Music Tutor in Percussion
(B. Mus. Université de Montréal; D.E.C. in Music, Cegep de Sherbrooke)
A native of Sherbrooke Quebec, Gilles Anctil was born in 1961 and began formal training in piano earning a "Superior" diploma in 1979 from the Jesus Marie School.
Between 1980 and 1983, Gilles studied symphonic percussion with René Béchard at the Cegep de Sherbrooke and later obtained a D.E.C. (Collegiate Diploma) in music. Between 1983 and 1987, Mr. Anctil pursued classical studies with Robert Leroux as well as jazz and pop interpretation, studio recording and acoustics with Camille Bélisle and Richard Provençal at the Université de Montréal ultimately obtaining a Bachelor's Degree. In 1984 during his studies in Montreal, he was also a Laureate and recipient of the "Programme d'encouragement aux talents canadiens de CITE-FM."
Mr. Anctil has been an active teacher in the Eastern Townships since the early 1980's. From 1982 to 1989, he taught at Carillon, Collège du Mont-Sainte-Anne, Mitchell, Montcalm and Asbestos Musical Camps. In 1987 he began founding the percussion program for many area primary and high schools. These programs were later approved and certified by l'Université du Québec in Montréal. Since 1989, Mr. Anctil has been a full-time instructor at the Cegep de Sherbrooke where he teaches a variety of classes including symphonic and Latin percussion, percussion ensemble, Latin ensemble music, rhythm workshops, M.I.D.I. technology, computer music, sound engineering, studio recording and sound reinforcement. He has also taught percussion at Bishop's University since 1990.
Since 1973 Mr. Anctil has maintained an active career as a free-lance percussionist. From 1989-2000, Mr. Anctil was a member of the Sherbrooke Symphonic Orchestra and from 1989-2000, was a member of the Ensemble à vent de Sherbrooke and from 1989-1993, participated in the Gilles Dion Ballroom Orchestra.
Mr. Anctil is also the owner of a 1200 square foot state-of-the-art digital recording studio where he has produced CD and DVD projects since 1998 in various genres including opera, choral, rock and jazz.
Phone: 819 564-6350 ext. 6404
Music Tutor in Violin
(On leave 2013-2014)
Born in Montreal, Geneviève Beaudry began her musical studies at a very young age. She graduated from the Montreal Conservatory of Music and pursued further studies at the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands) and the Sienna Chigiana Academy (Italy). She was the concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières from 1990 to 1993 and is presently the concertmaster for the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens. As a committed chamber musician, she was a member of the Quatuor Bozzini with whom she played important concerts in New York and Buffalo, among numerous other performances. Ms. Beaudry has also participated in major festivals (Ottawa, Orford, Lanaudière), and can often be heard on CBC.
Music Tutor in Violin
Solange Bouchard is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory of Music (1992) where she studied with Johanne Arel and Raymond Dessaints. She regularly performs with such notable ensembles as the Grands Ballets Canadians, Appassionata Ensemble, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres, Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Orchestre Metropolitain and the Orchestre du Festival de Lanaudière.
In the world of popular music, she has collaborated with such renowned artists as Barbara Streisand, Céline Dion, Barry White, Robert Plant and Josh Groban.
Solange also maintains an active teaching studio as well as working in various music schools in the Montreal area.
Music Tutor in Flute
(Docerend en Uitvoerend Musicus met onderscheiding, Utrechts Conservatory of Music)
Originally from the Netherlands, Albert Brouwer graduated with distinction from the Utrecht Conservatory of Music (Netherlands) studying with Abbie de Quant. In 1994 he moved to Canada to study with Timothy Hutchins in Montreal.
Albert is the principal flutist in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) and in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra (NY) and substitutes in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He was formerly a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany where he played under the baton of conductors G. Solti, L. Maazel, M. Rostropovich and V. Gergiev.
He regularly performs solo and chamber music concerts in Montreal and the New England areas.
He has performed as a soloist with the Springfield and Vermont Symphony Orchestras the Khachaturian and Liebermann flute concertos, Vivaldi concertos and the Bach Brandenburg concertos with Jaime Laredo on violin. In 2009 he performed the Mozart Flute Concerto in G with the New Hampshire Philharmonic.
Mr. Brouwer teaches flute at Bishop’s University and lives with his wife Stéphanie and their two sons Aiken and Jorik in Saint–Constant, Quebec.
Music Tutor in Classical Guitar
A native of Montreal, Michel Caron earned his DEC diploma from the Montreal Conservatory as well as his Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Montreal. His teachers have included Marie Prével, Stephen Fentok, and Peter McCutcheon. He has been a professor at the CEGEP in Sherbrooke, Quebec since 1980 where he teaches classical guitar and chamber music among other courses. Since 2008, he has been teaching classical guitar and directing of the guitar ensemble at Bishop’s University. Many of his students have won top prizes in the Concours de l’Estrie.
Mr. Caron specializes in Latin and Spanish music and performs regularly as soloist and duettist with Paulyn Lacroix. His impressive discography includes the albums Je me souviens, (prix d’excellence in 1990 from the City of Sherbrooke) ADEUS, (1997; XXI-21) Faery Spring (1999; XXI-21 SRI) and Danza de la Seduccion (2000; XXI-21 SRI).
Phone: 819 346-3082
Dr. Jamie Crooks
Director Emeritus of the University Singers
(B. Mus. Mount Allison University; M.A. and Ph.D. [Philosophy] U. of T.)
Jamie Crooks was born on Prince Edward Island in 1959. He studied music at Mount Allison University where he majored in piano and served as assistant conductor of the Mount Allison Choral Society. In graduate study at the University of Toronto, his area of specialization was German Philosophy. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche. He is the current chair of the Bishop's University Department of Philosophy, past director of the Liberal Arts Programme and its predecessor, the Interdisciplinary Major in Classics, Philosophy and Religion.
Prof. Crooks' choral experience is extensive. As an undergraduate, he sang under the direction of (among others) George Evelyn, Ronald Goddard, Darrell Johnson and John Washburn. While pursuing graduate study, he was a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, singing under Elmer Isler and Andrew Davis, and served (at different times) as section leader (baritone) for the choirs of the Eglington and Howard Park United Churches and for Christ Church Deer Park Anglican Church. On three occasions, he was choral/musical accompanist/director for productions at the Hart House Theatre. In his early years at Bishop's, he was a member of the St. Mark's Chapel Choir, the Bishop's University Singers, and the Ensemble Vocale Amadeus of Sherbrooke. He has served as conductor of the University Singers since 1999.
Office: POL 312
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2338
Music Tutor in Voice
(B.A. University of Ottawa; B.Mus. and M.Mus. Université de Montréal)
Gail Desmarais has had a busy career as a soprano soloist. Specializing in the genres of oratorio and song, she has also performed major roles in many of the great sacred works of the French and German repertoire. She has been invited to perform, among others, with the Amati Ensemble, the Orchestre métropolitain of Montreal, and the symphony orchestras of Sherbrooke, the Town of Mount Royal, Trois Rivières, and Montérégie. She has also sung at several international music festivals, including Lanaudière, Québec et Carthage (Tunisia).
Her singing is available on ten CDs, and she has been recorded over sixty times by the French network of CBC. In the realm of choral music, she has taken part in international choral festivals in Winnipeg, Québec, and Vaison-la-Romaine (France).
In addition to her active career as a performer, Gail Desmarais teaches voice at the University of Montreal, the University of Sherbrooke, Concordia University, and Bishop's University. Her students have been awarded many prizes over the years.
Dr. Jack Eby
Professor of Music History and Literature
(B.Mus. U.B.C.; M.A. Western; Ph.D. King's College, London)
Jack Eby began his studies at the University of British Columbia where he studied Arts and Music. Pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, where he took an M.A in Musicology, writing a thesis on the sacred music of Haydn. His doctoral studies took him to London, England, and eventually to Paris, where his dissertation centred on the Chapel Master of Louis XVI, François Giroust. He taught briefly at the University of Western Ontario before coming to Bishop's in 1984.
His subsequent research has been based in Versailles, and he has published articles on the music of Giroust, French sacred music in general at the end of the 18th Century, and the music of the French Revolutionary period. Awarded a position as chercheur associé with the C.N.R.S. (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France) in 1993-1994, he also holds a position as associated researcher at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, he returns quite willingly to Versailles to further his research. A catalogue raisonné of the music of Giroust is in the final stages of preparation, and several scores have already been published by the CMBV.
Aside from his passion for French music, Dr. Eby gets very enthused in his history classes about all sorts of music from Medieval times to the end of the 19th century, and gladly shares his fondness for Canadian music and opera with his students. His annual bus trips to the opera in Montreal are a long-standing institution. Dr. Eby also teaches for the Liberal Arts programme at Bishop's.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2422
Pamela Gill Eby
Music Tutor in Organ
(B.A., B.Ed., Western)
Pamela Gill Eby is a native of London, Ontario. She studied organ with Dr. Larry Cortner at the University of Western Ontario, where she earned a B.Mus. ( theory and performance concentration) and B. Ed.(with distinction). She later pursued her studies with Susan Landale at the Conservatoire Nationale de Rueil-Malmaison in France.
In 1973 Pamela Gill Eby was awarded first prize in the national organ competition sponsored by the Summer Institute of Church Music in Whitby, Ontario. She was also a recipient of a Belgian government scholarship in 1975 for summer studies in Mechelen, Belgium with Flor Peeters. She has performed in Canada, the U.S.A. and France, and has been recorded by the CBC. She has held a number of church positions, and her love of choral music, which grew under the direction of Deryl Johnson at UWO, has prompted her to write various psalm settings and musical arrangements for choir.
In her capacity as University Organist, she helped design the beautiful two manual Wilhelm tracker organ installed in St. Mark's Chapel in 1994 to celebrate the university's sesquicentennial. Ms. Eby has also studied Fine Art in Canada and France, and has taught arts courses for the Education Department. In 2004 she was recognized with an "Excellence in Teaching" award for her work. She is married to Dr. Jack Eby, and looks forward as much as he does to travelling in France.
Phone: 819 842-2313
Assistant Director of the University Singers
Winnipeg-born soprano Melinda Enns has conquered the operatic, oratorio and recital stages earning her the respect of audiences and colleagues alike. She has appeared locally with the Winnipeg Symphony, Winnipeg Singers, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Mennonite Community Orchestra and nationally in Toronto, Edmonton, Charlottetown and Quebec City. Recent international appearances include performances in 2004 and 2006 as soloist and chorister in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.
In 1997, Ms. Enns toured Europe as a master class soloist with Helmuth Rilling's International Bach Akedemie and since 1990 has been a member of Rilling's Oregon Bach Festival Choir and was involved in recordings of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Schubert's Mass in E Minor, Handel's Messiah, Dvorak's Stabat Mater and the Grammy award-winning Penderecki Credo.
On the opera stage, Ms. Enns has performed compramario roles in Rigoletto and Turandot and leading roles in Winnipeg's Opera Project and G&S Society. In Edmonton, sang the role of Mrs. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor to critical acclaim. As a champion of avant-garde repertoire, Ms. Enns has appeared in Cavanaugh/Wisensel's City Worker's in Love (1990), Bruce Nichol's Trojan Women (1994) and has recorded Paul McIntyre's Thirteen Hands (2000).
As a recitalist, Ms. Enns’ repertoire ranges from traditional German lieder to that of many contemporary Canadian composers. Since 2002, she has resided in Quebec Canada with her husband and has performed for Her Excellency, Adrienne Clarkson former Governor General of Canada and was recorded and broadcast for CBC Radio-Canada. She was also the soprano soloist with the Amadeus choir of Quebec in performances of Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Messiah as well as with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra in performances of Haydn’s Creation Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Currently she is the assistant choir conductor of the Bishop's University Choir. She also maintains an active teaching studio and is a proud mother of two children.
Phone: 819 823-6889
Dr. Pauline Farrugia
Director of Chamber Music Ensembles
Music Tutor in Clarinet and Saxophone
(B.Mus. Perf. U. of T.; M.Mus. Perf., D.Mus. Perf. McGill; B.B.A. Bishop's)
Ms. Farrugia received her Bachelor's Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Master's Degree in Chamber Music Performance and a Doctorate in Clarinet Performance from McGill University (Montréal). Pauline Farrugia has been solo clarinettist of The Musica Nova Ensemble since 1989 and the clarinettist of The Estria Woodwind Quintet since 1997. With these two groups she has commissioned and premiered a large number of new Canadian works and she is frequently recorded and broadcast by La Société Radio-Canada. With the Estria Woodwind Quintet, Ms. Farrugia has released two compact discs on the ATMA Classique recording label, each of which has received a nomination for the Prix Opus by Le Conseil Québécois de la Musique. She has also released a CD with the Centrediscs label of The Canadian Music Centre.
In addition to The Musica Nova Ensemble and The Estria Woodwind Quintet, Pauline Farrugia has worked with The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (Toronto), The Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, The Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (Montréal), The Slee Sinfonietta (Buffalo, NY) and June in Buffalo. She has also given many solo and chamber recitals within the region of the Eastern Townships as part of the Musique Chez Nous, Place de la Cité and Festival de Lac Massawippi concert series. Ms. Farrugia has performed in Canada, the United States and Europe and she teaches clarinet and chamber music at Bishop’s University. Ms. Farrugia is also an adjudicator for The McGill Conservatory of Music and she is regularly invited by McGill University to give talks on musical career development.
Music Tutor in Voice
(B. Mus. Hon. Western)
After initial vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, soprano Eleanor Gang graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (Honours), where she studied singing with Alvin Reimer and Mary Morrison, and choral conducting with Deral Johnston. She pursued further voice studies with Beverley Rinaldi at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, participating in Joan Morrison's seminar on popular American song, and was in great demand as an interpreter of new compositions. Since then, she has performed extensively in many music genres, specializing in Elizabethan lute songs and the repertoire for voice and guitar, for both of which she is joined by her husband, guitarist/lutenist and composer, Andrew MacDonald. Miss Gang is also well versed in German Lieder and French mélodies, and continues to specialize in new music. She was a founding member of Ensemble Musica Nova in 1989, and has returned to the ensemble as a vocalist and administrator. She has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras across Canada and the U.S.A. and has been recorded often by Société-Radio Canada and the CBC. From 1975 to 1978 she was a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under the direction of Elmer Eisler, she has taught singing at the Brandon Conservatory of Music, and has been a member of the Department of Music faculty at Bishop's University since 1988. Miss Gang sings with the University Singers, and pursues other interests as a part-time student at Bishop's, including classics and fine arts.
Instructor (Part-time) in Music Theory
Director of the University Singers
Fannie Gaudette holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Music) from Bishop's University (2001) and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Université Laval (2004). Her teachers have included Mark Widner, Richard Raymond and Arturo Nieto-Dorantes. She has also performed in festivals and master classes with Jean Saulnier, Jamie Parker, the Alcan String Quartet, Jean Marchand, Michel Fournier and Carmen Picard. Accompanist for the Bishop's University Singers since 1999, she also worked as co-musical director for the Bishop's production of "Half a Sixpence" (2004) and George Rideout's "A Beatle's Midsummer Night's Dream" (2006). She also serves as staff accompanist for the music department and teaches classes in Musical Skills and Music History.
Instructor (Part-time) in Music Literature
MICHAEL GAUTHIER's soulful approach to the jazz guitar follows Aaron Copland's philosophy : "Music should be as simple as possible but no simpler." A self-taught improviser, Gauthier's prowess as a performer has placed him on stage with numerous internationally known jazz stars. His playing style evokes the human voice and is influenced by guitarists Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, and Robert Johnson, and singers Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix. His compositions incorporate dancing rhythms, lyrical conversations and a touch of blues. A favorite on the club and festival scene, he can be heard regularly on both local and national radio broadcasts.
One of the earliest graduates of the Music Programme at Bishop's, while it was led by Howard Brown, Mike has returned to his "roots", as a teacher of jazz guitar and director of the Jazz Ensemble, as well as giving a course in Jazz History. He also teaches jazz at McGill, U. de Sherbrooke, and U. de Montréal.
Mike, who has performed with the likes of Big John Patton, Jimmy Heath and Clifford Jordan, has three CDs to his credit. His first two feature his quartet playing an array of Gauthier originals. The latest CD release is a joint effort with organist Lorrie Goodman. Entitled Eye to Eye, the CD investigates the organ trio idiom.
" ... Mike Gauthier, L'un des meilleurs guitarists jazz au Canada ." - Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir
" Gauthier est un véritable virtuose de son instrument, un athlète des notes detachees claires, nettes ." - Jacques Larue-Laglois, Le Devoir
" He shows fine technique on his old hollow body electric and his flair for rythmic improvisation is impeccable ." - Juan Rodriguez, The Montreal Gazette
Phone: 450 583-2171
Music Tutor in Jazz Guitar
Jon Gearey graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s jazz studies program in 1991 and has studied privately in New York with such greats as Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins and Kurt Rosenwinkel. In Montreal he studied under the legendary Nelson Symonds, Art Roberts and Greg Clayton. He is a jazz guitar professor and combo coach at l’Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University and Marianopolis College. Jon has performed at most jazz festivals across Canada, studied and played in New York City and held extended engagements in Japan and Korea. Jon toured Canada as part of the Michel Donato Trio and has opened concerts for Michael Bublé in Montreal. Jon is a much sought after musician and has recorded on many CD’s as both leader and sideman. In 1997 he made the switch from 6 to 7-string guitar and specializes in duo and trio settings. For more information go to www.AvalonMotel.net.
Guillaume Gilbert studied classical guitar at the Cégep de Drummondville (2001-2003) receiving first prize at the Guitare-Drummond Competition. He then attended the University of Sherbrooke studying jazz guitar and composition where he received his B. Mus. in addition to several government grants. He is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University.
For more than eight years, M. Gilbert has been active both as a professional musician and teacher in the Sherbrooke area and elsewhere in Quebec. His first CD under his own name, just released in 2013, is a trio recording of lesser-known standards. It features his own brand of playing, influenced by major jazz performers including Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Hank Mobley, Chet Baker, Grant Green and Ed Bickert. He has also performed on other jazz, pop and rock albums by Roxane De Lafontaine, Philibert Bélanger, Brazz and Dactylo Fidelity.
He currently teaches at both Bishop’s University and the University of Sherbrooke.
Dr. Pamela Jones
Professor (Part-time) of Music History and Literature
(B.Mus., McGill; Ph.D. Musicology, King's College, London)
Pamela Jones has had a life-long passion for both music and dance. With the aid of a United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholarship she studied musicology at King's College, University of London. At the same time she studied early dance at the Julliard School, the New England Conservatory, and the Nonsuch Historical Dance Company (U.K.). She combined her interests in her Ph.D. in musicology (awarded in 1989 by King's College) with a thesis exploring the relation between music and dance in seventeenth-century Milan.
Jones has given workshops on Renaissance and Baroque dance and music at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies (U.K.), the Ecole Nationale de Danse Contemporaine (school of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), and a number of institutions in Canada, Britain, Italy, and the U.S. She currently holds teaching positions at the National Theatre School of Canada and Ballet Divertimento. She has also been associated with Bishop's University for more than ten years. All three of these teaching establishments have encouraged her interdisciplinary approach to cultural history.
Jones has published a number of articles in journals and reference books such as New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
She is presently completing a biography of the Argentinean-Canadian composer alcides lanza (to be published by McGill-Queens University Press).
Although Jones has received a number a prestigious awards and grants (including three from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and two from the Fonds FCAC), the one she treasures the most is the "Excellence in Teaching Award" she received from Bishop's University in 2004. This prize, awarded on the basis of student evaluations, is very dear to her heart.
Music Tutor in Cello
Diplômée de l'Université McGill, Anne-Marie Leblanc fut l'élève des réputés violoncellistes Antonio Lysy et Brian Manker. Au cours des années , elle a participée a de nombreux festivals, dont l'Orchestre National des jeunes du Canada, le Festival du Domaine Forget, The Pierre Monteux School, le Centre d'Arts Orford. C'est dans le cadre de ces Festivals qu'elle eut la chance d'étudier avec Walter Joachim, Laurence Lesser, Alan Stepansky et Jean-Guyen Querras. Durant toutes ces années, la violoncelliste s'est méritée plusieurs prix, dont le Premier Prix du Festival-Concours de Sherbrooke et de la région de l'Estrie, la première place au Prix d'Expression Musicale du Québec, une bourse de l'Université McGill et une bourse du Centre d'Arts Orford pour un séjour de perfectionnement en Belgique. Anne-Marie Leblanc travaille comme pigiste dans différents ensembles et orchestres de la région Montréalaise. On a pu l'entendre à plusieurs reprises à la radio et à la télé de Radio-Canada. Anne-Marie Leblanc se retrouve sur plusieurs albums d'artistes québécois comme : Coral Egan, Caïman Fu, The Stars, Roch Voisine, etc. De plus, elle enseigne avec grande passion le violoncelle et la musique de chambre au Cégep de Sherbrooke et à l'Université Bishop's.
Dr. Andrew MacDonald
Professor of Theory & Composition,
Director of the Bishop's Chamber Orchestra and
Music Tutor in Classical Guitar
(B.Mus. Western; M.Mus. and D.M.A. Michigan)
The compositions of Andrew Paul MacDonald have won many prestigious prizes, including the 1995 Juno Award for “Best Classical Composition” for his Violin Concerto. His many compositions have been performed across the country by such notable ensembles as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Esprit Orchestra, l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, The Evergreen Club and the I Musici de Montréal. He has had works commissioned by outstanding orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo performers, music competitions, the Canadian Opera Company and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His works are frequently broadcast on CBC and Société Radio-Canada, and have been performed in Australia, China, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, Ukraine and Canada. Thirty-three of his compositions have been recorded on eighteen compact discs to date, and two for violin and piano on the ATMA and Centrediscs labels were both nominated for the 2005 East Coast Music Award. Of these, Jasper Wood's recording of MacDonald's works won that award, as well as the 2005 Canadian Independent Music Award. MacDonald recently finished Mary’s Wedding, a major opera for Pacific Opera Victoria, with libretto by Stephen Massicotte, which was premiered in November 2011 in Victoria, B. C. and later broadcast by the CBC.
Past Vice-President and Council member of the Canadian League of Composers, Executive Committee member of the Canadian Music Centre and founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Musica Nova, MacDonald performs in concert as a jazz and new music guitarist and as a conductor, and is professor of composition at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), Québec. Biographical articles on MacDonald are to be found in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2ed., 2001), the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com) and the Canadian Who's Who.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2395
Dr. Ross Osmun
Professor of Piano and Theory
Department Chair (2014-2015)
(B.Sc., B.Ed., B.Mus, Windsor; M.Mus., D.M.A., Eastman)
Originally from Windsor Ontario, Ross Osmun holds degrees from the University of Windsor, Royal Conservatory of Music and the prestigious Eastman School of Music. His principle teachers were Dr. E. G. Butler (Windsor) and Professor Barry Snyder. (Eastman) He has performed nationally as recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician with important debuts in Calgary, Banff, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Quebec City and Charlottetown. International engagements include those in the United States (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Washington D.C., Eugene Oregon and New York City) as well as those in France, Serbia, Germany, Austria and Russia.
Dr. Osmun teaches a wide range of courses including Piano Literature, Russian Music, Music Theory and Film Music as well as offering individual piano instruction. In 2008, he received the Humanities Teaching Award in recognition of his effective teaching and dedication to the student body. He has guest lectured across Canada and internationally in Spain, Germany, Austria and Serbia. He has also been featured in recital on CBC Radio-Canada with Winnipeg-born soprano Melinda Enns. Presently, he resides in Sherbrooke Quebec with his wife and their two children. Before arriving at Bishop's, Dr. Osmun held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Prince Edward Island.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2268
Instructor (Part-time) in Music History
Music Tutor in Harpsichord
Jean -Yves Saint-Pierre was born in Thetford Mines. After finishing medical studies at Université de Sherbrooke in 1990 and his specialized diploma in psychiatry in 1995, he began studying the harpsichord. He holds a B.A. (Honours, Music) from Bishop's University (2002) and a Master's Degree in harpsichord from the Université de Montréal. His principal teachers included Mary O'Keeffe, Luc Beausejour and Rejean Poirier. He is currently studying with Catherine Todorovsky in Montréal. He works as a psychiatrist at the C.H.U.S. - Hôtel-Dieu in Sherbrooke. In addition to his career as a soloist, he is the continuo player for the Bishop's Chamber Orchestra.
Cheryl Stroud - In Memoriam
Music Tutor in Piano and Staff Accompanist
This past summer, one of the Music Department’s longest-serving members lost her battle with cancer. Cheryl was initially invited to join the Music Department at Bishop's by Howard Brown and she taught piano and voice, and served as staff accompanist, for over 35 years. Many students and residents of the area have heard her perform though the years – as a solo pianist, in piano duets, in chamber music, as a singer and as a conductor. Her most recent performance was in April of this year. She also founded and until recently ran the Music programme at Champlain College.
In the past few years, her interest turned to theology and service, and after studying at Bishop's she was ordained as a deacon of the Anglican Church in May of this year. Valued as a student, a teacher, a colleague, a fellow performer and a friend, Cheryl will be missed by the entire Bishop’s community. Cheryl is survived by her husband David, and two sons, Bruce and Philip.
This year’s Howard Brown Memorial Concert will be dedicated in her memory.
Director of the Jazz and Rock/Pop Ensembles
Kevin Sullivan has many years of experience as a percussionist in a variety of musical styles. As a drummer, he has worked with jazz greats such as Tiger Okoshi, Mordy Ferber, Steve Swallow, Bob Mover, Fred Henke, Vic Vogel, and Vladimir Ponarovsky.
He has also played percussion for the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble, and works as an arranger and performer with Rick Hughes, the West Winds Musical Ensemble of Calgary, Bishop's University and Holland America Cruises.
His latest CD, with a trio including Mike Gauthier and organist Lorrie Goodman, is called "The Organization/What She Said Last Night" (Parallel Force PAFO-2602).
Phone: 819 562-8268
Music Tutor in Double Bass – Jazz
After completing a DEC in jazz trombone at the Cégep de Sherbrooke, Mathieu Tarlo continued studies in upright bass at Université de Sherbrooke, where he graduated with many honours and grants. He completed a B.A. in jazz interpretation as well as courses in instrumental pedagogy.
In addition to teaching for the last 12 years, Mathieu has also maintained an active performing career. He has been a part of numerous jazz projects (Contracteurs Généreux, Trio Guillaume Gilbert, Soul Call, Zikak trio); pop and rock projects (Galarno, Limbo); and Salsa/Latin projects (Habana Café, Grupo Trovando, Brazooke).
Mathieu has been a side man for numerous artists (Sylvain Daigneault, François Cousineau, Francis Rivard, Mike Goudreau, Pierre Blais, and others), and has performed with many nationally renowned artists including Ralph Bowen (Criss Cross, Verve, Blue Note), Jon Damian (Burklee School of Music), Steve Groves (7th Son Records), and Brad Turner (Maximum Jazz). Although mainly focused on jazz, Mathieu is experienced in a wide variety of styles both on stage and in the teaching and recording studio.