Countertenor

belluz1Scott Belluz has studied at the University of Toronto, The Banff Center, The Royal Academy of Music in London, England and the Centre National D’Artistes Lyriques in Marseille, France. He has performed throughout Canada, the United Kingdom and France. Recent highlights include the role of Medoro in Handel’s Orlando in the Festival D’Antibes, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Aix-en-Provence and a solo recital in St. Remy de Provence. Scott is currently based in Toronto and sings with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Upcoming engagements include Britten’s Canticle IV in the University of Toronto’s Music and Poetry series.

cabena1Daniel Cabena is a doctoral student at l’Université de Montréal under the tutelage of Mark Pedrotti and is a former student of Jan Simons. Daniel completed an Honours Bachelor of Music degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied voice with Daniel Lichti, and was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal in Music upon graduating. He has sung as a soloist under Ron Beckett, Lawrence Beckwith, Boris Brott, Richard Cunningham, Noel Edison, David Fallis, Gary Kulesha, Marta McCarthy, Gerald Neufeld and Raymond Perrin. Daniel is honoured to have been the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the Gladys Whitehead Memorial Scholarship and a scholarship from the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire for his work at WLU. He was also the winner of the 2002 Guelph Spring Festival Competition. Recently, he sang the role of Nutrice in a production of l’Incoronazione di Poppea at l’Université de Montréal with Alexander Weimann and Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. Daniel also sang a recital in August at the Stratford Summer Music Festival (Canada) with pianist, Stephen Runge, and he is grateful to the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation for having made it possible for him to take part, this past June, in a B-Minor Mass workshop with Masaaki Suzuki and Michael Chance at the Britten-Pears Academy. This season Daniel is part of l’Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay which, under the direction of Hervé Niquet, is mounting a production of Destouches’ Le Carnaval et la Folie. Daniel thanks the Canada Council for the Arts for its help in funding his travel to Europe.

cunningham1Richard Cunningham graduated from the University of Toronto where he studied with Lillian Weichel and Edgar Hanson. He is the recipient of three scholarship grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. He has studied in England with Timothy Penrose and James Bowman. Richard also sang at Winchester Cathedral and St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle appearing on many occasions before the Royal family. As a soloist, Richard has travelled through France, Holland, Germany, Britain, the United States and Canada, and has often been heard in concert on the CBC. He has performed with the symphony orchestras of Toronto & Kitchener/Waterloo, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Hamilton’s Bach-Elgar Choir and the Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener/ Waterloo. He has performed with the Tactus Vocal Ensemble, La Chappelle de Quebec and Les Violons du Roy in Quebec & Montréal, the Elora Festival Singers, and with Tafelmusik. Richard has also been a frequent performer with the John Laing Singers in Hamilton and is one of three founding directors for the Nota Bene Period Orchestra in Kitchener/Waterloo. He teaches voice and conducting at McMaster University and the University of Waterloo. As a choral conductor, he is the music director of the Grand River Chorus and the Brantford Children’s Chorus. Richard has sung countertenor for numerous Arcady performances over the past decade.

lenson1David Lenson has been performing on lute and other early string instruments for approximately thirty years. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Baroque and Early Music program, he has made his home in London for the past 25 years and performs regularly throughout southwestern Ontario. David received his Masters of Musicology from the University of Western Ontario in 1987. As a member of Arcady he has appeared in many programs and was the stage director for the Arcady productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, the Beckett opera trilogy, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As a counter-tenor, he has sung with Arcady and The Renaissance Singers of Kitchener. David has played a number of instruments in Arcady performances, including theorbo, lute, baroque guitar, recorder, violone, and percussion. He has also served on its Board of Directors for many years and has been the producer of two Arcady CD recordings: Welcome Yule! and most recently, Ruth.

pickett1Andrew Pickett The first counter-tenor ever to come from the province of New Brunswick, Canada, Andrew Pickett’s recent portrayal of Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for Il Corpo Cantante in London was described by Opera Today as “noble and affecting…well drawn and sympathetic.” Other recent roles include the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; Tolomeo in Handel’s Julius Caesar; and the title role in the Canadian premiere of Handel’s Amadigi. On the concert stage, Andrew has performed Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the Royal College of Music and Bach’s Palm Sunday Cantata at the Dutch Church, both with Adrian Butterfield and period orchestra. He is also becoming known as a contemporary music specialist, winning Best Singer at the inaugural “Sing A New Song” competition at the RCM in 2005. Andrew studies privately with Ashley Stafford and is a founding member of London chamber groups My Lady’s Chamber and The 1607 Ensemble.

walshaw1Greg Walshaw holds the diploma of Colleague of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In June, he will receive a Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University, where he studied organ with Paul Grimwood. He has been organist at St. Andrew’s United Church since 2003, and began a new position there in January as organist and choir director. Before coming to Brantford, Greg held organist and choir director positions in Hamilton at Laidlaw United Church and King St. Baptist Church. Greg is one of two accompanists for the Brantford Children’s Chorus, and has been the accompanist of The Renaissance Singers since the 2001/2002 season. As a continuo player, Greg has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, McMaster University Chamber Orchestra as well the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (with the McMaster University Choir). During six years with the McMaster University Choir, Greg served as accompanist for three years, and spent two years as assistant conductor. As a singer, he spent ten years with the Cathedral Church of the Redemer in Calgary, where he also performed several times with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. In Ontario, he has sung with the Bach Elgar Choir, the Te Deum Singers, Westdale United Church in Hamilton (as tenor section lead), and Arcady. As a composer, his focus is on music for the church. As most churches tend to have choirs and organs, most of his works are for choir or organ. However, he has composed scores and soundscapes for theatrical productions in Calgary and Hamilton, where he was active as an actor, director and playwright. He worked for two seasons in various capacities at Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Calgary, and spent six years as Artistic Director of the Alchemist Theatre in Hamilton.

windus1Zachary Windus earned a combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Physical Geography at McMaster University, where he studied voice with Richard Cunningham; one of Canada’s finest countertenors. Zachary has performed as a member of the Hamilton Childrens Choir, the Vox Nouveau Singers, both the McMaster University Choir and Vocal Ensemble, and several church choirs. As well as serving on the board of directors, he sings regularly with the Baroque ensemble Arcady, and has received the organization’s highest award for musical achievement. He is also a member of the Grand River Chorus of Brantford where he is active as a chorister, soloist, and composer. Zachary was privileged to spend two seasons as Assistant Director of the McMaster University Choir from 2006 to 2008, where he had the opportunity to hone his conducting skills under the direction of David Holler. Zachary has also studied organ performance with several of Canada’s top organists, and serves as Co-Chair of the planning committee for the 2011 National Convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He was recently appointed to the position of Organist, Music Director and Choirmaster of St. James Anglican Church in Dundas. An active composer, Zachary won the Guelph Chamber Choir’s 2007 National Composition Competition with his a capella setting of the traditional Christmas text “O Magnum Mysterium.” This piece was subsequently recorded by both the Grand River Chorus and the Guelph Chamber Choir, and was used by the latter as one of its entries into the 2008 CBC National Choral Competition.