Sunday, August 27, 8:00pm
Susan is both a pianist and a mezzo-soprano. In her role as a collaborative pianist, she has performed numerous recitals with soloists, as well as touring with a variety of choirs from across Canada. She received her Masters degree in collaborative piano from the University of Toronto in 2013. As a singer, Susan has performed in several opera productions in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and has been a member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus since 2001. As a vocal coach, Susan was a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. She is currently on faculty at both York University and the University of Toronto’s Opera Division.
Mark Chambers is a conductor, cellist and early music specialist. He studied cello with Martha Gerschefski, Lubomir Georgiev and David Miller, and has performed extensively in the United States and Ontario as both a chamber musician and orchestral player.
At York, Dr. Chambers is the Cello/Viola da Gamba instructor and conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra.He performs in a trio with his faculty colleague and clarinetist Patricia Wait and York alumna and pianist, Elizabeth Acker. He is also very active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout southern Ontario.
A former Theodore Presser Foundation Fellow, Dr. Chambers’ research interests include Baroque music, period instrument performance practice, the ‘Tartini Tone’, and scordatura, altered tunings for strings. He has authored several articles for the American String Teachers Journal and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Prior to his appointment at York, Dr. Chambers taught for nine years at Eastern Kentucky University, where he performed as a member of the Faculty Piano Trio and the Faculty String Quartet. He joined York’s Department of Music in 2005.
Dr. Chambers recently released his first solo CD, “Canadian Voices: Works for Solo Cello” featuring unaccompanied cello works by Canadian composers, David Lidov, Al Henderson, Brent Lee and Stephen Brown.
Patricia Wait is an Associate Professor and the Clarinet Instructor in the Music Department at York University, Toronto, where she teaches courses in chamber music, performance master classes, recital preparation, and music theory and history. She presently also holds the administrative position of Classical Music Area Coordinator.
Professionally she has enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral player, soloist and chamber musician. She has been the principal clarinet in a number of fine orchestras including the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Philharmonic, CJRT Radio orchestra (Toronto), the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Richmond (Indiana) Symphony.
As a chamber musician, she has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Prague String Quartet, the Purcell String Quartet, and with many other fine artists including Anton Kuerti, piano, Mark Dubois, tenor, James Campbell, clarinet, Susan Hoeppner, flute, Stuart Hamilton, piano, and Stephanie Bogle, soprano. Many of these performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio and CJRT Radio.
As co-founder and former music director of Syrinx Concerts Toronto, a non-profit company devoted to the promotion of Canadian music and Canadian performers, she co-produced the concert series “Music Front and Centre” at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, and “Music at the Y” at the Toronto Metro Central YM-YWCA.
In the general music community Patricia is well known as an adjudicator and clinician.