Winston Le is a Vietnamese-Canadian poet who resides in Langley, BC. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and through the Surrey Poet Laureate Program was the Events Coordinator for Asians on Edge, an avant-garde Asian-Canadian diasporic literary event. His poems have been featured in both pulp Mag and filling Station. Most recently, his debut chapbook, translanguaging was shortlisted for the 2018 Broken Pencil Zine Awards.
Carolyn Nakagawa is a Vancouver-based poet and playwright whose work has appeared in publications such as The Malahat Review, the new quarterly, and Poetry is Dead. Her current theatrical project is The New Canadians, a musical about young Japanese Canadians who ran a community newspaper in the 1940s before and after the forced uprooting of their community from Vancouver.
Dubravko Pajalic, born in Zagreb, Croatia, graduated in musicology at Zagreb University. Later he continued his studies in Vienna, Austria. He is a versatile musician having studied flute, guitar, conducting and composition. He conducts community and church choirs and likes to organize and conduct massive choral concerts.
His compositions are in the nutshell a “bricolage" - a creation of a work from a diverse range of things available (a current mood or a mind-set - or simply a subconscious reflex to melodic material).
Kai Leung is a third-year voice and composition student at the University of Toronto. He currently studies composition with Roger Bergs, and has studied in the past with Dr. Rapoport and Larysa Kuzmenko. He is the conductor of Mississauga Summer Chorale’s concert choir “Frisson”, the baritone section leader with the Toronto Youth Choir, the Bass section lead with the Ontario Male Chorus, and the assistant music director and composer in residence at St. Clements church.
Liam Moore is easily entertained. He is fascinated by the evolution of our universe and life on Earth. He generally plays string instruments well and specifically plays trombone poorly. Liam lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ted Hamilton is a Vancouver based musician, multidisciplinary composer and sound artist working in contemporary dance, theater, film/TV and performance art. His music and collaborative creations have been produced and performed in Canada and internationally for over two decades.
Ted is also a songwriter, a musical theatre writer and has composed music for many ensembles including string trio, string orchestra, art song (voice and piano) and 50 voice SATB choir.
Ted is a member of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective and participated as a composer in their 2017-18 workshop series, led and mentored by Daniel Maté.
Michael Trew has wide performing and composing experience in a variety of musical genres, including rock, classical, jazz, and the healing arts. He began studying Composition with Cortland Hultberg at UBC, graduating with a BMus in 1972. Subsequently he obtained a Professional Teaching Certificate (1976) before returning to obtain a Master's (1980) and Doctorate (1986) in Music Composition. His teachers included Stephen Chatman, Paul Reale, and Elaine Barkin. Currently Michael teaches piano, theory, history, and composition privately, is a performer, and accompanies vocal artists in Vancouver. Original works have most recently been performed by Adrian Verdejo, Tom Shorthouse, Michael Murray, The Erato Ensemble, Turning Point Ensemble, Jeremy Berkman and Dave Thomas, Nu:BC, and The Ad Mare Wind Quintet. In the summer of 2018 Michael co-wrote an art song with poet Janet Rogers which was performed by vocalist Dorothea Hayley and pianist Rachel Iwaasa.
Jonathan Newmark received his composition MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015, studying with Joel Hoffman, Douglas Knehans, and Michael Fiday. His work is published by TrevCo Varner and BrassArts. A CD of his chamber works was released in 2009. A 1974 graduate of Harvard College, he earned his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978. He is professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, staff neurologist at the DC VA Medical Center, retired Colonel, US Army Medical Corps, and a recognized authority on medical response to chemical warfare and terrorism.
The majority of Cameron’s musical output for 2017 - 18 was comprised primarily of seven 90 minute film scores which have been broadcast both domestically and internationally. He did find the time to consistently provide accompaniment on his guitar or double bass for a variety of live Vancouver Theatre Shows including Off Key (an improvised musical), Sin Peaks (a serialized improvised soap opera) and Shakespeare After Dark. In recent years he’s had a number of compositions performed by artists including NuBC, Marina Hasselberg and the Erato Ensemble. He’s a farmer in the summer and composer in the winter.
Wilhelmina “Mina” Esary is a versatile composer of chamber, choral, and electronic music whose works have been performed by members of the Seattle Symphony, Women’s Works of Ithaca, and the American Creators Ensemble. Her compositions range in character from contemplative to whimsical, dark to ethereal, and are often inspired by emotional reactions stemming from perceptions of the physical world. She is currently pursuing her BM in Composition at the Eastman School of Music and is studying with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Some of her most savored moments are writing double bar lines, feeling a drizzle on gray days, and smelling old books.
Jessica Rudman (http://www.jessicarudman.com) is an American composer whose recent works engage with contemporary social themes through realistic or fantastical frames. Her style blends melodic development and narrative structures with sensual harmony and vibrant color to create an intense emotional expression. Rudman’s music has been presented across the USA and abroad by performers including the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Hartford Opera Theater. Jessica is a 2019 Connecticut Artist Fellow, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Julia Soojin Cavallaro, composer and mezzo-soprano, enjoys a richly varied career in art song, choral music, oratorio, and opera. She has premiered several of her own works at Tufts University in collaboration with composer and pianist John McDonald. Born and raised in the Boston area, Ms. Cavallaro grew up in an Italian/Korean American household filled with music and art. A graduate of Harvard College and Boston University, she has performed with many leading ensembles in the U.S., including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, and most recently, New Camerata Opera in New York City.
Dara-Lyn Shrager is an editor and poet in Princeton, NJ. Her poems have appeared in many journals and her first full-length poetry collection, "Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee", was published by Barrow Street Books in 2018. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Radar Poetry, an online poetry and art journal. She has taught poetry workshops in many settings and is currently the Poet-in-Residence at the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ.
J.J. Lokshtanov (né Locke) is coordinator of the Frank Scott Poetry Day (August 1). Previously, he was coordinator of the 2008 Montreal International Public Poetry Festival, organizer of the O Canada rewrite contest, and director of the 2009 Leonard Cohen 75th birthday events . In addition, J.J. was VIA Rail's 2011 Destination's Magazine in-house poet. He has read his work in Canada, the US, and France. His latest work, The Snow In Nepal, was published in the anthology, Eternal Snow, Nirala Publications. In 2004, his first book of poetry, Freedom's Narrow Window, was published.
Christine Leviczky Riek is a poet and photographer from Surrey, BC. Her poetry has been published in The Capilano Review, and Pulp Literature. Her photographs have been shown in galleries throughout the Lower Mainland.
Athena Kildegaard is the author of five books of poetry. She holds an M.A.T./English from the University of Chicago and teaches in the English and Environmental Studies programs at the University of Minnesota Morris, where she also directs the Honors Program. Kildegaard's poems have appeared widely in such journals as Malahat Review, Ecotone, RHINO, Rattle, Northwest Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been set as art song and for chorus by several Minnesota composers, including Libby Larsen. She is now collaborating with a Minnesota composer to create a longer choral and instrumental work on the theme of immigration.
Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Both her collections of poetry, Hump and Stowaways, won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. She recently co-edited GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House, 2018) with Rosanna Deerchild and Tanis MacDonald. In 2019, she will publish two books: Treed, a book of urban-forest essays with Wolsak & Wynn in spring and and TreeTalk: Winnipeg, a chapbook/trade poetry collection with At Bay Press in fall.
I am a poet who's been writing for many years. I've self published a book of poetry back in 2006. I am still working on my craft. I have Asperger Syndrome.
Kelly Krebs is a Minneapolis-based composer who loves writing for singers. After a 20-year creative hiatus, Krebs returned to composing in 2015. He was selected as a composer for the MNSong Program at the 2017 Source Song Festival and in 2018, he was part of the Composer-Librettist Studio with Nautilus Music-Theater. He is currently working on the musical “Norman!” – a wildly imaginative, tragicomic prequel to the events in the classic Hitchcock film PSYCHO.
An accomplished clarinetist and singer, baritone Steven Bélanger is a graduate of Queen’s University (BMus, BA) and McGill University (MMus). He has performed with ensembles of all sizes and genres across Canada including the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, Opéra de Montréal, VivaVoce, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Canadian Chamber Choir and Arion Baroque Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), the McGill Baroque Orchestra, Voix Libres, Le Choeur du Vieux-Montreal, Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra, the Quinte Symphony, the Grand River Chorus, Opera After Hours, the Victoria Baroque Players and the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.
Steven has appeared at music festivals across North America including the Montreal Baroque Festival, the Festival international de Lanaudière, the Montreal/New Music International Festival, Festival Vancouver, the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New Brunswick and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico. He has participated in over a dozen recordings for such labels as Decca, ATMA, Naxos, Centrediscs and Grouse Records, and has recorded music for radio, television and the Cirque du Soleil.
Locally, Steven has performed as both soloist and ensemble singer with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Early Music Vancouver, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Erato Ensemble, SummerChor, Laudate Singers and Stellaria. Recent engagements include the title role in Dido and Aeneas with Players & Singers and the first public workshop of Lloyd Burritt’s new opera, The Art of Camouflage, based on the memoir of Canadian writer Betsy Warland. Steven is currently the General Manager of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and is a featured artist on their newest recording of the music of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer entitled The Love that Moves the Universe.