Daniel 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.
Richard 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.
Zachary 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.