Canadian Music Competition 2009 / Evaluation Committee

Historical Information

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First Round

Provincial Final

National Final

  • Andrew Dawes (Strings)
  • Michael Kim (Piano)
  • James C. Lebens (Winds)
  • Beth Roberts (Voice)
  • David Rosenmeyer (Piano)

Gilles Auger


Born in Québec City, Gilles Auger studied clarinet at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec where he graduated. In 1981, he went to study orchestral conducting at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1983, he was awarded a Master of Music Degree (conducting), with the financial aid of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. In 1986, he won a unanimous first prize at the Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon (France). The Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Virginia P. Moore Award in 1987. In 1990 he received the Clifford Evens Memorial Conducting Award from the University of Western Ontario. He studied with such renowned conductors as Edwin Bélanger, James DePreist, Mario Bernardi, Sixten Erhling, Jorge Mester and Leonard Bernstein.

Afterwards, he became resident conductor of the Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec, the music director of the Sinfonietta de Radio-Canada in Québec, the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Lévis and the Orchestre de l’École de musique de l’Université Laval.

In 1986, Gilles Auger was appointed permanent conductor of the Orchestre du Conservatoire de musique de Québec. In 1989, he founded the Orchestre de chambre Gilles-Auger. The ensemble played the impressive Beethoven symphonies cycle, in 1993, at the Raoul-Jobin Hall of the Palais Montcalm, in Québec City. In 1996, he became artistic director of the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke as well as the Orchestre de chambre de l’Estrie. During the summers of 2000 and 2001, he conducted the Orchestre du Festival international d’été de Québec. He has served as substitute conductor with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal since January 2000, and the Orchestre symphonique de Lévis. He conducted two productions for the Société d’Art Lyrique du Royaume in Saguenay, A Fiddler on the Roof, and The Pirates of Penzance. In September 2007, he was appointed artistic director of the Grand Orchestre des Jeunes de Québec.

He conducted the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de chambre de Besançon, the Juilliard Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Violons du Roy, the Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the St. Louis Ballet Orchestra, the Warsaw Ballet and the Victoria Summer Festival Orchestra.

Marie-André Chevrette


Generosity of sound, commanding and assertive technique, an innate sense of musicality and a stunning stage presence are some of the epithets that have been associated over the years to Marie-André Chevrette’s playing.

The Canadian violinist started her studies when she was four. The following year, she was already performing solo with an orchestra. At seven, she entered the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, under the tutelage of Johanne Arel, Raymond Dessaints and Denis Brott. After receiving her diploma from the institution in 1995, she decided to complete her Master’s Degree with Kathleen Winkler at the Rice University, in Houston (Texas). Over the years, she also worked with such famed pedagogues as Trevors Williams, professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Bogodar Kotorovitch, professor at the Kiev Conservatory, Sidney Hart (USA) and Levon Ambartsumyan, professor at the Moscow State Conservatory.

Finalist of the Canadian Music Competition, three-time recipient of the Scott Papers Ltd. Grant, winner of a Rice University scholarship, Marie- André Chevrette has won several competitions that led to invitations from American orchestras. She was the first-prize winner of the Music Academy of the West Competition in Santa Barbara (California) in 1996 and of the Shepherd Symphony Competition the following year. She also received the John Newmark Prize when she entered the Prix d’Europe in 1998.

She has been a guest soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, with the Ensemble Amati and offered a remarkable performance of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Jacques Lacombe in 2003. She has given recitals at the Opera House in Cairo (Egypt), Duncan Hall in Houston (Texas), at the Place des Arts in Montréal, at the Salle Roland-Brunelle as part of the Opus series and has performed several times as well for the CBC and at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. As a chamber musician, she has played with cellist Denis Brott on numerous occasions and collaborates on a regular basis with pianist Walter Delahunt. She has taken part in several American festivals as teacher and soloist, including the Pierre Monteux Music Festival (Maine) and the Mimir Chamber Music Festival (Texas).

She has been a member of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1999 and is now Associate Principal Second Violin. She has also played with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Houston Ballet Orchestra. She performs on an Andreas Postacchini violin from 1830, recently named “Lo Stradivari delle Marche”.

Réjean Coallier


After earning a master’s degree in performance from École Vincentd’Indy, Réjean Coallier pursued studies in Paris with Pierre Sancan and Marie-Madeleine Petit. Upon his return to Québec, he turned his attention to chamber music, working with Yuli Turovsky and, at the same time, began studying 19th and 20th century Québec music. This work resulted in him spending four years with the show Suite canadienne, broadcasted on Radio-Canada. He also published essential editions of the works of Achille Fortier and Rodolphe Mathieu and has lectured often on Québec music and musicians. He took part in Richard Jutras’ documentary Musique pour un siècle sourd. He has made a number of recordings of the chamber music of Rodolphe Mathieu with the Claudel-Canimex String Quartet and founded the Trio Mathieu with the OSM’s Sophie Dugas and Carole Bogenez. He has performed with famous singers such as Karina Gauvin, Bruno Laplante, Gabrielle Lavigne and Liette Turner. In 2005, he participated as a pianist in the publication of a collection entitled La vie culturelle à Montréal vers 1900 by Fides. He has also composed a cycle of 15 melodies based on the poems of Sylvain Garneau, which the baritone Alexandre Sylvestre has sung on a number of occasions. Réjean Coallier is Professor at the Cégep régional de Lanaudière in Joliette.

Michel Ducharme


The bass-baritone Michel Ducharme is a well-established artist on the Canadian scene and the international scene. He has performed in many countries such as the USA, France, England, Australia, Greece and Vietnam. In Canada, he has been invited to perform with symphony orchestras in Québec City, Montréal, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke and Chicoutimi, by the Opéra de Québec, the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montréal, the Arion Ensemble, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra of Toronto, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec and the opera creation company Chants Libres. He has also sung in many festivals in Canada and abroad including in Royaumont (France), Almeida (England) and Adelaide (Australia). He was invited to sing two years in a row at the International Festival of Arts “From the Avant-garde to the Present Day” in St. Petersburg (Russia) and in Moscow as well.

Michel Ducharme premiered many works by prominent Canadian composers such as Gilles Tremblay, Bruce Mather and Claude Vivier. He has recorded Fauré’s Requiem, Vivier’s opera Kopernikus, Serge Garant’s Rivages and Chants d’amour, Mather’s song cycles Un cri qui durerait la mer and Des laines de lumière, the complete microtonal songs for bass-baritone and two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart by Ivan Wyschnegradsky and French motets of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.

Since 1985, Michel Ducharme has been the director of the voice department and of the Atelier d’opéra of Université Laval, in Québec City.

Laurence Kayaleh


Laurence Kayaleh is an exceptional violinist of deep musical insight, whose rich, singing tone and feeling for style set her apart from the ranks of today’s virtuoso artists.

Ms. Kayaleh’s early career took her to the most prestigious music centers in the world: Paris, Prague, Brussels, Zürich, Sofia, Bern, Moscow, Lucerne, Lincoln, Osaka, Tokyo, Montréal, Cleveland, Caracas, Milano, Washington, Dublin, Messina, Bologna, St. Louis, Modena and Geneva, where she was soloist with such well-known symphony orchestras as that of the Tonhalle, the Suisse Romande, Brussels, Basel, Cleveland, Montréal, Mexico, Bergamo, St. Louis, Lamoureux, Simon Bolivar, the Russian National and the National Symphony (Washington).

She performed under prestigious conductors: Slatkin, Dutoit, Kogan, Pletnev, Novak, Wakazugi, Carewe, Turnowsky and Venzago to name but a few, and played at the Bolchoï and the Tchaïkovsky halls (Moscow), Pleyel Hall (Paris), Lied Center (Lincoln), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Arts Center (Osaka), Teatro Donizetti (Bergamo), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Verdi Hall (Milano), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas), Pollack Hall (Montréal), Powell Hall (St. Louis) and Kennedy Center (Washington). She shared concerts with violinists Igor Oïstrakh, Viktor Pikaïsen and Ida Haendel.

First Prize winner at the Swiss Competition for Young Soloists, and Grand Prize winner at the Stresa International Competition, her playing was described as regal by the Parisian newspaper The Figaro which praised her wonderful sound and her innate sense of phrasing. She was the guest of important music festivals: Lucerne (Switzerland), Orne (France), Ottawa (Canada), Divonne (France), Parry Sound (Canada), Blossom (Cleveland, USA), Cervantino (Mexico), Abbey Bach (USA) and is guest of CBC, Radio-Canada and the European Radio-Television. She was granted the Nyon City Artistic Award, Switzerland, and was selected as an honoured member of the Who’s Who Historical Society, which testifies to her professional, academic and civic achievements.

Professor at Université de Montréal, Laurence Kayaleh has recorded for the Naxos company two CDs dedicated to the violin and piano works of Russian composer Medtner and a CD presenting the works of Swiss composer Honegger. Future engagements include concerts at the Place des Arts in Montréal for Pro Musica, in the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival in Winnipeg and with the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

She performs on a beautiful Guarnerius built in 1742, which belonged to the famous violinist and pedagogue Carl Flesch.

Gwen Klassen


Described as “technically brilliant and always musical”, Gwen Klassen is the Assistant Principal Flute and Principal Piccolo of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; the position she has held for 14 years. From 2003-2006 she was the Acting Principal Flute as well.

Ms. Klassen was born and raised in Winnipeg, where she studied flute from the age of nine. She continued her musical training at the University of Manitoba, graduating on the Dean’s List, with a Bachelor of Music in flute performance, winning many competitions, awards and scholarships along the way. Ms. Klassen went on to study at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois under renowned pedagogue Walfrid Kujala. At age 22, Ms. Klassen received her Masters of Music from Northwestern University with the prestigious award for Performance Excellence. She has participated in many summer festivals taking her from Washington DC with the National Orchestral Institute (US A) to Ontario with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Gwen played with the Winnipeg Symphony and toured with the Phantom of the Opera production to Hawaii and Alaska.

Ms. Klassen has recorded for CBC and has performed as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. The past few seasons have seen Gwen perform recitals for the Celebrity Series at the University of Calgary and the Instrumental Society of Calgary as well as organize and perform recitals for the benefit of the Cochrane Humane Society PetsDOMatter campaign, a cause near and dear to her heart. She performs regularly with chamber groups Rosa Selvatica, Land’s End and Kensington Sinfonia.

Ms. Klassen is a dedicated teacher. After taking a few years respite from teaching to raise her children, she is now Instructor of Flute at the University of Calgary. Her students have won orchestral positions as well as National competitions. The positive nature of her teaching combined with her demanding work ethic produces excellent flute players and musicians. She has been asked to give Masterclasses throughout Western Canada and has adjudicated for Canadian Music Competition and the Syrinx Flute Festival. Ms. Klassen is the founder and director of the Pender Island Flute Retreat where the experienced flutists may seek a deeper connection with music through personal growth.

Midori Koga


With performances described as “passionate” (Ann Arbor News) and “terrific” (St. Petersburg Times), pianist Midori Koga has been featured as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, including appearances at the American New Arts Festival, the Al Fresno New Music Festival, the ProMozart Society of Detroit, the World Saxophone Congress in Valencia Spain, and the International Computer Music Festival. Chamber music collaborations include those with the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble Nexus, Soundstreams Ensemble, with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and the Toronto Wind Quintet. In addition, she has performed with the Esprit Orchestra, and the TSO in their New Creations Festival. She has also recorded for the Equilibrium label as a member of the Michigan Chamber Players; the CD has recently been re-released by Albany label. A new CD recorded with mezzo-soprano Patricia Green entitled Ice Age and Beyond: Works by Canadian Women Composers, is funded by a grant through the Canadian Music Centre, and has just been released in January 2009.

An advocate of contemporary music, she commissions, performs and records with the new music ensemble Quorum whose CD, Cold Water, Dry Stone: The Music of Evan Chambers, is carried by the Albany label. The ensemble has performed throughout the USA including a highly acclaimed debut in New York’s Merkin Hall, and has held residencies at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the John Donald Robb Composers Symposium in New Mexico, with the Cleveland Composers Forum, and was featured ensemble at NewMusicTampa.

Equally active as clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Koga has served in the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and presented pedagogical workshops worldwide including the International Society for Music Education Conference in Bologna, Italy; Music Teachers’ National Association Conferences in Washington DC, Seattle, Toronto; and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Atlanta.

Midori Koga currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and a performance diploma from the Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg, Austria. During her tenure as graduate student at the University of Michigan, she was awarded the University-wide Outstanding Teaching Award, the Rackham Dissertation Grant, and was winner of the prestigious Concerto Competition.

Mireille Lagacé

Organ, Harpsichord

Mireille Lagacé was born in 1935 near Montréal. She studied organ with Anton Heiller in Vienna and Bernard Lagacé in Montréal. A prize winner in the Munich and Geneva international organ competitions in 1962, she was also finalist in Geneva as a harpsichordist in 1965. After her return from Europe in 1957, she became a member of the Montréal group of organists known as Ars Organi, which has been very active in the organ reform movement in North America.

One of the rare performers to be equally at ease on organ, harpsichord and pianoforte, Mireille Lagacé has been described as being among the most sough-after artists on the international recital scene. In 1953, the Montréal press described her as “An authentic revelation” and, later on, Toronto festivals presented her as “Canada’s first lady of the organ”. She is also a sensitive interpreter of the French and romantic repertoire.

A frequent performer for Radio-Canada’s series “Les grands concerts”, she also was a featured recitalist at several organist conventions, organ inaugurations and summer festivals both in America and abroad. Her concert career has been distinguished by the brilliance of her technique as well as the vitality of her performances. Lagacé has recorded most of Bach’s harpsichord works on the Calliope label and, with her husband, the complete works of Buxtehude on the Phonovox label. In 1985, her CBC recording entitled Great French Organ Works was nominated for a Juno award. Her most recent recording is that of the six partitas by Bach for the Atma label. She started her teaching career in 1973 as a professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where she still teaches harpsichord, organ and baroque ensembles. She also taught at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1970 to 1980. Since the 1960s, she has acted as a guest teacher and/or judge in many summer academies and competitions across the world, in Orford, Vancouver, Calgary, St-Dié-des-Vosges (France), Atlanta, Kansas, Los Angeles, New York, Washington (USA), etc. and since 2000, in Saorge (France) for La semaine de l’orgue italien.

Her most recent activities include a recital in Notre-Dame-de-Paris in the series New world artist as well as in the international series of the Old-West Church in Boston. She has also played all of the Haydn and Mozart trios on the pianoforte in Montréal as well as the Bach harpsichord works.

In 2008, she toured Japan and was invited to be part of the jury for the 6th International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo The same year she was part of the jury of the Canadian International Organ Competition.

Catherine Meunier

Keyboard Percussion

A native of Sherbrooke, Catherine Meunier began her percussion studies at the age of twelve. She was the first percussionist to win the prestigious Prix d’Europe and, on this occasion she also received the Canadian Music Centre Prize for the best interpretation of a Canadian work.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Catherine Meunier has given concerts in Canada, USA, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan. She has been a guest soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico, the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and Ensemble Prestissimo. Her duo with flautist Marie-Hélène Breault performed over forty concerts in Québec, Ontario and the Maritimes as part of the 2004-2005 Jeunesses Musicales du Canada concert season. The duo was also a finalist for the prestigious Opus Prize 2006-2007 for Concert of the Year — Regions. She is an active performer of contemporary music, having premiered many works for marimba or percussion by composers such as Andrew MacDonald, Michel Frigon, Alejandra Odgers, Nicolas Gilbert, Christien Ledroit, Katia Makdissi-Warren and Emily Hall. In November 2006, she was a guest performer at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas, alongside Shawn Mativetsky and Marie-Hélène Breault. She has given several master classes in Canada in addition to being a jury member for the Canadian Music Competition. She is a founding member of the Ensemble Mont-Royal and the violin-marimba duo, The Wooden Project. She is also heard on the airwaves of the CBC, Radio-Canada and Opus 94 (Mexico).

Catherine Meunier completed her Doctorate in Music Performance at the Université de Montréal. She also holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a Master from McGill University and a Bachelor from the Université de Sherbrooke. She has studied with numerous professors such as Robert van Sice, Mario Boivin, Serge Desgagnés, D’Arcy Gray, Andrei Malashenko and Pierre Béluse.

Catherine Meunier is sponsored by the Pearl/Adams Corporation.

Ian Murphy


Ian Murphy is a guitarist based in Magog, Québec, who graduated from the Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal where he studied under Alvaro Pierri, a noted pedagogue and virtuoso. In 1994, Ian Murphy completed a Bachelor of Music in performance and received the Pierre J. Jeanniot scholarship for the most deserving student. He was also a three-time first-prize winner at the Concours Guitare-Mauricie in chamber music and was a finalist at the Orchestre du Mont-Royal’s competition and the Canadian Music Competition. He completed a master’s degree in music at the Université de Montréal in 1996 and performed several concerts and made a number of recordings for Radio-Canada. Ian Murphy has also attended master classes with Léo Brouwer, David Russell and Roberto Aussel. This accomplished musician can play various types of music ranging from Renaissance to modern music, as well as tango to contemporary music. In 2000, he published 36 transcriptions for violin and guitar with Hal Leonard Publishing, featuring the works from noted Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla.

Ian Murphy has worked as a teacher at the Cégep de Drummondville since 2001. He is also involved in music recording, especially the classical guitar, and is an Apple-certified Logic Pro trainer. His first disc featuring guitar pieces from J.S. Bach, Llobet and Carlevaro will be released in 2009.

Bonnie Nicholson


Bonnie Nicholson is a pianist, teacher and chamber musician from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the R.C.M. Teachers and influences are varied and include mentor, Robin Harrison.

Since 1985, Bonnie has served as a Sessional Lecturer in Piano, at the Department of Music, University of Saskatchewan. As part of her solo and teaching career, she has received the Florence Bowes Piano Pedagogy Scholarship (1993), the Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award for Excellence from the University of Saskatchewan Association of Student Musicians (2000) and the Sylvia Wallace Award for Sessional Teaching Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan (2004). In their recommendations and evaluations, students and colleagues have commented on Bonnie’s “innovative and insightful teaching methods”, and her “enthusiasm and encouragement”. Ms. Nicholson’s students consistently excel at competitions, festivals and exams, locally, provincially and nationally. Recent highlights have come in February 2006, when former student Dr. Thomas Yu won the 17th Concours international des grands amateurs de piano, in Paris, France, and in January 2009, when former student Samuel Deason tied for first place in the Glenn Gould School’s Concerto Competition. For many years, Bonnie has been an avid supporter of the Canadian Music Competition. She currently serves as secretary for the Saskatchewan committee.

Bonnie Nicholson appears on CD with bass-baritone Henri Loiselle, the Saskatoon Children’s Choir, the Saskatoon Fireside Singers and most recently, trumpeter Dean McNeill’s disc entitled Melange. A new recording with saxophonist Glen Gillis is in progress.

Mika Putterman


Born in Montréal, Mika is one of Canada’s brightest up and coming players of the baroque flute. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree with honours from McGill University, Mika was accepted at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris and moved to France. In 2001, she graduated with high distinction from the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussels where she studied with Barthold Kuijken and Marc Hantaï for four years.

Mika is the artistic director of Autour de la flûte, an ensemble which features the wooden flute from the baroque era to the romantic era. Autour de la flûte was nominated in 2007 for an Opus prize in the category Concert of the year—medieval, Renaissance and baroque music. Autour de la flûte has been invited to perform in numerous festivals such as the Montréal Baroque Festival, the Montréal Highlights Festival, the Bach Académie, and the Lanaudière Festival.

Mika has performed with numerous groups both in Canada and Europe such as Arion (Montréal), Tafelmusik (Toronto), Il Fondamento (Belgium), Ensemble XVIII-21 (France), Les Menus Plaisirs du Roy (France) and the Theater of Early Music (Montréal). She has performed with members of La Petite Bande and has had the privilege of working with such conductors as Daniel Cuiller, Paul Dombrecht, Manfredo Kraemer, Barthold Kuijken, Jeanne Lamon, Jaap Ter Linden, Hervé Niquet, Dominique Visse and Julian Wachner.

Mika has recorded concerts for both the CBC and Radio-Canada, and has recorded with the label and with Atma. Her latest CD, Telemann: Tutti flauti, on which she appears as a soloist, was nominated for both an Opus prize and a Juno Award.

Helga Tucker


Danish born mezzo-soprano, Helga Tucker has recently moved to Toronto from the Okanagan, British Columbia, where for the past 15 years she has had a very active and successful studio.

Many of her students have won first place in various competitions. At The Performing Arts BC, her students have consistently won in all categories: junior, intermediate, senior and national level. International voice competition winners include: International Choral Kathaumixw 1st place soloist, Metropolitan Opera Regional 1st place, and The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (USA) finalists. Students have been accepted and are currently attending Glenn Gould School, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute, and major Canadian universities.

Ms. Tucker received her vocal studies and pedagogy training with renowned master teacher Bernard Diamant. Earlier studies include Illowna Kombrink in Madison (Wisconsin) and The Victoria Conservatory of Music, BC.

Her performances have taken her across Canada in recital, oratorio and opera. Contemporary song cycle Starsfall, 5 songs for mezzo-soprano and piano by Canadian composer Michael Baker, was written for her and she premiered this work in Toronto.

Ms. Tucker is an active adjudicator and is on the board of examiners of the RCM. She holds an ARCT Performer, ARCT Teacher, and a LTCL degree from Trinity College, England. In addition she was awarded from the USA, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Award of Recognition.

Line Villeneuve


Line Villeneuve holds a Doctorate in Music from the Université de Montréal and has been working in Estrie for almost 20 years as an accompanist, chamber musician and teacher of piano and music history. She studied piano with Natalie Pépin, Marc Durand, Dorothy Morton and Robert Weisz. Ms. Villeneuve has taken part in workshops in Europe with Pierre Sancan and Monique Déchaussée and in Alberta with Marek Jablonsky. A recipient of scholarships from cultural organizations including Les Amis de l’Art foundation at the Université de Montréal, the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, The Banff Centre for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts, Line Villeneuve has performed often, in particular at Domaine Forget in St-Irenée and at the Festival d’été de Lanaudière. As a result of her extensive experience in music, she is often asked to be a jury member for music competitions. As a teacher, she is frequently invited to give workshops and master classes at different institutions. Having taught at the Université de Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke, she now teaches at the Cégep de Sherbrooke.

Joan Watson


Joan Watson is Canada’s foremost horn soloist, principal horn, lecture and educator. Joan is highly regarded as a consummate musician and skilled virtuoso. Her contributions across the country include presently serving as principal horn of the Canadian Opera Orchestra, founding member of the prestigious True North Brass quintet, Associate Principal Horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 14 seasons (having won the job while 8 months pregnant), and Principal Horn of the Esprit Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Opera and Vancouver Opera Orchestras.

Joan is frequently heard on the CBC as a chamber musician and with New Music Concerts. She has been a featured soloist at the International Women’ s Brass Conference, the International Horn Symposium in Banff, and the International Brass Quintet Symposium in Atlanta. Joan is scheduled to be a featured soloist and lecturer at the International Horn Symposium in Chicago in 2009. In June, 2010 she will host the International Women’s Brass Conference in Toronto.

As well, you will hear her on numerous commercials, television shows and movie scores. Joan’s solo CD, Songs My Mother Taught Me, is a wonderful collection of favourite soothing tunes. Joan has a 25-year-old relationship with Yamaha Canada as a Yamaha artist and clinician. In 2008, the Yamaha Corporation chose to make a poster of Joan, making her the first woman brass player in the world featured on a Yamaha poster.

A member of the University of Toronto’s faculty of music, Joan teaches horn and lectures on Performance Skills, audition preparation, practice tips, and creating a passionate and fulfilling life of music making.