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Western University

London, Ontario N6A 3K7

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Named in honour of Clifford von Kuster, the first dean of the Faculty of Music, the recital hall is located in the Music Building with the entrance off the main lobby. The 248 seat von Kuster Recital Hall is home to more than 270 performances each year between September and May. The hall is primarily used as a venue for the performance of chamber music and small ensembles.


Jackalyn ShortCanadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. Internationally, she has performed in many U. S. cities, and also in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. Roles range from Alcina to Donna Anna, Gilda to Anne Trulove. She has been a regular performer on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Two New Hours, and has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships.
Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA opera program in Edmonton, HSOF in Halifax, COAA at Western and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld. Recently she founded Music Theatre on the Thames, a summer intensive program at Western. (mtot.ca) More
jackalynshort@rogers.com

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Michael Cavanagh Master of ceremonies

Magisterra Soloists

Eric Charbonneau (piano)
Scott St. John (violin)
Todd Wieczorek (voice)
Alexandre von Wartburg (bassoon)
Christine Tithecott (piano)
Marie Johnson (clarinet)
Tina Yanchus (piano)
Chad Louwerse (voice)

Paul Digout (piano)

Patricia GreenPatricia Green (vocal)
Praised for her “warm creamy voice" and “singing with a poignancy and molten resonance", Canadian mezzo-soprano Patricia Green has gained international renown for her remarkable versatility and exceptional musicianship. Her busy career has taken her to the MUSICA Festival in Strasbourg with l’Orchestre de Radio-France, to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, and to Haifa with the Northern Israel Symphony for the opening of the Baha’i Terrace Gardens. Ms. Green has performed extensively at the Kennedy Center in Washington with the Theatre Chamber Players, the National Symphony and Washington Choral Arts. She has also been heard at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the St. Lawrence Center, Roy Thomson Hall, and the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto. Ms Green has appeared with conductors Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Eötvös, J. Reilly Lewis, Zoltan Pesko, Sir David Willcocks, Reinbert de Leeuw, Paslcal Rophé, Noel Edison, and Gustav Meier.





Aaron HodgsonAaron Hodgson (trumpet)
Aaron Hodgson is one of Canada’s most remarkable young trumpeters, praised for his “exquisite musicianship and assured composure” (International Trumpet Guild) and his “outstanding lyrical trumpet playing” (Hartford Courant). A prize-winner in the Ellsworth Smith and OSM Standard Life competitions, Aaron has been broadcast nationally as a soloist by CBC Radio and featured as a concerto soloist with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie at Canada’s National Arts Centre. His orchestral performances include appearances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic led by conductors such as Neeme Jarvi, Sir Neville Marriner and Helmuth Rilling. He can be heard on Naxos and Analekta records as principal trumpet for recordings of Bach’s Magnificat, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms.
aaron.hodgson@gmail.com












Robert Kubica (guitar)
Robert Kubica has been on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario since 1999, and currently teaches in the Music Performance and Music Education departments. Robert has recorded three CDs of guitar duets together with his wife, Wilma van Berkel, and has performed throughout Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. He has released two solo recordings: To the Greenwood Gone, featuring his own arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes and music from the English Renaissance, and Step Inside, which features his own compositions for steel-string and classical guitar. Robert is on the faculty of the National Music Camp of Canada, he teaches music at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London, and works regularly as an adjudicator for music festivals.
rkubica@uwo.ca



Jackalyn ShortJackalyn Short (vocal)
Canadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. Internationally, she has performed in many United States cities, and also in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. She has been a regular performer on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Two New Hours, has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships, and is a member of Canada’s Who’s Who.
Jackalyn has been teaching voice to undergrads and post-graduate students at Western University since 2001. Her duties include teaching vocal technique and coaching repertoire, teaching Italian, French, English and German lyric diction, and instructing her students in the use of the IPA system. Several of her students have won prizes at Kiwanis, have advanced in the Met Competition and been accepted into opera ensemble programs. She is a member of NATS and is an active member of the music faculty, collaborating and performing with fellow professors at the school. Jackalyn has received the top teaching honour at Western every year since 2001.
Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA summer opera program in Edmonton, and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld.
jshort4@uwo.ca



Jennie Such

Jennie Such
Jennie Such holds a B.Mus (Honours) in Voice Performance from Western University and two postgraduate diplomas in Concert Studies and Advanced Opera from the Royal College of Music.
Jennie enjoys a diverse career spanning the genres of oratorio, opera, and musical theatre.
She has performed principal roles with Vancouver Opera (Gianetta, L'Elisir d'Amore), Pacific Opera Victoria (Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew), Opera Ontario (Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro), Calgary Opera (Johanna, Sweeney Todd), Edmonton Opera (Yum Yum, the Mikado). Opera Atelier (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni), Mirvish Productions (Sister Sophia, The Sound of Music), and the Canadian Opera Company (First Niece, Peter Grimes, Janine/Ofwarren, The Handmaid's Tale).
On the concert stage Jennie made her debut with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Symphony in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem. Subsequently she went on to perform as an oratorio soloist with many orchestras and choirs across Canada including the Victoria Symphony (Handel's Messiah and Ode to St. Cecilia), the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Raminsh's Mass in C Minor), the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Mozart Requiem, Bach's Mass in B Minor), Guelph Chamber Choir and Symphony Nova Scotia (Handel's Messiah), and the National Ballet Orchestra (The Contract).
jsuch2@uwo.ca









Sharon WeiSharon Wei (violin)
Sharon Wei was a National Scholar and Canadian Merit Scholar at the University of Western Ontario under the tutelage of the late Lorand Fenyves. She completed her studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under Roberto Diaz and Karen Tuttle and with Jesse Levine at Yale University.
Sharon has pursued her studies on career grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Chalmers Foundation. At Yale and Curtis she was on full scholarship and graduated from Yale with the Viola prize in 2006. Other honors include awards from the Washington International Competition for Strings, Sinfonia Toronto's International Concerto Competition, Elora Festival Competition and the grand prize at the London Music Foundation Competition. Sharon was nominated by Yale for the 2006 Harvard Musical Association Prize and was the recipient of a 2006 Rising Star Galaxie Award.









Adrian WrightAdrian Wright (cello)
The major part of Adrian Wright's work as a cellist was spent as a member of the National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, U.K. The broad repertoire of a BBC orchestra and significant resources of the BBC made this an interesting time. During his years in the U.K., Adrian was able to work with a number of orchestras on a freelance basis.
He had experience as a cello teacher in school and private studio settings and learned much from some consultation lessons that he had with the inspirational cello teacher Joan Dickson. Later several years of lessons with an Alexander Method Teacher taught him much about natural, active and effective posture and technique.
Presently Adrian is enjoying a varied professional life. He is a lecturer at the Don Wright Faculty of Music in the Music Education Dept. helping aspiring high school teachers understand the cello and cello technique, is a cello instructor in the Performance Dept. has a private studio, plays in a number of chamber ensembles and freelances, mainly with Orchestra London. Increasingly important to him is his work with the new and expanding El Systema Aeolian program in East London, Ont.
Adrian received his training as a cellist from the Royal Academy of Music in London, U.K. and prior to that three years with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain had a considerable influence on the course of his life.
awrigh94@uwo.ca








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