Jossée MacInnis is an active clarinetist and chamber musician and holds the position of co-founder and artistic director of Ensemble Atlantica. She is passionate about collaboration and versatility. Working together with other musicians, whether it’s creating new music or performing standard repertoire, is her greatest joy. Her interests and experience not only align with classical and contemporary music but also in jazz, klezmer and Middle Eastern music. She has worked with the Light of East Ensemble, a middle eastern chamber ensemble based in London, Ontario, and has participated in two sessions of the Toronto Creative Music Lab (2016 and 2017), which is a peer mentorship collaborative workshop for young performers and composers. She has also recently been accepted to participate in the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, which runs in June 2018.
Jossée was raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and has earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Mount Allison University studying under Dr. James Kalyn, and her Master of Music degree at Western University under the tutelage of Dr. Jana Starling. Currently, Jossée has been accepted into the l’Université de Montréal for the graduate diploma of advanced professional studies in clarinet performance. She will be studying with clarinetist and member of both Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Pentaédre, Martin Carpentier.
Raised in Edmundston, NB, composer and saxophonist Pascal Bard has been pursuing the performing arts through freelancing in jazz groups, rock bands and classical ensembles of all sorts. Pascal is as capable a composer as he is a performer and has recently been accepted into the Master’s in Composition at the University of Montreal.
Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at L’Université de Moncton, studying saxophone with Dr. Jean-Guy Boisvert and Dr. James Kalyn, and composition with Dr. Richard Gibson. He also studied Saxophone Performance at Western University.
He has been part of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, the Mount Allison University Symphonic Band and the Western University Wind Ensemble and has also been active as a chamber musician.
Monique Aubé is a flutist with a passion for new music. Recently, she has completed her Master’s degree in Flute Performance, studying under Douglas Stewart. She performed in the world premiere of the new opera ‘Footsteps in the Campbell House’, and has created the Canadian premiere of ‘Face Painting’ for flute and piano, written by Chinese composer Yang Xinming and with pianist Jana Luksts. Previously, she has worked with composer André Cormier, performing and premiering two of his works at Le Hum contemporary music series with Ensemble Sisyphe as well as the Re:flux Music and Sound Art Festival with the Motion Ensemble. Monique has studied with flutists such as Mathieu Dufour, Jeffrey Khaner, Dianne Aitken, Camille Churchfield, Susan Hoeppner and Karin Aurell, among others.
Violist Sarah de Niverville performs and teaches in the Greater Toronto Area, specializing in chamber, contemporary and orchestral music.
Sarah is a founding member of contemporary music group Ensemble Atlantica, an ensemble focused on performing works by early career composers. In 2018, Sarah won a section viola position with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she was a four-time member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, acting as Co-Principal Viola for three summers. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Sarah became the youngest core member of Symphony New Brunswick at age 23. Additionally, she has played with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, the Scarborough Philharmonic, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Galiano Ensemble, and contemporary music ensemble Sonic Lab. Outside of Canada, Sarah has performed in Portugal, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, China and Italy.
Sarah earned her Master of Music in Performance at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Joanna Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet. She previously earned her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Université de Moncton, studying with Nadia Francavilla and Isabelle Fournier.
Susan Dworkin is originally from Montreal, Quebec and has called Wolfville, Nova Scotia her home for the past 23 years. She is a music educator, voice and piano instructor and classical soprano. She founded and directed “Short-Order-Opera Society,” for 13 years and is director of the Wolfville Community Chorus, now in its 17th year.
Susan was vocal instructor at Acadia University and for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board (Adult Continuing Education), and has been teaching privately for 27 years. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teacher’s Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition to teaching, Susan has formidable experience as a concert artist and has performed in many solo recitals, operas, and concerts. She was chosen as a semi-finalist for Concours Jeunesse Musicale, held in Montreal in 2000, and the New York Young Artist’s Competition in 2002. She has also had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall in New York. This is Susan’s third year with Ensemble Atlantica.
Born in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Francisco Barradas started violin lessons at the age of eight with the Mexican violin teacher Carlos Marrufo. In 2010, after finishing his undergraduate studies, Francisco became a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, one of the leading orchestras in Mexico. Two years later Francisco was awarded with a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United States. Franciscos’ musical activities encompass a wide variety of collaborations. He usually performs with pianists, chamber music groups, and as a member of symphonic ensembles. Such activities have taken him to perform in Mexico, Canada, USA, Panama, Brazil, Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland, and Germany.
Currently, he is member of Canadian chamber music groups Magisterra Solosists, Rebelheart Collective, and Ensemble Atlantica. Additionally, Francisco has participated in music summer festivals where he has taken master classes with professors such as Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Rachel Barton Pine, Katalyn Sebestien, Kees Hülsmann, Nicholas Kitchen, and Scott St. John among others. Francisco holds a Master Degree in Violin Performance from Colorado State University where he studied with Dr. Ronald Francois, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico where he studied with Professor Agnieszka Macklakiewicz. Currently, he is pursuing a DMA at the University of Western Ontario Don Wright Faculty of Music, where he studies with Professor Annette-Barbara Vogel.
Born in 1980, Baptiste Boiron is a performer (saxophonist and clarinetist) improviser and composer. His versatility led him to found the Ensemble Chrysalide, a modular ensemble created to share and promote improvised and notated contemporary music. His studies (Baptiste graduated a Maîtrise of visual Arts at Rennes 2 University), made him keep in touch with many kinds of artistic expression: many of his performances, as a soloist or with the Ensemble Chrysalide, were in conjunction with works from Olivier Cazenove, Marcel Dupertuis, Nicolas Chatelain, Pierre Tal-Coat, Arnaud Vasseux, Jean-Jacques Dournon, Jean-Louis Gerbaud and Geneviève Asse. He graduated a composition DEM in 2009 in the class of Jean-Yves Bosseur at the Conservatoire of Bordeaux, and had master classes from Yves Krier, Gérard Pesson, Alain Bioteau, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Bernard de Vienne and Roger Tessier.
He recently moved to London, Ontario, Canada, and recently finished a Master’s in Saxophone Performance at Western Univerity. After 15 years of experience of conducting in France, in educational and professional contexts, Baptiste is currently the conductor of the Ensemble Atlantica.