Our People

Artistic Directors

Dr. Laura Loewen

Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America.  Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is Professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. She was a founding faculty artist of VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute) and is on the faculties of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta and Été Musical de Barachois in New Brunswick.

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Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert

Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert has connected powerfully with listeners in European concert halls, rural Canadian school gyms, Brazilian galleries, and venues from Lithuania to Mexico and Brazil to Alaska. Equally comfortable in many different genres, whether she’s performing as a solo pianist or chamber musician, whether she’s teaching, coaching or adjudicating, her goal is to be the best communicator possible, to speak the many languages of music with ease and immediacy, and to spark a connection with others.

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Margo Garrett

Margo Garrett has enjoyed a long career as an internationally performing pianist partnering noted singers and instrumentalists alike. With sopranos Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Elizabeth Futral, Beverly Hoch, the late Judith Raskin, Lucy Shelton, and Dawn Upshaw, as well as with violinists Jaime Laredo and Daniel Phillips, cellists Sharon Robinson, the late Stephen Kates, and clarinetist David Shifrin, Ms. Garrett has premiered over 35 works and recorded on Albany, CRI, Deutsche Grammophon (1992 Grammy for Best Vocal Recital), Dorian, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Orion and Sony Classical. Her 2018 Delos release of the works of Ernest Bloch with longtime partner, violist Paul Neubauer, was nominated for an International Classical Music Award.

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Jean Barr

Jean Barr is Professor Emerita of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, where she founded the collaborative piano degree programs in 1988. The first person in the United States to earn a doctoral degree in Accompanying, she studied with Gwendolyn Koldofsky at the University of Southern California. At the outset of her career, she was pianist for the master classes of Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose and Martial Singher.

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Alexandra Nguyen

A native of Montréal, Alexandra Nguyen maintains a diverse career as a collaborative pianist, teacher, and administrator. She has performed throughout the United States and Canada, with recent performances in Italy, Spain, and Malaysia at venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY) and the Teatro Nacional (Panama City, Panama). A sought-after collaborator, she has shared the stage with such artists as the Takács Quartet, cellist David Requiro, and bassoonist Peter Kolkay, a long-standing partnership.

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Martha Guth

Juno nominated soprano Martha Guth’s recital and concert highlights include Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Cathedral (Washington D.C.), St. John Smith Square, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Santa Fe Opera, Grazer Oper, The Chicago Philharmonic, and many more.

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Jocelyn Dueck

Pianist Jocelyn Dueck is widely known for her interpretations of new music, premiering and commissioning works by composers Lembit Beecher, Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Conrad Cummings, Daniel Felsenfeld, Libby Larsen, Judd Greenstein, John Glover, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Gilda Lyons, Robert Patterson, Kevin Puts, Matthew Schickele and Gregory Spears, to name a few.

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Valerie Dueck

Pianist Valerie Dueck grew up in Kleefeld, Manitoba on a street that housed an internationally renowned soprano and two leading vocal conductors. Given the neighbourhood, a career in vocal accompanying seemed an entirely rational choice.

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