2017 Guest Artists and Faculty

Robert Chafe

Robert Chafe is a St. John’s based playwright whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, and Australia. He is the author of 18 stage scripts and co-author of another ten. He is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, where he frequently collaborates with NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley. Two of his plays (Tempting Providence and Butler’s Marsh), published in 2004 by Playwrights Canada Press, were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. His play Afterimage won the award in 2010. Tempting Providence, directed by Jillian Keiley and produced by Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, is entering its eighth year of national and international touring. His recent work, Oil and Water, premiered in St. John’s in a sold out run in February 2011, and has toured nationally, which included the National Arts Centre in 2014. He has been a guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and the National Theatre School of Canada.

Amy Collyer-Holmes

Originally from Toronto, Amy Collyer-Holmes has made Newfoundland her home for the past year.  A Tuckamore Young Artist Program alumna, she performs regularly with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.  This summer she lived in Gander, performing as an actor and musician with the Beyond the Overpass Theatre Festival.  Amy received her Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University studying with Wolf Tormann, and is currently completing her Master of Music in Cello Performance & Pedagogy at Memorial University under the direction of Vernon Regehr.  Amy has the pleasure of performing on the “1933 Mougenot Cello” donated to Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music by the Estate of Rita Love.

Duo Concertante

Juno-award winners Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves are Canada’s premiere violin and piano duo. Their name, Duo Concertante, defines their artistic relationship –  two performers as equal and dynamic voices. Together they have built an international career through outstanding performances in hundreds of recitals across North America, Europe, and China. They have released seven widely-acclaimed recordings, ranging from Bach to JUNO-award-winning Canadian repertoire and are recognized across the country for their outstanding work as musicians and educators. They recently received the designation of University Research Professors and were elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada in November 2016. Professors Dahn and Steeves are currently on faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland and serve as co-artistic directors of the Tuckamore Festival.

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Vernon Regehr

A native of Winnipeg, cellist Vernon Regehr is an active recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, conductor and teacher.  Regehr has collaborated with the Shanghai, Afiara, Fitzwilliam and Lafayette string quartets, Andrew Burashko, Suzie Leblanc, and Leon Fleisher.  He is a founding member of the Spectrolite Ensemble, a clarinet trio with Sean Rice and Patrick Cashin, set to release their first album in the fall. Full Spectrum, his first solo record recently released on the Centrediscs label, features previously unrecorded Canadian works for unaccompanied cello written in the past decade. Lamentations, by Clark Ross, was awarded the 2014 ECMA for Composition of the Year. He is currently on faculty at Memorial University School of Music where he teaches cello, bass and conducts the chamber orchestra.

Andrew Staniland

Composer Andrew Staniland has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices. His music is regularly heard on CBC Radio 2 and has been performed and broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. As a leading composer of his generation, he has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada in 2014. Andrew is the lead composer/educator with the Gryphon Trio’s Listen Up! education initiative, created and produced in collaboration with the Gryphon Trio and music educator Rob Kapilow. Andrew also performs himself, both as a guitarist and working with new media (computers and electronics). Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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