Toronto Early Music Players Organization

Workshop Leaders and Programmes 2023/24

Many thanks to our Program Director, Christine McClymont, who is planning an exciting program for 2023/24.

September 17 (note change of date):  Colin Savage. "Refresh & Refocus". We will reinvigorate our ensemble skills: listen to tuning, timing, and stylistic consistency, through a variety of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire.  

Colin Savage has been the principal clarinetist with the Mississauga Orchestra for over 30 years and excels on the recorder. He has toured Japan and played with Opera Atelier, Canadian Opera Company, Apollo’s Fire, Les Boréades, Tafelmusik and the Toronto Consort. Besides pursuing his photographic interests, Colin is an enthusiastic member of Ensemble Polaris, a Northern crossover band who play accordion, mandolin, Swedish pipes, recorders, bouzouki, musical saws, and more. They have made five recordings, and enjoy a successful concert life.

October 15: Tatsuki Shimoda. "Fugues, Fantasias, & Chorales". Ensemble repertoire from Byrd, Palestrina, Bach, along with popular tunes from Handel, Purcell, and the Beatles.   

Tatsuki Shimoda has been playing the recorder since a young age, coming from a musical family with whom he has explored music in various settings. Versatile in many styles from early music to avant-garde music, he has performed across Ontario, utilizing all recorder sizes. He has been awarded at various music festivals and earned his Performer’s ARCT for recorder in 2018. He completed his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto in 2022, with a minor in Mathematics. He continues to explore different musical styles as he works towards his Performer's ARCT for piano as well as apprenticing under the Japanese drumming group Nagata Shachu.                 

November 12:  Anne Massicotte. ‘’In and around London’’.  Music by Byrd, Tomkins, Handel, Purcell, Corelli and Holst. 

Anne Massicotte graduated from the Conservatoire de Québec as a clarinetist. She played in the National Youth Orchestra, and toured with her quintet for Jeunesses Musicales. As an Orff specialist, she taught music for the Toronto District School Board for 30 years, and developed award-winning children’s choirs. She was a member of the CAMMAC Centre teaching staff for 35 years. As a recorder player, she was a founding member of the recorder quartet, ACTA. She sang with Amadeus and the Toronto Chamber Choir. She now teaches recorder and small groups privately.

December 17:  Hooman Tootoonchian. Introduction to Persian musical concepts, rhythms, ornaments and repertoire.

Hooman's musical journey began with the piano, and he soon discovered a passion for teaching. Embracing the Orff method, he joyfully shared music with children. Co-founding Rhythmitica, an online music academy, Hooman envisions using music as a bridge to unite cultures and create a harmonious world. With a diverse academic background and a love for Persian, baroque, and early music, he continuously enriches his expertise, leaving a profound impact on aspiring musicians and learners globally. You can find more details through his profile: https://www.rhythmitica.com/music-instructor/Hooman-Tootoonchian

January 14:  Francis Colpron.  "A Musical Journey with Francis".  Joy and felicity set the tone for a musical voyage. We'll be  playing composers like Fux, Schein, Tansman and Shannon, followed by some Irish airs.

Recorder and traverso (flute) player Francis Colpron is recognized as one of the most talented musicians of his generation. In 1991 he founded the ensemble Les Boréades de Montréal and is still the Artistic Director. Touring extensively in Quebec and abroad, Francis and the ensemble explore the theatrical and musical worlds of the 17th and 18th centuries, bringing ancient practice to light while playing period instruments. A generous and enthusiastic teacher, Francis regularly leads TEMPO workshops and teaches at summer music camps such as Amherst in the U.S., CAMMAC in Québec and Boxwood in Nova Scotia.

February 11: Felix Deak: "Is Love a Sweet Passion?" Sometimes love is more bitter than sweet, and more painful than ease. Whichever it is, it is always worth it. We'll explore some works by Monteverdi, Purcell and Holborne.

Cellist and gambist Felix Deák showcases his career as a freelance musician with chamber ensembles and orchestras. He performs and tours regularly with long standing Montreal-based gamba consort Les Voix Humaines and Juno award winning ensemble L’Harmonie des Saisons. 

March 10: David Fallis: “Early Music Animals”. Madrigals for both instrumentalists and singers! The animal kingdom has always inspired composers to write wonderful music. Bird-pieces come first to mind, since birds are such incredible singers themselves, but how about baboons? Fleas? Oysters, anyone? Come and sing and play as we explore delightful renaissance madrigals devoted to the animal world. Music by Weelkes, Gibbons, Ravenscroft, LeJeune and more.

David Fallis is one of Toronto’s best known and well-loved musicians, with a stellar reputation as an early music expert and choral conductor. He was the Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir for 25 years and Artistic Director and long-time singing member of the Toronto Consort. David is the Music Director for Opera Atelier, conducting two spectacular shows each year, and also conducts Soundstreams Choir 21 devoted to contemporary choral music. 

I’m excited to say that David has agreed it would be fun to create a madrigal workshop that has instrumentalists accompanying singers – a first for TEMPO!

April 14: Robert Rivers. "A Renaissance Spring."  We shall explore spring music in agricultural societies, before the Industrial Revolution. Featuring music by, among others, Monteverdi, Morley, Byrd and di Lasso

Robert Rivers is a freelance musician based in Ancaster, Ontario. He has wide interests in music, including folk songs from Quebec and Newfoundland. Bob has been involved in music his whole life. His activities involved singing in choirs, playing in bands and orchestras in school, and, more recently, playing recorders. He has had experience in conducting choirs, bands, and recorder ensembles, namely Rosewood Consort in Hamilton, and Second Wind, a seniors’ ensemble which plays at the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre. He also enjoys arranging pieces for recorders, using his best friend, Sibelius. He has also dabbled in some composing, mostly for choirs, but also for bands and, not surprisingly, recorder ensembles. His professional career involved teaching middle school, mostly mathematics and music. He holds a B.A. in music and psychology, and an M. Ed. in education administration.

May 12:  Martin van de Ven: "Introduction to Klezmer"

Martin van de Ven has spent his professional career as a freelance musician, performing on clarinet, composing, directing, and teaching.  A mainstay of the Canadian klezmer scene, Martin performs with Canada’s hottest klezmer band Beyond the Pale. A unique stylist, Martin van de Ven brings fire, elegance and humour to his performances with the award-winning group. He has composed, arranged for, and directed performances for Toronto production companies such as Jumblies Theatre, Theatre Columbus, the Azkenaz foundation and others.

He is currently involved in leading jam sessions for the Toronto Klezmer Society in support of their effort to make klezmer music available to a wider audience. Martin van de Ven is currently working as a music teacher for the Toronto District School Board. He is a firm believer in arts education --for children and adults alike-- as a way to a healthy, well rounded and fulfilling life.

June 9: TEMPO Tea. Everyone is welcome to come to this annual event with concerts and refreshments!

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