Cadenza Faculty 2019

Rochelle Drudge

Program Director; Violin, Piano

Rochelle Drudge has loved making music since age four when she first plucked guitar strings with a popsicle stick. After years of hoping to learn to play every instrument (especially saxophone), she became slightly more realistic and focused on two favourites: violin and piano. Rochelle’s musical involvements have included teaching, leading string groups and orchestras, choral directing, piano accompanying and playing in string ensembles. She spends most of her day either homeschooling her girls or teaching music, but other interests include gardening, making up healthy cooking/baking recipes, and experimentations with various fermentation projects (with more or less positive success).

Kelli Trottier

Fiddle and Stepdancing, Kingston, ON

Kelli Trottier toured North America and beyond with the sensational Bowfire entourage as one of their select virtuoso fiddlers.   Kelli’s vocals and stepdancing were considered highlights of every performance.  Bowfire is considered to be “one of the finest line-ups of fiddle and violin virtuosi ever assembled on one stage.


As well as being nominated three times for fiddle player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Assocation,  Kelli has been inducted in the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame and the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame


She has played fiddle for the NHL, our Canadian Military in Alert and the Middle East and performed for Sir Sean Connery’s “Dressed to Kilt” in New York City and for his private 80th birthday Celebration in the Bahamas.


In 2015, Kelli was instrumental in having a National Fiddling Day Bill passed at the House of Commons and composed music to commemorate the occasion bringing all Canadian Fiddlers together in celebration.


Kelli blends traditional Celtic, Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Western Swing with her inspired fiddle and vocal arrangements. Promoting her 10 independent recordings; singing, dancing and playing her way to the top of her musical genre, Kelli Trottier is an unforgettable and enchanting artist, consistently delivering performances that raise her stature in the hearts and memories of audiences everywhere.

Doug Friesen

Improvisation, Double Bass

Douglas Friesen is a music educator based in Toronto.  He has lead improvisation, soundscape and creativity workshops across Canada and Latin America.  He is a student of composer/educator R. Murray Schafer and has been an Instructional leader and a teacher in the Toronto District School Board.  He is currently working on a PHD and teaches courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and at Wilfrid Laurier University.  As a professional musician Doug has played with Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), John K Samson (Weakerthans) and Ron Sexsmith.

Chris Anstey

Violin, WSO

One of Canada’s most versatile violinists, Chris Anstey is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has been a first violinist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) since 2005 and performs frequently with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In other performance capacities, Chris has made numerous recital appearances and has performed as soloist with the WSO, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brandon Chamber Players. Also an avid chamber musician, he was a founding member of the Azure String Quartet, and is currently a member of the Luminous String Quartet, among other groups. Chris has performed several musicals at Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, including the World Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Boys in the Photograph”. He is a strong supporter of traditional music, having toured and recorded for five years with Newfoundland/Celtic/Folk recording artists The Ennis Sisters. Chris is also a four-time finalist at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships in Ottawa, and was a top prizewinner at numerous other competitions. In recent years, he has also been involved in several recording and performance projects with local acts including Royal Canoe, Begonia, and Cara Luft. Aside from his performing career, Chris is a regular faculty member at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy and is a string mentor for the University of Manitoba Orchestra and the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras.

Everett Hopfner


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.” (Il Cittadino di Lodi)

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, IMATRONIC piano+ 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.

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.

Heather Wilson

Viola, WSO

Heather Wilson began to play the violin at the age of four with the Saskatoon Suzuki Strings program and went on to play viola with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Brandon Chamber Players, the National Youth Orchestra, the Amati String Quartet, the Horizon String Quartet, and in the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival and the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival. Heather holds a Master of Music in viola performance from McGill University and currently plays viola in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 


Heather enjoys teaching violin and viola to students of all ages and has been teaching private and group lessons since 2011.  She has completed Suzuki pedagogy courses with Elayne Ras, Edmund Sprunger, Karen Kimmett, Paule Barsalou, and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker. She was an instructor with the Saskatoon Suzuki Strings program for more than five years, a coordinator of the Chamber Orchestra Workshop for Strings and currently teaches with Suzuki Music Winnipeg.

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 Perth, Australia. Andrea was appointed Conductor of the Winnipeg Mennonite Community Orchestra for the 2018-2019 season. This year, Andrea is celebrating her 21st season as the Conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra.

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.

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".

Darryl Friesen


Darryl Friesen has given acclaimed performances as a soloist and collaborative artist across Canada, the United States, Europe, China, and Brazil, and has been featured many times in concert on CBC Radio. He has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, and has appeared on the Virtuosi recital series. As a collaborator and recitalist, he has performed with many distinguished artists, including Elliot Madore, Andrew Wan, Valdine Anderson, Oleg Pokhanovski, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including generous grants from the Canada Council of the Arts in both 2005 and 2006 and the coveted Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, given annually to the most talented Canadian classical artist under the age of 30.

Darryl Friesen completed his DMA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. After studying with distinguished pedagogue Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music, he received BM and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Manitoba as a student of well-known Canadian pianist, David Moroz. He is in great demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher, and clinician. He and his wife live with their four children in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he teaches as a Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music, as well as a large private studio. Dr. Friesen is also a faculty member at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he works as a collaborative artist and coach.

Shirley Elias


Elias first made her mark as an artistic force as a concert pianist with performances across Canada, frequent broadcasts on CBC’s Radio Two and the recording of three CD’s. She earned the sobriquet ‘Piano Woman’ during New Music Festival performances with Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), taken from a spirited piano concerto written for her and the WSO, that had her playing two pianos at the same time.

Like her stage persona, Elias’ incarnation as a painter delivers an equally energetic and bold voice, with vibrant colours and lines. Her unique style has led to a high demand for her work, having completed over 500 paintings to date, including over one hundred private and corporate commissions. Elias is represented by Canadian galleries coast to coast and her paintings are found in private, corporate, and government collections in 8 countries around the world, including every province in Canada, USA, India, Italy, England, Sweden, Mexico and Australia.

“Most people are lucky if they have one artistic skill, and luckier still if they’re able to pursue it professionally. Shirley Elias has been lucky a few times over: her first success was as a concert pianist, and now she has found another calling as a painter.

Music is the heart of Elias’ paintings… (she) works with a vivid palette of colours. Fusing elements of pop art, modern and cubism, marigold-coloured swirls trumpet off the canvas, as one could imagine sound resonating from an orchestra. Black and cobalt details anchor the paintings, while glints of metallic paint add light and interest.” – Passion for music inspires bold visual work, Edmonton Journal

Christina Banman


Christina Banman is a dynamic choral educator, passionate about making music in community with others. Having grown up in the rich choral culture of Southern Manitoba, Christina has been singing in choirs since the age of 10. Throughout junior high and high school, she was active in choir, vocal-jazz, and musical theatre productions. She went on to study voice and education at the University of Manitoba. Graduating with her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education in 2013, Christina spent three years directing the choral programs at Parkside Junior High and W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona, MB. After a brief hiatus in Victoria, BC where Christina spent two years studying voice, piano, and singing in community choirs, she has returned to rural Manitoba and is currently the choral director at Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna, MB.


Andrea Kuhl


Andrea Kuhl is originally from Winkler, Manitoba and now resides in Winnipeg with her husband Keith Tarr and children Jaxon and Elsa. Andrea attended Canadian Mennonite Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Church Music (BCM) in 1999.  Following her time at CMBC Andrea continued her studies and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2004 with an Integrated Degree of Music and Education (B.Ed., B.Mus.) with a focus on voice and choral studies. Following graduation, Andrea spent the first year of her career teaching Middle Years music in a small town near Birmingham, England.  For the past fifteen years Ms. Kuhl has taught Kindergarten to Grade 8 music at La Salle School in La Salle, Manitoba. The music programs at La Salle School focus on using the Orff method and in addition Ms. Kuhl has worked to develop the extra curricular choral and music theatre programs at the school.


When not working or spending time with her children, Andrea enjoys singing in the Faith and Life Women’s Chorus as well as running or practicing yoga.

Candace Hamm

Piano, theory

Originally from Morden, MB, Candace Hamm (B. Mus, ARCT) studied with Dr. Darryl Friesen, Barbara Cornish, Cameron Friesen, Dr. Charles Horton and Dr. Karen Sunabacka (theory) and David Klassen (voice). Candace has also had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses and sessional instruction for clinicians such as Dr. Edmund Dawe, Dr. Dianna Anderson, and Dr. Jennifer Swanson. Candace is in demand as a collaborative pianist, and has accompanied various choirs, ensembles, and productions.

Candace is currently celebrating ten years of teaching and maintains piano and theory studios privately and with the Southeast Center for Music. Her students range in age from five to adult and have met with success in competition, auditions for post secondary music studies, and in other performance opportunities at a local, provincial, and national level. Former students are currently studying piano performance, music education, music theory, music therapy, and composition at various schools across Canada! Candace is also privileged to be able to mentor students hoping to pursue private teaching and careers with Music for Young Children.

Candace lives in Steinbach with her husband Colin and their two dogs, Shayna and Rigel. She is very excited to return home to the Pembina Valley to be a part of Cadenza Music Week and looks forward to sharing her love for music with the Cadenza campers!

Anna Bond


A native of Saskatoon, Anna Bond has been playing the violin since the age of five. She trained with the Saskatoon Suzuki Strings program during her first eight years on the violin. In 2003, Anna received a B.Mus. Performance degree from the University of Ottawa (where she studied with David Stewart). In 2008, she completed her M.Mus. Performance degree at Brandon University (where she studied with Kerry DuWors). Anna is currently studying early years education at the University of Manitoba, and will complete her B.Ed. degree in 2020.

Anna has taught violin for almost 20 years and has served as Suzuki Music Winnipeg Program Coordinator. She has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with various Suzuki teacher trainers including Daphne Hughes, Joanne Martin, Ed Sprunger, Joanne Melvin, and Karen Kimmett. Anna has taught in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Brandon, and at the International Peace Gardens. She has performed with numerous Canadian ensembles including the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Brandon Chamber Players, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Anna currently maintains a violin studio in Winnipeg. Anna also enjoys learning a tremendous amount from her two young children every day.

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.

Karin Erhardt


Karin is active as a performing cellist, accompanist, private teacher, coach, Sistema teacher and adjudicator. She studied for her Bachelor and Master of Cello Performance at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA), Indiana University, and Brandon University. While at PCPA, studying for her Masters Degree in cello,
she was appointed piano accompanist for the opera department. After holding the position of principal cello of the Windsor Symphony and Cartier
String Quartet, Karin returned to her home town of Winnipeg. She was Principal Cello of Musik Barock for 20 years and has performed frequently with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), Manitoba Theatre Centre, Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (including a tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa), Royal Winnipeg Ballet,
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. As a member of the Keystone String Quartet, she presented educational concerts in Winnipeg
Elementary schools for 20 years. Karin has enjoyed working with such diverse performers as Anne Murray, Sarah Brightman, Rod Stewart, Eagle and Hawk, and JP
Hoe, as well as tour runs of Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

Karin is an enthusiastic teacher with a large private studio of cello and piano students aged 6 -80! Lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. Many of her students have distinguished themselves in local festivals and competitions, several of them having gone on to receive their Bachelors and Masters of Music Performance (often with scholarships). Karin has also coached string groups at the University of Manitoba (UofM) chamber music/ orchestra camp and the International Peace Gardens Music Camp. She has adjudicated competitions for the UofM Faculty of Music and Prep Department, The Manitoba Conservatory of
Music and Arts, and the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras.

For the past three years, Karin has been privileged to be cello instructor for the Sistema Program at King Edward Community School. This Inner-City School Program, sponsored by the WSO and Winnipeg School Division One, is free to students and has as its aim using music as a means to facilitate social change through enriching the lives of children.

Rebekah Miller


Rebekah has been teaching violin and working as a music therapist in Winnipeg, and is now committed to living in Winkler for the next two years as her husband completes his residency at Boundary Trails Hospital.

Raised in a German-speaking family, Rebekah started playing violin at the age of four, and was the third of four girls in her family to play a string instrument. Violin was always the instrument that she worked the hardest on and had the most passion for.

Rebekah graduated with a Bachelor of Music (with a focus in violin and voice) from Canadian Mennonite University. A few years later, she graduated from the same institution with a degree in Music Therapy. Throughout her time at CMU, Rebekah sang in various ensembles including a chamber choir, women’s choir, the Philharmonic, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Choir.


Rebekah now works as a violin teacher as well as an accredited Music Therapist. Aside from violin, she has training in voice, guitar, piano, clarinet, music history, and music theory. Growing up, Rebekah played violin in various settings including Suzuki classes, family quartets, church services, weddings, and orchestras. In the most recent years, Rebekah has continued to play violin in various settings including: university performances, music therapy sessions, church services, and concerts for local Winnipeg musicians. Although Rebekah was trained in “classical” violin, she loves to play in many styles of music including fiddle, hymns, and pop music.

For the past 5 years, Rebekah has taught at various music studios in Winnipeg including but not limited to: Community School of Music & the Arts (at CMU) and Prelude Music. She has additional experience working closely with children and adults with special needs, patients in hospital care, residents with dementia, and in end-of-life care.

Jason Vanwynsberghe

Violin, Composition

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.

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 compled 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.

Marcel Hapel


Marcel Hapel is a Fiddle/Guitar player from Manigotagan, MB. He graduated from the Frontier School Division which has a unique fiddle program in which the students learn with tablature and by ear, this program also holds annual jamborees where students in attendance take lessons from some of Canadas top fiddle players and teachers giving them a wide variety of influence. After graduating high school he went on to instruct for six years in a northern section of the division, teaching in five schools per year, four of which hadn’t previously had a program. Currently in his first year of a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Brandon, Marcel is constantly learning and developing his ability both for himself and current/future students. During summer vacations he has attended as a student and taught at various fiddle camps and festivals across Western Canada. His joy and pursuit of all styles of Canadian fiddle music make his classes interesting and his performances delightful.

Hertha Derksen


Hertha Derksen grew up in Germany where she started learning to play piano at the age of 7 and cello at the age of 9. Since she was 10 years old she has enjoyed playing in several ensembles and orchestras as well as accompanying a variety of choirs. Through her experiences with singers and instrumentalists she has become passionate about collaborating with other musicians. She also started teaching piano during her high school years and has done it ever since. As a private piano teacher Hertha strives to connect with her students and their learning styles in order to provide an individualized and an interactive education for each student. She wants to inspire her students to love music and to learn as much as possible about music.

Hertha earned a Bachelor of Music at the Canadian Mennonite University in April 2017 where she studied piano with Shirley Elias. She is excited to be back in Winkler full time and hopes to stay there for a while with the exception of travelling to many different places that are still on her bucket list.

She is excited to be part of Cadenza this summer!

Benjamin Funk


Benjamin Funk is currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba studying piano under Dr. Darryl Friesen. Previously, he studied piano with Erika Konrad and Martin Best in Germany, before immigrating to Canada in 2012.
Ben is already experiencing great success at the local and provincial levels of competition. In 2017, he was one of three top prize winners at the Virtuosi Young Artist series competition in Winnipeg, MB, giving him the opportunity to perform on the prestigious Virtuosi recital series in Winnipeg. He was also accepted into the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba with a renewable scholarship, and won the Dr. Karl H. Krueger Trophy and Eva M. Krueger Memorial Scholarship as the most outstanding diploma-level pianist at the Southeastern Music Festival in Steinbach, MB. Recently, he was a finalist in the Concerto Competition at the University of Manitoba.

Benjamin is highly involved in his local community as a music teacher and church musician. He aspires to continue his success through his studies at the University of Manitoba and through increased opportunities for teaching and performing in his community.

Tatiana Friesen


After a childhood immersion in choral singing and piano, a teenaged Tatiana picked up a viola and became friends with it. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Mennonite University and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Music from the University of Manitoba, both under the instruction of Daniel Scholz. She participated in Tafelmusik's Baroque Summer Institute three times, then acquired a Master's in Early Music from McGill University. During the course of Master's studies she worked with Hélène Plouffe, Hank Knox, Olivier Brault, Adrian Butterfield, Stefano Montanari, and Rodolfo Richter, as well as taking baroque dance classes from Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. She is a founding member of Winnipeg period-instrument Baroque ensemble Musica Poetica, and generally a huge early music geek.


Tatiana has been on faculty at CMU’s Community School of Music and the Arts, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and the Arts, Cadenza Summer Music Week, International Music Camp, and Sistema Winnipeg, in addition to teaching out of her home. In her work as a player and teacher she seeks ways to recognize and diffuse the physical and mental blocks that hinder healthy, enjoyable musicmaking.

Jolene Friesen-Stoesz


Jolene Friesen-Stoesz, B.Th., B.A., B.Ed., grew up in southern Manitoba, with music and visual arts as an important part of daily life. Throughout her studies and teaching, Jolene has always found ways to study and explore a variety of media, technique, and subject matter; including watercolour painting, folk art design, pen and ink, portraiture, clay, pottery, and handwork such as crochet, needle-felting, and sewing. She believes that the arts - both musical and visual - give us avenue for playing with ideas and self-expression, as well as offering us new ways to process and understand the world around us.


Jolene holds a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now Canadian Mennonite University), as well as a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. As an educator in various capacities past and present (classroom teacher, home educator, and substitute teacher), Jolene enjoys teaching, learning, and playing through the arts with children. She is pleased to be returning to teach art at Cadenza this summer!

Alex Derlago


I have been playing piano for the past 21 years, bass for the last 15 years, and guitar for 5 years.  

I’ve studied under Susan Goleski, Lindsey Black, Dave Wiens, Keith Price, Shirley Elias, Helen White, Sean Malone.  I’ve been teaching students of all ages at Tauber Music School since 2011 and I currently have 25 piano students.  I’ve been playing in a local band called Zrada. We have played in many cities in Canada and the United States including Toronto, Chicago, New York, Calgary, etc.  I’m currently studying and learning jazz on my own time. 

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.

Rachel Regehr


Rachel Regehr, B.Ed., B.Mus., grew up in Southern Manitoba playing string music.  She was immersed in the Suzuki method (violin) from a young age, and attained her bachelors of music and education from the University of Manitoba in 2003.  Rachel has been a private violin teacher since 1998 and currently teaches out of her home studio near St. Adolphe. Rachel also has experience as an elementary school music teacher, Adjunct Faculty member at Providence College, violin teacher with the  Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and a teacher with Cadenza music camp.She has been a member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association since 2009.  Other musical interests include conducting and singing choral music, playing in ensembles, and leading church music.

Allison Banman


Having started playing piano at the age of 6, and then violin at 8, and finally cello at 12, Allison Banman has always enjoyed interacting with music. She has been part of orchestra for many years, has made many solo performances at festivals and music camps, and has been a part of the band “Urban Elephant”. Along with classical compositions, Allison also enjoys listening to many folk, rock, and indie musicians. Music is a fundamental part of Allison’s life, and if she’s not playing music, she’s listening to it while she reads, paints, or talks to her 5 cats while they ignore her.

Kayla Drudge


Kayla Drudge is in her second last year of a Bachelor of Music Degree with focusses in Choral Conducting and Composition from CMU in Winnipeg. She brings her background in music and her love of community to her work with Cadenza. 


Kayla grew up playing classical violin and piano, studying under Rochelle Drudge, Wes Hamm, Oleg Pokhanovski, Dan Scholz, and Loren Hiebert, among others. She currently studies composition under Neil Weisensel and choral conducting under Janet Brennemen. Most recently, she has written a folk opera for soloists, choir, strings, and band which will be performed in September 2019. 


Kayla’s love for creativity, writing, and organizing people also makes her well-suited to her job planning for Cadenza, in which she gets to be creative, write, and organize people with her fellow administrators and friends Elyse and Sarah.

Outside of work and music, Kayla enjoys eating Denman Island Chocolate, doing yoga, and reading (especially reading anything by Barbara Kingsolver). 

Elyse Loewen


Elyse Loewen graduated this spring with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston. She brings her background in both music and English to her work with Cadenza. 


Elyse grew up playing classical violin and piano, competing in local festivals and at the AMAF provincials in both piano and violin and studying under Wes Hamm, Karl Stobbe, Gisele Dalbec-Sczesniak, and Loren Hiebert, among others. She also played for two years as a professional violinist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra during her time at Queen’s. Most recently, she has experimented with playing violin in a folk band. 


Elyse’s love for reading, writing, and organizing things also makes her well-suited to her job planning for Cadenza, in which she gets to read, write, and organize things with her fellow administrators and friends Kayla and Sarah.


Outside of work and music, Elyse enjoys playing cribbage, baking, and reading (especially reading anything by Virginia Woolf). 

Sarah-Lynn Bergen

Violin & Administrator

Sarah-Lynn began playing the violin when she was 7 years old. She has had the pleasure of being under the instruction of Simon Macdonald, Karl Stobbe, Jean-Hee Lee and Yehonatan Berick. She completed her grade 9 RCM exam in 2014 and has played at the provincial level for both violin and voice. She and has won awards at the Morden Festival of the Arts, provincials and with the WYSO.

Aside from violin, Sarah enjoys fiddling and singing. Her love of choir has lead her to perform with the Central Manitoba Youth choir for 3 years, Chamber Choir and Resonate at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, and Homeschool Harmony. Sarah has also won multiple awards at fiddle competitions all over Manitoba. She has performed with the University of Ottawa orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Ottawa Pops Orchestra over the last three years. 

When Sarah is not practicing violin, she can be found out on the trails cross-country skiing, reading, listening to music, knitting, at an orchestra concert or sleeping.

Sarah just finished her 3rd year at the University of Ottawa studying Music performance. Sarah has had the honour of being a student teacher at Cadenza since 2013 and is excited to be taking on an administrative role this year! 

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