadian music, he has premiered over 40 works, including five piano concertos, and has long been associated as juror with the Honens International Piano Competition.William Aide was appointed member to the Order of Canada in 2013.

Andrea Bell


Born in Winnipeg, Andrea Bell holds Bachelor Degrees in Music and Education from the University of Manitoba and a Master Degree in Cello Performance from the University of British Columbia. Andrea is the founding member and cellist of the Rembrandt String Quartet. A passionate music educator, Ms. Bell is the Director of the String Orchestra Program at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. She maintains a large and vibrant private cello studio and is the Director of the “Mini-Rosie” program at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy. Andrea has taught cello, conducted youth and adult amateur orchestras and adjudicated music festivals across Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and in Perth, Australia. Andrea was appointed conductor of the Winnipeg Mennonite Community Orchestra for the 2018-2019 season. This year, Andrea is celebrating her 21st season as the conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra.

Ernst Birss


Ernst Birss is a classical guitarist and guitar teacher based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a first prizewinner in the Northwest Guitar Competition, an annual event open to classical guitarists from Western Canada and the American Pacific Northwest. He was also a performer in the 20th annual Christopher Parkening Masterclass in Bozeman, Montana, and was one of the students chosen to play in the masterclass recital at Reynolds Hall. In Edmonton, Ernst Birss has performed on the McDougall Music Wednesdays at Noon series, the Sunday music series at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and on the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society’s main series (the last two in duo concerts with Trevor Sanders). In recent years, Ernst has worked extensively with singer Merrill Tanner. Ernst and Merrill have performed for various concert series and festivals in Alberta and Saskatchewan. They were also heard on the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series, and in the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society’s 20th Anniversary Concert. Ernst Birss has been president and vice-president of the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society.

Mélanie Bourassa


Clarinetist Melanie Bourassa was rewarded with Grande Distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, then she went to study in Switzerland and in Chicago. Mélanie is a teacher at Laval University as well as Cégep de Ste-Foy. In addition, she taught at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski for many years. She plays with many ensembles such as the Orchestre symhonique de Québec, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, les Violons du Roy and the Orchestre Métropolitain. She regulary plays all around Canada and the United States. She performed in Belgium for the 2018 International Clarinet Convention. She won grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Domaine Forget and AFM. She obtained a first place at the Canadian Music Competition in chamber music and she won an Opus Prize in 2015.

Clément Canac-Marquis


Clément Canac Marquis began his classical guitar training with instrumentalist and choir director Roland Côté and guitarist Jacques Joubert. He continued his studies in performance at conservatories in France, Italy and Spain with José Thomas, Oscar Chiglia and Ako Ito. There he obtained several first-place awards and major distinctions. The recipient of grants from the Canada Council of the Arts and the government of Quebec, and winner of national and international competitions, Clément Canac Marquis has pursued a career as a soloist and chamber musician for over 30 years. He is known for the quality of his repertoire and the depth of his work. This career has taken him to the stages of many guitar societies, university centres, chamber music festivals and specialized broadcasters, in Canada as well as in Europe, often recorded for radio. Clément Canac Marquis is a teacher involved in improving classical guitar teaching programs at several levels. He has taught at the École Vincent-d’Indy in Montréal and at the Collège Regina Assumpta. Several of his students have earned distinctions in national and international competitions. He is co-artistic director of the Concerts Ahuntsic en fugue chamber music festival and of Ahuntsic-Cartierville’s Orchestre des Berges.

Alana Chung Man Chan


Alana Chan is on Faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and is a certified Advanced Specialist in piano, music theory & history of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The competitions she adjudicated include the final round of the 20th Hong Kong Asia Piano Open Competition, 25th & 26th Edith Lando Gifted Youth Music Competition and for the Vancouver Academy of Music Concerto Competitions. Alana is the Music Director of the Simon Fraser University Concert Orchestra and A Little Night Music Orchestra. The orchestras she has performed with include the London Serenata, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonia, Hong Kong Elite Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra on concert tour in Vienna, and Chamber Orchestra of New York at the International Respighi Conducting Competition where she was the first female conductor to be awarded Honorable Mention in Carnegie Hall. Last summer, Alana was appointed Assistant Conductor at the opera festival Prague Summer Nights in Czech Republic. Alana achieved Master of Arts in Music with Distinction and Scholastic Award from the Hong Kong Baptist University. Amongst many other awards, she also won a First Prize at the Canadian Music Competition.

Megan Yen-Wei Chang


Megan Chang has received recognition in her career as pianist, teacher, adjudicator and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She was a prizewinner in her category at the Canadian Music Competition, and in 2008, Ms. Chang gave her first European solo recital in Holland. She had also performed as a soloist with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of David Briskin. Megan was born in Taiwan, and raised in Vancouver. During this time, she studied with Edward Parker, Yun Han Mao and Winfried Rompf. She then relocated to Toronto and received her Bachelor in Piano Performance and Master in Piano Performance Pedagogy at the University of Toronto, under the guidance of Marietta Orlov. She then completed her Doctoral in Musical Arts at the University of Toronto with Marietta Orlov, specializing in the music of Franz Liszt. Over the years, she participated in masterclasses given by Boris Berman, Matti Raekallio, Anton Kuerti, March Durand, and Stéphane Lemelin, among others. Currently, Ms. Chang serves on the Music Faculty of the University of Toronto, teaching piano and giving masterclasses. In addition to teaching, she actively adjudicates, performs and collaborates.

Arnold Choi


Arnold Choi is the principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Arnold is a first place winner of numerous competitions including the Stepping Stone Competition in 2008. He has performed as soloist with many ensembles and orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Okanagan Symphony, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Banff Festival Orchestra, amoung others. His discography includes recordings as a former member of the Janaki String Trio with Yarlung records, and Naxos label. Most recently, Choi recorded six volumes of cello repertoire with pianist Peter Longworth published by Frederick Harris Music and the RCM labels. Arnold has studied with John Kadz (Mount Royal Conservatory), Ronald Leonard (Colburn Conservatory), Aldo Parisot (Yale School of Music), and Colin Carr (Stony Brook University).

Andrew Crust

Andrew Crust is the newly-appointed Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra where he will conduct a large number of subscription concerts, Kids concerts, Pops, as well as the innovative Annex Series and Tea and Trumpets Series each season. He is a versatile conductor with broad experience conducting orchestras, ballet and opera across North and South America and Europe. Andrew Crust was the assistant conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA in the summers of 2017 and 2018, assisting Michael Tilson Thomas on an Asian tour, as well as Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop and James Ross at Carnegie Hall. Recent and upcoming guest engagements include concerts with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Québec, the Colorado New Music Ensemble and the Pendulum New Music Series, among others.

Sophie Dansereau


Born in Sorel-Tracy, Québec, Sophie Dansereau is assistant-principal bassoon and contrabassoon for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has been heard as the principal bassoon and contrabassoon in several orchestras around the world, including the National Art Centre Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. Sophie received several top prizes in Canadian and international competitions. She has been featured as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Vancouver Symphony and was heard as a soloist and chamber player across Canada on the CBC radio and Radio-Canada. Sophie is an active chamber music bassoonist and soloist. She has the privilege to count several works written especially for her and the group she founded, the Ad Mare Wind quintet. She counts numerous performances featuring Canadian composers including Jocelyn Morlock and Christopher Kovarik. Parallel to her performing career, Sophie is on the Faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and the Vancouver Academy of Music. A demanded clinician, she also serves on the faculty of Douglas College, the West Coast Amateur Music Society, and teaches in her personal studio.

Robyn Danielle Driedger-Klassen


Described in the London Times as “outstanding in her impassioned embodiment of the drama”, soprano Robyn Klassen has been seen on many recital, concert and opera stages. Known particularly for her zeal for contemporary music, she performs and premieres many fascinating works by contemporary composers. Performances from the last year include a recital with Vancouver’s Music on Main, Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with the VSO Chamber Music Series, the premiere of a song cycle entitled Midnight Watch by Leslie Uyeda with pianist Terence Dawson for the VSO New Music Festival, the VSO Pops Valentine’s concerts, VSO New Music Series performances of works by Kati Agocs, Emily Doolittle and Jocelyn Morlock and soprano soloist for Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Robyn is Head of voice at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She lives with her husband and two vocal critics under the age of seven and is an expert at avoiding Lego underfoot!

Céline Dussault


First and only lyric artist to have taken top honours in the CMC’s Stepping Stone competition, soprano Céline Dussault has been recognized for her wide versatility, ranging from opera and oratorios to recitals. Her musical pursuits have taken her across the country with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada and to the States with the Vermont Opera Theater and The Little Orchestra Society at the Lincoln Center in New York. In 1977, she headed to Belgium, where she was part of the Centre lyrique de Wallonie for three seasons, in which she sung the lead role in the world premiere of Paul Francy’s Alice in Wonderland as well as many other leads. On her return, she performed as guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the OSM. In Québec, she has sung a number of prestigious roles with the Opéra de Québec, the Opéra de Montréal, the Théâtre de la Poudrière and the Nouvelles Variétés Lyriques.

Alice Enns


Alice Enns received the gold medal for the ARCT Performers Diploma; she is graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and from the University of Manitoba, studying with Leonard Isaacs and Alma Brock-Smith. Later she continued her studies in Europe with Joan Davies and Jean-Paul Sevilla. She has given solo recitals in Canada, USA, the Middle East and India and has been featured on national and regional broadcasts of the CBC. As a soloist, Enns has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony and the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra; she has played and recorded orchestral and chamber repertoire with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and Vancouver New Music Society. She has adjudicated festivals in Canada and India and has given workshops and master classes in Canada and the USA. Her students have received provincial and national awards and scholarships including prizes in composition. Alice Enns teaches piano and lectures on piano pedagogy at the University of British Columbia.

Brenda Louise Fedoruk


Brenda Fedoruk is currently Principal Flute with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and a member of the Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble. Brenda was a long time member of the CBC Radio Orchestra until the orchestra’s disbanding. She has appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the orchestra for many Vancouver musical theatre productions, as well as with the touring orchestras for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet. Ms. Fedoruk has recorded for film and television projects and has been heard in recital on CBC Radio’s Westcoast Performance and Arts Tonight programmes. In addition, she a chamber musician, performing, recording and touring with the Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble, West Coast Chamber Music, The Old Schoolhouse Sunday Concerts (Qualicum Beach), Silk Purse (West Vancouver), UBC Wednesday Noon Hour Recital Series and for the Hornby Island Music Festival’s “Decade of Decades” Series. Brenda Fedoruk is a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Capilano University, Douglas College and the Vancouver Academy of Music; she also conducts the Capilano Flute Choir. Ms Fedoruk’s first CD, I Remember, highlightingrepertoire for flute and mezzo-soprano, has received critical acclaim.

Michel Fournier


Pianist and pedagogue Michel Fournier has performed in recital and with orchestra in Canada, the United States and Europe during numerous tours, and has collaborated with renowned musicians. He has recorded several programs for Radio-Canada and the CBC, as well as numerous filmographic soundtracks. A doctor of music and associate professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, Michel Fournier is regularly invited as a lecturer and educator at universities and conservatories. For many years, he has traveled across Canada as a judge of national competitions across the country and in Asia; his relaxed approach and his great humanity inspire confidence in young people, allowing them to show their talent. Michel Fournier also runs a piano studio and receives musicians from all over the world, wishing to prepare concerts or international competitions.

Christina Haldane


Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian, from Caraquet, NB. She has sung principle roles for The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, as well as for festivals Iford Arts, Longborough, Swansea City and Buxton, in the UK. An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with many renowned orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Capella Cracoviensis. Christina is also a dedicated interpreter of song repertoire, regularly performing on the recital platform in both the UK and Canada. Recent highlights include covering the role of Silvia in Thomas Adès’ exciting new opera The Exterminating Angel, for both the Salzburg Festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Christina’s 2018 began with exciting plans for her debut album, “Let Me Explain”, a collection of Canadian art songs, which was recorded at the Glenn Gould studio. This project received generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, and she is grateful for their support.

Charles Horton


Charles Horton joined the staff of the Desautels Faculty at the University of Manitoba in 1980 following graduate work in piano at the University of North Carolina and in music theory at the University of Michigan. He retired from full-time teaching in June of 2018 and he continues his association with the Desatutels Faculty of Music this year as the Interim Associate Dean. While on staff at the University of Manitoba, he taught piano, music theory, analysis, history, aural skills and chamber music. In 1998 and 2001, he received a University of Manitoba Student Recognition teaching award. From 1996 to 2002, he participated in the Académie Franco-Américaine in Vaison-la-Romaine, in France, giving concerts and teaching on the piano faculty.With the assistance of Dr. David Byrne, he is currently preparing the revised edition of the university-level music theory textbook he co-authored with his former colleague, the late Lawrence Ritchey. “Harmony Through Melody”, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2020. Prof. Horton is a frequent adjudicator in Winnipeg and at music festivals in Manitoba and Ontario. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras in Canada, United States and in France.

Lucie Jones


Dutch born flutist Lucie Jones is principal flute with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, an extra player with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and a former member of Symphony Nova Scotia. Lucie is an active chamber musician, soloist, founding director of the Chamber Flutes and the Flute Club of Calgary, and a much sought after teacher, adjudicator and clinician. A winner of the University of Calgary 2005/2006 Concerto Competition, Lucie performed as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Lucie was also a winner of the 2008 and 2010 National Flute Association International Performer’s Competitions. Lucie has been a featured performer with Rosa Barocca, the Instrumental Society of Calgary, the Red Deer Symphony Chamber Series, Land’s End Ensemble, Calgary’s Kensington Sinfonia, Mountain View Festival and a soloist with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian University College Orchestra. Lucie performs regularly as a member of The Looking Glass Duo, Storymusic, and Perfect Cadence Woodwind Quintet.

Edward Morgan Jurkowski


A native of Winnipeg, Edward Jurkowski received his Bachelor of Music in composition and piano from the University of Manitoba and his MA and PhD in music theory from the Eastman School of Music. He joined the Music Faculty at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta in 1996, and served the institution in various capacities—from chair of the Music Department to most recently as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts from 2013-18. In January 2019, he began his tenure as Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba. Mr. Jurkowski’s primary research interests include the study of compositional designs in twentieth-century music and the music of Scandinavia. He is the author of several books and articles on these topics and has presented his research at many venues throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Danbee Ko


Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Danbee Ko began her study of piano at the age of six and moved to Canada with her family at the age of thirteen. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and her passion for musical collaboration led her to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario. Throughout her tenure at UWO, Danbee graduated with distinction and received first place in Maritsa Brooke’s Concerto Award, performing under the baton of Shalom Bard. After completing her Master’s degree, Danbee accepted the position of Staff Accompanist in the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University and relocated to Halifax since September 2016. Since her move, she has been an active member of the music scene and is thrilled to be making more music with many fabulous musicians in the upcoming events.

Vincent Lauzer


Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year 2012 of the Conseil Québécois de la musique, recorder player Vincent Lauzer graduated from McGill University. He is the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New-Brunswick. In October 2018, his most recent recording with Arion Baroque Orchestra was awarded a Diapason d’Or by the famous French magazine Diapason. Winner of several prizes in national and international competitions, he has been awarded the Fernand Lindsay Career Award, as well as the Béatrice-Kennedy-Bourbeau Award at the Prix d’Europe 2015. In 2012, he won the First Prize at the Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition. Vincent is a member of Flûte Alors!, Les Songes and regularly performs as a soloist with Canadian ensembles. He has played in various series and festivals in Canada and in the United States as well as in Mexico, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium.

Lorna MacDonald


Soprano Lorna MacDonald enjoys a multi-faceted career in performance, education, research and as the Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a multiple award winner in both singing and teaching, and her opera The Bells of Baddeck — the Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell Story for which she was creator, librettist and producer received Parks Canada’s CEO Award in 2016. It was described as “a tour de force” by Opera Canada. Recent season highlights include performing at the Vimy Ridge Memorial (France), the première a new work by John Beckwith at Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club, and where she was named the Sir Earnest MacMillan Honorary Member in Music. She designed and curates a unique Vocal Pedagogy program at the University of Toronto, one of a kind in North American universities, and she continues to explore new works and performances.

James Mark


James Mark, conductor, clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger and educator, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt College of Music, and the University of Michigan where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, England, winning the Sir Arthur Somervell Prize, presented by the Queen Mother. He has been Principal Clarinetist with the Royal College of Music First Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony (Massachusetts), Symphony New Brunswick, and the PEI Symphony, and Eb Clarinet with the U.S. Air Force Band, appearing as concerto soloist with all of these orchestras. He has conducted ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Auditorio Paganini in Parma, Italy, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China, and in numerous venues in North America. He a former conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and the Prince Edward Island Symphony. Mr. Mark was for many years professor of clarinet and saxophone, and conductor of the Symphonic Band at Mount Allison University. He is an active teacher, adjudicator and clinician.

Heather Estelle Meyers


Contralto Heather Meyers has performed leading roles on the great stages of La Scala in Milan, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York. Internationally, she has performed with distinguished conductors Seiji Ozawa, Raymond Leppard and Sir Andrew Davis, as well as renowned artists Mirella Freni, and Placido Domingo. Ms. Meyers has taught at the Franz Schubert-Instutut in Austria, the Mount Royal Conservatory, and given lectures and masterclasses internationally. Heather Meyers is a recognized vocal authority on German lied, lyric diction / poetry, bel canto technique and opera. She is also the director of the Vocal Arts Institute of Alberta.

Leslie Newman


Flutist Leslie Newman’s performances have been broadcast by radio and television stations in Europe and North America. The critics warmly welcomed her debut CD, Beyond the Iron Curtain, released by CALA/United, and her second, Opera Fantaisie. Solo recitals have taken her from the world-famous London Wigmore Hall to Taipei’s National Concert Hall in Taiwan, the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia and the Washington D.C.’s Phillips Collection. As a chamber musician, she has performed at festivals across Canada and in the U.S., Europe, China and Taiwan. Orchestral highlights include tours through Japan, the U.S., Argentina and Brazil with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. Leslie holds the position of principal flute with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Hamilton’s Mohawk College.

Rennie Regehr


Rennie Regehr began his professional career with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and quickly established himself as one of Canada’s leading violists. His career has taken him throughout Canada and abroad as orchestral musician, soloist, conductor and chamber musician. In 1992, Mr. Regehr became the Director of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, where he developed an internationally renowned orchestral program, training many of Canada’s finest professional musicians and solo artists. In 2006, he joined the University of Ottawa as viola professor and Director of chamber music. Mr. Regehr has trained some of Canadian’s outstanding violists who have gone on to study in major international graduate programs and win positions in many North American orchestras. Masterclasses have included the Domaine Forget, the Shanghai Conservatory, and the Central Conservatory in Beijing. He has adjudicated festivals across Canada, in Hong Kong as well as for the CMC. In 2012, he received the Canadian Viola Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nora Beth Shulman


Regarded as one of the pre-eminent flutists of her generation, Nora Shulman first joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1974 and was appointed Principal Flute in 1986. She was the longest serving Principal Flutist in the history of the TSO at the time of her retirement in 2017. During her tenure with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, she garnered critical praise for her beautiful sound, technical mastery, and compelling lyricism. Ms. Shulman has frequently been a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has been featured on major Canadian tours. She has also appeared as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and the Denver Symphony. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. In 2017, she was appointed to the Faculty of the Glenn Gould Professional School and has taught the Orford Music Academy.

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 the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record and for the Canada Council for the Arts.

Monica Whicher


Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. She has performed with orchestras, opera companies and at chamber festivals across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia with famous conductors. Ms. Whicher was nominated for a Juno Award for Singing Somers Theatre and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Critically acclaimed for her portrayals of Mérope in Lully’s Persée and Telaïre in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, she is also featured on the Juno-Award winning CDs Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, Beethoven Lives Upstairs and Daydreams and Lullabies. A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Ms. Whicher studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Britten-Pears School of Music, and the Steans Institute, and was a recipient of the George-London Award, Sullivan Foundation Grants. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied with renowned Canadian soprano, Lois Marshall. Monica Whicher is a Lecturer in Voice at the University of Toronto and at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.