Item List

Andrew Goodlett

Double Bass

Andrew joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Double Bass in 2013, after working as a freelance bassist in Chicago. He started the bass in his late teens, studying with his father Robert Goodlett. Andrew was an Emerson Scholar at Interlochen Arts Camp, going on to study at Michigan State University and Northwestern University. Andrew is a versatile musician, playing a variety of instruments and styles, with a strong interest and expertise in historical styles and instruments. Andrew has performed in many festivals in the United States and Europe, including a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Sarasota Music Festival. As an educator Andrew helps teach his father’s large studio in the summer, with an emphasis on creating well rounded young musicians.

Bery Filsaime


A Florida native, Mr. Filsaime began playing the violin at the age of seven before switching to the cello at the age of nine. He earned his Bachelor of Music in cello performance at the University of North Florida, studying with Dr. Nick Curry. He completed his Master of Music Degree at the University of Tennessee where he served as Professor Wesley Baldwin’s teaching assistant. In 2017, Bery was a finalist in the University of Tennessee Symphony Concerto Competition and for the New World Symphony. He was also a member of the National Repertory Orchestra the summer of 2017 in Breckenridge Colorado. Bery just graduated with his Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Manitoba, studying with Dr. Minna Rose Chung. He was also selected as a winner of the University of Manitoba Concerto Competition in 2018.

Natalie Dawe


Natalie Dawe began playing cello at the age of 7. In 2007, she travelled to Beijing, China with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra to perform and record a CD that won an East Coast Music Award for Best Classical Recording. After moving to Winnipeg in 2007, Natalie studied with Yuri Hooker, principal cellist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, she toured Sweden and Finland in collaboration with the University of Manitoba Singers. She was the winner of the the Holtby Scholarship and the Madeline Gauvin Scholarship through the Women’s Musical Club Annual Scholarship Competition. During her time at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music, she was a prize winner in the Genser Competition, as well as a winner of the Concerto Competition. In 2013, she graduated with a B. Music degree in cello performance from the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music where she studied with Dr. Minna Rose Chung. In the summer of 2014, she performed with Rod Stewart at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. She also performed at the Government House of Manitoba during the Royal Tour for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Natalie has attained a M. Music degree in cello performance at the University of Western Ontario's Don Wright Faculty of Music where she was studying with Thomas Wiebe. She currently enjoys collaborating with other local artists of various genres and teaching young aspiring cellists.

Dianna Neufeld


Dianna Neufeld has a Bachelor of Music (Major in Piano performance) and Bachelor of Education (Major in Elementary Music) from the University of Manitoba, and is currently completing her Graduate studies at the Brandon University as a Collaborative Pianists. She has taught Elementary music and high-school chorale in the school system for several years before switching primarily to private piano teaching.
She enjoys accompanying various soloists, choirs, chamber groups, and performing with a women’s vocal trio. Dianna is a published composer within the Northern Lights CNCM Piano Repertoire books, a graded educational series that features primarily Canadian composers. She writes duets and solos for students of all levels, and also composes chamber works. She resides in Margaret, Manitoba, and teaches privately from her music studio located at the Arts Hall in Boissevain, MB. She is on staff at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory within the Brandon University as a private piano instructor, and as the STEP piano educator. Currently, she has taken on the position as President of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association of the Brandon and Westman Branch. She enjoys adjudicating, creating musical opportunities for piano, voice, violin, Suzuki-piano, and composing music for performance and educational

Josias Sanchez


Born and raised in Ciudad de México (México), violinist Josías Sánchez began his music training at a young age. In 1997, he was enrolled in a music program for children, developed by the National University (UNAM) and began to take violin lessons with Mr. Alfonso González, and Mr. Raymundo Moro, completing all 'basic' levels in violin, theory, and ear training in 2004.

In 2008, he began his Violin Performance (BMus.) studies at Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Lacombe (AB), finishing this degree in 2013. While at CUC, he studied with Ms. Naomi Delafield, Dr. Jennifer Penner, and Dr. Aaron Au. He was a member of the Univeristy Orchestra, Choral Union, and Chamber Singers. In 2015, he decided to further his studies in Violin Performance and began a Master of Music at Brandon University in Brandon (MB), under the tutelage of Miss Kerry DuWors and Mr. Robert Richardson Jr. He completed this degree in May of 2017. While at BU, Josias was a member of the University Orchestra, serving as Concertmaster and Principal 2nd violin under the direction of Dr. Leanne Zacharias. He was also a member of BU Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Andrée Dagenais. In fall of 2016, Josias became part of Trio Rustico, alongside Danielle Guina (Piano) and Charlee Wielgoz (Cello).

Josías' main musical interests are early and baroque music, orchestral music, latinamerican music, choral music, and chamber music. Josias also enjoys aviation and plans to obtain a private pilot license.

Josias' participation with Trio Rustico at the Humboldt Music Festival in May 2017 and the Saskatchewan Festival in June 2017 (Saskatoon), earned him the recommendation to the national level in the Chamber Group Class, and will be representing the province of Saskatchewan in the upcoming National Arts Festival, held in Ottawa on August 2017.

Leanne Zacharias


Cellist Leanne Zacharias is an interdisciplinary artist whose dynamic practice crosses genres and geographies. She curates Music for Spaces, reimagining public and natural sites with sound, with work featured in the International Cello Festival of Canada, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg Design Festival and Warming Huts Art & Architecture competition. She received a ‘Best Performer’ nomination by the Austin Critics Table for River Measures, a solo series along the Colorado River in Texas, and residency awards in Iceland and Churchill’s Northern Studies Research Centre. Her project Listening Booth: solo recitals for solo audience member, was presented by the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival and she was soloist in the Portal Zero installation at the Winnipeg Symphony New Music Festival. Numerous premieres and recordings include Pat Carrabre’s Prairie Sky concerto, Concerto Laguna by Travis Weller (performed from a boat on a Texan lake), the premiere recording of Rand Steiger’s Elusive Peace for cello and percussion with Ben Reimer, sound artist Steve Bates, percussionist Eric Platz, songwriter John K Samson, The Mountain Goats, and her longtime collaborator Christine Fellows.Her first solo recording, featuring modern works in unique sites across rural Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, arrives this fall.

On faculty at Brandon University’s School of Music, Leanne adjudicates across Canada and has also taught at Domaine Forget International Academy, the Cadenza and Rosamunde Festivals, Prairie Cello Institute, and given lectures at Parsons School of Design in New York, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s 10x20x20 series, and Banff’s Research In Culture workshop. She co-directs two unique art programs for emerging artists: A Wild Studio: Excursions in Art, Sound and Performance in Canadian National Park, and the Hybrid Intensive interdisciplinary workshop in San Francisco.

Jimmie Kilpatrick


"Shotgun Jimmie" is the stage name of Jim Kilpatrick, a Canadian singer-songwriter. Formerly associated with the band Shotgun & Jaybird. Since that band's breakup, he has released several albums as a solo artist.

His 2011 album Transistor Sister was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.

On March 24, 2017, a 30-track tribute album to Kilpatrick and his songwriting was released via, by a fan-driven label known as “Comin’ Around Records".

Jason Vanwynsberghe


Jason began learning the violin at age seven in his home town Crystal City, MB. Eventually, he came to enjoy it so much that he decided to continue his studies at Brandon University, where he completed his bachelors of violin performance under Kerry DuWors. Jason is a registered Suzuki teacher, and has completed levels one, two, and three of his teacher training. During his time at Brandon University, Jason also studied privately with Dr. Patrick Carrabre, learning skills in composition, arranging, and orchestration. Additionally, Jason enjoyed studying conducting with Dr. Wendy McCallum and has been lucky enough to test out his skills with the Brandon University Symphonic Band, direct sectionals for the Brandon Community Orchestra, and the pit orchestra for the Manitoba Oak Valley Passion Play’s 2016 season. Most recently, Jason was fortunate enough to become conductor of the Douglas Kuhl School of Music’s Post-Road String Orchestra.

Alyssa Hildebrand


Alyssa has been teaching for several years, and works with students of many different levels and abilities. She works as a private voice teacher independently in Winkler, through the Steinbach Arts Council, and the Community School of Music and the Arts (CSMA) at Canadian Mennonite University. At CSMA she has had the opportunity to teach individual voice students, group classes, and lead a voice masterclass in February of 2020. Prior to the pandemic, she worked at Providence University College as an instructor of music. She returned to Manitoba after completing her Master of Music degree in Literature and Performance at Western University, studying with Jackalyn Short. Prior to this she attended Canadian Mennonite University where she received a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in vocal performance, studying with David Klassen. Throughout both of these degrees, Alyssa had the opportunity to take courses on vocal pedagogy and early music education.

Throughout her studies, Alyssa has had several performance opportunities, which included various recitals and concerts. She has also had the opportunity to perform operatic roles including; the role of Oscar in Handel’s Alcina at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro through Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Italy, and Josephine in HMS Pinafore (CMU), Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne (CMU) and understudying the role of Anne Page in the Merry Wives of Windsor. She has been the finalist in several music competitions, including the Verna Mae Janzen Competition and Winnipeg’s Tudor Bowl.

Janna Larsen

Musical Theatre

Janna Larsen, Founder/Artistic Director of Junior Musical Theatre Company (1990-2010), Winnipeg Broadway Theatre (2011-Present), and Musical Theatre for Change (2014-Present), performing arts educator (2001-Present), Divisional Performing Arts Consultant (2016-2018 and guest instructor at Brandon University, Canadian Nazarene College, University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. She has produced/directed over 300 musical theatre productions, including self-penned In Search of a Star, Anne Frank, Once Upon a Canada, and The Little Matchbox Girl, produced Off-Broadway in 2010. Further experience includes directing with Alan Myers on the set of Boy Meets World and working with Broadway’s Lion King and Wicked.

Sarah-Lynn Bergen

Violin / Administrator

Sarah-Lynn Bergen began playing the violin here in the Pembina Valley at the age of 7. She performed with the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra for 4 years while taking lessons with Simon MacDonald and Karl Stobbe. She continued her studies at the University of Ottawa where she completed a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Yehonatan Berick, Jean-Hee Lee and Micheal van der Sloot. While in university, Sarah had the pleasure of performing with the University of Ottawa Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Pops Orchestra, and the Manitoba Underground Opera. Sarah discovered a passion for music education through volunteering with Ottawa’s El Sistema program, Orkidstra, and teaching violin and piano at a local music school. Sarah-Lynn has had the honor of being a student teacher at Cadenza Summer Music Week since 2013 and is excited to be back teaching in Manitoba! In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking bread, knitting, and cross-country skiing.

Theresa Thordarson


Theresa Thordarson’s insatiable creative drive stems from a lifetime of musical risk-taking. Whether writing original compositions, playing piano in traditional settings, or collaborating with artists across genres and disciplines, she thrives in the imperfections and questions inherent in performance practices.
Theresa performs traditional, remixed, and contemporary repertoire as a soloist and collaborative pianist, with recent engagements including concerts for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Lethbridge’s Centric Festival and masterclasses with Edgar Meyer, Libby Larsen, and Angela Hewitt. She also sings, synths, and writes pop music as one half of the duo Bicycle Face with guitarist Ava Glendinning.
Theresa has served as a sessional instructor and staff collaborative pianist at Brandon University and the State University of New York, Fredonia. She currently makes her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Everett Hopfner

Co-program director / Piano

A self-described new music explorer, Canadian pianist Everett Hopfner is celebrated for his passionate and inventive performances. With his dynamic approach to multi-disciplinary pieces incorporating electronic media, improvisation, movement and speech, Everett has been praised as “a surreal performer who gives flesh and life to music.”

Everett has toured across Canada as winner of the 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, where he was commended by the jury as “an actor, a poet, a true artist” and “a figure of the future.” Graduate studies in Germany led to European tours with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and broadcasts on Hessischer Rundfunk and CBC Radio. Everett has been presented by Cluster New Music + Interactive Arts Festival in Winnipeg, in Karlsruhe, and Lachenmann Perspektiven in Stuttgart.

An eager collaborator, Everett is involved in a broad spectrum of activity from traditional chamber music settings to interactive Fluxus installations. Residencies at the Banff Centre and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival have placed Everett in a diverse community of creative artists expanding musical horizons in Canada and Europe. His mentors include Megumi Masaki, Catherine Vickers, and Nicolas Hodges, and his projects have been supported by grants from the Manitoba Arts Council.

Committed to education, Everett maintains a private studio at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music and teaches sessionally at Brandon University, where he is also engaged as a collaborative pianist. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm, imagination and constructive pedagogical approach with musicians of all levels in workshops, festivals and masterclasses.

Rochelle Drudge


Rochelle has enjoyed teaching violin, piano and music theory in Winkler since 1993, with one year spent teaching music in Loma Plata, Paraguay. Her musical involvements have also included directing student strings ensembles, conducting children’s choirs, piano accompanying and playing violin or viola in various string ensembles. She is the founder and director of Winkler’s Homeschool Harmony Choir (since 2009) and has directed community string ensembles and violin group classes in Winkler since 2009. She is also the founder and program director of Cadenza Summer Music Week (since 2013). Rochelle and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Winkler since 1993 and have three daughters; Kayla, Hannah and Amie.

Andrea Bell


Born in Winnipeg, Andrea Bell holds Bachelor Degrees in Music and Education from the University of Manitoba and a Masters Degree in Cello Performance from the University of British Columbia. Andrea is the founding member and cellist of the Rembrandt String Quartet. A passionate music educator, Ms. Bell is the Director of the String Orchestra Program at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. She maintains a large and vibrant private cello studio and is the Director of the “Mini-Rosie” program at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy. Andrea has taught cello, conducted youth and adult amateur orchestras and adjudicated music festivals across Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and in Australia. Andrea is the Conductor of the Winnipeg Mennonite Community Orchestra and the conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra.