2015 Artists

 

The Canadian Guitar Quartet

Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. Performances with orchestras all over Canada and three critically acclaimed recordings are also part of the quartet impressive resumé.

 

The quartet has been broadcast on both CBC and Radio-Canada, has had a special performance feature on Bravo! Television, was featured in the webcast at Chicago’s Northwestern University, on CBC’s overseas networks, and in various international magazines. The CGQ’s first concert at the 92nd Street Y in New York, part of the Art of the Guitar series, was extremely well received. Don Witter Jr., of the New York Classical Guitar Society, wrote: “The Canadian Guitar Quartet made one of the greatest New York City Debuts of any artistic ensemble in decades … STUNNING !!!”.

 

Concerts in some of Canada’s most prestigious concert halls, such as the Winspear Center, the Palais Montcalm, the Glenn Gould Studio, and National Gallery of Canada, as well as their performances in seminal events such as the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual convention, Yale’s Guitar Extravaganza, the Norfolk and Ottawa chamber music festivals, have allowed the Canadian Guitar Quartet to develop an international reputation. The mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an unforgettable experience.

 

 

ESPRIT Chamber Choir

Founded in 2010, ESPRIT is an SATB ensemble under the dynamic and enterprising direction of Mervin William Fick.  Through his diligent guidance, the group has impressed its audiences with the depth and range of its interpretive skills in performance of a capella early music repertoire.

 

ESPRIT is pleased to announce that it was awarded a first prize at the Peel Music Festival in April 2012.  ESPRIT is also the proud recipient of the Hon. Barbara A. Hagerman Award for first place at the 2012 Ontario Provincial Music Festival and was awarded second place in the Barbara Hagerman Class at the 2012 National Music Festival. 

As part of its mission the chorus seeks out performances in historical venues; in the summer of 2011, ESPRIT toured Montréal, Québec, performing at St-Joseph Oratory, Notre-Dame Basilica, Christ Church Cathedral and Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral.  In the summer of 2012, ESPRIT performed as the resident chorus at the 'Festival de la Nouvelle-France' in Québec City, August 2-5, and delighted its audiences with early sacred music and French Renaissance Chansons. 

 

As well, our mission is to perform in other types of venues that are often overlooked by the performing arts community, such as retirement homes, homeless shelters and rehabilitation centres.

 

Mervin Fick is the Artistic Director for MCS Chorus, PCS Singers, Toronto Beach Chorale.

 

 

Mervin William Fick

“I believe the choral experience to be one of the most intensely exciting of all musical experiences for singers and audiences alike. Its benefits reach far beyond the concert hall to touch the daily lives of all those involved – the true music experience is a shared one.” -- Mervin Fick

 

A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Mervin William Fick brings to his role as Artistic Director of the Esprit Chamber Choir more than 30 years of creative leadership as a choir director, organist, voice teacher, professional tenor and adjudicator.

 

In addition Mervin programs and conducts a concert season with the Mississauga Choral Society, as well as with the Peel Choral Society of Brampton and the Toronto Beach Chorale. He has led two choir tours in Europe successfully showcasing Canadian choral repertoire in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

 

One of the greatest gifts that Mervin brings to singers under his direction, is the ability to inspire truly joyful singing. Recently, Mervin appeared on an episode of Vision TV’s God’s Greatest Hits, discussing the cultural impact of Handel’s Messiah, the passion it ignites in singers and the authenticity this brings to a performance.

 

Mervin also enjoys the challenge of conducting new and innovative choral commissions; in 2009 he conducted the Mississauga Choral Society in the world premiere of jazz musician David Mott’s Creation-A Jazz Oratorio at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre which was recorded live by CBC Radio 2

With the creation of the Esprit Chamber Choir, Mervin brings to fruition his passion for early and baroque music repertoire, and he continues to share his passion for great classical choral music and his commitment to sharing the wonderful gift of music.

 

 

Skye MacDiarmid

Skye MacDiarmid is an actress, singer, writer, teacher and mother. She has been teaching voice for over 20 years, specializing in healing and restoration. Skye recently was seen at The Avalon Studio Theatre in Ottawa, performing in Ottawa's first Confidential Musical Cabaret. Her recent acting credits include Diana in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal, with Indie Women Productions, which raised $15,000 for the Royal Ottawa Hospital. She was also seen as Cinderella in Into The Woods, Orpheus Musical Theatre and Mrs.Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus Musical Theatre. She was musical director for Goodbye Picadilly, OLT, The Last Five Years, Indie Women Productions and Children's Letter's to God, 9th Hour Theatre Company. Skye has also performed with Capital City Opera, The Goulbourn Male Chorus and Canterbury Trebles.

 

 

Louis Schryer

Louis, born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, now a resident of Chapeau, Quebec, has been playing the fiddle since the age of eight. Being from a musically inclined family, he received his training in both classical and traditional music. He has performed and competed in numerous competitions for the past eighteen years. Since music has always been of interest to him, Louis decided to pursue a musical career. He attained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Ottawa in April 1994.

 

Throughout his musical career, Louis has been the recipient of many awards and titles. He is recognized as an eight-time Canadian Fiddle Champion, which is held in Shelburne, Ontario, and broadcasted live, on CBC Radio across Canada. Louis was proclaimed the youngest fiddler to ever win the Canadian Fiddle Championship at the age of eighteen.

 

He is also the four-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, the only to have won the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship for four years. Each year, five of the best old time fiddlers from each of the ten Provinces and two Territories are chosen, by invitation, to compete in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship held in Nepean, Ontario.

 

In 1999 Louis also won the famous, and one of North America's largest, Pembroke Competition for the third consecutive year. He is the second person to accomplish this feat in the last 30 years.

 

His musical talent has enabled him to participate as a special guest on various television programs and interviews, such as; The Tommy Hunter Show, Midday (CBC-TV), Global News at Noon, Regional Contact (CJOH-TV, Ottawa), Eye on Ottawa (CJOH-TV), a documentary for Adrian Clarkson Show (CBC-TV), Public Television (PBS), Midday News (CJOHTV) and the Heart Institute Telethon (CBC-TV), just to mention a few. He has also been interviewed by CBC-Radio and by various newspapers across Ontario.

 

He recorded his first album with his two brothers at the age of fourteen and a second recording, also with his brothers. Triple Fiddle, the title of this recording, was produced by Louis. He has currently released his first solo CD.

To enhance and diversify his musical talent, Louis has played and performed with various artists that are well recognized. Having an interest in studio recording, he has had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in studio sessions with several artists. His versatility in music enables him to record in various musical styles.

 

Music is Louis' life. He enjoys performing for an audience and doing studio musician work. He would like the opportunity to learn more and to improve his capabilities to endless limits. The energy, enthusiasm, and quality of his music makes it a pleasure to both see and hear.

 

 

Phillip Holmes

Phillip Holmes, bass-baritone, lives in Norway Bay, Quebec, and has studied voice, piano and organ extensively.  He has performed nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards and scholarships. 

 

In 2006 Phillip Holmes completed a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance, at the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Lawrence Ewashko.  Previously he studied voice with Patricia Kern at the University of Toronto.  He has trained with Mervin Fick, (Toronto), María Guinand, (Germany) and bass-baritone Daniel Lichti, (Kitchener-Waterloo). 

 

Mr. Holmes has sung with the Ottawa Choral Society, the Cantata Singers, CAMAC, the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, The Valley Festival, Seventeen Voyces and Toronto’s MacMillan Singers.  He has performed as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and St John Passion, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Rutter’s Mass for the Children, Vaughn William’s Five Mystical Songs and Peter Cornelius’ Weihnachtslieder

 

Mr. Holmes premiered the role of the Robber Father in Bruce Nichol’s opera, A Christmas Rose, and the lead role of Colonel John By in Timothy and Laura Piper’s musical, Bye Bye Bytown.  He appeared as Alidoro in Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Cinderella and as Paris in their production of Romeo and Juliet.

 

In 2006 Phillip Holmes was a finalist in the Bravo television series Bathroom Divas which won a Gemini Award. 
From 2001-2007, Mr. Holmes performed with the Bachakademie Festival Chor & Orchester directed by Helmuth Rilling for the Europäishes Musikfest, Stuttgart, Germany.  Performances included Verdi’s Requiem and Messa per Rossini, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Fidelio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s War Requiem.  

Mr. Holmes teaches Theatre Arts at Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau, Quebec, where he has directed the musicals, Grease, Annie, Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatRENT,- (2013, Cappies Award for Best Musical), Legally Blonde, and most recently, Grease.  He continues to perform, and teaches voice and piano privately.  In 2012 Phillip Holmes founded, and became General Director of Under the Pines, a classical music festival, which takes place in Bristol, Quebec.

 

 

Matthew Larkin

One of Canada's leading liturgical musicians, Matthew Larkin has served as Director of Music at Ottawa's Christ Church Cathedral since 2003. Well known internationally as a recitalist, accompanist, choral conductor, and composer, he has been much engaged in the national capital music scene for the past twenty years. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Matthew has recorded extensively with some of Canada's finest artists and concert choirs, and has appeared as soloist with several of Canada's orchestras. The Ottawa Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys has toured extensively under his direction, singing to acclaim in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

 

 

Marya Woyiwada

Marya Woyiwada, soprano, received her Bachelor of Music, majoring in Vocal Performance, from the University of Ottawa in 2006, studying with Ingemar Korjus. During her time there, Marya starred in a number of operas. Since then she has performed with Opera Lyra Ottawa, with the Savoy Society, and in several collaborations with Jean Desmarais. Her operatic roles have included Zerlina and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La Bohème), Countess and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Phyllis (Iolanthe). More recently, Marya has earned her Bachelor of Education, and is teaching with the Public School Board in Ottawa.

 

 

Shaun Toohey

 

Shaun is an actor, director, choreographer and teacher working in the Ottawa area for the past 15 years .  Musical theatre is his first love and some of his past credits include: “Breaking The Code”  (Alan Turing) “The Lights of Shangri-la (Crocket), Spamalot (Sir Robin), Noises Off (Gary), The Producers, (Max, CCC best actor) Into The Woods (The Baker) , The Full Monty (Dave) and “Singin’ In The Rain” (Cosmo).  Shaun was a founding member of Zuchinni Grotto, one of Ottawa’s premier musical theatre companies and stared in both productions of “I Love You Your Perfect Now Change” at the NAC as well as touring the show in Quebec.  He also wrote, directed and performed in the “Center Stage” Cabaret series also at the NAC.   As a director he has helmed productions of: Nunsense, Grease, Footloose, Sweat Charity and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (CCC best production) and looks forward to directing the Ottawa premier of “Naked Boys Singing” for Tototoo theatre at the new Ottawa performance venue “Live on Elgin”.   Shaun teaches for the Catholic Education foundation, the Western Quebec School Board, runs a number of successful Music theatre summer programs and teaches both an adult and children’s musical theatre class for The Acting Company at the Avalon Studio.  

 

 

Denis Lawlor

Proudly hailing from St. John’s Newfoundland, Baritone Denis Lawlor has performed extensively in both opera and concert in Canada and abroad.

 

A passionate advocate of Art Song, Denis has performed many of the great song-cycles including Die Schone Mullerin, Winterrise (Schubert), Les Histoires Naturelles (Ravel), and most recently Dichterliebe (Schumann) at the National Arts Centre with pianist Jean Desmarais.

 

A former member of Opera Lyra’s young artist program Denis has performed numerous roles including Papageno (Die Zauberflote), Figaro/Il Conte (Le Nozze), Guglielmo/Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Don Giovanni, and most recently Ben (The Telephone) in Ottawa’s Music and Beyond festival.

 

Denis has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and has given recitals in Berlin, Germany, Vermont (In memorial for Gerard Souzay), as well as across Canada. Recent appearances include Faure’s Requiem, Cosi fan tutte, Bach Kanata 140, and a recital of Debussy melodies. A graduate of Ottawa University, Denis studied with bass-baritone Ingemar Korjus as well as extensive coaching with pianist Dalton Baldwin. Denis is the extremely proud father of a five year old boy, Emmanuel.

 

 

Kodi Cannon

 

Baritenor, Kodi Cannon is a Suma Cum Laude graduate of the University of Ottawa with a specialization in Theatre.   During his studies he learned movement from Daniel Mroz, Acting from Andy Massingham and Kristina Watt and Directing from Kevin Orr and Peter Froehlich. He studied classical and musical theatre voice with Yoriko Tanno Kimmons and Jose Hernandez. In his time there he had an opera written for him entitled The Park and was the first two-time recipient of the Peter Evans Memorial Award.  No stranger to music festivals, Kodi has been awarded several trophies and scholarships for NATS and Kiwanis music competitions and is a provincial champion in musical theatre.  Kodi has taken singing master classes with Pops conductor Jack Everly and Broadway performers Jayne Smiley and Gregory Cross.

 

Proud to call Ottawa his home, Kodi has performed professionally around town with Eddie May Murder Mysteries, Zucchini Grotto and the Gladstone Theatre Company. He is currently rehearsing for Avenue Q being presented by Toto Too Theatre.   Kodi is a frequent member of Ottawa’s longest running musical theatre company, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society.  Favourite roles include “Leo” in The Producers, “Robert” in The Drowsy Chaperoneand “Enoch Snow” in Carousel.   Kodi received a special jury’s award from the Capital Critics for his work in The Producers.  Other favourite roles include: “Tony” – West Side Story, “Bobby” – Urinetown, “Harold Hill” – The Music Man, “Max” – The Andrews Brothers,  “Dalton” – Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and “Dance Ensemble” - Spamalot.  Kodi thanks his wife, Ashley, for all of her support and encouragement.

 

 

Parvaneh Eshghi

A highly acclaimed and sought-after pianist, Parvaneh Eshghi has been hailed by critics as a pianist who is "sensitive" with "an unusual degree of fluidity in her phrasing" (Ottawa Citizen), a "sense of pulse and rhythm (which) are strong throughout" and "whose understanding of the requirements of varied repertoire contribute significantly to the listener’s pleasure" (Wolfgang's Tonic).

 

Parv has studied with illustrious Canadian pianists Jean-Paul Sevilla, Andrew Tunis, Louis-Philippe Pelletier and Richard Raymond.  She has been heard multiple times on CBC Ottawa and has recorded for Radio-Canada's Jeunes Artistes program.  She has performed memorable recitals as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the city, including a recent collaboration for the Mackay United Church concert series, entitled "From Paris to Vienna," with National Art Centre Orchestra's extraordinary violinist and violist, David Thies-Thompson.

 

Parv has been invited to play for Carmen on Tap, an exciting modern rendition of the opera Carmen, directed by Brent Krysa, starring Julie Nesrallah, Maghan McPhee, Richard Troxell and Benjamin Covey.  She has also recorded a CD of Irish, English and Scottish folk songs by distinguished composers such as Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter, with soprano Tracy Whalen.  Parv has recently recorded, with the wonderfully talented and acclaimed soprano Maghan McPhee, a debut CD called Portrait, which has received rave reviews.  The CD is comprised of stunning art songs by Massenet, Mozart, Schubert, Ravel and Menotti, which require equal collaboration and contribution from both artists.

 

Parv passionately believes in the sanctity of the concert experience, where performer and audience come together to create a transformative experience, one that furthers emotional profundity and uniquely enriches both the audience and artist.  As a multi-faceted artist who is also a conductor, vocal/ensemble coach and teacher, Parv performs a broad range of styles, strives to learn music from all eras, as well as interpret diverse works with exceptional conviction. 

 

 

Jennifer Cecil

Jennifer is a professional actor, singer, and a recent transplant to Ottawa from Chicago, Illinois. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Michigan State University and has been fortunate enough to work with several American Midwest-renowned professional companies, including the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. Some of her favorite acting credits include Pygmalion (Eliza Doolittle), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Tillie). Most recently, Jennifer was seen performing in the Confidential Musical Theatre Project’s Confidential Cabaret at the Avalon Studio in Ottawa. In addition to performing, she also teaches several children’s drama courses with The Ottawa Children’s Theatre and The Acting Company in the Glebe. Above all, Jennifer is passionate about using theatre to inspire confidence and creativity in the next generation.

 

 

Kraig-Paul Proulx

A Graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College, KP has had the pleasure of working professionally with Theatre Aquarius, The Drayton Festival, Stage West & The Charlottetown Festival. For the past 12 years KP has had the honor of working on and off stage with SUZART Productions, most recently as Zaza/ Albin in "La Cage Aux Folles". By day KP is the Weddings & Special Events Manager for The Centurion Conference & Event Center (KP Wedding Guy with The Bow Tie). Much love to all involved and to his AMAZING and supportive Families! 

 

 

 

 

 

Erinne-Colleen Laurin

Soprano Erinne-Colleen Laurin is currently completing her Master’s Degree at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and holds a Bachelor of Music Honors degree in vocal performance from Carleton University. In 2011, she was selected to perform at the Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial Competition, where she placed first, leading to her competing at the 2011 National Music Festival. She has been a finalist in the Brian Law Opera Competition in both 2011 and 2013. Erinne-Colleen has appeared as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Divertimento Orchestra under the baton of Gordon Slater, the Sacra Musica Orchestra with conductor Uwe Lieflander and with CAMMAC under the baton of Louis Lavigueur. She has performed the role of Romilda in Handel’s Serse, the title role in Handel’s Alcina and Lully's Armide with baroque orchestra. In 2013, she performed the role Madame Herz from Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor in Salzburg, Austria. In 2014, Erinne-Colleen had the honor of singing in the National Arts Center Summer Music Institute Master Class led by Benita Valente and was thrilled to be chosen to perform with the National Arts Center Orchestra singing the National Anthem at the Governor General Performing Arts Awards Gala under the baton of Stéphane Laforest. This May, she was fortunate enough to be chosen to sing in a masterclass at Bourgie Hall for legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne that led to her joining her studio part-time in New York this fall.

 

 

Isabelle Lacroix

Soprano Isabelle Lacroix completed her graduate studies in voice performance at the University of Ottawa. She has performed the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the University of Ottawa’s Opera Workshop. She was a member of Opera Lyra’s Young Artist Program with whom she performed the roles of Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, the title role in Rossini’sCinderella, and the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute. She also performed the role of Annina in La Traviata, Ines in Il Trovatoreand Frasquita in Carmen with Opera Lyra Ottawa. She has performed various works as a soloist including Handel's Messiah, in collaboration with CAMMAC, Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor, under the direction of David Currie, and many other works including Mendelssohn’sLobgesang, Bach’s Cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria.  Ms Lacroix has also performed in several recitals, among which figures the Festival d’automne d’orgue et de couleurs in Montreal, Les Concerts Ponticello, the Festival Pontiac Enchanté , the Southminster Concerts Series, the Cleary Chamber Music Series, and the Under the Pines Music Festival. Recent engagements include the role of Annina in Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of La Traviata in concert, solo performances in the Southminster Noon-time Concert Series and Brahms’ Requiem at Rideau Park United Church. Upcoming performances include the role of Electra in Mozart’s Idomeneo in July, as well as Bach and Handel arias performed in recital at All Saint’s Anglican Church in Ottawa on May 31st, and also in Kingston at Queen’s University in the fall.

 

 

Frédéric Lacroix

Frédéric Lacroix has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist, having performed with many of Canada’s most important musicians. He has made regular radio appearances on the Canadian CBC and SRC or the American NPR. Following the University of Ottawa’s purchase of a fortepiano in 1997, Frédéric has devoted part of his time to the study and performance of music on period keyboard instruments, for which he was recognized as the Westfield Center Performing Scholar for the 2008-09. He has recently performed Mozart piano concertos on the fortepiano with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.

 

Intrigued by the seemingly infinite diversity of new music, Frédéric has enjoyed collaborating with composers and performers in the premiere of a number of Canadian and American works. Frédéric is also active as a composer, having composed for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Society of American Music, the Canadian University Music Society, the Choeur Classique de l’Outaouais and other noted Canadian musicians. His song cycle, Nova Scotia Tartan (2004), is featured on Hail, a disc dedicated to Canadian Art Song.

 

Much in demand as collaborative artist, teacher, adjudicator and composer, he currently teaches at the University of Ottawa. He holds degrees from the University of Montreal, the University of Ottawa, and Cornell University, where he recently completed his Doctorate degree in keyboard performance practice with Malcolm Bilson. His other teachers include Marc Durand, Cynthia Floyd, Andrew Tunis, Jean-Paul Sévilla and Monique Collet-Samyn.

 

 

Gary Dahl

The formation of a singing instrument is the work of a lifetime. Gary Dahl's vocal journey begins in Yarrow, B.C: family singing, church and school choirs. Solo parts in the high school choir fan a germinating passion and a searching for more.  University of Winnipeg:  B.A, English literature and first formal vocal lessons.  1978-1984, member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir; lieder recitals, chamber music, and contemporary opera.  Major event: the beginning of intensive study with maestro Luigi Wood. For every singer the discovery of the teacher that will significantly shape their voice is a critical moment. 1984-1986, Banff centre for the Arts and  language study in Italy; six month contract with Florence Opera Chorus. 1986-1990, member of Vancouver Opera School touring program.  1981-1995, working on that amazing phenomenon, The Phantom of the Opera, touring Canada and many distant lands.  1995 - present, Chelsea, Quebec, observing the Gatineau River, dreaming of ways to present Schubert  recitals, and member of the acclaimed Choir of Men and Boys, Christ Church, Ottawa, with whom he most recently sang the Christus in Bach's St. John Passion. A frequent soloist in oratorio with the choirs of Ottawa and the region, he is also a respected voice teacher and vocal clinician. It is a delight to be a part of this year’s enchanting concerts Under the Pines.

 

 

Celtic North

Celtic North plays traditional Irish, Scottish, Breton, Welsh, French, Old-Time, Country, Latin American, European Music. They reside in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, and specialize in private house parties.

 

Celtic North features Marie Déziel on fiddle, accordion, and vocals, Lois Siegel on fiddle, spoons, bodhran (Irish Drum), dancing marionettes (gigueur), ugly stick, and washboard, and Dan Perkins on guitar, bodhran, bouzouki, and vocals.

 

Marie Déziel comes from a musical family. She grew up listening to Shostakovich and Mozart while playing with her Lego. By age 10 she could play the piano by ear and had received her first accordion. She now plays the violin, the viola, accordion and the piano with several groups. Her passion for musical instruments recently led her to take up the study of the hurdy gurdy, which is used in the folk tradition of France and also in medieval and renaissance music. Marie Déziel is a Spanish, French and music CEGEP (College) teacher. She also plays the violin and the viola with Parkdale and Kanata Symphony Orchestras in Ottawa.

 

Lois Siegel is a filmmaker and photographer who recently started haunting the music scene in Ottawa. When she isn't playing the fiddle, she teaches Video Production at the University of Ottawa. Her documentary films cover a range of subjects: "Baseball Girls" (women who play softball and baseball), "Lip Gloss" (female impersonators), "Strangers in Town" (albinos), and "Stunt People" (The Fournier Family performing stunts for films). She's also a freelance photographer for "The Ottawa Citizen" and "Capital Style Magazine".

 

Dan Perkins recently retired as an engineer and project manager who worked mainly in the fields
of satellite communications and air traffic control.  His "day job" has now become music, cycling, and tree farming (where he is often noted to be out standing in his field). His musical interests are varied. Over the years he has contributed voice, guitar and percussion to many groups, including choirs, as well as folk, country, and Celtic ensembles.  Dan loves Irish ballads and pub songs and enjoys the energy and subtlety of the varied rhythms found in traditional Irish and Scottish music.

 

 

Nick Rodgerson

Nick Rodgerson is a freelance accompanist, working with a number of vocal studios, choirs, and instrumentalists. Nick also enjoys orchestral piano and his performances include Holst's Planets, Shostakovich 1st and 5th symphonies as well as a performance of Bartok's Violin Concerto No.2 in April 2014 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He holds a Master's degree in piano performance from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, graduating with its 2005 University Medal in music. A recent highlight was a set of three performances of Bach's D minor keyboard concerto with the Strings of St John's in June 2013