Past Guest Artists & Masterclasses September 2011

The Faculty is host to many guests, and students have the privilege of studying with these guest artists through masterclasses and lectures. Here are some of our featured guests from September through November, 2011:

Masterclass with Jazz saxophonist Don Braden 
Don Braden is a musician of the highest caliber. For many years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest, and as a sideman with greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others. He has composed music for everything from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings, film and television, and worked several years as composer for Bill Cosby. He is also a world renowned educator, having spent over a decade giving master classes at countless schools and universites, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Wachovia Jazz For Teens. He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging. Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings! All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important young musicians working today.

Don Braden


Gabriel Ayala, Classical Guitaristayala
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road

A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music. He began playing the guitar as a child. He earned a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although Gabriel truly enjoys being a teacher his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in masterclass settings.

Admission is free!

Darryl Edwards, Vocal Masterclassde

Darryl Edwards, tenor, has appeared to critical acclaim in oratorio, recital, and opera in England, Germany, France, Italy, Corsica, the United States, and across Canada. His most recent performing engagements have included Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Verdi Requiem at Dalhousie University: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Mozart Requiem with the Toronto Philharmonia, and Handel's Messiah with the Elmer Iseler Singers. Darryl is currently the Head of the the Vocal Department at the University of Toronto.

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Eva Clare Hall

Bill Brunson, composition seminar on ElectroAcoustic music

The public is welcome to attend both this seminar and the noon midday concert by Bill Brunson.

Brunson's electroacoustic music has been widely performed. He has received awards from the Bourges competition, Luigi Russolo Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Together with the Swedish photographer and video artist Josef Doukkali he has created several "bildspiel" - or as the German term would be translated into English: "programme-controlled multiple slide projection synchronized with music on tape". Brunson and Doukkali is presently collaborating on a large work for chamber orchestra, electronics and video projections based in part on the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux and the ideas of Marshall McLuhan. Brunson has also been active as a freelance music producer and recording engineer for film, radio and record productions, he has worked for the Swedish Broadcasting Corp, Sveriges Television, and the Royal Swedish Opera, including sound design for Sven-David Sandström's opera "Staden".

Bill Brunson was born in Dallas, Texas. He has studied at Dartmouth College (with Jon Appleton), at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden (with Lars-Gunnar Bodin) and Columbia University (with Mario Davidovsky, Jack Beeson and George Edwards). Since 1981 he has been teaching electroacoustic music and composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and since 1994 he has been the studio director.

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 2:30-4:30 PM
Eva Clare Hall

Ensemble Made In Canada



Elissa Lee, violin, Sharon Wei, viola, Rachel Mercer, cello, and Angela Park, piano Winners of the 2006 CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award, and included in Chatelaine Magazine’s list of “80 amazing Canadian women to watch” in 2008, Ensemble Made in Canada has firmly established itself as Canada’s premier piano quartet.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011, Time: 1:00-3:30 PM
Eva Clare Hall


Judith Forst, Vocal Masterclassjf

Judith Forst, Mezzo-soprano and teacher, studied piano as a child and voice later with French Tickner of the University of British Columbia, and was coached by Harold Brown. A participant 1966-8 in the Vancouver Opera Association training program, Forst won the 1967 western finals of the San Francisco Opera auditions and the 1968 CBC Talent Festival. A 1968 audition for the Metropolitan Opera led to a contract and her debut there that same year. Forst lived 1968-75 in New York, where she continued her studies with Hans Joachim Heinz while performing as a regular member of the Metropolitan Opera, singing mainly minor roles. In 1975 she returned to Vancouver, a city which has remained her home.

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2011, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Eva Clare Hall


Johannes Möller, 2010 GFA Winner

Recital - Tuesday November 22, 7:30 pm
Masterclass - Wednesday, November 23, 2:00 pm
Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road

Admission is free!