St. Mary's Anglican Church, Crousetown

presents

 

SUMMER 2008

Baroque Concert Series

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Concert I

Saturday, July 5 – 7pm

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Concert II

Saturday, August 2 – 7pm

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Free Will Offering

Reception following concerts

at the

Petite Riviere Winery

 

wheelchair accessible

 

 

 

 

Baroque Concert I

July 5, 2008 (for pictures click here)

Marvin Mills – Organ

Heather Brill – Organ

Rachael Grantham - Viola

Kate Glen - Flute

Oriana Singers

Trio 1795 (Megan Boyko, Peter Dunn, Brian Start)

                                                                   

                                                                     

Baroque Concert II

August 2, 2008 (for pictures click here)

 

Megan Boyko - Cello

Peter Dunn - Violin

Bruce Fifer – Bass-Baritone

Phyllis Knox – Soprano

Brian Start - Organ

 

 

 

THE MUSICIANS:

Megan Boyko, cellist:

Megan studied music and history at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, ON. For the duration of Megan’s studies in performance she was a student of Paul Pulford, formerly of the Penderecki String Quartet. While at university Megan was a member of the WLU Symphony Orchestra, the WLU Baroque ensemble and numerous chamber ensembles. Megan participated in The Vancouver Early Music Festival at the University of BC where she studied baroque cello and cello continuo under Viola de Hoog ('cello) and Jacques Ogg (harpsichord). Megan is drawn greatly to the music of the Baroque period but is also actively involved in the New Music community often premiering new works for various different ensembles by student composers. Megan and her husband Jacob now live in Boutilier’s Point, NS with their young daughter and many animals. Megan is proud to be a member of the Bluenose Quartet and works as a freelance cellist and as a faculty member of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

 

 

Heather Brill, Organ

Heather Brill grew up in Southern Ontario where she attended Wilfrid Laurier University. She studied organ with Jan Overduin, and graduated in 1994 from the Bachelor of Church Music program.

Ms. Brill has since served in several churches in Ontario and Nova Scotia, and is presently Music Director at Central United Church in Lunenburg.  She has a busy private music studio, and is a well known vocal and choral accompanist on the South Shore.

 

 

 

Peter Dunn, Violin

Peter Dunn graduated in Violin Performance in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1983.  From the beginning, his objective has been to teach violin for a living and to play violin for pleasure.    He has been teaching violin for 24 years.  In the early years he travelled an average of  5 towns a week, playing and teaching, and estimates he went the equivalent of 6 and 1/2 times around the world!  Happily, he now teaches from his studio next to his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  You can visit his website - Violin Works Music - at www.violinworks.net  

 

 

Bruce Fifer, Bass-Baritone

 

Bruce Fifer has sung with many leading orchestras and vocal ensembles in the USA and has performed as a soloist under some of the world’s most esteemed conductors (Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Mariner, Michael Tilson Thomas and Robert Shaw).  Mr. Fifer has done extensive opera work, with over 40 opera roles in his  repertoire.  He can be heard in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mulan.  He is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Singers and Chorus  America.  For 22 years, Mr. Fifer worked in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Currently, he is Head of the Arts Department and Choral Director at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.

 

Kate Glen, Flute

 

Kate Glen is a Grade 11 student at Lunenburg High School.  She began her flute studies six years ago, playing flute in her high school band.  Kate has studied with Angela Lake and Sandra Britten.  She has attended summer camps at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and The Boxwood School of the Wooden Flute. Kate has been a participant in the Lunenburg and District Music Festival for several years.  This year she represented the instrumentalists of this festival at the Provincial level. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Phyllis Knox, Soprano

 

Phyllis Knox has sung oratorio and recital repertoire across Canada. Ms. Knox is a favourite of the 'Summer Festival' circuit including performances at the Stratford Summer Festival and the International Baroque Festival in Lameque, N.B..   She has performed in Grand Manan with Duo New Brunswick for the New Brunswick Summer Festival.  Opera Nova Scotia featured Ms. Knox in a cameo version of Mozart’s great Countess Donna Almaviva, and she has sung with The Sopranos Vocal Ensemble Concerts in Rothesay, N.B. Recently she sang with Trio 1795 at St. George’s Round Church in Halifax.   Ms. Knox studied primarily with Carol Lynn Reifel of Queen’s University and Hugette Tourangeau in Montreal. Ms. Knox teaches from her studio in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

 

 

Marvin Mills, Organ

Marvin Mills, organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland, is also music director of the National Spiritual Ensemble.    Active with the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists since 1984. He has also participated in the Guild’s Pipe Organ Encounters for Youth and Adults.  As clinician, he has given workshops for the Unitarian Universalists Musician’s Network, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, Association of Disciples Musicians and for the American Guild of Organists, and the Smithsonian Institute. He has performed throughout the United States in such places as The Academy of Music, Philadelphia; The Kennedy Center; Wolf Trap; as well as historic churches in Krakow, Poland. Concerto appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Johns Hopkins Symphony, the Peabody Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Active as a vocal coach and accompanist, he can be heard on the recording Angels Watching Over Me with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. 

 

Oriana Singers

 

Oriana Singers are well known in Halifax and are regular performers at the Baroque Concerts.

 

 

Brian Start, Fortepiano and Organ

Born in Japan to Anglican medical missionaries, he began piano studies there and later in Brantford, Ontario.  He studied organ with Douglas Bodle in Toronto.  Brian has held several church music positions in Kingston, Ont. and in Truro and Halifax, NS.  He is on the Board of the Nova Scotia Early Music Society.  His interests are now focused on the harpsichord and fortepiano as well as on the construction and repair of instruments.  For a number of years he has acted as a music producer for CBC Radio.