Toronto Early Music Players Organization
Toronto Early Music Players Organization

TEMPO Programme 2020 – 2021

Our Program Director, Christine McClymont, has planned an exciting program for 2020- 21. The planned sessions for the Fall and Winter sessions are online using Zoom


September 13: Alison Melville - Recorders. Alison Melville, based in Toronto, is a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque music. Sheis a member of the Toronto Consort and Ensemble Polaris. As a virtuoso player of recorder and Baroque flute she has performed across Canada and in Europe, Iceland, Japan and New Zealand. Alison is a member of the Music Faculty at the University of Toronto and teaches in her private studio. She has made many recordings, and is a summer tour guide to European Early Music festivals.


October 4: Lawrence Lipnik - Viol, Recorders. Larry Lipnik comes to TEMPO from Amherst Early Music, a renowned organization which features Baroque and Renaissance music, hosts teachers and workshop leaders, holds weekend online classes, and organizes the Amherst Early Music Festival. Larry plays both viol and recorder, and has performed with acclaimed early music ensembles, from Anonymous 4 to the Waverly Consort. He has a busy teaching schedule, and is music editor of performing editions. Larry has made frequent recordings.

November 1: Femke Bergsma - Recorders. Femke Bergsma studied recorder at the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland. She established her multi-instrument career in Montreal, performing regularly with several eminent ensembles specializing in Baroque music including Les Boréades, and Les Idées Heureuses. She has also performed with Thirteen Strings in Ottawa and Tafelmusik in Toronto. Femke has a special interest in medieval music. She also teaches at CAMMAC’s musical summer camp.

December 6, 2020:  Matthias Maute, Recorders. Matthias Maute has carved out an impressive international reputation for himself not only as one of the great recorder and baroque flute virtuosos of his generation but also as a composer and conductor. Since winning first prize in the soloist category at the prestigious Bruges Early Music Competition in 1990, he has led a highly successful career as a recorder and baroque flute soloist.


Sunday, January 10: Jody Miller, Recorder. Jody Miller is a recorder teacher and multi-talented performer based in the Atlanta area. With over 20 years of experience, he enjoys teaching early music in schools, universities and workshops. He has acquired a large collection of historical instruments – replicas of ones played before 1750. Jody is also interested in contemporary music for recorder and collaborates regularly with composers. During the pandemic, he promotes online workshops, saying the silver lining is that you can take classes with amazing musicians!

Sunday, February 7: Stephane Potvin. Stéphane Potvin was born in Quebec, where he studied orchestral and choral conducting. During his career, he has coaxed lyrical performances from orchestras and choirs all over Ontario and abroad. He is now the Artistic Director of Musikay, a group of professional musicians and singers based in Oakville who perform mainly Renaissance and Baroque music. Stephane loves sharing his passion for music. He’s an excellent communicator with a sparkling sense of humour, and is equally fluent in French and in English.

Sunday, March 7: Vincent Lauzer.  Vincent Lauzer has performed on recorders since age 8. While still a youth, he won first prize in the Canadian Music Competitions Stepping Stone division. He received his master’s at McGill, studying with Matthias Maute and Sophie Lariviere. He has played with many groups, such as Les Violons du Roy and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Vincent performed with Flute Alors in Toronto’s Summer Music Garden, and is a member of Ensemble La Cigale. He posted a virtual concert in July 2020 with the Lameque International Baroque Music Festival of which he is Artistic Director.


Sunday, April 11: Colin Savage. Colin Savage is the principal clarinetist with the Mississauga Orchestra and also 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 saw, and more. They have made five recordings, and enjoy a successful concert life.

May 2: Elin Soderstrom : Elin Soderstrom was inspired to take up the viol when she heard a recital given by Jordi Savall. She studied music at McGill University and received a post-graduate degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She plays with many ensembles, such as Constantinople, Masques and Arion. She loves collaborating with viol consorts, including Les Voix Humaines Consort of Viols. Elin is enthusiastic about teaching, and enjoys giving workshops. Always searching for artistic renewal, she dedicates much of her time to contemporary and improvisatory music.



Links and music for the Zoom sessions will be emailed as each date approaches



Christine McClymont, Program Director

Elan Dresher, President

  Last updated: July 2020