Marianne Bindig - Vocal and Choral
Mezzo soprano Marianne Bindig has sung with all the major opera companies in Canada and several in the U.S. in roles ranging from Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Rosina in Rossini's Il barbiere di Sivilgia to the title role in Bizet's Carmen and Varvara in Janaček's Katya Kabanova. She has also soloed with groups like Les violons du Roy, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Isler Singers and the Windsor and Thunder Bay Symphonies in repertoire ranging from Bach Passions and Scarlatti's Il Primo Omicidio to Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and Berlioz's Les nuits d'été. She also covered the role of the Abbess in the Mirvish Production of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. From the University of Toronto Marianne received her Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours), her Diploma of Operatic Performance (Distinguished Graduate) and her Bachelor of Education (Music and Drama). She was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Center for Music, summer home of the Boston Symphony, and attended four terms at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts (The Academy of Singing and Opera Programs). She also studied under Galina Vishnevskaya, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, and Sarah Walker at the Britten Pears School for Advanced Music Studies in Aldeborough, England. Marianne teaches voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, and privately from her home in Toronto. She is a frequent guest voice teacher at Opera Nuova in Edmonton. For further biographical information, please visit www.mariannebindig.com.
Patrick Timney - Musical Theatre
Patrick Timney’s musical career has spanned the Opera, Music Theatre, and Concert stages. He has performed such leading roles as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and the title role in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria to name only a few with such organizations as the Canadian Opera Company and Calgary Opera. He toured for three years as Monsieur Andre in the Phantom of the Opera, and has performed with the Stratford Festival. He has appeared with the Toronto Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops among other orchestras, in programs ranging from Stephen Sondheim’s Company and Bernstein’s West Side Story to Handel’s Messiah and the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Patrick has adjudicated Music Theatre, Classical Voice and Drama at a variety of music festivals, and is also much sought after as a workshop clinician in each of these disciplines. He currently serves on the staff of a large church in Brampton, ON, where he oversees the Worship and Arts ministry and, along with his wife, Lisa continues to perform in concert as his schedule permits.
Jennifer Knelman - Elementary/Junior Piano
Jennifer Knelman holds a Teachers' ARCT, a Bachelor of Music in Performance
from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Music Degree (Literature and
Performance) from the University of Western Ontario. Her early musical training was from her Mother, Fay Pullan, with whom she was studying when she received two RCM provincial gold medals, then she continued on scholarship at the Royal Conservatory of Music. During the following years at University she studied advanced theory, while majoring in performance. Her principal teacher was James Anagnoson.
Jennifer instructs for the University of Guelph, including musicianship, harmony,
and internet online courses. Her most recent creation was recently honoured with two awards, one from the government of Ontario for advanced use of technology, and the other the Provost's award for innovation from the University of Guelph. She also has an online course with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, The Key to Music. She was a piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music for over ﬁfteen years, and now examines for Conservatory Canada. She has enjoyed years of Festival adjudicating, lecturing for ORMTA groups, and offers a new initiative for teachers called Virtual Studio Adjudicating, giving their students advice through audio recordings.
Currently with her husband Kevin, they have released CDs of Kevin's music, for adults and children's music, including his popular arrangements of Beatles' songs for classical guitar, all at CDbaby.com or KnelmanMusic.com. Jennifer is also a ranked tennis singles player competing on the senior International Tennis Federations circuit and enjoying observing the many parallels between sport and music.
Feel free to contact Jennifer at JenniferKnelman@icloud.com
Catherine Robertson - Intermediate/Senior Piano
Catherine Robertson is active as a pianist, chamber musician, singer, coach and teacher. She is a frequent piano and choral adjudicator at music festivals across the country. Catherine teaches piano and piano literature courses at the music department of Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo and is conductor of the College Chapel Choir.
Catherine received her B. Mus. Piano Performance (Queen’s University), Piano Licentiate LRAM, (Royal Academy of Music, London, U.K.) and her M. Mus. Piano Performance (Western University) degrees. She was a collaborative pianist and coach at Wilfrid Laurier University, and for eight years taught piano at Redeemer University College.
For twenty years, Catherine demonstrated her love of early music as director of TACTUS Vocal Ensemble, a professional group that specialized in music of the European Renaissance. She is also a former consort member of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and sang for twenty-five years with the Elora Festival Singers.
Membership on the board of the Guelph Connections Concerts series has helped keep Catherine active in recital and in planning chamber concerts of musical excellence and accessibility within the community.
Anita Buttemer - Strings
Anita Buttemer holds a Master of Music from Ithaca College and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching violin and viola to students from ages 3 to 80 and from beginner to university preparatory level for over twenty five years.
Previously, Anita has taught at the North York Suzuki School of Music in Toronto, the Waldorf School of the Finger Lakes in Ithaca, New York, and the Suzuki String School of Guelph. While living in the Netherlands in 2011-2012, Anita played in the Naardens Kamerorchest and was a regular guest teacher at the Accademia Filarmonica in Utrecht.
Anita is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo, a school for strings and early childhood music education. She performs as a member the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Quinten Quartet, and as a freelance musician in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
Anita appears regularly as an adjudicator at Music Festivals in Ontario and as a guest clinician for music events in Canada. Anita has served as a board member of both the Suzuki Association of Ontario and the Southern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and as a string consultant for the KW Kiwanis Music Festival. She lives in Waterloo with her spouse and three children.
Garry Page - Brass and Woodwinds
Garry Page holds Honours music degrees in Trumpet Performance, Academics and Teaching from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England.
He immigrated to Canada in 1997 at which point he became a member of the Stratford Festival Orchestra. He has performed as soloist at Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, and Massey Hall, River Run Centre, Guelph and in the U.K., at Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, Kensington Palace, and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Mr. Page is the founder and Principal Trumpet of the award-winning Brass Pages Quintet and trumpet and organ duo Page Two. Artistic Director and Principal Trumpet of Kingsway Brass. Juno nominated and winning recordings include numerous soundtracks for the motion picture and video game industries, EMI, Decca, Hyperion, CBC, Sony, and Naxos classical discs, pop, jazz-fusion, Latin and blues for Blue Note and Verve. Mr. Page has broadcast for national and local radio stations in the U.K., Europe, Asia, U.S. and Canada with appearances on BBC, Central, Global, CBS, PBS, ABC and CBC television networks as well as BBC and CBC radio.
Mr. Page is an award-winning music educator who has had articles on music published by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and has written music critiques for local and national newspapers. He is active as a freelance performer, teacher, adjudicator, clinician, university lecturer, and examiner.
For eight years, Mr. Page was tutor of brass at Kingsway College School, Etobicoke and was Director of the KCS Kool Cats Jazz Ensemble. He has served as interim Head of Music for Greenwood College School, Toronto.
Mr. Page has twice conducted the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival All-Star Jazz Band at Roy Thomson Hall and is enjoying his tenth year association with St. Andrew’s College, Aurora, currently serving as itinerant music faculty member and Director of Bands. In 2016 Mr. Page received an Education Community Service Award for twenty years as the Royal Conservatory of Music Centre Representative for Stratford, Ontario.