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August 8-21, 2022

2022 Guest Artists and Faculty · Page 2


Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall is first and foremost a classically trained clarinetist who found work in the orchestra far too serious! So now, instead of joking around while sitting in the orchestra, he performs as a stand up comedian, and does various television and radio shows in both English and French.

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The Swinging Belles

JUNO award winners, The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John's, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!

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Bestvater, Ward and Young

Bestvater, Ward and Young is a Newfoundland and Labrador-based trio that equally highlights the musicianship of each member.  Steeped in Bluegrass and Country musical traditions, but willing to try anything, this trio will move you with their soulful singing and get your toes tapping to their blazing tunes. 


Ana & Eric

Ana & Eric are a Brazilian duo based in St John´s, Newfoundland & Labrador. Having performed in Brazil, Europe, and Canada, Ana & Eric offer a unique combination of folk, bossa nova, and Brazilian popular music, featuring original songs and covers in English and Portuguese.

Vernon Regehr

Vernon Regehr

Cellist Vernon Regehr is an active recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, conductor and teacher, and developer of the interactive iOS app, eMusic Bach. He is a member of the clarinet trio Spectrolite Ensemble and currently on faculty at Memorial University’s School of Music.

Andrew Staniland

Andrew Staniland

Award-winning composer Andrew Staniland is one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices whose music is heard regularly on CBC, and broadcast in over 35 countries.


Joe Argentino

Joe Argentino is an Associate Professor of Music Theory at Memorial University of Newfoundland, specializing in post-tonal and serial music. His current research interests include the connection between form and text in Arnold Schoenberg’s religious works, the pedagogical study of improvisation at the keyboard and the late works of Franz Liszt.

Patrick Cashin

Patrick Cashin

Described by CBC Radio as “a truly original interpretive voice,” pianist Patrick Cashin is becoming known as a distinctive presence on the Canadian music scene. He designs unique recitals centred around the best of the piano repertoire and particularly enjoys playing Mozart piano concertos, in which he improvises and composes cadenzas in the style of Mozart.

Michelle Cheramy

Michelle Cheramy

With playing described as a “...fine blend of artistry and bravura” (Edmonton Journal), flutist Michelle Cheramy is an artist recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing, and her interpretive skills in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries.  One of the few flutists in Canada to hold a full-time university appointment, Michelle is currently professor of music at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Kate Read

Kate Read

St. John's based violist, Kate Read, is violist of the award winning Atlantic String Quartet and Principal Viola in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She is also violist for Dark by Five, resident ensemble at Gros Morne Summer Music, and Principal viola with Opera on the Avalon.


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