Mary Lou Fallis – Musical Theatre
“Canada’s foremost concert comedienne” – The Toronto Star.
Toronto born Mary Lou Fallis began her singing training with her grandmother and went on to study with the divine Maureen Forrester graduating with the first ever Masters Degree in Performance and Literature from the University of Toronto. She is well known to thousands of Canadian theatre goers for her series of one-woman shows (Primadonna, Primadonna Goes Camping, Primadonna Does More with Less, Primadonna on a Moose etc) which have toured Canada the US and Europe as well as Japan and Iceland. She is also well known to millions of radio fans for her weekly Primadonna Diaries which were a regular feature on CBC Radio 2 for many years.
Mary Lou was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her Primadonna series (based on her own life as a singer) as well as winning a Gemini Award for producing the BRAVO! TV hit “ Bathroom Divas” where amateur opera singers from across the country vied for a chance to make their debut with a symphony orchestra. Her CD’s” Primadonna on a Moose” and ‘Fallis & Tiefenbach More or Less Live” were both well reviewed . One, is a compendium of Canadian Hit Songs of the past.: Oh what a Difference Since the Hydro came, Take your Girl Out to the Rink, and Paddle you Own Canoe: the latter, the best of all the Primadonna Shows, live from the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
Ms. Fallis, has toured Canada from stem to stern but still maintains a private studio in Toronto after teaching ten years at The University of Western Ontario in London Ontario. As well as performing, Ms. Fallis is much in demand as an adjudicator and clinician across the country. Mary Lou Fallis was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011 for her sevices to music and her work as a performer, teacher and broadcaster.
Erin Bardua – Voice
Sackville, NB soprano Erin Bardua is a frequent concert soloist, who has performed with the Talisker Players, Nota Bene Baroque Players, Pax Christi Chorale, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Oshawa-Durham Chorus, the Arcady Baroque Ensemble, the St. James Cathedral Choir, Capella Intima, London Pro Musica and the Menno Singers, among others. Her oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Esther and Judas Maccabaeus, Zelenka’s Missa Omnium Sanctorum, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Bach’s Magnificat and Passions, Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Erin is the co-founder of Essential Opera, a concert opera company performing great works in Ontario and the Atlantic. Her operatic roles with EO and other companies have included Nannetta (Verdi’s Falstaff), Antonia and Giulietta (Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann), numerous Mozart including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alcina (Handel), Constanza (Haydn’s L’isola disabitata) and Elena (Gluck’s Paride ed Elena). Erin has also premiered leading roles in several new compositions, including Frankenstein by Andrew Ager, Regina by Elisha Denburg, Etiquette by Monica Pearce, and Heather: Cindy + Mindy = BFFs 4EVER by Christopher Thornborrow.
Erin provided dramatic coaching and stage direction for Mount Allison University’s Opera Workshop in the 2015-2016 season, and will be assistant directing Carmen for Halifax Summer Opera Festival in 2017. She operates a private voice studio in Sackville and is a regular festival adjudicator (2017: Toronto ON, Fredericton NB, and St John’s NF).
David Rogosin – Piano
Pianist David Rogosin has performed across Canada, the American midwest, the Caribbean and France. Praised for the brilliance, clarity and passion of his performances, he is highly regarded as a performer, adjudicator and clinician. Aside from solo recitals, he is a frequent collaborator and chamber player, and has a particular interest in the two-piano repertoire.
A passionate teacher and exponent of new music, Rogosin’s lecture-recitals on 20th-century composers such as Messiaen, Dallapicolla, Scriabin and Southam have been heard at national and international conferences, and have been extremely well-received by the public. In 2013 he was awarded Mount Allison’s Paul Paré Excellence Award for his performance activities.
Rogosin has released two solo CDs, Incandescence (2005) and Evocation (2012). The first featured the music of Messiaen (Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, subject of his doctoral thesis), Brahms, Bartók and Dallapicolla, and garnered much praise and frequent airplay on CBC. The second, nominated for an ECMA “Classical Recording of the Year” award in 2013, features the music of Scarlatti, Haydn, Albéniz, Mompou, Ravel, Morel and Southam.
Outside the classical realm, jazz and world music have been lifelong interests, and have recently become teaching and performance areas as well. In a similar vein, Dr. Rogosin has been chair of Mount Allison University’s Performing Arts Series since 2005, presenting varied concerts of classical music, folk, world music and jazz, as well as classical and modern dance, in Convocation Hall and Brunton Auditorium.
Rogosin, who hails from Brandon, Manitoba, holds a doctorate from UBC, having previously studied at the Université de Montréal and Brandon University. His principal teachers were Robert Silverman, Gilles Manny, Alicia Landsman, Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt and Lawrence Jones, but he also studied with Douglas Finch, Rena Sharon, Anton Kuerti, André Laplante and Gyorgy Sebok. Prior to his current position, Dr. Rogosin taught at Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois), Brandon University, the Université de Montréal, and the David Thompson University Centre (Nelson, BC).
Outside of music, Rogosin holds the rank of shodan in Aikido, and the practice of this art has influenced both his playing and his studio teaching.
Norman Adams – Strings and Chamber
Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN Music. A student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, Bernard Greenhouse, and American new music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, Norman has been a soloist with SNS, and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal. He has been guest principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has performed chamber, and improvised music throughout Canada, the US, France, and the UK. His performances have also been heard across the country on CBC Radio. As an educator, Norman has been a faculty member at Acadia University, at Scotia Festival of Music, the Acadia Summer Strings Festival and has led creative workshops at String Fest at Memorial University of Newfoundland, CPA Allen High School, for the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association, and in schools around Nova Scotia.
In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is well known as an improviser and electronic musician, playing free and creative music across North America and Europe, and at festivals from New York City to Prince George BC. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Joëlle Léandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Xavier Charles, Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker. In 2016 Norm released 2 recordings of creative music: Arrythmia featuring hermitofthewoods on the Endemik Label, and Collateral with Tim Crofts and Sam Shalabi.
Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, an organization that presents an annual series of concerts of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists, and produces a wide range of other performance projects. He is also dedicated to sharing music with all people, leading suddenlyLISTEN’s Improvisation Workshops for the past 11 seasons.
In 2010 Norman was awarded an Established Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, for his varied work.
Norman is dedicated to the arts community, and serves on the national board of The Canadian New Music Network, and Strategic Arts Management. He is a former board member of Symphony Nova Scotia, and has served on juries for The Canada Council for the Arts and various Nova Scotian arts funding bodies and organizations.
Norman makes his home in Halifax with SNS principal violist Susan Sayle, and their two teenaged sons. Together, they spend their summers living and working on Prince Edward Island. Norm’s passion for music is equaled by his love for riding and racing bicycles, and if he’s not playing the cello, or organizing a concert, he’s probably out cycling on the roads and trails of Nova Scotia or the Island.
Gregory Burton – Winds and Brass
Dr. Gregory Burton has recently returned to the east after 13 years working in the Toronto area. Dr. Burton currently teaches in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University. In Ontario, Burton was Director of Arts at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ontario, (2005-2015) and Music Director of the York Symphony and the Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra. He has held conducting and teaching positions at Acadia University, McMaster University, Brandon University and the University of Toronto. From 1988-2006 he was Music Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, as well as a trombonist and frequent guest conductor with Symphony Nova Scotia.
Burton states, “One of the most exciting elements of conducting and teaching is introducing great works of art to a new generation of musicians. Young musicians discover so much about themselves when they study and perform great music.”
Burton holds degrees from Arizona State University (DMA Instrumental Conducting), Northwestern University (MM Trombone Performance) and Acadia University (BMus Ed).
Christopher Lane – Choral
A native of Saint John, New Brunswick, baritone Christopher Lane made his professional operatic debut with Opera New Brunswick in Carmen. As a soloist, he has appeared with Orchestra London and Musical Theatre Productions in London. He is Director of Music and Administration at Saint David’s United Church and is in demand as a vocal teacher, coach, adjudicator and clinician. A graduate of Western University, he is director of the Carleton Choristers, Harbour View Choral Ensembles, Rothesay-Kings Rotary Girls Choir, and Saint John Rotary Boys Choir. In 2012 he was named Music Director of the Kennebecasis Valley Players. Since 2002, he has been an active member of the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir.
From 2006-2010, he was the Executive Director of Opera New Brunswick. He currently serves as Treasurer for the New Brunswick Federation of Music Festivals, the Canadian Chamber Choir, and the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Choral Federation.
In 2008, he was named one of New Brunswick’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.