Sibylle Marquardt

A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997. In August 2018 she moved to Halifax, and in October 2020 became the Dean of Music at the Maritime Conservatory. An active chamber and orchestral player in Canada and Europe, she is also recognized for her teaching. After extensive studies in Germany, she became a Faculty member of the Maritime Conservatory in 2017, was a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto from 1998-2019, got her certifications as Suzuki teacher, has joined the College of Examiners and has become a sought after adjudicator at music festivals and competitions. As well she was a visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts for 11 years, one of the designated art schools of the Toronto District School Board.

Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as second flute and piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and held a solo flute-solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with numerous orchestras in Germany, Switzerland and Canada.

Sibylle is a member of Trio D!Argento with Paul Pulford, cello and Todd Yaniw, piano, which is performing all over Canada and has recorded the CD “Piano Centric” with members of the Canadian Brass. She is also the founding member of the Argento Collective. With Duo Resonance (guitarist Wilma van Berkel) she recorded the CD “From The New Village”, featuring 20th century music.

In 1994 Sibylle started the Baroque flute and in 2020 founded Baroque Argento Collective Halifax (BACH) with Hilary Brown and Lynette Wahlstrom. She has performed with the Camerata Basel, Nota Bene Baroque Players/Kitchener and Toronto Masque Theatre. Sibylle’s flute education is based on the French School and Marcel Moyse. Her main teachers include Hermann Klemeyer and Jean-Claude Gérard and she had lessons with Trevor Wye Geoffrey Gilbert, Wolfgang Schulz, Philippe Boucly, Eric Kirchhoff and Aurèle Nicolet. Her students are consistent award winners at the provincial level of Kiwanis Ontario and other festivals and many of her students were accepted into various music programs such as the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Ottawa as well as the University of Western Ontario.

Maureen Batt

Maureen Batt is celebrated for her “rich, warm sound and masterful acting” (Opera Canada). Maureen’s solo career focuses on promoting Canadian classical contemporary repertoire by collaborating with composers to commission, première, and re-perform their works. Her debut album, Lady of the Lake includes song cycles by Schubert and Halifax-based composer Fiona Ryan and was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year (2018) by ECMA and Music Nova Scotia. She is also featured on Saman Shahi’s album Breathing in the Shadows with Tara Scott on piano. Aunt Helen, an opera short EP will be released on Leaf Music in May 2021 with Simon Docking on piano. Maureen’s second album, with music by Greg Harrison and lyrics by Tom Belding, will come out later in 2021. Maureen is a member of the Canadian Music Centre Canada board. She has received grants from the SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, SSHRC, FACTOR, Music Nova Scotia, and Arts Nova Scotia.

She is the co-artistic director of Essential Opera—an opera company founded in 2010 with Erin Bardua—and part of the Indie Opera Toronto collective. Essential Opera celebrated its 10th anniversary with two opera short films of works by Canadian composers Anna Pidgorna and Monica Pearce. In 2015, Maureen founded Crossing Borders, a contemporary classical recital series which has toured programs of art song, opera arias, musical theatre, and electronics to the United States, Canada, and Colombia. In its short history, Crossing Borders has given 15 world premières and has given composers and works many Canadian/American/Colombian premières.

Maureen has a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University (French and Spanish).  Professional training programs include:  Wholeness in Motion (Wisconsin, US), Centre for Operatic Studies (Sulmona, Italy), Contemporary Performance Studies, VISI (Vancouver, BC), Tapestry New Opera 101 Songbook (Toronto, ON), Opera from Scratch (Halifax, NS), St. Andrews Opera Workshop (St. Andrews, NB), Daniel Ferro Vocal Program (Greve, Tuscany, Italy), Casalmaggiore International Festival (Casalmaggiore, Italy), Halifax Summer Opera Festival (Halifax, NS).

For professional development in vocal pedagogy, Maureen has been studying with Dr. Shannon Coates, focusing on the art of teaching singing in classical and non-classical styles. Maureen recently completed the first level of The LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™, and is continuing her Wholeness in Motion work with Babette Lightner.

Maureen has been on faculty as vocal coach at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival for Massenet’s Cendrillon, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Händel’s Alcina, and returns this year for Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Maureen teaches voice, offers workshops online, and is a frequent music festival adjudicator. As an educator, Maureen invites her students to explore their singing through the lens of wholeness, embodied play, curiosity, and compassion.

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Catherine Little

For ten years, Catherine Little has been working full time as a cellist and music teacher. She enjoys learning, particularly languages, history, and about the human experience. She shares her ideas through writing and performing, both for live audiences and on her blog at Catherine has lived in Europe and South America, but currently resides in her hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She also lived in Ontario and Quebec, while studying at Wilfrid Laurier University (Hon. B.Mus) and the Université de Montréal (M. Mus., performance). Catherine has performed with the cello section of The National Youth Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montréal and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia. She was the pit cellist for six musicals at Neptune Theatre and has played onstage with pop acts like Rod Stewart and Il Divo. Her most exciting musical experiences have always been playing chamber music, most notably with The Baroque N’
Fiddle String Quartet, and Trio Ciel. Catherine loves music for so many reasons, including something very important it taught her: you can achieve things beyond your imagination if you just keep at it.

Katherine Fraser

After graduating from Mount Allison, where she studied with Evron Kinsman, Katherine returned to Sydney and began teaching privately. She maintains a large and diverse studio where she teaches people of all ages and stages. Katherine taught at Cape Breton University for ten years, giving a course in world music. She has examined for the Royal Conservatory for twenty years traveling throughout Canada to administer exams. She has adjudicated at many festivals in the Atlantic provinces.  Katherine is the Organist and Choir Director at the amalgamated Anglican Parish of the Resurrection in Sydney.  She has prepared countless students for RCM examination in all grades with many earning regional gold medals. Her piano students have competed in local, provincial and national competitions and many of her students have studied music at university with many pursuing graduate degrees

Simon Docking

Australian-born pianist Simon Docking has appeared as a soloist for Toronto’s Soundstreams, the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, Symphony Nova Scotia, Acadia University’s Shattering the Silence, Australia’s Aurora Festival, the new music group Stroma in New Zealand, and MATA Festival in New York.

Simon has often been heard on CBC Radio Two’s Two New Hours, The Signal, and Concerts on Demand. Internationally his performances have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM (Australia), Swedish Radio, and Radio New Zealand.

Active as a chamber musician, Simon has been a founding member of several ensembles, including the Toronto-based group Toca Loca, which has been presented by nearly every new music series in Canada from St. John’s to Vancouver, as well as appearances in New York, California, and at the C3 Festival at Berlin’s legendary Berghain. Toca Loca have released two CDs: P*P (2009) and SHED (2010).

Simon studied piano in Australia with Ransford Elsley, and holds a doctorate in piano performance from SUNY Stony Brook, where he worked with Gilbert Kalish, and upon graduation was awarded New York State’s Thayer Fellowship for the Arts. In October 2011 Simon received an Established Artist Recognition Award from the province of Nova Scotia. Currently, Simon is the Managing and Artistic Director for Scotia Festival of Music.