Annette Brosin is a composer and bassist from Germany. She has been writing music since the age of 10. In 2002 she left for Austria to study Tonmeisterei (Sound Engineering) with Jürg Jecklin and Ulrich Vette at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.
A year later, she entered the composition program and studied analysis, theory, harmony and counterpoint, and composition with Axel Seidelmann, Marcel Reuter, Annegret Huber and Chaya Czernowin. Additionally, she studied jazz theory, composition and arrangement, with Christian Mühlbacher, and applied music (film and theatre) with Klaus-Peter Sattler and Reinhard Karger.
After receiving her diploma in composition in 2009, she moved to Victoria, BC to pursue a PhD in music composition with Dániel Péter Biró.
Darren Miller is a composer of research-based art music, hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His practice embraces both conventional instrumentation and its extension through technological means. Darren’s work has been presented in a variety of diverse, international venues; ranging from traditional concert halls and radio broadcasts, to art galleries and experimental music collectives. Studies in Saskatoon, Victoria, Banff, Darmstadt, and Buffalo have led to a PhD in music composition for work on the topic of audio morphing software. Darren is the co-founder and director of Sask New Music and the annual Strata Festival of New Music presented every June in Saskatoon.
Gerard Weber – Saxophone
Originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Gerard Weber received his Bachelor of Music Honors in saxophone performance from the University of Saskatchewan, where he studied with Dr. Glen Gillis. Gerard has been recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding performer and academic. A few highlights of his musical achievements include the first place winner of the woodwind category at the 2012 National Music Festival Competition of Canada, two-time recipient of the award for the Most Outstanding Competitor at the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival Competition, and the winner of the 2013 Shurniak Concerto Competition. Gerard was also awarded the University of Saskatchewan Film Society Prize for the most outstanding fine arts graduate for 2013 Spring Convocation. Gerard graduated from the Master of Music program in saxophone performance at the University of Florida in May 2015, under the tutelage of Dr. Jonathan Helton. Gerard is currently based in Saskatoon as a performer and educator. In Saskatoon, Gerard is actively involved with a number of musical organizations and events, including the Fireside Singers’ past productions of Les Misérables and The Wizard of Oz, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, the North Saskatchewan Wind Symphony, the Strata New Music Festival, and the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.
Glen Gillis – Saxophone
Glen Gillis is Professor of Saxophone, Conducting, and Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan. His diverse musical career has spanned over three decades in classical and jazz. He released SaxSpectrum (2009) and SaxSpectrum 2 (2014) through MSR Classics, displaying many of his compositions and commissioned works. He also can be heard on Devotion (2015 Ice Music Press) and didgeridoo.diversions (2007 Hoot/Wisdom Records). Dr. Gillis has performed at numerous national/international saxophone conferences/venues and presented papers/clinics at equally important venues such as CBDNA, WASBE, TMEA, and The Midwest Clinic. He was also appointed director of the NASA Region 9 to a three year term. His articles on saxophone, music education, and wind/orchestral conducting appear in the Canadian Music Educator and Canadian Winds. He has contributed to Teaching Music through Performance in Band and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band. His compositions are published through Eighth Note Pub (Alfred Music). Other information can be found at glengillis.com. Dr. Gillis is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician.
Jeff Morton’s music and media art are playful, experimental explorations of sound, sound-making, communication, and compositional processes using found and musical objects and materials. In performance, composition, and installation, his work has been presented by ensembles and in galleries across Canada and internationally. Recently, he performed a new 20-minute electronic music composition for solo synthesizer and midi tracks at Quiet City No. 25, Selector’s Records, Vancouver; and he wrote a new chamber music work for piano and speaking voice, to be premiered in June at the Strata New Music Festival in Saskatoon.
Kendra Harder (b. 1986) is a composer and guitarist from Saskatoon, SK. She has recently returned to university to study music and composition. Kendra’s main focus has been on musical theatre and opera, and as her education has progressed, she has begun integrating elements from music history into her compositions, such as 12-tone technique, and jazz harmony. Her guitar studies with Walter Hofmeister have also influenced her composing, and elements from guitar etudes and repertoire have found their way into her music.
Kendra has studied composition with Dr. Gyula Csapó, jazz arranging with Dean McNeill, and has taken part in composition master classes around Saskatoon led by Allan Gilliland and Shelley Marwood. In 2018 she will be graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Music.
Kirsten L. Ewart is a composer and oboist from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She began playing music when she was in elementary school and decided almost immediately that she would pursue a career in music. After completing her Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Regina in 2016, she moved to Vancouver to pursue further opportunities in the music community. In addition to the premiere of “Kerroksia” at the Strata Festival, Kirsten will have two new works performed in Vancouver during the summer of 2018.
Sarah Feldman is a composer and musician based in Montreal, QC. Her work explores novel arrangements of time (such a multiple tempi), just intonation, acoustic modelling and modular synthesis. She is a student of Electroacoustics at Concordia University and plays in a band called Watering.
Her response draws inspiration from Monahan’s manipulation of parameters that are often taken for granted as being necessarily constant. In the case of his current installation, the resonator of the instrument, a piano string, is slackened and pulled taut throughout the piece. Looking back at his body of work, Monahan has manipulated physical space as a part of a composition (Space Becomes the Instrument I & II).
Steve Leidal is a Percussionist, Drummer, Composer, and Instructor based out of Regina, Saskatchewan. His work “Assisted Breathing” for saxophone and fixed media electronics was performed at the 2014 Strata Festival.
Tiess McKenzie is a student in the University of Saskatchewan Music Department, just finished his second year of studies in Music Education. Tiess studies trombone with Don Schmidt and performs in many local groups including the U of S Wind Orchestra, U of S Jazz Ensemble, and the Saskatoon Brass Band. He has also been a member of both the Dennis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra and the National Youth Band of Canada.