Patricia O’Callaghan

Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel. Her fifteen-year career has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions.

Her recording career spans six solo CDs and many interesting guest collaborations. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, and she is considered a specialist in the music of Kurt Weill. Patricia has performed his Threepenny Opera, Seven Deadly Sins, and Kleine Mahagonny with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Edmonton Opera, and Vancouver Opera, to name a few.

“This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don’t need a translation to know that someone’s about to get his throat cut or get laid or both.” 
The National Post

One of Patricia’s most unique talents is the ability blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment.

“O’Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it’s easy to believe her.” 
Chart Attack Magazine

She has sung with some of the world’s great ensembles and artists (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don Byron Quartet, Bryn Terfel), and has performed in venues that range from London’s Royal Opera House to New York’s Noho cabaret Le Poisson Rouge.

Patricia also writes and co-writes songs and has had the honor of premiering many new compositions, from both the classical and pop worlds. It has been her great privilege to work with such creators as R. Murray Schafer, Dennis Lee, Christos Hatzis, George Aperghis, Steve Reich, and Steven Page, to name a few.

Patricia’s film, theatre and television credits include her own Bravo! special, The CBC produced Ken Finkleman series Foolish Heart, and the semi autobiographical Rhombus / Westwind film Youkali Hotel, which has won several prizes, including a Golden Sheaf Award to Patricia for best female performance. Ms. O’Callaghan has also received other awards, such as a Chalmer’s Grant from the Ontario Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from The Banff Centre for the Arts.

She just completed a six year stint as a Resident Artist at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. Her responsibilities there included conducting, teaching, mentoring young artists, producing, curating and performing in festivals, and developing new work.

Recent projects are Broken Hearts and Madmen; a collaboration with The Gryphon Trio, which blends classical music with traditional songs from Latin America and pop songs from around the world…

“Broken Hearts and Madmen is an exquisite piece of work. The result is absolutely breathtaking in its attention to detail, with every note carved from their love of the songs…”  Vivosceneand Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

“A truly exceptional blend of natural expressiveness and masterful coloration, her tender versions of Cohen’s “Take this Waltz” and “Hallelujah” are revelatory.” 
Billboard Magazine

And brand new is her first Christmas CD, Deepest December. It’s not a typical holiday album, covering Renaissance to modern, and hurdy gurdy to lap steel guitar. Its beautiful carols, haunting arrangements, and unusual juxtapositions will make you feel at once the icy frost of winter and the warmth of the hearth.

“She’s one of the best singers ever to come out of Canada.”
Vivascene, 2012

Susan Hoeppner

Appreciated for being a “born soloist” (Toronto Globe & Mail), where “one can almost hear the words in her flute song” (Washington Post), Canadian flutist Susan Hoeppner is highly regarded for her flawless lyricism, dazzling virtuosity and “no holds barred” approach to performing.  She is an established international soloist and chamber musician, and her appearances include prestigious venues spanning the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Ms. Hoeppner has performed as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world, beginning her professional career in Buenos Aires at the famed Teatro Colon. Following her debut in South America, she went on to be guest soloist with the Lisbon Radio Orchestra (Portugal), Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (Japan), Takefu Int’l Festival Orchestra (Japan), Northern Lights Festival  Orchestra (Mexico), Sacramento Symphony, New York Chamber Ensemble, among others.  Closer to home in Canada, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Manitoba Chamber Ensemble, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony, Toronto Chamber Players, Regina Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic.

A celebrated recording artist, her numerous discs have been received with critical acclaim. Recently, Ms. Hoeppner was nominated for a JUNO Award with her latest recording on the Marquis Classics label entitled “American Flute Masterpieces”, with pianist Lydia Wong, in the category of “Classical Album of the Year: Chamber or Solo” in 2012.  In this same year, Susan became the only Canadian flutist to be appointed a Haynes Artist.  The Boston-based Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company is one of the world’s top flute makers; Susan represents Haynes in performances, masterclasses, lectures, and other appearances.  She was invited by the well-known music publisher Frederick Harris Music Company to record, represent and showcase their newly established repertoire series entitled “Overtones: A Comprehensive Flute Series”.  She performed this series in presentation recitals across North America, with its launch beginning at the National Flute Convention 2010 in California

Susan Hoeppner is proud to introduce works by Canadian composers to her audiences, and has been invited to perform in Canadian Embassies worldwide where she programs new and exciting works.  In August, 2011 she gave the world premiere of a new flute Concerto written for her by Christos Hatzis called “Departures:Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra” with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in Japan. A flute Sonata was written for her by Gary Kulesha and they premiered the work together in 2013.  
She maintains an active media presence and can be heard frequently on Canada’s national broadcaster, on CBC Radio 2, Classical 96.3FM, on live Bravo! TV broadcasts and Galaxie TV radio. Susan Hoeppner graduated from The Juilliard School in New York where she studied with the renowned flutist Julius Baker.  An esteemed mentor herself, Susan is on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto. Every summer she gives classes and performances at Le Domaine Forget in Québec, Canada and Campus Internazionale della Musica d’Arte (CIMA) in Italy. Ms. Hoeppner resides in Toronto.

Bryce Kulak

Bryce Kulak’s cabaret songs will weave themselves into your warmest sweaters. His crisp diction makes it easy to sing along. If you like songs about bicycles, depressed little girls, hot air balloons, skyscrapers, historical buildings, white trash, death and mourning, colourful obsessions, misplaced laundry, wine for breakfast, selfish fish, underwear and lingerie, and primitive telecommunications, you will love his new album: Tin Can Telephone.

Kulak grew up onstage, acting in theatre and playing classical piano. An award-winning composer, he has performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical world premieres. He crafts original songs that brilliantly showcase his talents as a dramatist, vocalist, and musician. His six-track debut album, Welcome, achieved a loyal following worldwide. Tin Can Telephone is his first full-length recording, presenting 14 new songs in arrangements from lush chamber orchestra to solo piano and voice. Often compared to the great songwriters of the original cabaret era, Kulak carries the torch of this compelling genre into the new century.

“Bryce Kulak is one of Edmonton’s most sophisticated songwriters… Tin Can Telephone boasts some of the loveliest, most exquisitly crafted songs I’ve heard all year… a marvelous accomplishment, not to mention one of the most beautifully packaged indie discs of the year.”—See Magazine

“Kulak’s versatility knows no bounds.”— Edmonton Journal

“[He’s like] Burt Bacharach morphed into Rufus Wainwright—he just whips up these little songs that are ridiculously fantastic.”— CJSR FM 88.5

“The precociously talented Kulak, at 23, is a 12-year showbiz veteran… Not only does he sing and play the piano, he composes, in an unclassifiably quirky, jazzy vein, as his CD Welcome reveals.”— Edmonton Journal

“[Bryce Kulak’s] ballad [is] worthy of any Andrew Lloyd Webber production.”—Vue Weekly

“Bryce Kulak [is] the new brilliant wunderkind… he performed a song at Oh Susanna and at the end of the song the entire audience leapt to their feet in a movie-football-game fantasy standing ovation.”—See Magazine

Raffi Altounian

Raffi Altounian’s musical diversity has led him to a performing career that has included concert, television, film and radio performances throughout North America as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist.

Raffi is also active as a recording artist, having appeared as soloist and chamber musician on the Centredisks, Naxos, and Mel Bay Publications labels . Included in these recordings are collaborations with the Imagine Ensemble, Fracanapa Ensemble, Duo Capriccioso, and the Ton Beau string quartet, as well as solo and chamber works by composer William Beauvais. In all of these recordings, he  has explored a wide range of genres including classical, jazz and celtic music.

Recent performance highlights include concerts at Koerner Hall, Mazzoleni Hall, a mainstage performance at the Toronto Harbourfront Music Festival as well as a principal role alongside Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton in an MGM major motion picture production in which he performs excerpts from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. 

Mr. Altounian currently resides in Toronto and is part of the guitar faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Alex Rosen

American bass Alex Rosen is quickly finding a home in the concert, operatic, and song repertoire, in the United States and abroad. His 2017-2018 season included Händel’s Messiah with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra, his New York Philharmonic debut in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and two tours of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Les Arts Florissants.

This past summer, he appeared as Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera, and a concert version of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, with Les Arts Florissants. His 2018-2019 season includes a reprise of Die Schöpfung and a tour of Bach’s St. John Passion with Les Arts Florissants, Händel’s Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, and Die Schöpfung with L’Orchestre national de Metz. Throughout the season, Alex is collaborating with Polish pianist Michał Biel. Together, they won 2nd prize in the 2018 International Hugo Wolf Academy Competition in Stuttgart, and are one of four duos in the inaugural season of the Royaumont Foundation’s Song and Lied Academy, in Paris.

Alex’s next season includes Händel’s Semele with Opera Philadelphia, Monteverdi’s L’orfeo with the Dutch Touring Opera, and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with both Opera Columbus and Festival Aix-en-Provence. Alex is a native of La Cañada, California.

Andrew Fuchs

A native of Kansas City, MO, tenor Andrew Fuchs is in high demand as a soloist and chamber musician. Passionate about performing the music of our time, his recent solo appearances include Steve Reich’s Three TalesDaniel Variations, and You Are (Variations) with Ensemble Signal at Disney Hall and Miller Theatre; the world premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Verschwindenes Wort at The Juilliard School’s Focus Festival; the world premiere of Zachary Wadsworth’s oratorio, Spire and Shadow, with Downtown Voices; Tomasso in Laura Schwendinger’s opera, Artemisia, at Trinity Wall Street’s Time’s Arrow Festival; and the NY premiere of David Leisner’s song cycle, Of Darkness and Light. Other highlights include soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Lyric Fest, and Montreal’s Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime.

He recently made his Lincoln Center debut in Bach’s Magnificat with the American Classical Orchestra, and his Kennedy Center debut in Monteverdi’s Vespers with The Thirteen. An adept chamber singer, he frequently performs with preeminent ensembles such as ARTEK, Pegasus Early Music, TENET, and New York Polyphony. He has collaborated on numerous recordings, including the Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields, the Clarion Choir’s 2017 Grammy-nominated Steinberg: Passion Week, Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli with New York Polyphony, and Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses

Andrew is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and lives in New York City.

Daniel Moody

Countertenor Daniel Moody has garnered widespread acclaim for his commanding yet expressive vocal timbre and his breathtaking musicianship.  Praised as having a “vocal resonance, [which] makes a profoundly startling impression” (The New York Times) and for his “vivid and powerful” voice (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Mr. Moody is equally known for his “sweet and melancholy sound” (The Washington Post) and ability to “pierce hearts” and “utterly silence a room” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) with his expressivity and connection with audiences.

Opera appearances include the title roles in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, Arsamene in Handel’s Xerxes, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges and most recently, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera alongside Anthony Roth Costanzo where American Record Guide remarked on Moody’s performance “numerous moments of utter beauty… voice blossom[ing] out into something big and round and smooth. [F]loats easily into soprano range…”

Mr. Moody drew attention in the role of Rinaldo from the San Diego Story for his unusually powerful tone: “[Mr. Moody] may help to create a new operatic vocal category: Helden Countertenor.”  Daniel has also performed roles in Mark Morris’ productions of Britten’s Curlew River and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at BAM (Howard Gilman Opera House) and at the Tanglewood Music Festival where the Financial Times noted his “inspired and absorbing performances”.

A lover of early music, Mr. Moody has performed with acclaimed groups Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie conducting) in Québec City,  Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra (David Hill conducting).  He has performed at the Boston, Indianapolis and Washington Early Music Festivals and with early music groups Mountainside Baroque (Maryland), Antico Moderno (Boston) and La Fiocco (Pennsylvania).  A graduate of the prestigious Yale Voxtet – resident at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music – he has performed as a soloist at such venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s St. John’s Smith Square and, Cambridge’s Trinity College, with conductors David Hill, Simon Carrington, Masaaki Suzuki, and Matthew Halls.  His performances have been broadcast live in concert on BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom, on Boston’s WGBH, Indiana’s WFIU, and WSHU’s Sunday Baroque.

Recent highlights include the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song (Stefan Asbury conducting) at the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood Festival; engagements with Charleston Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Handel’s Hercules with Staunton Festival singing Lichas, Great Music in a Great Space series (Kent Tritle conducting) and Boston Symphony, standing in for Bejun Mehta.  In 2016, Daniel was one of four vocalists in Joyce DiDonato’s Carnegie Hall Masterclasses, broadcast live on Medici TV. 

Mr. Moody will be making his Carnegie Hall debut with Oratorio Society of New York and with Musica Sacra in December 2018 and in 2019, he premieres with the Atlanta Symphony as soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a duet concert with famed mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter.

Mr. Moody is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM ’14), Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music (MM ‘16) and has won awards from the George London Competition ($5,000 prize), Handel Aria Competition (2nd place), Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol (3rd place), New York Oratorio Society Competition (Finalist), and the Russell Wonderlic Competition (1st place). 

Amalia Avilán

The Colombian Lyric Soprano Amalia Avilán was a member of the 2016 edition Masterclasses of Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall that has successfully broadcasted by medici.tv.

Her warm and round timbre, years of dedication and perseverance have led her to perform in great venues including: Julio Mario Santodomingo’s Theater in Colombia, La Monnaie, Flagey and Bozar in Belgium, The Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Greece to name a few. She debuted in 2017 Eurydice (Orphée, Gluck/Berlioz) Colombia’s opera, Mimì (La Bohème, Puccini), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto, Verdi), Manuela (Romeo and Juliette, Gounod), A Young lady and Spirit (Cendrillon, Massenet) and projects in her repertory roles as Desdemona (Otello,Verdi) and Liu (Turandot, Puccini).

She speaks fluently Spanish, English and French, studied musical pedagogy at the Pedagogy National University of Colombia, singing with the Cuban baryton Ramón Calzadilla before going on to a 4 years opera studio program in Belgium at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the class of José van Dam. Supported by the European Opera Network (Enoa) she has been given the opportunity to work with Tom Krause, Anita Garanča, Cheryl Studer and June Anderson among other great artists.

She performs throughout Europe, Colombia, and Chile concerts and recitals, and recently debuted Mozart’s Requiem with the Bogota’s Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Patrick Fournillier and with the Opera of Colombia, Euridice (Orfeo, Gluck/Berlioz) next to the Cali’s Philharmonic Orchestra, musical direction of Adrián Chamorro and stage direction of Alejandro Chacón.

Christopher Wilshere

Christopher Wilshere (violin) Hailed as “One of Canada’s proudest exports” by Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Guillermo Rishchynski, Christopher Wilshere leads a varied, diverse and unique musical career. Having performed solo and chamber music recitals in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States, he’s also the founder and Artistic Director of the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero and the “Director de la Escuela de Musica” at the Palacio de la Cultura y Communicacion in Guadalajara. Having received a Governor General’s award from Michaelle Jean for strengthening relations between Canada and Mexico through music, Christopher continues to travel between his two beloved countries performing and teaching regularly throughout both.

Stephen Sitarski

amed in 2012 the Concertmaster of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen holds the same position with the Esprit Orchestra, and held the same position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) for 15 seasons (1997 – 2012).  During his tenure in K-W, Mr. Sitarski became Artistic Director of the KWS Baroque and Beyond.  Stephen has also been guest concertmaster across Canada and the United States, working with many distinguished conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Philippe Entremont, Raymond Leppard, Bramwell Tovey, and James Judd.  He has served as Associate Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and was guest concertmaster and featured soloist with the National Ballet Orchestra for Eugene Onegin and Russian Seasons in March 2011.

Stephen frequently appears as soloist with many concertos in the standard repertoire as well as concertos written especially for him by Canadian composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy (Blood Upon the Body, Ice Upon the Soul, 2006 premiere with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and Glenn Buhr (Violin Concerto, 2000 premiere with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony).  Stephen is a founding member of Trio Laurier, formed in 2007 with cellist Paul Pulford and pianist Leslie De’Ath, and is a regular participant in diverse chamber groups and festival events nationally and internationally with many of Canada’s finest musicians.  He is also a frequent performer with Toronto’s acclaimed the Art of Time Ensemble and Soundstreams, with which Stephen completed a tour in May 2012 to Taiwan and China, performing works by Tan Dun and R. Murray Schafer.

As an arranger, Stephen has arranged music for the Emperor Quartet (over 20 arrangements of show tunes and popular songs), Quartetto Gelato (Octosca) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Canadian and Italian national anthems).

Stephen was just awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, a nomination submitted by the National Yourth Orchestra, where he is a faculty member.  Stephen is also on the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a frequent mentor for Hamilton’s National Academy Orchestra.  He has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, was an instructor at the University of Manitoba, and has maintained an active private studio.