Keyboards & Additional Instruments

 

Monica Admiral Monica Admiral is an accompanist, pianist, and organist, with extensive experience working with soloists, adult and youth choirs, and smaller instrumental ensembles. She occasionally plays for local music theatre groups, and is accompanist of the Theatre Ancaster Chorus. She has also recorded two albums of music for solo piano: “Doxology” (2003), and “Keys to Christmas” (2007). Currently organist and choir director at Pioneer Memorial United Church in Hamilton, Monica works behind the scenes in Brantford’s performing arts community: volunteer for the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, past president of the Grand River Chorus,  Brant Performing Arts, chair of the Brantford Cultural Advisory Committee, and chair of the Brantford Municipal Cultural Plan ad hoc committee. She is a chorister and accompanist of ARCADY.

IMG_1911Becky Booker, studied piano performance at Wilfrid Laurier University with Professor Leslie De’Ath, graduating in 2000. It was at Laurier that she caught the vocal accompaniment bug, and since then she has become an integral part of the Kitchener Waterloo music scene as a collaborative pianist specializing in vocal accompaniment. These days Becky can be found coaching voice students at the University of Waterloo, accompanying the Grand Philharmonic Children’s and Youth Choirs, and directing music at Grace Mennonite Brethren Church.  Over the past 15 years, Becky has also enjoyed playing for countless other community choirs, recordings, festivals, auditions, musical theatre productions, and dance classes.

 

GreensladeDavid Greenslade, harpsichord, was raised near Strathroy, Ontario, where he received his early musical training. Mr. Greenslade graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Hon. B.A, Mus and later pursed Graduate Studies at Western, where his teachers included Dr. Larry Cortner and Prof. Hugh MacLean. Mr. Greenslade has taught privately in London Ont. since 1992, including teaching appointments at both the former Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (later Conservatory Canada) and The Victoria Academy of Music. Since 2008, he has operated a thriving home-based studio, where he teaches piano, music theory and music history, along with some voice coaching. Mr. Greenslade has been Director of Music at The Church of the Epiphany (Woodstock) since 1994, where he leads one of the larger Music Ministries in the Anglican Diocese of Huron. Mr. Greenslade has examined nationally for Conservatory Canada since 1996, and is increasingly in demand as a festival adjudicator around Ontario. Mr. Greenslade also sings with The Gerald Fagan Singers (London) and has toured extensively in Europe with this ensemble, serving as organ accompanist in tours of France, Monaco, Spain, the Czech Republic and Germany with this group. He is also a harpsichord basso continuo player with the Ontario based Arcady early music ensemble, and has performed extensively around Ontario with this organization for the last several years. In 2013, Mr. Greenslade will be singing in the choir of St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral (London Ont.) as they pair with the cathedral choir of St. Paul’s (Buffalo NY) in singing a week of services at each of Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals in the United Kingdom.

Laura PinLaura Pin has worked extensively as a collaborative pianist playing with many talented soloists and choirs including Maureen Forrester, The Amabile Youth Singers, and The Faculty of Music Singers (Western). She completed music studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Western University where she studied with Arthur Rowe and was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal. She also holds an Associate of Music in piano performance from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. As a choral accompanist Laura has toured in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. Currently she plays for the Harlequin Singers, The Ambassadors Christian Male Choir, Pro Musica of Burlington, and Illumini of The Hamilton Children’s Choir. Laura’s intuitive musicality continues to win the admiration of many soloists, conductors, and music critics.

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