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MBTS July 2014 Artists
All programming subject to change
All concerts in the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries
2014 Company Performing artists:

The Australian Guitar Duo (Canberra)
Müge Büyükçelen, violin  (Victoria)
Aaron Schwebel, violin (Toronto / Montreal)
Sheila Jaffé, violin (Montreal)
Keith Hamm, viola (Toronto)
Steven Dann, viola (Toronto)
Marc Labranche, cello (Montreal)
Arnold Choi, cello (Calgary) 
Marc Ryser, piano and chamber music artistic advisor (Boston)
Bryn Badel, posthorn,  (rowboat, fanfares)   (Victoria)
John Stetch, jazz piano (New York)
Laura Karney, oboe (Barcelona)
Krista Martynes, clarient (Boston)
David Cooper, French horn (Dallas)
Nicholas Jacques, percussion (Vancouver)
Timothy Van Cleave, percussion (Vancouver)
Nan Hughes, soprano (Banff)
Mike Allen - saxophones (Vancouver)
Julian MacDonough ( Bellingham)
Michael Glynn (Seattle)

2014 Fellowship Artists

Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin (Montreal)
Cordelia Paw, violin (Calgary)
Julie Hereish, cello (Montreal)

2014 Performing Artists:


The Australian Guitar Duo, Guitars

The Australian Guitar Duo is becoming recognised as one of the most dynamic and exciting guitar ensembles. The duo has performed throughout the world, including at the New York Guitar Duo Festival in New York City, Project Cancion Española in Spain, Festival de Musique Classique in France, Meadowlark Music Festival in Nebraska, and numerous major cities throughout their native Australia.

Performing a mixture of contemporary Australian compositions and standard works from the guitar duo repertoire, The Australian Guitar Duo consists of Rupert Boyd and Jacob Cordover, respected soloists in their own right. They met and formed as a duo in the year 2000 while undertaking studies at the Australian National University School of Music, where they studied with renowned Australian guitarist Timothy Kain.

The Australian Guitar Duo has been broadcast on radio stations throughout Australia and the United States and was a prize winner of the chamber music division of the Australian Guitar Competition.

Mr. Boyd and Mr. Cordover both play hand-made Australian guitars, and in March 2012 are undertaking a national tour of Australia to release their debut CD Songs from the Forest.


Müge Büyükçelen, violin

Müge Büyükçelen was born in 1975 in Istanbul, Turkey, where she began playing music at the age of nine. She studied at the Istanbul State Conservatory, where her natural talent was quickly recaognized and she was awarded the "Best Young Musician" Award. She studied privately with Nicolai Chumacenko, Sandra Goldberg, Ayla Erduran, and Burkhard Godhoff.

Müge holds a Masters degree in music performance from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and an Associate Teaching Diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She has taught and performed at the Toulouse National Conservatory  and is a former member of both the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra. She has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Violin Competition of the Turkish Cultural Ministry and first prize for the Best Interpreter of Turkish Composers. Over the past several years she has traveled to Stanford University on scholarship to study string quartet repertoire with the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Ms. Büyükçelen has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, performing in France, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, North America, Costa Rica, Oman and Bahrain. In 2006 Müge was a featured soloist with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Martin Fischer-Dieskau, where she performed the Barber concerto for violin. In 2007 she completed concert tours in Turkey with the Emily Carr String Quartet and in eastern Canada and the United States with the Aventa Ensemble. She is currently a violin instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and a member of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Aventa Ensemble, the Goolden Trio, and the Galiano Ensemble.


Aaron Schwebel - violin

Beginning his musical studies at the age of four in Toronto, playing violin and singing, Canadian violinist Aaron Schwebel is committed to building a varied musical life with a particular interest in community engagement. Aaron currently lives in Toronto, having been recently named Assistant Principal Second Violin with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. This season, Aaron has been invited to perform as guest concertmaster with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra London, as well as guest Associate Concertmaster with the Canadian Opera Company. In the past, he has worked as an extra with the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, and he continues to work regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.Aaron did his studies at McGill University's Schulich School of Music and Indiana University. Teachers include Jonathan Crow, Yaela Hertz, Mauricio Fuks, and Andre Roy. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron became the fourth winner of the Schulich School of Music's Golden Violin Award. During his studies at McGill, Aaron co-founded Chamber Music Without Borders (co-director 2008-2010), a student-run outreach initiative that presents concerts, workshops, and other musical events in the Montreal community. Founded in 2008, CMWB presents over 40 free concerts per year in the Montreal area and- still under the directorship of McGill students- continues to function as a self-sustainable volunteer organization. Aaron has been a member of the Roddick String Quartet, representing Canada at the 2009 London International String Quartet Competition, as well as the Kuttner Quartet, the student string quartet in residence at Indiana University. He has taken part in the Domaine Forget's chamber music session, the Britten Pears Program, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Music By The Sea in Bamfield, British Columbia, and the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival. He was recently featured on CBC Radio 2 'In Concert' as a 2014 Next! Artist. He is thrilled to be back this summer at MBTS!



Sheila Jaffé - violin

Sheila Jaffé was born into a musical family in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in south Florida, where she was initiated to the violin at the age of six by her grandmother, a music teacher from northern Quebec. Four years later she began taking lessons from Sergiu Schwartz, then violin professor at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton. During that time she was concertmaster of the Florida Youth Orchestra and participated in chamber music, voice and piano courses at Harid Conservatory's preparatory school. At thirteen, she left home to return to Quebec and study with Catherine Dallaire at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, where she stayed for two years and began to participate in regional and national competitions in which she won many first prizes and scholarships.

After finishing high school in Montreal, she was accepted with scholarship into an accelerated program at the University of Montreal where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in 2010. During her degree she participated in numerous chamber music projects with students and professionals in and outside of the University and held the concertmaster position in the school's orchestra as well as working with many orchestras in and around Montreal, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

She also has performed and participated in many festivals including Domaine Forget in Quebec, Valhalla Summer Music in British Colombia, Toronto Summer Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, International Musicians Seminar  and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove in England and Aurora in Sweden. She has also performed concertos with a few  small orchestras in the Montreal area. She is now continuing her studies at the prestigious Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Germany.

Sheila plays on a Francesco Gobetti violin (1710-15) generously loaned to her by Canimex.


Keith Hamm - viola

A native of Rosebud, Alberta, violist, Keith
Hamm is rapidly gaining recognition as a
dynamic and exciting young presence in the
Canadian music scene. Keith has studied at
The Glenn Gould School of the Royal
Conservatory of Music with Steven Dann
and with Nicholas Pulos at The Mount Royal
Conservatory and upon completion of his
studies, Keith was named Principal Violist of
The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.


Steven Dann - viola

Steven Dann's career has covered a wealth of violistic possibilities. As principal viola of some of the world's leading orchestras, as a veteran of the string quartet and chamber music world, as soloist and recitalist and as a dedicated teacher, Mr. Dann has left all the doors open.

Mr. Dann was born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1953. His foremost teacher and mentor was the late Lorand Fenyves. Other influences include William Primrose, Robert Pikler and Bruno Giuranna and five summers spent studying the string quartet repertoire with Zoltan Szekely and members of the Hungarian String Quartet.

Upon graduation from university he was named Principal Viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, a position he has subsequently held with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Vancouver Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a guest principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and, in both performance and recordings, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Berglund and Pierre Boulez.

Steven Dann has collaborated as a soloist with such Maestri as Sir Andrew Davis, Rudolph Barshai, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir John Elliott Gardiner, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since 1990 Mr. Dann has been a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Washington D.C. and was a founding member of the Axelrod String Quartet.


Marc Labranche - cello

Montreal-born cellist Marc Labranch holds a bachelor's degree from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University (Schulich Scholarship, Valerie Wood Memorial Cello Award, Dean's Honour List) and a master's degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London UK (Leverhulme Trust Scholarship). Teachers include Guy Fouquet, David Hetherington, Elizabeth Dolin, John Kadz and Richard Lester.

Marc regularly performs at major venues in North America, Europe and Asia, with renowned artists and prestigious ensembles. Important collaborations include performances with James Boyd (London Haydn Quartet), David Alberman (principal second violin, London Symphony Orchestra; Arditti Quartet), Gabrielle Lester (Barbican Trio), Mark Fewer (SuperNova Quartet; Duke Trio), Ronald Birks (Chilingirian Quartet), Richard Lester (Florestan Trio; London Haydn Quartet), Anton Kuerti, Laura Samuel (Belcea Quartet; Nash Ensemble), Jonathan Crow (SuperNova Quartet; New Orford Quartet; Concertmaster, Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and Teng Li (Principal viola, Toronto Symphony Orchestra).

Marc is principal cellist of many ensembles in which he plays: The Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall Opera Orchestra, etc. He also received orchestral training with prestigious ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester (Germany).

Polyvalent musician, Marc likes to tackle other types of music, such as improvisation and pop music. He performs regularly with singers such as Ben Wilkins and Coeur de Pirate, who invited him to be part of her 2010 concert at the Francofolies de Montréal. He also regularly performs in less conventional venues, such as homeless mission houses, as well as pubs and bars, in an effort to bring classical music to a broader audience.


Arnold Choi, cello

Arnold Choi has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A prizewinner at Korea's Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Music Competition, Mr. Choi has also won First prize at the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, among others. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Choi received the grand prize at the International Stepping Stone competition in Quebec City, and in 2012, received second place at the Carlos Prieto International cello competition in Morelia, Mexico.

Mr. Choi has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras around the world including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, the Okanagan Symphony, Calgary Civic Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico. Since then, he has given recital tours throughout North America as a soloist and chamber musician.
As a former member of the Janaki String Trio, Choi received the Grand Prize at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2006.

Mr. Choi studied with John Kadz at the Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary for twelve years before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with Ronald Leonard in 2009. He also has his Masters of music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale school of Music studying with Aldo Parisot. Currently, Choi is pursuing his Doctorate of Music degree at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Colin Carr.



Marc Ryser - piano

Pianist Marc Ryser performs in North America and Europe.  Among the highlights of his solo career are the first performance in Bulgaria of Bela Bartók's 3rd Piano Concerto (with the Vratsa Philharmonic) and concert tours in Switzerland which have included recitals and concerto performances with the Sinfonietta de Lausanne.

Active as a chamber musician, he has performed with distinguished artists, including the cellists Paul Katz and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, violist Marcus Thompson, violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Peter Salaff, pianist Judith Gordon, and the Lydian, New Zealand, and Borealis String Quartets.  He has appeared as a guest artist at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and with the Walden, MIT and Holy Cross Chamber Players.  He is also well known at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, where he was senior artist and resident collaborative pianist from 2003-2005.

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he studied with the eminent pianist, Gilbert Kalish. His other mentors in piano include György Sebők, Leonard Shure, A. Ramón Rivera, and Boris Berman.

He is currently a member of the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Walnut Hill School, and the Rivers School Conservatory, and has taught at Smith College, Pomona College, Drake University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Bryn Badel - posthorn, rowboat Fanfares

Bryn Badel a versatile musician in different genres, he performs with a wide variety of groups from British Columbia. A former symphonic musician, he performs now with groups such as his own band Lust Life Jazz Band as well as The Atomic All Stars and Kumbia

Originally from Alberta, he has performed as member of or soloist with the Canadian Military, The Big Band Trio,Vancouver Island Symphony, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, La Clave Orchestra, Sidney Classical Orchestra, The Victoria Symphony, The Swiftsure Big Band, and Kumbia.

He has studied with trumpet players such as William Dimmer, Gary Guthman, Martin Barinbaum, Dominic Sperra, A. L. "Jigger" Lee and Louis Ranger. He was a finalist in the University of Victoria Concerto Competition where he received his music degree. He has been featured on many recordings, including sessions with Maureen Washington, The Axiomatics, Mindil Beach Markets, Kumbia, Gone Clear, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.



John Stetch, jazz piano

Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1966, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age; his father had a large record collection, and gave him his clarinet.  Stetch later switched to saxophone, but by his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to begin learning piano full-time. While earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Montreal, Stetch became very busy touring and recording across Canada, and eventually became a 4-time Juno nominee. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival in 1998, and was frequently recorded by CBC.

After relocating to New York City, he appeared at the Kennedy Center to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, and also the Composers Competition, where he placed second.

He became a decade-long member of Rufus Reid's quintet, and has performed solo concerts at some of the world's most prestigious jazz venues, including the Monterey, Montreal and Paris JVC Jazz Festivals. As a sideman and/or leader he has also performed in Brazil, Ukraine, Mexico, across Europe, most of the U.S. and throughout Japan.

Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years".  Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch's originality and virtuosity.  Utne Reader calls his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century". 

A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Liane Hansen, and "Listen Here!" with Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin.Since the release of Bruxin', Stetch has brought his trio to such highly regarded venues as the Saratoga Jazz Festival, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, The Jazz Standard, and Sculler's.  Stetch continues his performing career from his new home base of Ithaca, NY and is affiliated with Cornell University.


Laura Karney - oboe/ English horn

Currently residing in Barcelona, Spain, Laura Karney is an oboist who enjoys a successful free-lance career that has so far spanned 13 countries across 3 continents.  Hugely varied in her interests, Ms. Karney can be heard performing on both oboe and English horn, in concerts ranging from historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire on period instruments to working with contemporary composers and ensembles and giving world premiers.
Ms. Karney has worked with the SEM ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Kammeroper Orchestra im Konstanz, Peconic Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain.

She is also a founding member of Zoco, a guitar and oboe duo, the Prestige Quartet a wind ensemble, the Skogensemble a small chamber ensemble currently working on a chamber opera by a young American composer, and the multimedia chamber music ensemble Ardesco (, comprising of string quartet, bass, oboe and lighting designer.

The foundations of her performing career came from her undergraduate and post graduate studies in oboe at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Hochschule for Musik in Trossingen, Germany under the tutelage of the internationally renowned oboists Richard Killmer and Nicholas Daniel, and her work with Martin Stadler and Carlo Barone on historical performance practice and instruments.


Krista Martynes, clarient

An accomplished classical and contemporary clarinetist, Krista Martynes has performed with Orchestre des Régions Européennes, and the 19th International Sacred Music Festival at the Abbaye de Sylvanes. Krista has been a featured composer, performed the works of such composers as Georges Aperghis, Pascal Dusapin, Gerard Pesson, Wolfgang Rhim, and Jorg Widmann.
Krista has premiered major works at the Maison de la Musique in Nanterre and at the Theatre de Nantes, in France. She has also performed at the Musikprotokoll and Transart Festival in Italy, and the Klangspuren Festival in Austria. Her video commission from New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), will be featured in the Sound Play Festival in Toronto.
Krista worked with the Germany's Experimental Studio des SWR under the direction of Andre Richard, performing and participating in a documentary on the music of Luigi Nono. She was also involved with members of the Instant Composers Pool with the Magpie Music and Dance Company in Amsterdam.
She has performed with the Baila Loca Dance Company in Rotterdam, and with the DesiDela dance company in Paris. Krista has recently performed with sound artist Alexis O'Hara and video artist Dayna McLeod in the Edgy Women Festival in Montreal.


David Cooper, French horn

David Cooper is a third generation French horn player having both his uncle and grandmother as professional horn players in the Lansing Symphony. He began playing with Michigan State University ensembles when only 15 and was in the top MSU ensemble at age 16.

While studying at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music David was awarded a Tanglewood Fellowship, and spent the past 3 summers at the Marlboro music festival in Vermont. In 2013 David won Principal horn of the National Symphony in Washington D.C. but  was soon after as appointed Principal horn of the Dallas Symphony in May of 2013. He has been with the Dallas Symphony as 3rd horn since 2011. David served as acting principal horn with the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia and associate principal horn the Fort Worth Symphony, and was guest principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  David is an active chamber musician and is currently the Music Director of the Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas, TX.


Nicholas Jacque, percussion

A remarkably versatile percussionist, Nicholas Jacques performs as soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. His interests include everything from classical to contemporary music, and from African to pop. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Nicholas' formal percussion training began at the University of Alberta with Brian Jones, and continued at McGill University with D'Arcy Grey and Aundri Malchenko. Nicholas has recently finished his masters of percussion performance at the University of British Columbia studying with Vern Griffits. Nicholas has performed with ensembles such as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and Tommy Banks Big Band. He has held the position of principal percussion with the University of Alberta Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra for three consecutive seasons as well as the McGill Wind Symphony for one season. Nicholas has studied marimba in New Jersey with Leigh Howard Stevens as well as with She-e Wu.

Along side an aspiring career in contemporary percussion performance Nicholas has appeared on stage throughout Canada with artists such as Jens Lindemann, Alain Trudel, Jeffery Goldberg, Rod Thomas Squance, Aiyun Huang, Michael Burrit and Hugh Fraser. His performances have been broadcasted on CBC Radio One and appear on a compilation CD of Canadian Contemporary music alongside pianist Cheryl Cooney. Nicholas devotes much of his time teaching clinics and giving master classes to youth orchestras and young performers, striving to provide the fundamental music skills to upcoming performers.


Timothy Van Cleave, percussion

Timothy Van Cleave is a Vancouver based collaborative musical artist and music educator. He pursues a variety of performing opportunities with orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, indie-classical-pop, and Indian Classical Music. He has performed as a contemporary improvisor at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York, the Greencastle Summer Music Festival in Greencastle, Indiana, and the Columbia Chamber Players in Chatham, New York.
The challenge of performing with a wide variety of groups in many styles is present each day in his career as a collaborative musical artist. As a contemporary chamber musician Timothy has performed with Ethos Collective, Fringe Percussion, Erato Ensemble, RedShift Music Society, and Vancouver New Music. As an orchestral percussionist he has performed with the Vancouver, Kamloops, and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestras. As a recording artist he has been a featured guest of Clara Shandler The Sidewalk Cellist, Anita Eccleston, and Dutch Robinson.
As a music educator in the Greater Vancouver Region, Timothy has worked with students from several different organizations including the Salina Cheng Academy of Music, One Thousand Rivers Academy of Art and Learning, Tom Lee Music Learning Centre, as a guest Artist in Residence for the Seycove Music Department, and as a guest instructor at the West Coast Amateur Musicians Society annual summer camp. Timothy has a Doctorate of Arts degree in percussion performance and music theory and composition from Ball State University in his home town of Muncie, Indiana. His principle teachers were Dr. Erwin C. Mueller, Dr. Jody Nagel, and Mr. Frank Puzzullo. In addition to his studies Timothy taught private percussion lessons, directed the Latin Percussion Ensemble, and worked with music education majors. As a vibraphone soloist with the Jazz Lab Ensemble he was awarded an award for being an Outstanding Jazz Soloist at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Elmhurst, Illinois.


Nan Hughes - soprano

Nan Hughes is a versatile artist whose musical interests have taken her around the world.  Solo orchestral appearances include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, in Vienna and Eisenstadt, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra in Hamburg in a special live broadcast of Pendereçki's music, conducted by the composer, the Dnipropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra in Kiev, the Calgary, Edmonton, London and Vancouver symphonies in Canada, and the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina.  She has toured throughout Europe, the United States, Ukraine and Brazil as soloist with New York's Continuum chamber music ensemble. As a member of the vocal trio, Times Three, she has appeared with the Baltimore, Cape Cod, Charleston, Edmonton, Idaho Falls,Long Beach, Lubbock, Plainfield  and Edison symphonies.   In Macedonia, she filmed Buzarovski's Songs of Peace and War for Macedonian television. 

Operatic engagements have included, among others, creating the role of Katherine Anne Porter in Coppola's Sacco & Vanzetti Opera Tampa, 2000 the roles of Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Prince Charming in Massenet's Cendrillon, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and the Mother in Menotti's Amahl & the Night Visitors, with such companies as Aspen Opera Theater, Berkshire Opera, Bronx Opera, Brooklyn's Il Piccolo Teatro Dell'Opera and Opera Antica.

Ms. Hughes has a growing discography.  She is featured on four Continuum recordings: Ruth Crawford Seeger: American Visionary  Naxos, Miracles: Lawrence Moss  Capstone, Valentin Bibik Troppe Note/Cambria, Leonid Hrabovsky Troppe Note/Cambria, and on a CD of the music of Rumanian composer Sabin Pautza Swift. These recordings reflect her dedication to the music of our time, and she has collaborated with many contemporary composers, including John Cage, Giya Kancheli, Krzysztof Penderecki, Earl Kim, and a host of others.

Ms. Hughes attended the Juilliard Opera Center.  She holds a MM in vocal performance from Boston University a Dean's scholar, and a BA cum laude in English and American Literature from Harvard.  She resides in Banff, Alberta.


Mike Allen - saxophones

Ottawa Citizen jazz columnist Doug Fischer's rates Allen's seventh album, Love One Another the "#1 Canadian Jazz Album of 2005" and calls the 47m year-old Vancouver-based saxophonist, pianist, composer and educator "the country's top jazz saxophonist". Jazz Journal International refers to Mike as "an accomplished musician who has studied Coltrane in depth and forged a style that is fresh and vital".

Mike Allen is profiled in Miller Companion To Jazz In Canada, has earned an Master's In Jazz from New York University and is the Director of Jazz Studies at Western Washington University. He has worked with internationally recognized players including Michael Buble, Cedar Walton, Julian Priester, Kenny Wheeler, Peter Leitch, Gary Bartz, Brian Lynch, Chuck Israels, Donald Bailey, Ali Jackson, Seamus Blake, and Pete Magadini. Mike was a member of Canadian guitar legend Sonny Greenwich's band from 1990 to 1995. His playing is featured on Greenwich's Standard Idioms (Kleo) and Fragments Of A Memory (Cornerstone). In 1993, Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail listed Mike as one of a half-dozen "Interesting Canadians To Watch".

These days he performs primarily on the West Coast, with occasional regional and national tours, and is regularly featured on nationally aired CBC radio broadcasts. Fearless, Allen's 2004 release was chosen by NPR/Public Radio International jazz host Jim Wilke, as one of the "Best Pacific Northwest Jazz CDs of 2004", while his 2003 trio album Dialectic won "Outstanding Jazz Recording 2003" at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Mike has received prestigious Arts Council grants over the years to study with tenor giants Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman. In the tradition of his musical mentors, Mike's groups perform original and classic jazz repertoire with a focus on lyricism, swing and cohesive group interaction.


Julian MacDonough - drums

Julian MacDonough is a Bellingham Washington based drummer. Over the past twelve years he has been a full time member of the Mike Allen Quartet/Trio (Vancouver BC), the genre-bending "funk" band Megatron (Bellingham Washington) the Monday Night Project, and alt-country singer songwriter Kasey Anderson (Portland Oregon).

In addition to those bands, Julian has been very active as a freelance musician. Primarily hired as a jazz drummer up and down the west coast, he has also spent a lot of time in recording studios with over 40 CDs under his belt. Some of his favorites are Mike Allen's 2003 award winning album "Dialectic,"  "Fearless," (2004) and  "A Hip Cosmos" (2012), Kasey Anderson's "Nowhere Nights" Havilah Rand's 2009 "Bengalese Butterflys" Jenni Potts's "Take This and Go" and New York jazz pianist Aaron Parks "First Romance." Julian also enjoys his teaching position at Western Washington University as part of the Faculty Jazz Collective which includes the other members of the Mike Allen Quartet.
He has had the pleasure of performing with such notables as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Shew, Julian Preister, Aaron Parks, Grant Stewart and Brian Lynch.


Michael Glynn - Bass

Born in Seattle, bassist Michael Glynn has been performing professionally since the age of 16.  Called “A total monster player” by trumpet virtuoso Bobby Shew, Michael's music has taken him across North America, Europe, and Asia to venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.  In addition to leading his own groups, he has performed with such jazz luminaries as Jon Hendricks, Bud Shank, Dave Grusin, Mark Levine, Bobby Shew, Don Lanphere, Bob Florence, William Parker, Kevin Hays, Aaron Parks, Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose, Doug Lawrence, Kim Richmond, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra.

While mostly known as a jazz musician, Glynn also performs in a variety of other genres.  In recent years his experiences have included classical work with ensembles such as the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Opera Southwest, and Canticum Novum Santa Fe; calypso and soca with Trinidadian steel drum legend Ray Holman; and a unique mix of Arabic and Western music with Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim Al Haj. 

After spending the last several years living in New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay area, Michael returned in 2013 to his hometown of Seattle.

2014 Fellowship Artists:


Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin

Victor has performed with the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra and twice with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and received grants from the McAbbie and Hnatyshyn foundations.

A versatile artist, he also plays viola, is a very active chamber musician and often performs new works by his colleagues. Victor is very grateful to Canimex, Qc, Canada, for the loan of a G.F. Pressenda violin and a Sartory bow. Victor is a student of Prof. André Roy.


Cordelia Paw, violin

Chinese-Canadian violinist Cordelia Paw is quickly establishing herself as a musician of rare sensitivity. She recently returned from a concert tour performing Mozart Concerti with l'Orch- estre des Pays de Savoie in France under the baton of Sigiswald Kuijken. In addition to l'Orch- estre des Pays de Savoie, Cordelia has also performed with the Boston Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra among numerous others. Formed under the guidance of the
renowned Juilliard String Quartet, she is currently a member of the Tessera Quartet. Recently, the Tesseras released a world premiere recording of the rediscovered music of American compo- ser, Harold Brown on Albany Records. The Tessera Quartet has performed in concert series in- cluding Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Live! at Queens College, Music Mondays, NYC House Concerts, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society and Teaneck Arts.

Cordelia has been a prize winner in numerous competitions in Canada and the United States including the International Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2008 with the Sospiro Quartet, re- sulting in their Carnegie Hall debut. In 2013, Cordelia and her duo partner, Henry Kramer won the Oneppo Chamber Music Society Competition at Yale. Later that year, the duo was invited to perform in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Masterclass series for Jorja
Fleezanis. Ms. Paw has also performed with many acclaimed artists including Charles Neidich, Anton Kuerti, Barry Shiffman, Roger Tapping and Carol Wincenc.

Ms. Paw completed her Undergraduate studies at the Boston Conservatory and holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Lynn Chang, Mela Tenenbaum and Sigiswald Kuijken. Last spring, Ms. Paw received the cove- ted Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, studying with Hyo Kang where she was awarded the Broadus Erle prize awarded to an outstanding violinist at Yale for two conse- cutive years. In addition to her studies, Cordelia coached chamber music at Yale University. Ms. Paw has attended numerous festivals including the International Holland Music Sessions, the Banff Summer Music Festival, Casalmaggiore, Meadowmount School of Music and Chamber- fest at the Juilliard School. She is a performing artist at the Bari International Music Festival in Italy
and Lake Canandaigua Music Festival in New York.

Committed to community engagement, Cordelia joined 11 musicians to work with Neojiba in Salvador da Bahia in 2010, a program based on the highly successful Venezuelan program "El Sistema," providing lessons, master classes and orchestral training. They also worked to facilita- te instrument donation and to support various charity organizations in the Salvador community through benefit performances and educational outreach.


Julie Hereish, cello

Since she began to study the cello at the age of 8, Julie Hereish has been trained by Monique Joachim, Jocelyne Leduc, Denis Brott, Johanne Perron, and Carole Sirois, with whom she completed her Master's at the Université de Montréal. She took part in several summer internship programs, including those at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, Domaine Forget, and with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, which invited her to take part in a 5-week U.S. tour in the spring of 2010, under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. A winner of the Canadian Music Competition, she has performed as a young soloist with the OSM in their Youth Concerts matinees, and was also invited to take part in the orchestra's Canadian premiere of Messiaen's oratorio Saint François d'Assise, under the direction of Kent Nagano. In 2010, she took part in a Canadian tour and a series of concerts with Les Violons du Roy. In 2011, she began a post-Master's program in Vienna with Stefan Kropfitsch. The Peter Mendell Award is of great assistance in completing this latest project.