Performers

Darrell Bueckert

Darrell Bueckert – Percussion

Darrell is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.A.) and the University of Saskatchewan (B.Mus. Mus.Ed. and M.Ed. in instrumental music). He has performed with many professional organizations including both the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra where he is now Principal Timpanist. Darrell has also been a founding member of several percussion ensembles which have performed throughout Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories for schools and communities. Darrell was an itinerant band teacher in the Saskatchewan Valley School Division and is now on faculty with the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan as Applied Percussion Instructor and Sessional Lecturer in Music Education. From 2006-2009 Darrell was also Adjunct Professor to the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina.

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Ella Mikkola – filmmaker

Ella Mikkola is an emerging queer filmmaker born in 1990 and currently based in Regina, Canada. Her cinematic work explores the borders of mediums and meanings. Mikkola works with both analog and digital mediums and exhibits her work in various environments. Mikkola is a MFA student majoring in Media Production in University of Regina. She is originally from Turku, Finland and holds a BA in Journalism from University of Tampere.

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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

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.

 

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Hannah Lissel-DeCorby – Violin

Violinist Hannah Lissel-DeCorby, born and raised in Saskatoon, is a third year music performance student at the University of Saskatchewan. She began her violin studies at the age of three in the studio of James Legge, and has more recently been studying under Professor Robert Klose. Hannah has been performing with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra since the age of 17, and has had the opportunity to perform with multiple other ensembles including Prairie Virtuoso, the Provincial Honour Orchestra and the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. She was recently the winner of the the 2018 Saskatoon Kinsmen competition, the 2017/2018 Saskatoon Youth Orchestra concerto competition, and has placed first in the Saskatoon Provincial Music Festival twice.

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Helen Pridmore

Helen Pridmore enjoys a career focused on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012, performing the music of John Cage with the American Symphony Orchestra. Helen has also performed at The Music Gallery (Toronto), La chapelle du bon Pasteur (Montréal), Sound Symposium (St. John’s,) Five Penny New Music Festival (Sudbury), Open Ears Festival (Kitchener), OK.Quoi?! Contemporary Arts Festival (Sackville, NB), Neutral Ground (Regina, SK), Edmonton New Music, Neworks Calgary, Western Front (Vancouver), Voice +++ (Victoria), Wayward Music Series (Seattle, WA), in Mexico City (with the multimedia opera GOYA) and many other venues in North America. As a frequent guest of Aventa Ensemble in Victoria, she has performed major works by Philippe Leroux and Michael Finnissy, and premiered Finnissy ‘s new chamber opera Undivine Comedy with Aventa in January 2018. Helen will be presenting a solo show at the Sound Symposium in July 2018, and will premiere her own solo voice work Sor Juana and the Silences in September.

 

Helen is a member of the new music ensemble Motion2 and the voice/electronics improvisation duo Sbot N Wo; both ensembles perform and tour in Canada and Europe. Sbot N Wo’s CD Songs was released in 2015. Helen also released two CDs in 2013 on the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label: Janet, featuring works for solo voice, and …between the shore and the ships… with clarinetist Wesley Ferreira, which won the 2013 East Coast Music Award for Best Classical Recording.

 

Helen is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP) at the University of Regina. There, she continues her busy performing schedule while contributing to the university’s rich program of interdisciplinary studies, teaching in music and creative technologies.

James Legge

James Legge – Viola

James Legge, originally from Waterloo, Ontario, moved to Saskatoon to take the position of principal violist with the Saskatoon Symphony after completing his studies at McGill University. While living in Montreal James won chamber music prizes in the Jeunesses Musicales and CIBC competitions. Jim performs regularly as the violist in the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players, and has been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Symphony, the Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, and Prairie Virtuosi. He has been a regular performer at the Calgary’s Mountain View Festival of Song and Chamber Music, Mountain View Connection, and Ontario’s Viola Camp, and co-directs Saskatoon’s Summer String Experience, a summer camp for young string players. Jim has a private studio of approximately thirty violin and viola students and, as a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, teaches in the Saskatoon Suzuki String Program. When not performing or teaching, Jim enjoys spending time playing with clay and a potter’s wheel.

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Jeff Morton

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.

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Kolby Kostyniuk – Filmmaker

Kolby Kostyniuk is a Saskatchewan based filmmaker and writer. In 2016 he received his BFA with Distinction from the University of Regina in Film Production, with a minor in Creative Technologies. His focus is on narrative filmmaking, but he continues to develop an interest in expanded cinema and screen based installation, with a particular interest in alternatives to fictional filmmaking and the adaptation of narrative structures both inside and outside the black box. Egg, Kolby’s 2014 screen based installation, was featured in Station 2 of Meet in the Middle, the #3CityLink exhibition at the 5th Parallel Gallery. In 2015/2016 he wrote and directed his neo-noir inspired short film Dreamers, which was nominated for Best Student Film at the 2016 Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards and later won Best of Saskatchewan at the 2017 Living Skies Student Film Festival. He has also been nominated for two Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival. Kolby lives in Saskatoon, SK and is proud to be part of the growing Saskatchewan film community.

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Marc Pelletier – Filmmaker

Born and raised in small-town Fall-River, Nova-Scotia, Canada, Marc Pelletier chose to pursue experimental filmmaking in Montreal where he co-founded an artist-run film and video cooperative, ON EST 10.

His filming techniques combine frame-by-frame and long exposure cinematography through an explorative creative process. The results are a reinterpretation of space, texture and time that forms a somewhat nebulous and onirique environment for the spectator to experience.

Frame-by-frame being a lengthy process, his filmography is only comprised of a handful of short films. Nonetheless, Pelletier’s work has been screened in renowned festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and others.
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Melissa Goodchild – Clarinet

Melissa Goodchild is originally from Windsor, Ontario and received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Windsor. In 2006 she received her Artist Diploma from Western University and continued to study there for her Master of Music in Performance and Literature. After completing her studies in London, Ontario in 2008 she moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching she performed in and around the city in groups such as the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, Opera Nuova and performances at the Citadel Theatre as well as solo performances and recitals. Melissa is currently the Second Clarinet with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and performs in various venues throughout the city. In Saskatoon she has been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Serenade, the Saskatoon Concert Band, the clarinet choir Reedy, Set, Go! She enjoys teaching students of all ages in private as well as group settings including clinics for schools and events including Klarinet Kerfuffle. She and Kevin Grady perform as Goodchild Grady Duo. In June they will perform at several venues in British Columbia and in July will perform at ClarinetFest 2018 in Ostend, Belgium.

Michael Swan

Michael Swan – Violin

Michael Swan was born in 1963 in Saskatoon. He began violin studies at age 5 with Dorothy Overholt, and also studied with Norma Lee Bisha, Mark Reedman and Robert Klose as he was growing up. In 1979, he was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest standing in Canada for Royal Conservatory of Toronto ARCT violin examinations. Michael studied with Yuri Mazurkevich in the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario, receiving the Hideo Saito Award for academic achievment in 1981 and 1982. Afterwards, he studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Aaron Rosand, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 1984. Since September 1984, Michael has been concertmaster of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players.

Oxana Ossiptchouk

Oxana Ossiptchouk – Violin

Oxana Ossiptchouk was educated in Russia, where she received a Master’s degree from the Sergey Rachmaninov State Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don in Violin Solo Performance, Orchestral Performance, Chamber Music, and Pedagogy. Oxana was the winner of several competitions in Russia, performing the Mendelssohn concerto with the North Ossetia Republic Symphony Orchestra and the Brahms violin concerto with the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic Orchestra. In Canada, she won the Saskatchewan Concerto Competition and performed the Szymanowsky concerto with the Saskatoon and Regina Symphonies. She has been an orchestral member of the Regina Symphony and Principal Second Violinist at the Timmins Symphony Orchestra. Presently, Oxana is Principal Second Violinist for the Saskatoon Symphony and performs with the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players and Elixir ensemble. Ms. Ossiptchouk taught violin at the University Of Regina Conservatory Of Music and the Timmins Symphony music school. Currently, she teaches violin at the University Of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Conservatory of Music.

Sarah Feldman

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).
Scott McKnight

Scott McKnight – Cello

Cellist Scott McKnight is an active performer in Saskatoon, playing as a member of the Saskatoon Symphony, Elixir Ensemble, and Prairie Virtuosi. In addition to performing he maintains a private studio and teaches with the Saskatoon Suzuki String Program. He is also co-director of Sistema Saskatoon, a program which aims to provide orchestral training for underserved youth. Scott holds a master of music degree in cello performance (University of Ottawa), a bachelor of music in cello performance and a chamber diploma (Wilfrid Laurier University).

Stephanie Unverricht

Stephanie Unverricht – Bassoon

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Stephanie Unverricht moved back in 2011 to join the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bassoon. She began her studies on the bassoon with Peter Gravlin in Saskatoon and then continued at the University of Ottawa for her Bachelor of Music with Christopher Millard. She completed her Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, studying with Richard Svoboda.

Stephanie performs around the city in various chamber groups, including Prairie Virtuosi and her trio “Chicks with Sticks”, and is also a multi-instrumental member of a semi-experimental alternative folk music band, Minor Matter. Stephanie maintains a private studio in Saskatoon and a few surrounding rural communities, including Humboldt and Middle Lake.

Stephanie is one of four co-directors for Sistema Saskatoon, an initiative that focuses on social justice through music education. For more information on Sistema Saskatoon visit their website.
Walter Hofmeister

Walter Hofmeister – Guitar

Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1987, Mr. Hofmeister has received instruction from notable teachers such as John Sutherland (U.S.), and John Duarte (U.K.), and his playing has received high acclaim from such distinguished artists as Christopher Parkening (U.S.), Alexander Lagoya (France), and Hubert Kappel (Germany).

Walter Hofmeister has also been the guitar instructor for the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music since 2001.

In addition to his activities as a soloist, Mr. Hofmeister also performs with harpist Chris Lindgren (Artissimo Duo), and also his family folk group Willoughby Widdershins. Walter has also appeared as guest soloist with the Prairie Virtuosi Orchestra, and has worked with many of Saskatoon’s finest musicians.