Tilly Kooyman, clarinet, is an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician with a special interest in contemporary music. She has performed across Canada, toured Japan with the Higashi-Hiroshima Clarinet Ensemble, and performed at the World Bass Clarinet Convention in the Netherlands with the duo Bass Impact. This past summer, Tilly and poet/actor Rae Crossman were invited to perform at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Vancouver. Tilly can be heard on four compact discs of music by Canadian composers and has premiered many new works that have been broadcast on CBC’s Two New Hours and on West German Radio. She has worked with renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer for over twenty years and has performed in many of his unique multi-disciplinary works of the Patria Cycle.
Her education includes a Master of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario, an Associateship from the Royal Conservatory of Music and advanced studies at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. A former student of James Campbell and Robert Riseling, she has also studied ‘Deep Listening’ with Pauline Oliveros and free improvisation with Casey Sokol.
Kathryn Ladano, bass clarinet, is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinettists. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and has been featured on CBC radio and in print and television across the country. Several works have been written for her over the past few years from some of Canada’s most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary (studying under Stan Climie), and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo (studying under Tilly Kooyman). In 2004, Kathryn was a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant which allowed her to study with world renowned bass clarinettist Lori Freedman in Montreal. Kathryn has performed as a soloist at the Calgary New Music Festival, Calgary’s Nach Hause concert series, the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph noon hour series’ the Calgary high performance rodeo, the KW Chamber Music Society concert series, Toronto’s Leftover Daylight series, the Guelph ‘Sunday’s at the Centre’ series and at Calgary’s Beat Niq jazz club. In 2006 Kathryn founded the KW Improvisers Collective (KWIC) with fellow musician Ted Harms. KWIC’s mandate is to work to promote improvising musicians, and the improvised music scene in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
Katrina Lisa Liddell, oboe, is an active performer, whether it be orchestral, chamber, solo, or even conducting. She has won numerous awards in Oboe Solo Performance across the Durham Region, the GTA as well as in New York for Outstanding Instrumental Solo. Katrina graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Oboe Performance, where she studied with prominent Canadian oboist James Mason. Katrina also has experience teaching Music for all grades from Kindergarten through to OAC. Currently she teaches in her home, Kat’s Hand-made Oboe Reeds & Studio, for young individuals and adults. She also teaches reed making and makes reeds for her students and clientele, and has taught reed making at Wilfrid Laurier University. Performing is Katrina’s life, and she has been playing for many different groups around the Durham Region, the GTA, London, Kitchener-Waterloo Region and many other locations across Southwestern Ontario. Currently Katrina resides in Kitchener, being a proud Mother of Emmett, wife to Mark and loves to cuddle with her two cats, Garfield and Simba.
Robert Perrault, trumpet, began his musical training at age 10. Through his high school years, he studied under Greg Robinson, a trumpet player with Niagara Symphony. Robert continued his studies with Guy Few at Wilfrid Laurier University where he graduated with an Honours Music Degree in Performance. He performs at different locations around Ontario with groups such as Niagara Symphony, Mississauga Symphony, Orchestra Toronto, The Rubber Soul Band, and at churches in and around the Golden Horseshoe. Robert plays a variety of trumpets ranging from modern to period baroque valueless instruments. He also teaches in the Peel region.
Carolyn Stronks-Zeyl, flute, has completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees in flute performance at the University of Toronto and has also received her associate degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) in both flute and piano. She has studied flute under the supervision of Douglas Stewart and Suzanne Shulman and has participated in master classes with flautists such as James Galway, Robert Aitken and Peter Lloyd. Her flute ensemble experiences include the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the musical Beauty and the Beast, the premiere performance of R. Murray Shafer’s The Enchanted Forest, and the Canadian National Youth Orchestra. Carolyn has taught both flute and piano at Redeemer University College, Western Conservatory of Music and has had many years of experience in private teaching. She continues to perform chamber music and recitals throughout southern Ontario and is always pleased to perform as principal flautist of the musical ensemble Arcady.
Elaine Sweeney, clarinet, earned her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal and her Masters of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto, studying under world renowned clarinetist, Avrahm Galper. She has performed widely in both classical and musical theatre settings as well as several big bands on saxophone. She has appeared as a soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra of which she was also a long time member. She has played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Stratford Festival, the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quintette, the Twilites Big Band and The Wellington Winds.