Wednesday, June 15th

12:00-12:45 Cellos at the Cube: Festival Preview
Old Market Square FREE CONCERT
led by Leanne Zacharias



Andrea Bell

Katie Newman
Katie Newman is a grade 12 student at Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan and is currently a student of Leanne Zacharias at Brandon University, where she will begin music studies this fall. Katie's previous teachers include Mark Rudoff, Cameron Lowe and Barbara Fitzpatrick.  Katie has attended a number of  summer music programs including Domaine Forget and the Laurentian Music Centre and she will be attending the Tuckamore Music Festival in St. John's, Newfoundland this summer.  Katie won the fourth chair cello position and tenure in the Regina Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. She has been an active chamber musician and soloist in Saskatchewan and has won numerous scholarships and prizes at the University of Regina including the Dr. Sampson Goodfellow auditioned scholarship, the Hallie McCall Inglis Auditioned Award for Strings, and the President's Gold Medal. She has also won numerous first place adjudicated awards, including the Centennial Saskatchewan Music Award, the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival (strings 16 and under), and the Queen City Kinsmen Competition.

Alexa Pilon
Alexa Pilon, 24, was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she began her cello studies with John Payzant. In 2009, she completed her undergraduate degree in Cello Performance at Brandon University with Mark Rudoff , then a Masters’ degree in Cello Performance and Literature at Brandon University with Leanne Zacharias. She currently studies with Tafelmusik members Christina Mahler and Ivars Taurins in Toronto.   In addition to winning numerous scholarships and awards at music festivals and from Brandon University, Alexa holds an ARCT degree in Cello Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2004, she represented Saskatchewan at the National Music Festival in Charlottetown, PEI, and was a charter member of the Isabelle Mills Ensemble, a unique strings sextet comprised of faculty members and students with a Saskatchewan connection. Alexa has had extensive experience as a soloist, a chamber musician and an orchestral player who is interested in performing music of many styles, genres and periods.   Alexa studied at the  “The Quartet Program” in Fredonia, NY and Boulder, Colorado, Baroque and Renaissance music at Sonoma State University, and at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Karen Sunabacka
Composer and ‘cellist Karen Sunabacka has studied music since she was four. In March 2008 she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a PhD in Theory and Composition. She is the director and founder of the Providence Performing Arts School and she is the Assistant Professor in Music Theory and Composition at Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba.

Zander Scott-Howard
Zander is 18 years old, and has just graduated from Grade 12 at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate. He currently studies with WSO Principal Cellist, Yuri Hooker.  Zander has performed in the Winnipeg Music Festival for years, winning numerous awards, including the Victor Feldbrill Trophy for Best String Performance (2010), the Winnipeg Bach Festival Trophy (2008, 2010), and the Manitoba Provincial Festival Senior String Competition (2009). In 2009 and 2010, he was Manitoba’s string representative in the National Music Festival Competition. He has participated in masterclasses with some of North America’s finest cellists, including Paul Marleyn, Desmond Hoebig, John Kadz, Andres Diaz, and Ron Leonard.  In June of 2010, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to give a solo recital as the Emerging Artist in the Agassiz Music Festival. He attended the Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary in 2010 and has been accepted again this summer.

Allison Warrian
Allison Warrian earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Music in Literature and Performance from the University of Western Ontario. A native of Winnipeg, her teachers have included Arlene Dahl, Alex Adaman, Paul Marleyn and Thomas Wiebe. She performs as a freelance cellist in Winnipeg and throughout Southern Manitoba. She has conducted the Pembina Hills Intermediate Strings, a community ensemble based in Morden, since 2005. Allison is a dedicated teacher and enthusiastically maintains a large private teaching studio.


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