Felix Hell in Performance

German concert organist Felix Hell is a phenomenon in several ways. Hailed as the “most well known young concert organist worldwide” (Dr. John Weaver), and “undoubtedly one of the major talents of the century” (Dr. Frederick Swann, AGO president), he “sets standards that many established and honoured older players would struggle to equal” (Michael Barone in The American Organist ).

See Felix’s Concert Program.

Isabelle Demers in Performance

Isabelle Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, where she teaches organ and courses in the organ curriculum. After early studies at the Montréal Conservatory of Music, she went on to earn both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Julliard School in New York. A native of Québec, she is now recognized as one of North America’s most virtuosic organists.

See Isabelle’s Concert Program.

Dave Wickerham began playing the organ at the age of four. His musical education started at age seven, and he played his first theatre organ at age ten. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson on a full scholarship, pursuing classical organ studies for six years with Dr. Roy Johnson. He also studied with Roseamond Crowley, one of the few remaining descendants of the Louis Vierne line of organists.
See Dave perform on YouTube.

The Capitol Chamber Choir

The Capital Chamber Choir is a dynamic and youthful ensemble of advanced singers from the Ottawa region. It was founded in 2009 by Sara Brooks as an outlet for Canadian and local music, and to showcase the exciting variety within the contemporary choral music world. The Choir has become well-known on the Ottawa choral scene for its energy, versatility, and high-quality performances. Jamie Loback has been the Artistic Director of the Capital Chamber Choir since 2012. He is an active choral conductor and organist in the Ottawa area, and is also the Artistic Director of the celebrated Ottawa Regional Youth Choir.

See The Capital Chamber Choir’s Concert Program.

Rachel Mahon in Performance

Rachel Mahon received her Bachelor of Music in Organ from the University of Toronto, studying with Dr. John Tuttle and working as the organ scholar of St. James Cathedral. In 2013 she went to England as the organ scholar at Truro Cathedral, and in 2014 was appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London — thus becoming the first woman to hold any organist post at St. Paul’s. See the CTV interview with Rachel at St. Paul’s (April 2, 2014).

See Rachel’s Concert Program.

Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald is a doctoral student at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montréal, where he studies organ and harpsichord performance with Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, and where he teaches classes in Musicianship and Theory. In August of 2014, Mark won third prize at the prestigious International Arp Schnitger Organ Competition in Bremen, Germany. The competition is held in honour of the country’s most important Baroque Organ builder.

See Mark’s Concert Program.

Adrian Foster is a doctoral candidate in organ performance at McGill University, where he studies with Hans-Ola Ericsson. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he holds a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Georgia. Adrian is currently the Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Montréal, and his research interests include contemporary organ music and the music of Olivier Messiaen.

Vincent Mesure

Patrick Wedd is well known to Canadian audiences. He has held major church positions in Vancouver and Montréal, and since 1996 has has been Music Director of Christ Church Cathedral, Montréal. He has concertized extensively, recorded as a soloist, accompanist and conductor, and is frequently heard as host and commentator on CBC radio. His career as a pianist, harpsichordist and organist spans all branches of music from medieval to avant-garde.

See Patrick’s Concert Program.

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