Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, mostly undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. The residential aspect of our small size (2,900 full-time students) encourages students to immerse themselves in the complete Bishop’s experience.
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One of the most enviable characteristics of the BU campus is its physical setting: nestled amongst the rivers, forests, farms and the rolling hills of Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships, the University’s location features breathtaking vistas and possesses an atmosphere of rare beauty and charm.
Our goal is to offer Canada’s foremost undergraduate education. We aspire to be the institution of choice for outstanding young people seeking academic excellence in a community that instills curiosity, confidence, courage and a sense of responsibility in its students.
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Bishop’s is more than just a university – it’s a lifestyle. BU is renowned for its small, intimate classes, amazing school spirit and genuine sense of community. It’s a place where you can pursue your passions and take advantage of a multitude of opportunities to make a difference and let your voice be heard.
Take a private and personalized guided tour in-person or online from the comfort of your home with one of our fantastic student ambassadors. We are offering 45-minute tours in-person on our beautiful campus or via the Zoom platform where you will be guided through a virtual video of our campus, its classrooms and buildings.
To apply to Bishop’s University, simply fill out the appropriate application form on our website. Applications for Fall entry generally open in early September and applications for Winter entry generally open in the spring or early summer.
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We understand that choosing a university is not always just about the experience – money matters too. It’s why we do everything we can to help you sort out your finances, ensuring payments are easy to manage and offering assistance where we can.
A liberal education is best defined as an educational philosophy, one that exposes students to a variety of disciplines and learning strategies and includes in-depth studies in at least one academic area. This style of education encourages students to ask questions, to consider all angles, to become excited by the pursuit of knowledge, to be confident in their abilities, and to become inspired through their academic experience.
In the School of Education, we combine hands-on, real world experience with challenging and stimulating coursework in subjects such as linguistic diversity, multicultural education, and individual differences, giving you the tools you need to teach locally – and around the world.
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In the Faculty of Arts and Science, we want you to move outside your comfort zone, open your mind to new possibilities, and explore your passions and interests! The Faculty of Arts and Science is composed of three divisions, Together, these three divisions encompass more than 30 different departments.
The Academic Calendar published by Bishop's University provides guidance to prospective students, applicants, current students, faculty and staff for the academic year. The information is updated annually in the summer.
Important dates for the upcoming academic semesters.
Bishop’s University offers a selection of graduate programs designed to give students the opportunity to further their academic and professional development while benefiting from the intimate setting of a small, liberal arts institution. Through theoretical learning and research-based practice, Bishop’s offers graduate students the opportunity to strengthen their leadership and critical reflection skills to prepare them for a successful career.
Our Research Office supports a wide range of scientific, scholarly, and creative research activities conducted by the faculty and students of the university. Over 50 per cent of our research personnel are undergraduate students, who have the opportunity to gain research experience, in labs, in archives, or in the field. Our professors are also researchers and artistic scholars who make significant contributions to their field of expertise.
Research and research creation are fundamental components of Bishop's University's mandate as a post-secondary institution in the Quebec and the Canadian landscape and beyond. Bishop's University has adopted a Strategic Research Plan in order to develop and promote its research profile.
Canada Research Chairs are held by tenure-stream faculty member at Bishop’s University. All Canada Research Chair positions are filled according to the Requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs. The university uses a full, open, and transparent process for recruiting applicants for Canada Research Chair positions.
The Research Office is responsible for ensuring that research with human participants, animals or biohazards at Bishop’s University meets the highest safety and ethical standards. It also provides support in matters related to intellectual property and the responsible conduct of research.
Bishop's University researchers may apply for internal or external research funding, as well as for specific grants destined to cover travel and publication costs.
Students at Bishop’s University are given many opportunities to participate in research activities. This section outlines the various opportunities that are offered to Bishop’s University students who wish to get involved in academic research.
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With sports facilities, services and activities to match a multitude of tastes and needs, we offer tons of options to get you moving and having fun.
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Student Services at Bishop’s University provides opportunities for individual growth in a learning community where the student is the centre of our educational mission.
In 1947 a competition was sponsored by the Committee on Athletics and The Campus newspaper to find a nickname for the University's Football team which would fire up the enthusiasm of the fans. Gaiters were an article of ecclesiastical clothing which covered part of the wearer's shoes and lower legs. These were worn by Bishops as part of the clerical dress when not robed.
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Whether you’re a dedicated athlete, a part-time, recreational player, a loyal Gaiters fan, or just looking to get active, you’re sure to find something at BU that will rev you up! With sports facilities, services and activities to match a multitude of tastes and needs, we offer tons of options to get you moving and having fun.
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Are you looking to improve your physical fitness? Want to participate in physical therapy sessions to help prevent injuries, or to care for injuries you have received? We can help you! Through our sports and recreation centre, we offer BU athletes and community members a variety of athletic services, including personal training sessions and a sports medicine clinic.
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Bishop’s University offers a variety of engaging and exciting bilingual summer camps to boys and girls ages 5-17. With over 30 years of experience, our popular Summer Camp programs are designed to enrich the lives of children and youth through high quality camp programming.
Opened in 2015, The John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre offers a wide array of programs and activities for the campus community and families in the Sherbrooke area.
Established in 1897, the Old Lennoxville Golf Club is one of the oldest in Canada. It is a focal point of the community. It boasts several prosperous leagues on the challenging par-35 layout.
Opened in 2018, the 7 KM of FIS certified groomed trails in the winter has brought a new clientele to the area. A partner of Club de Ski du Parc Mont Orford, skiing is a popular winter activity enjoyed by a number of ages. The trails regularly host elite-level events drawing competitors from across North America.
Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, mostly undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine...
One of the most enviable characteristics of the BU campus is its physical setting: nestled amongst the rivers, forests, farms and the rolling hills of Quebec...
Our goal is to offer Canada’s foremost undergraduate education. We aspire to be the institution of choice for outstanding young people seeking academic excel...
Bishop’s is more than just a university – it’s a lifestyle. BU is renowned for its small, intimate classes, amazing school spirit and genuine sense of commun...
Take a private and personalized guided tour in-person or online from the comfort of your home with one of our fantastic student ambassadors. We are offering ...
To apply to Bishop’s University, simply fill out the appropriate application form on our website. Applications for Fall entry generally open in early Septemb...
We understand that choosing a university is not always just about the experience – money matters too. It’s why we do everything we can to help you sort out y...
A liberal education is best defined as an educational philosophy, one that exposes students to a variety of disciplines and learning strategies and includes ...
In the School of Education, we combine hands-on, real world experience with challenging and stimulating coursework in subjects such as linguistic diversity, ...
In the Faculty of Arts and Science, we want you to move outside your comfort zone, open your mind to new possibilities, and explore your passions and interes...
The Academic Calendar published by Bishop's University provides guidance to prospective students, applicants, current students, faculty and staff for the aca...
Bishop’s University offers a selection of graduate programs designed to give students the opportunity to further their academic and professional development ...
Our Research Office supports a wide range of scientific, scholarly, and creative research activities conducted by the faculty and students of the university....
Research and research creation are fundamental components of Bishop's University's mandate as a post-secondary institution in the Quebec and the Canadian lan...
Canada Research Chairs are held by tenure-stream faculty member at Bishop’s University. All Canada Research Chair positions are filled according to the Requi...
The Research Office is responsible for ensuring that research with human participants, animals or biohazards at Bishop’s University meets the highest safety ...
Bishop's University researchers may apply for internal or external research funding, as well as for specific grants destined to cover travel and publication ...
Students at Bishop’s University are given many opportunities to participate in research activities. This section outlines the various opportunities that are ...
Student Services at Bishop’s University provides opportunities for individual growth in a learning community where the student is the centre of our education...
In 1947 a competition was sponsored by the Committee on Athletics and The Campus newspaper to find a nickname for the University's Football team which would ...
Whether you’re a dedicated athlete, a part-time, recreational player, a loyal Gaiters fan, or just looking to get active, you’re sure to find something at BU...
Are you looking to improve your physical fitness? Want to participate in physical therapy sessions to help prevent injuries, or to care for injuries you have...
Bishop’s University offers a variety of engaging and exciting bilingual summer camps to boys and girls ages 5-17. With over 30 years of experience, our popul...
Opened in 2015, The John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre offers a wide array of programs and activities for the campus community and families in the Sh...
Established in 1897, the Old Lennoxville Golf Club is one of the oldest in Canada. It is a focal point of the community. It boasts several prosperous leagues...
Opened in 2018, the 7 KM of FIS certified groomed trails in the winter has brought a new clientele to the area. A partner of Club de Ski du Parc Mont Orford,...
Below is a list of faculty that are active in the department, and available to students with course specific questions. If you need administrative support, we encourage you to refer your questions to one of the following;
(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.
Dr. Désy earned his B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees from the Conservatoire de Montréal and holds the distinction as “Canada’s First Doctor of Classical Double Bass Performance” from the Université de Montréal. He is equally versatile on the electric bass, and is capable of moving seamlessly between the genres of classical, jazz and popular music. His is a prolific composer and arranger in virtually all domains of music.
Numerous grants and awards have facilitated Dr. Désy’s keen interest in scholarship which now includes the publication of his book entitled Glow in the Dark: Incandescent Songs for Polyphonic Bass in addition to past conference presentations at the International Society of Bassists in the United States.
As a collaborative artist, Dr. Désy has been involved in over 50 distributed albums covering all genres of music and he has toured with many of Quebec’s elite singer-songwriters and performers. He can also be credited with several stage, television and radio productions. As the co-owner of Studio Makina in Montreal and as a “Producer of the Year” award nominee for his work on Martin Lizotte’s award-winning album Ubiquité, Dr. Désy brings to Bishop’s a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of sound technology and production. He has produced several albums and film scores to critical acclaim.
Dr. Désy’s impressive breadth of teaching experience includes past positions at UQÀM, the Conservatoire de Montréal, the Cégep de Saint-Laurent and Sherbrooke, École Mitchell-Montcalm as well as a recent artist-in-residence position at the Banff Centre.
Yotam is a versatile musician who maintains an active career in piano performance, choral conducting, music production, composition, research, education, and academic administration. At Bishop’s since 2011, he has taught courses in ear training and music theory, supervised special projects in sound recording, and tutored classical piano students. In past years he served as University Chapel organist, and accompanist of the University Singers. He is concurrently a professor at Champlain College-Lennoxville, where he teaches courses in music and creative arts, and chairs the department of arts, literature, and communication. Before coming to Bishop’s, Yotam taught music technology and sound recording at Marianopolis College (2005-2009).
He holds degrees in music (performance/theory/history/musicology) from Marianopolis College, McGill University, and the University of Cambridge. While at McGill, he completed six years of classical piano tuition under Tom Plaunt, and concertized internationally. His research interests are wide reaching and include Schenkerian Analysis, classical form, the analysis of musical performance, the analysis of popular music, and the music of Israel. Past research supervisors include Nancy Berman (DEC); Don McLean, Rachelle Taylor, and David Brackett (BMus); and Nicholas Cook (MPhil/PhD). He is the recipient of many awards for his academic work, including the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, and research grants from the Royal Musical Association, and the Society for Music Analysis.
Outside of academia, Yotam continues to compose and produce popular music (under a pseudonym) primarily in Toronto and Los Angeles.
(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.
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.
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.
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).
(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.
After completing her DEC at Cégep de Sherbrooke and Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at Sherbrooke University, Ms. Breton moved to Quebec City for her Master’s. She studied saxophone under Richard Savoie, Janis Steprans, Rémi Bolduc and Jean-Pierre Zanella.
Self-taught tin whistle player and fluent Irish speaker, she won the Oireachtas Cheanada, a traditional a capella singing contest, and represented Canada at the 2015 Oireachtas na Samha, a prestigious traditional Gaelic arts competition in Ireland.
As an active musician, she is currently a member of the SaxQuad saxophone quartet, the Ensemble à vents de Sherbrooke, and she leads her own trio, Luasc, in which she combines her beloved traditional Celtic music with Jazz. In the course of her career, she has performed in Québec, but also in France, in Ireland and on international waters. She shared the stage with such great as Dan Bigras, Dawn Taylor Watson, Guido Basso et John Pizzarelli. Ms. Breton has over fifteen years of experience teaching music at all levels, from kindergarten to university. She has been a tutor at Bishop’s since 2011.
(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.
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.
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.
Dave Gelfand started to play guitar at the age of 7 years old. He studied classical guitar for 11 years, but at the same time played in garage bands and dance gigs on electric guitar, performing top 40, r&b, and blues. He switched to jazz and upright bass in 1969. 1972-1973 saw Dave travelling extensively, and he even took some sitar lessons in New Dehli and Benares. His teachers have included Christie Slater (classical bass), Tony Dixon (bass) and Louis Spritzer and Wade Hemsworth (guitar).
As a performer, Dave’s career really took off in 1981 when he became bass chair in the Vic Vogel Big Band, a position he still holds. He has accompanied, among others, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Zoot Sims, Oliver Jones, Céline Dion, Ranee Lee, and Roch Voisine. He has made many commercial recordings, as well as working in film, radio, and as a studio musician. He performs extensively on the jazz circuit, both with the Vic Vogel band and in smaller ensembles.
Dave has taught jazz guitar and bass privately since 1967, and been an instructor at Bishop’s in bass since 2002. He also is a part-time instructor in jazz at the Université de Sherbrooke. In addition to his musical pursuits, Dave Gelfand has followed a successful career as an electrical engineer.
Myriam Genest-Denis holds a Master’s Degree in Classical Performance for the University of Montreal and holds the Second Flute and Piccolo position with the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke. She also regularly performs with many ensembles, including the Trois-Rivières, Drummondville and Laval Orchestras, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Lanaudière International Orchestra and I Musici Chamber Orchestra.
During her many studies and masterclasses, she has worked with Robert Langevin, Denis Bluteau, Virginia Spicer and Jeanne Baxtresser. She currently teaches flute at University of Sherbrooke, Bishop’s University and the Cégep de Sherbrooke.
After working for many years as an arts administrator, including being Tour Director with the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Artistic Coordinator for Orford Arts Centre, and Department Coordinator for the Cégep de Sherbrooke Music Department, Myriam now dedicates her entire time to performing concerts and teaching. Collaborator with the new John-Henry-Pope Cultural House, she also works, with great pride, on the development of the Cookshire-Eaton Art Gallery, a family project.
(B. Mus. Sherbrooke University; M.Mus. McGill University)
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., Graduate Diploma as well as several government grants. In addition to that, he holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University, where he studied under such greats as Greg Clayton, Jan Jarczyk, Joe Sullivan and Alec Walkington.
For the past 10 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 (guillaumegilberttrio.bandcamp.com). It features his own brand of playing, influenced by major jazz performers, namely Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Hank Mobley, Grant Green and Ed Bickert. He plays lead guitar in the rock&roll band The Singles (http://www.thesingles.ca) and has also performed on other jazz, pop and rock albums by Roxane De Lafontaine, Philibert Bélanger, Brazz and Dactylo Fidelity.
M. Gilbert has also taught at Sherbrooke University and Cégep de Sherbrooke.
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.
Jean-Yves Saint-Pierre was born in Thetford Mines. He holds a B.A. (Honours, Music) from Bishop’s University (2002) and a Master’s Degree in harpsichord from Montreal University. His principal teachers included Mary O’Keeffe, Luc Beausejour, Rejean Poirier and Catherine Todorovsky. 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. Dr. Saint-Pierre also plays recorder, dulcian, chalumeau, baroque bassoon and many other Medieval and Renaissance and baroque instruments. He also performs with Maude Fréchette-Gagné (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Macdonald (guitar and lute) and Jean-Sebastien Dufour (organ and harpsichord).
His performances include events such as Musique Chez Nous, Les concerts de la Chapelle (St-Camille), les Rendez-vous Howard, les concerts de la Place de la cité (Bromptonville), les Médiévalestrie, at Salle du Parvis, Belle Chapelle, Studio Georgeville, Maison Louis Fréchette, Domaine St-Vallier, Musée francophone de Quebec, Maison Antoine Lacombe, Centre culturel Beloeil, Vélogare de Victoriaville, Amis de l’orgue de l’Estrie et des Bois Francs. He is also part of many small ensembles as a clarinettist: Trio Rolla with Catherine Elvira Chartier (violin alto) and Stephane Tremblay (clarinet) and the Trio Boufill with Pauline Farrugia and Stéphane Tremblay.
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.
Louise has performed for more than 20 years on many stages, in festivals, concerts and clubs in Canada as well as abroad, notably Japan & Korea. She has performed and recorded with many of Montreal’s top jazz musicians and learned much of her craft in performance and recording situations. She has studied extensively with McGill University Voice Professor, Ranee Lee, & Concordia University’s Jeri Brown.
Louise has been coaching & teaching vocalists at the CEGEP & university level for more than 10 years. Her approach to teaching assists the student in finding their unique voice within the stylistic setting of their choosing while improving technique, performance & interpretation. Primarily a Jazz vocalist, Louise is comfortable in Pop & Rock styles as well.
(B.Mus. U.B.C.; M.A. Western; Ph.D. King’s College, London)
Jack Eby began his studies at the U.B.C. where he studied Arts and Music, and developed a deep respect for the idea of a Liberal Education. He pursued 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 centered on the Chapel composer to Louis XVI, François Giroust. He taught 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 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. He has published a book on Giroust and his music, and has had several scores published by the CMBV.
Aside from his passion for French music, Dr. Eby gets very enthused in his history classes about music from Medieval times up to the 20th century, and gladly shares his fondness for Canadian music and opera – and how to write a research paper – with his students. He has twice been honoured with a teaching award; this really is an honour at Bishop’s.
(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 and the Canadian Who’s Who.