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Jana Skarecky was born in the Czech Republic and grew up in Waterloo. She studied composition at Wilfrid Laurier University (B.Mus) with Barrie Cabena, and later at the University of Sydney, Australia (M.Mus.) with Peter Sculthorpe. She has written music for instruments, from solo to orchestra, and voices including choir and opera. Her music has been performed in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jana Skarecky is also a visual artist.
Praised for his “masterful command of instrumental colour” (Georgia Straight) and “superb attention to rhythm” (Audio Ideas Guide), and recipient of SOCAN’s 2014 Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award for career achievement, Vancouver-based Jeffrey Ryan writes music that runs the gamut from opera, art song, and choral music to chamber and orchestral work. With awards and recognition including four JUNO nominations, his music has been commissioned, performed and recorded by orchestras, ensembles and soloists worldwide. His portrait CD Fugitive Colours (Vancouver Symphony/Gryphon Trio) launched the Naxos Canadian Classics series and won the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year.
Stephanie Martin’s choral symphony “BABEL” for orchestra, choir and soloists premieres at Wilfrid Laurier University April 2nd and 3rd, 2016.
At York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, Martin teaches history, composition, harpsichord, organ and ensembles.
Recent performances include her cantata Winter Nights with the Grand Philharmonic of Kitchener-Waterloo, The Portinari Nativity commissioned by Ex Cathedra, UK, three new choral works for Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria B.C., a string quartet “From a distant island” and works performed by Voces Capituli, Antwerp; Canadian Men’s Chorus; St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque; and Ely Cathedral, UK.
William Peltier studied composition at Wilfrid Laurier with Mariano Etkin and at McGill with John Rea. His music has been performed in Canada and abroad: cities include Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Guelph, Quebec, Montreal, Victoria, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prishtina, Havana, and Buenos Aires. Organizations and ensembles include Gaudeamus International Music Week, Havana Contemporary Music Festival, Remusica Festival, CBC Radio, NOS-radio, Arraymusic, NUMUS, The New Art Quartet, The Blue Rider Ensemble, Les Evenement du Neuf, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Aventa Ensemble, Continuum Ensemble, and the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien®.
Adam Batstone premiered a new guitar work in December 2015.