Classical Voice, Musical Theatre and Pop Voice
Lisa Cosens Brillon began singing professionally at the age of 17 on the national television show, CBC Hymn Sing. Lisa studied at the Universities of Manitoba and Arizona where she earned her Bachelor and two Masters of Music degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education. She began her doctoral studies in voice performance/pedagogy and choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati. Lisa also studied in New York City with the Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and at the Mannes College of Music. For close to seven years Lisa sang with the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera in the role of Madame Firmin. She has performed in concert, musicals and on the opera stage in North America, Europe and Israel and notably at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City in the lead role of Elena in I Vespri Siciliani with Opera Orchestra of New York. She has received various awards and scholarships at the regional Metropolitan Opera auditions, American Jenny Lind Competition, American Teachers of Singing competition and was a finalist in the prestigious Washington International competition. Ms. Brillon founded and directs the Queenston Ladies Choir, is the organist and choir director for St. David’s Queenston United Church, and for 18 years directed the summer Queenston Musical Theatre Camp and is the artistic director of the Niagara’s premiere show choir, The Niagara Star Singers. She is the voice teacher for Music Niagara’s Summer Music Academy and as well, she is the founder and festival director of the Niagara Musical Theatre & Voice Festival, is the provincial treasurer for NATS (National Association Teachers of Singing) and is currently the President of the Ontario Music Festivals Association. She is the ‘host’ for the OMFA Provincial finals to be held in Niagara for one week in June 2019/2020 to over 1200 competitors. Lisa is sought out as a voice and musical theatre adjudicator and choral clinician. She resides in Queenston where she loves teaching voice in her home studio. Her students have graduated from universities in Canada and the USA in music programs in classical voice, musical theatre, opera, and music education. Many students perform in professional and community musical theatre shows, with symphony orchestras, in opera, have won the RCM Silver/Gold Medals and excel at festivals and competitions. Ms. Brillon is proud to educate musicians and singers of all ages in the art of singing.
PIano- Pre-Grade 1-Grade 9
Daisy Leung - piano
Daisy is making her mark in Toronto as an accomplished collaborative artist whose love for chamber music and collaboration is apparent in her approach. She is employed as a collaborative pianist at the University of Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as with the Toronto Children’s Chorus. For 20 years, she has taught piano, history and theory, and feels fortunate to be able to pass on her love of music to the next generation through teaching and adjudicating festivals across Ontario.
After starting piano lessons at the age of five with Betty Wong and then Wolfram Linnebach in
Edmonton, she moved to Toronto to complete a degree with piano pedagogue Marietta Orlov, where she earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto. She has been privileged to play for many of today's leading pianists, such as Jon Kimura Parker, Jane Coop and
Marc-André Hamelin. Through her participation in U of T’s chamber music program and as a collaborative pianist, Daisy has also been afforded the opportunity to be coached by Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Steven Philcox, Carolyn Maule, Jamie Summerville, Laurence Lesser, Sylvia Rosenburg and Jacques Israelievitch.
Daisy has completed further studies at The Banff Centre, Algonquin Summer Institute, Aria Summer Music Festival and Scotia Festival of Music. She has been a recipient of awards and scholarships from institutions including the Canadian Music Competition, Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta College and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Strings and Chamber
Dr. ALEXANDER Sasha WEINSTANGEL
A prolific composer, a passionate orchestral and choral conductor, and an accomplished violin virtuoso, Dr. Weinstangel was born in Croatia (Yugoslavia). He started his music education at the age of seven, completed his first published composition at the age of nine, and started appearing as a violin soloist with orchestras at the age of ten.
He received academic degrees in both Violin/Performance and Composition/Theory from the University of Belgrade, and the Doctor of Music degree in Composition/Music Theory from the University of Toronto, where he studied under John Beckwith. Along the way he also undertook studies in conducting with Sir Adrian Boult and Antonio Janigro, and electronic music with Paul Pignon, Gustav Ciamaga and Dennis Patrick.
Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Canada, Dr. Weinstangel is a charismatic leader who leads his musicians with vigor and emotion, and is found in turn on the conductor’s podium, at the harpsichord, or in concertmaster’s chair, as suits the repertoire performed. His compositions include chamber, orchestral and choral works, operas, as well as concertos for diverse instruments. He has taught in universities and colleges in North America and New Zealand and has served as an adjudicator and juror for strings, chamber ensembles, orchestras, composition and conducting competitions.
“A compleat musician… such a rarity in our times” Richard GALE,CKDS/Stereo 95, Canada
Geoffrey Conquer, pianist
Geoffrey Conquer is one of Canada’s most versatile and dynamic pianists. Recently, he returned from a tour of twenty European countries performing chamber music concerts with Lincoln Center Stage. He was a 2016-17 Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School, a two-time first prize winner of the McGill Symphony Concerto Competition, the second prize winner of the 2015 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition, and a laureate of the Canadian Music Competition. He enjoys a varied career, regularly collaborating with vocalists through concert, choral, and opera work, performing with instrumentalists, presenting solo works, and participating in contemporary music projects.
Geoffrey is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto in the class of Jamie Parker with the support of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He completed his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees at McGill University where he studied with Marina Mdivani, a pupil of Emil Gilels. He pursued further training at The International Holland Music Sessions, Highlands Opera Studio, Cleveland Art Song Festival, The Banff Centre, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, SongFest, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. He is a pianist with the Toronto Children’s Chorus and is a faculty member at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy of The Royal Conservatory.
Piano-Diploma and Open
Petya Stavreva, piano
Praised for expressing "ultra-sensitive and highly refined pianism" (Quinte Society for Chamber Music), pianist Petya Stavreva is a DMA candidate at Western University, working with Prof. Leslie Kinton. She finished her Master's Degree with Prof. Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received full scholarship and grant support from Canada Arts Council and the Webb Trust Fund from the Glenn Gould School. Before that, she was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for ten weeks. Currently at Western, she is a four-time recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, as well as the Don Wright Graduate Entrance scholarship, and the Sherwood Fox Music scholarship.
Petya is currently based in Toronto, and has performed throughout Europe and North America both collaboratively and as a soloist. She is active as a collaborative pianist, and is described to have “extraordinary ability to place the sound of the piano exactly where the soloist needs it to be” (Quinte Arts Council Umbrella). After completing a tour in Italy for a series of chamber concerts, she finished a recording project at the Banff Centre, where she also collaborated with fellow emerging artists. Petya is quickly becoming in demand as an educator, and has been an adjudicator for the Kiwanis Festival in Toronto, the Pickering GTA Music Festival, the Brant Music Festival, the Kiwanis Festival in Ottawa as well as the Ontario Music Festival Association in Hamilton. Additionally, while undergoing training for the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners, she maintains a busy teaching studio in both London and Toronto/Mississauga. Petya also recently formed a teaching partnership with the Steinway Piano Gallery.
Petya has been a prize winner of numerous competitions in Canada and Europe such as the international competition “Franz Schubert” in Rousse, international competition “Music and Earth” in Sofia, among many others, and has performed concertos with the Toronto Sinfonietta Orchestra. Recently she performed at the Aeolian Hall in London, as part of the Emerging Classical Artist Series. Earlier last year, she collaborated with Canadian baritone Peter McGillivray for a recital as part of the Quinte Society for Chamber Music. Her upcoming engagements include various performances in the GTA and a recording project as part of a newly formed Duo Avante with pianist Todd Yaniw.
She obtained an Artist Diploma, studying with James Anagnoson at the Glenn Gould School on full scholarship, and obtained a Bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto with James Parker and Marietta Orlov. She also attended the Taylor Performance Academy in Toronto with full scholarship, studying with Arshalouis Nersessian. Past festivals include Bowdoin Music Festival as a collaborative Fellow, Young Artist Program in Ottawa, the Banff Chamber and Solo Residencies, Nice Academy in France, and Toronto Summer Music Festival