Markus Howard – Musical Theatre and Choral

As a conductor, director and choreographer, Markus Howard has worked extensively in the arts throughout Canada and abroad. He has appeared in 27 countries, working with musicians of varying ages, cultures and experiences.

A conductor educator and private teacher, Markus works in many musical genres including opera, musical theatre, pop, and jazz voice. His students have included members of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Toronto’s Lion King, Billy Elliott, The Producers and Jersey Boys, and a number of Broadway and National Touring companies, and worked as Lead Voice Coach for Mirvish Production’s Lion King School.

His talents have been recognized by Yamaha Music Canada, The Swedish Ministry of Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. This fall he was nominated for the third time as a candidate finalist by the Ontario Arts Council for the Leslie Bell Prize for excellence in conducting. This August, Mister Howard serves as the adjudicator for Musical Theatre and on the Grand Prize Panel for the 2017 National Music Festival-FCMF.

Mr. Howard currently serves as the Artistic Director for two of Ontario’s most outstanding youth choir organizations, the award-winning Guelph Youth Singers and the La Jeunesse Choirs. He conducts the Oriana Singers of Northumberland and serves as a regular guest conductor for many professional choirs including the Larkin Singers and the St. James Cathedral Choir on the Juno-nominated recording of Apocolypsis. He held the position of Lead Artist Educator with the Canadian Opera Company.

Markus has served on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music Glenn Gould School and Young Artists Performance Academy, and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, teaching in the music and dance divisions. At the University of Toronto, he directed the Hart House Jazz Choir as well as serving as Artistic Director for the Massey College Choirs.

Mister Howard has appeared with the Stuttgart Kammerchor, the European Octet, World Chamber Choir and numerous Canadian professional choirs. He is the founding conductor of the professional ensemble LA MOVIDA, his proudest accomplishment to date.

Caroline Schiller – Voice

An artist equally at home in concert, opera, and music theatre repertoire, Caroline Schiller has participated in the creation and performance of opera and concert works with companies that include The Banff Centre, The Tanglewood Music Center, The Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, The Dartington International Institute, the Charlottetown Festival, and The Indian River Festival. Of her concert and theatre work. Highlights include performances with L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; the American premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Sing Ariel with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and her performances in the role of Christine in the original Toronto cast of Phantom of the Opera. She has worked with conductors and directors including Marc David, Charles Dutoit, Joachim Herz, Oliver Knussen, Harold Prince, Brian Rintoul, and Kelly Robinson and is former winner of the prestigious Young Singer of the Year Award in Llangollen, Wales and the Canadian National Music Festival in Voice.

An active performer, her most recent project is the commissioned chamber opera entitled, Your Daughter Fanny, by Canadian composer Alice Ho and writer, Lisa Moore for Schiller and Duo Concertante’s Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano. This work, drawn from the letters of nurse Frances Cluett to her mother, is a tribute to all women who served in wartime. It is scheduled for performances throughout 2018 which will include the Toronto Summer Music Festival and The Festival of the Sound. Schiller’s recordings include, Great Britain Triumphant!, 18th-century cantatas with the Hungarian baroque ensemble Capella Savaria (Centaur) and Voyage to Canada a recording of Canadian art song (Centrediscs).

Dedicated to the training of young singers, she is Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Memorial University of Newfoundland; founder and director of Memorial University’s Opera RoadShow/Opéra en tournée, a yearly opera touring program that provides paid performing experience to university-age singers; past District Governor and President of the Atlantic Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing; Chair of Research for National Opera Association; frequent recitalist, adjudicator, and clinician. Recent travel while on sabbatical included performances and masterclasses in Canada, the US, and Europe with stops at Royal Northern College of Music and Cardiff University.

Ms. Schiller’s students have attended graduate voice and opera performance programs throughout North America and Europe and Caroline Schiller holds degrees from Florida State University (DM Voice Performance); New England Conservatory (MMUS Performance-Opera); and Mount Allison University in Canada (BMUS)

Edward Enman – Piano

Edward Enman’s imaginative and sensitive musicianship has awed audiences and is gaining him a reputation as a leader in the contemporary music landscape. He recently completed the Doctorate of Music program at l’Université de Montréal and Edward has also been a recipient of the Zoya Solod Scholarship in piano at the University of Ottawa (MMus – studying with David Jalbert), as well as being a University Scholar at Acadia University (BMus – studying with Ronald Tomarelli). Further instruction with pianists Jean-Paul Sévilla, Andrew Tunis, André Laplante, Amy Lin, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Maneli Pirzadeh and others has increased his passion in performing a breadth of repertoire which stretches into the present day. Having a distinct passion for working with active composers and performing their works, he won 3rd prize in the 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition in the spring of 2013 and again competed in the semi-finals of the 39th edition of the same competition in 2016.

As a chamber musician and collaborator, Edward is in increasingly high demand. He has been engaged as a collaborative pianist at the Fountain School for the Performing Arts, Acadia University School of Music, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with Laurence Ewashko (Opera Lyra, Vienna Boys Choir) and Duain Wolfe (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). His time in collaboration with Xara Choral Theatre (2012-2014) included the creation of an original work of choral theatre featuring cello and piano. He also served as répétiteur in the University of Ottawa’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2012), Acadia University’s Little Match Girl Passion (2010), Die Fledermaus (2012), The B Boys of Opera (2013), and Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (2014). Edward is currently an associate music director with the Segal Academy at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Montreal).

Edward’s award-winning compositions have been widely received and performed across Canada. At the age of 17 he won the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Young Composers’ Competition and has since had his works performed by the Canadian Chamber Choir, V.C.C, Capital Chamber Choir, Calixa Lavallée Ensemble, Ewashko Singers, Adlesia Chamber Choir, Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble, and the Halifax Camerata Singers as the winner of the ensemble’s 2011 composition competition. In 2015, Edward was commissioned by Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble to create a piece to be premiered on their tour of the critically acclaimed show Fatty Legs. That same year Edward was named the winner of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s 2015 National Composition Competition with his piece Time’s Small Space. His first work for solo piano The Arrow of Time was premiered on a tour of southern Ontario in January 2016 and was subsequently performed by Edward across the country. His music is published by Lighthouse Music Publications (Ontario) and Renforth Music (New Brunswick).

Edward’s doctoral research on the Balladen of Alexander Zemlinsky was received with enthusiasm at l’Université de Montréal and will be followed up by further archival research as well as Edward’s performance and recording of Alexander Zemlinsky’s piano works.

Based in Montréal, Québec, Edward is currently active as a performer, composer, collaborator, and teacher. www.edwardenman.com

Peter Oleskevich – Strings and Chamber

After graduating from the University of Toronto and the prestigious Orchestral Conducting program at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Mr. Oleskevich returned to Canada and began a 25 yearassociation with Opera Hamilton as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master. He conducted numerous productions including Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, L’elisir d’amore, Les Pêcheurs de perles, Die Fledermaus, Eine Nacht in Venedig and Die Csárdásfürstin. He has appeared as guest conductor with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Chebucto Symphony, Nova Sinfonia, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Scarborough Philharmonic, the Mississauga Symphony and the Ottawa Valley Festival. While in Austria, he conducted the Pro Arte Orchestra for radio broadcast, the Academy Orchestra and the Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler Orchester in the Musikverein in Vienna. He has received numerous awards and bursaries that include a Canada Council grant for conducting and has taught at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, Acadia University and Dalhousie University.

Currently Mr. Oleskevich lives in Port Williams in the Annapolis Valley. He is the Music Director of the Chebucto Symphony and was recently the Director of the Dalhousie Symphony. He conducted the Dalhousie Opera’s production of Encounters and has conducted Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi and Carmen for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. This summer he looks forward to conducting Don Giovanni. He is also a professional photographer.

Jack Chen – Winds and Brass

Flutist Jack Chen has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Amy Grant, Bobby McFerrin, Jeanne Lamon and Sir James Galway.  He has also appeared in PBS television music specials and toured with Tim Janis, Finnouala Gill, and EMI artists Giorgia Fumanti, Ryland Angel and “Siren.”  He earned his degrees in flute and early music performance from Indiana University, and has studied with flutists Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennet, Robert Dick, Patrick Gallois, Sarah Jackson, Bart Kuijken, Robert Langevin, Emmanuel Pahud, and jazz legend, David Baker.

With a tremendous love for chamber music, Jack performs regularly with Fifth Wind (fifthwind.org), and Conundrum Duo (conundrumduo.ca)  A champion of Canadian music, Jack will be premiering 6 new works in the 2018/2019 season.

An instructor of Flute at Acadia University, Jack also gives regular masterclasses and clinics.

In addition to performing and teaching, Jack is the Artistic Director of Inner Space Concerts (innerspaceconcerts.ca), the Maritime provinces’ premier classical house concert series.  Jack will be heard in recitals, concerts, giving masterclasses and judging competitions throughout the Maritimes during the 2017/2018 season.