Anthony Giglio – Trumpet
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Windsor and a Diploma in Audio Recording Technology from The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART). While attending the University of Windsor, Anthony was a Research Assistant for the Noiseborder Ensemble and specialized in experimental sound art performance and installation design. Now living in Saskatoon, SK, he is an Event Technology Director for PSAV, as well as a freelance audio engineer, trumpet player, and arranger.
Brett Graham – Percussion
In addition to his interest in concert percussion repertoire, Brett Graham is also the drummer of Saskatoon band Adolyne.
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.
Dean McNeill – Trumpet
Downbeat magazine award winning Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill is a Full Professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he has taught applied trumpet, trumpet choir, jazz history, jazz ensemble, jazz materials, jazz improvisation, jazz pedagogy, and jazz arranging for many years. Dean holds music degrees from the University of North Texas (Masters), McGill University (Undergraduate), and Grant MacEwan College (Music Diploma). Dean has recently released two critically acclaimed CDs respectively entitled Prairie Fire: Large Jazz Ensemble Music of Dean McNeill and Mélange: New Music For Trumpet and Piano. A recipient of the U of S Department of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award Dean has performed and adjudicated throughout Canada and the United States and has performed both classical and jazz repertoire on CBC Radio. Dean has performed on the Western Canadian Music Awards Classical Showcase concert and he was recently the guest soloist with both the National Youth Band of Canada and the New Edmonton Wind Synfonia.
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.
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.
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.
Janelle Pewapsconias is a nehīyaw iskwesis (Plains Cree woman) who channels her creativity and passion for Indigenous culture via gaming platforms. Born and raised on the Little Pine First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory, Janelle is the founder and chief gamemaker of Neeched Up Games as well as an influential spoken word poet.
Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias is a nehīyaw Cree spoken word poet, social innovator, and inclusive game designer. Janelle’s poetic prowess tells stories from a nehīyaw perspective, sharing cultural teachings and language in a unique style of spoken word. She has co-authored an Indigenous poetry chapbook and has been featured on many stages throughout Saskatchewan. Her culturally-respectful and hilariously neechie approach to analogue game design is integral to her mission. You can hear the voices and stories of Indigenous people and people “in the margins” in her poems and games.
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.
Michel Boutin is an interdisciplinary artist, arts educator and cultural animateur living and working in Prince Albert Sask. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Regina in 1995. He is the Artistic Director for IPAC, The Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective of Prince Albert. Michel is a staunch supporter of Contemporary Aboriginal art and Artist Run Culture. He has been a board member for Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre, Regina Sk. Red Shift Gallery, Saskatoon Sk. Paved Arts, Saskatoon Sk. and for ARCA, the Artist Run Centres and Collectives Conference of Canada, representing Aboriginal artist run centers nationally. Michel has been exhibiting his work publicly since 1990. In 2004, at the Art Gallery of Regina, and in 2006 at the Kenderdine Gallery in Saskatoon, he was featured in a two person exhibition with the artist Manwoman entitled “Sophisticated Folk”, curated by David Garneau. Also in 2006, David Garneau curated Michel’s work into the exhibition “the Great King Rabbit” was presented at AKA Gallery, Saskatoon. 2012 saw his work included in “Metissage”, an exhibition investigating the connections between Metis and Francophone culture organized by the Institute Francais, U of R and the First Nations University of Canada in conjunction with the year of the Fansaskois celebrations. His work was recently included in the exhibition CANADIAN INDIGENOUS CONTEMPORARY ART From Saskatchewan “the prairie province”, London, England curated by Adrian Stimson, presented by Creative Saskatchewan. Michel was the 2017 recipient of the Saskatchewan Arts Award for Individual Leadership.
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.
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).
Tiess McKenzie is an emerging composer and trombonist; born in Edmonton, Alberta, and raised in Saskatoon. A graduate of the U of S Music Department in Music Education, he will be studying music composition at the University of Victoria in the fall of 2019. Tiess is excited to be involved with the Strata Festival for the fourth consecutive year!
The aesthetics and ethics of punk, d.i.y. and skate culture have always played a large role in my artistic practice. Growing up relatively isolated in the small town of Vanderhoof in central British Columbia, I latched onto every manifestation of this seemingly mysterious and ill-defined counterculture that I could get my hands on. I quickly became an avid collector of whatever music seemed to me as ‘difficult,’ ‘outsider’ or just strange. My current audio art practice developed through my involvement with the Noise Jam evenings at AKA’s sister organization PAVED Arts in 2009. These noise jams coalesced around a core group of performers, with PAVED Art’s Artistic Director David LaRiviere and previous Technical Coordinator Ian Campbell and myself eventually forming the audio/visual improvisation trio Psychic Driving Range. Reflecting on my past activity, there is the recurring interest in collaborative action. I have a sense that it is always first and foremost in the context of collective creativity where our activities take on meaning and find authentic purpose. Ironically, I believe this is where the ethos of punk and d.i.y. (do it yourself) alluded to earlier is most productive, and rings most true.
Tristen Durocher – Fiddle
Tristen Durocher is a 23 year old Metis fiddle player, photographer, and writer from Northern Saskatchewan. He started playing fiddle at the age of 9 after attending the John Arcand Fiddle Fest with his grandparents Frank and Laura. Since starting fiddle, Tristen has taught at fiddle camps and cultural festivals, performed across Canada and won provincial fiddle competitions in the Traditional Metis Category at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest and the annual cultural festival at Batoche Saskatchewan. Tristens favorite hobbies include reading, drinking tea, writing, and photographing wildlife and landscapes.