I am a Canadian guitarist who has performed in numerous recitals as a soloist and chamber musician. My recent musical collaborations include Ekleipsis Guitar Trio (with Lukas Bouda and Andrew Laughton) and Duo Calixa (with flautist Kelly Williamson).
I am the Music Director for the Kitchener/Waterloo Guitar Orchestra, an amateur community guitar ensemble that performs outreach concerts locally, and a music arranger with publications available at Strings By Mail and the Austin Guitar Curriculum. I teach guitar in the Bachelor of Music (Community Music Program) at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo Music Department (studio), and for local music studios.
I hold a Masters of Music (University of Toronto) and an ARCT (Royal Conservatory of Music). I am a clinician and adjudicator at festivals throughout southern Ontario.
Guitar orchestras were at their height of popularity in the late 1800's and early 1900's in Europe, South America and North America, and played an important role in the promotion of the suffragette movement. Although the popularity of this ensemble type declined after WW1, they have seen a strong resurgence within the past 20 years. Many influential women in the guitar world, including Madame Sydney Pratton and Vahdah Olcott-Bickford, played crucial roles in the development of guitar orchestras. That continues to this day with composers such as the internationally renown Dutch composer Annette Kruisbrink writing works for this ensemble format and music directors like Dr. Kami Rowan (Music Director for the US Guitar Orchestra, Associate Professor of Music at Guilford College) leading acclaimed large guitar ensembles.
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