Cadenza Faculty 2017

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).

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.

Rodica Filipoi Jeffrey


Rodica Filipoi Jeffrey has been a member of the second violin section of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Previously, she held the positions of Assistant Concertmaster and Acting Concertmaster with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Acting Section Violin of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Oregon Ballet Theater, Eugene Symphony, and Eugene Opera Orchestras. She has also performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Winnipeg’s Rembrandt String Quartet.


Rodica received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and her Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Her teachers have included Ruthann McKenzie, Zoltan Nanassy, Pierre d’Archambeau, Carol Sindell, Gregory Fulkerson and Kathryn Lucktenberg.


Summer experiences include the Colorado Music Festival, Britt Festival, and Marrowstone Music Festival.


From her first outdoor concerts in the backyard for her pet rooster and dog, to touring internationally with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, to performing at Carnegie Hall with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Rodica feels grateful for the people and places music has brought into her life. She hopes to encourage young students to study, appreciate, and enjoy music. Rodica maintains a private teaching studio, coaches chamber music, and has mentored for the Winnipeg Youth Symphony orchestras.


Mrs. Jeffrey is married and has two energetic children. The family shares their home with their beloved pet hedgehog, Queen Quilla.

Laurel Howard

Viola; Violin

Laurel has been teaching violin and viola for over thirty years.  She has a thriving studio and is active as a clinician and adjudicator.  She also teaches half-time for the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg. A former Director of the Division of Preparatory Studies at the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music, she coordinated its Suzuki program for many years and now teaches for Suzuki Music Winnipeg. She has twice taught the upper strings portions of the String Techniques class for the U of M Faculty of Music and co-wrote a curriculum guide for Sistema Winnipeg.  Laurel has taught at many masterclasses, workshops, and camps in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In addition, she has adjudicated at numerous festivals and competitions across Manitoba, and in northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  During 2010, she was conductor of the Youth Strings, one of the three Winnipeg Youth Orchestras.  


Laurel holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Saskatchewan, where she won the Copland Prize for the Most Distinguished Graduate in the Fine Arts.  She also has a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Michigan, and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education from the University of Manitoba.  She has pursued the study of violin and viola pedagogy over many years and loves working with string players of all ages.  Laurel played viola with the Saskatoon Symphony for ten years and the Brandon Chamber Players for seven years, and now enjoys freelance playing in Winnipeg, where she has recently played with Dry Cold Productions and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.  She is delighted to be teaching at Cadenza this summer!

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.

Leanne Regehr Lee


Leanne Regehr Lee has loved playing the piano for as long as she can remember. She earned Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba, specializing in piano and choral music. Graduating with distinction, she taught junior high music in Winnipeg, where her choirs were consistently recommended to MusicFest Canada.Leanne's career as a music educator has also taken her to Nottingham, England where she developed a highly successful choral program, as well as teaching Performance, Composition, and Musicianship to junior and senior high students.Leanne currently maintains an active private piano teaching studio in which she strives to inspire her students with an enthusiastic and holistic approach to music education. Her students have won awards with both the Royal Conservatory of Canada and Conservatory Canada examination boards. In addition to teaching, Leanne also works as a freelance collaborative pianist, joining forces with an exciting variety of musicians, including Ecco Singers, Pembina Trails Voices, the Faith and Life Women's Chorus, and the Mennonite Festival Chorus. She is also on faculty at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy.When she's not teaching or playing piano, Leanne enjoys cross-country skiing, gardening, and canoeing down the Assiniboine River with her husband, Garth, and their fabulous 6-year-old twins, Matthew and Nadia.

Leanne Zacharias


Leanne Zacharias is a dynamic cellist, educator and interdisciplinary artist known for innovative collaborations with artists of all stripes. Her project Music for Spaces re-imagines concerts, public and natural space with sound, and recent work includes CityWide: simultaneous recitals by 50 cellists presented by the International Cello Festival of Canada,  Sonus Loci: a sound installation on ice, selected by Winnipeg's 2013 Warming Huts Art & Architecture competition, release of Rand Steiger's Elusive Peace for drumset and cello on New World Records, recordings with John K. Samson and The Mountain Goats. She has performed and recorded extensively with longtime ally, songwriter Christine Fellows, including an appearance at the 2013 Venice Biennale in support of artist Shary Boyle, presented by the National Gallery of Canada. She received a ‘Best Performer’ nomination from the Austin Critics’ Circle for Concerto Laguna, in which she played from a rowboat in Travis Weller’s site-specific work presented by the Austin Museum of Art. She was also a featured artist in the 2012 Fast Forward Austin new music festival. Based in Manitoba, she performs and teaches widely across Canada, including at the Prairie Cello Institute and Cadenza Music Festival. She has served as guest adjudicator and clinician with the Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, Regina Music Festival, Saskatoon Strings, Pembina Valley Strings and Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra. She leads the Correction Line Ensemble and appears with an array of ensembles and venues: the Boundary Ensemble, Groundswell, Emerado, SaskPower, Toca Loca, Global Cabaret Festival, X-Avant New Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Agassiz Chamber Music Festival to name a few. She participated in the inaugural Banff Research in Culture workshop (Bric) at the Banff Centre for Arts; On-The-Commons, and presented her work at conferences internationally including Timeforms at McGill University,  Project Anywhere at Parsons New School for Art and Design (NYC), and the IIAS Art & Science Conference (Baden-Baden, Germany). She contributes to several ongoing interdisciplinary collaborative projects including Odyssey Works  and Channel Surf (with the Department of Biological Flow).

On faculty at the Brandon University School of Music since 2008, she teaches across a range of areas including cello, contemporary performance practice, chamber music, ear training and orchestral performance. She is an artistic co-director of the Brandon Chamber Players, co-founder of the Works In Progress Cabaret, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Brandon Folk, Music and Arts Festival.

Derek Klassen


Rhythm has always played a key role in Derek’s life, and he wanted to become a drummer from a young age. As a child he remembers banging away on pots and pans with wooden spoons on the floor of the kitchen in his family’s home near Altona, MB. Derek began formal music instruction with piano around age 8, and continued those studies until about age 14, when he switched to studying drum kit. Various
musical experiences, including school band and various honour bands, inspired Derek to pursue music beyond high school. He earned integrated Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Manitoba, where he majored in Classical Percussion, studying with Jeremy Epp and Victoria Sparks. Other mentors/teachers have included Dr. Fraser Linklater, Bill Kristjanson, Connie Turner, and Jacquie Dawson. Derek has performed in a wide variety of musical contexts, including classical, country/folk, pop, musical theatre, and worship. He has played on many occasions as an extra percussionist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the National Youth Band of Canada in 2010 and 2012. Derek also has experience teaching privately – he is a past faculty member of Canadian Mennonite University’s Community School of Music and the Arts, and has led numerous percussion sectionals, clinics, and workshops. Derek currently teaches band and jazz band at W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona and Gretna Elementary School, and also continues to teach private drum lessons. He is a member of the Manitoba Teacher’s Society and serves on the Manitoba Band Association’s Board of Directors as Central Region Representative.

Karen Barg


KAREN BARG began violin instruction at the age of four through the Suzuki Program with Joanne Martin, and continued her studies at the U of M as well as McGill University with teachers Jack Glazter, Gwen Hoebig and, Madame Gho. She has given numerous solo recitals and performed with various professional ensembles in the city as well as her own Luminous String Quartet. She has enjoyed performing with various touring acts (Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, Anne Murray, Transiberian Orchestra, etc.) in addition to playing with Winnipeg and Thunder Bay symphonies, Fred Penner and various local bands in Winnipeg.

In addition to being a professional violinist, Karen is also a vocalist and keeps her musical journey stimulated by singing various different styles of music, which has allowed her to expand her musical expression and knowledge through voice and electric 5-string violin improvisation. Karen is also an avid pop/rock music arranger having created string quartet arrangements from songs like Bohemian

Rhapsody (Queen), Skyfall (Adele), and Thunderstruck (ACDC) to name a few. She just recently performed with Fred Penner at Winnipeg Kids Fest and is currently preparing for a performance with 3 time Juno nominee Sarah Slean at the Interstellar Rodeo Festival in Winnipeg this coming August.

Making her home in Winnipeg, Karen has recently stepped down from the Program Coordinator position for Suzuki Music Winnipeg after five years, to focus more on her violin students, arranging for string quartet and freelance performing. Karen is very excited to be involved with Cadenza

this year!

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.

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.

Dorothy Plett


My name is Dorothy Plett.  I have been a piano teacher for the last 30 years or so.  My credentials are not what I consider to be my greatest asset, but I will list them below for your information.

The personal interest I take in trying to connect with each student's learning style is what qualifies my ability to teach music.  I love to have fun, but a balance with disciplined learning is important!

I encourage performing and love to perform myself...mostly through church events.  I currently am part of a Praise and Worship team, where I sing and play piano.  This is a very important part of my identity as a musician!  


Credentials...  (as promised) 


· I took lessons as a child from several local piano teachers (a very valid credential/influence)

· Church Music Diploma, Winkler Bible Institute (2 years)

· Brandon University, School of Music (2 years), vocal and piano (I didn't graduate.  I got married, studied a bit more, and decided to be a stay at home Mom)

· Grade 10 piano exam - Royal Conservatory of Music

· I took an extra year of voice lessons in Winnipeg, as an adult

· performed at MANY church functions, community concerts and festivals over the years

· directed many choirs (church, Hutterite, school)

Wes Hamm


The wake from Wes Hamm’s canoe has left splash marks on a few rocks, a sand bar and the occasional lily pad. Which is to say, Wes has never been comfortable fitting music into neat little compartments. Violin studies shape songs; old folk songs provide inspiration for new melody. Rhythms shape the text and bleed back into the melody which sometimes finds its way back to the violin. It’s amazing what a couple of leaves of fresh basil will do to perk up the spaghetti sauce. It’s astonishing how long it took Wes Hamm to figure out that there is life after “shmount fatt”. Fortunately, it didn’t take him that long to embrace the diverse influences that have shaped his musical palette. Wes’s current musical tastes include recordings by Yo Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Jars of Clay, James Ehnes and Eva Cassidy. His musicianship has been shaped by studying violin with Rebecca Hunter at Eastern Mennonite University, by working together with many other teachers in the Suzuki tradition, by jamming with friends classical and friends folk, by listening to his students, and by sharing rehearsal and stage with many wonderful musicians. As a teacher, Wes owes a great deal to his three children, (currently) his three grandchildren, and the patience of the Child Care community in Manitoba, a wonderful place to share twelve years of his professional life. Wes and his wife Karen share 59.97 acres of bush covered hills south of Morden, MB, a significant space to walk with dogs, collect wood ticks, cut wood and nurture fruit trees. We have a house, too...and you are welcome.

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.

Crystal White

Double Bass, Cello

Crystal White grew up in a household where there was always music playing.  Her mother and father were from the hippy generation so there were often sounds of The Beatles or Led Zeppelin streaming through the house.  Her love of classical music came from her maternal grandfather Don Scott, as she would often sit on his organ bench listening to him play and she could never get through a piano practice session without an impromptu lesson from him.  Crystal’s great-grandmother Dorothy Bach was a concert pianist, her great-grandfather Victor Scott was an opera singer, and there were a string of cellists in the family.  Crystal attributes much of her musical instincts to the influence of her family.

Crystal’s musical interests are diverse, as she loves to pick up a banjo or play some Irish fiddle just as much as she enjoys playing bass in an orchestra.  After performing on flute, saxophone, piano, trumpet, trombone and euphonium in her early years she was ultimately led to the double bass after hearing a symphony orchestra for the first time.

Crystal has a Bachelor of Music degree in Euphonium and Double Bass from Brandon University and a Masters of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota.  She has had the privilege of studying under Eric Hansen, Rolf Erdahl, Peter Lloyd, Matthew Frischman, and Meredith Johnson.  Crystal is currently the bassist for the Brandon Chamber Players and has performed in the bass sections of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minot Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.  Crystal also performs at the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival and has served as classical bass teacher at the International Music Camp.  In addition to her University training, Crystal has studied baroque double bass with David Sinclair at the Tafelmusik Summer Institute and has attended the International Double Bass Convention.

Crystal currently teaches classical double bass at the Brandon University School of Music, and also enjoys the daily adventures of motherhood with her three children Bella, Chloe and Sarah.

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.

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.

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.

Natalja Dyck


Natalja began studying the piano at age 7. After high school she went on to Canadian Mennonite University, from which she graduated with a 4 year B.A., Music major, in April 2016. There she studied with various teachers, including Shirley Elias. Natalja greatly enjoys collaborating with other musicians, having done so in church growing up, playing for choirs and participating in church orchestras, and also in university where collaboration was greatly emphasized. Currently, she enjoys being part of her church’s music ministry team and teaching a small studio of students. This past year, being the first year out of university, has provided many opportunities to be more involved locally and to get to know and learn from experienced teachers in the area, which she greatly values.

Kayla Drudge

Administrative Assistant; Violin

Kayla Drudge just finished her third year of of working towards a Bachelor of Music degree at Canadian Mennonite University. She spent the majority of the school year conducting, composing, playing violin, and studying body-mapping with Jennifer Johnson.  

Most of her musical training has been of the classical genre - she has studied violin with Rochelle Drudge, Wes Hamm, Oleg Pohkanovski, and Dan Scholz and piano with Rochelle Drudge and Loren Hiebert, and has performed many times with the Pembina Hills Senior String Ensemble, the Post Road String Quartet, and in the Morden Festival of the Arts. 

After taking some space from classical music as a teenager, Kayla has come to appreciate the way the technical proficiency demanded by classical instruction aids her creative exploration of folk and experimental genres. 

Kayla's most recent musical involvements include playing violin in Little Opera Company's premier of Neil Weisensel's new opera Merry Christmas, Mr. Leacock; recording violin parts for the soundtrack of Theatre Project Manitoba's production of Beautiful Man; and playing violin on Winnipeg indie-folk band A La Mode's new album Perfection Salad.

Kayla's spare moments (and some other ones too) are spent gardening, playing her mandolin, voluntarily studying philosophy, and simply being with the people she loves. 

Elyse Loewen

Administrative Assistant, Violin

Elyse Loewen just finished her second year of university at Queen’s University in Kingston. She spent the majority of the school year playing in both the Queen’s student orchestra and the Kingston Symphony and taking a variety of music and English courses. 

Most of her musical training has been of the classical genre - she has studied violin with Wes Hamm, Karl Stobbe, and Gisele Dalbec-Sczesniak and piano with Loren Hiebert, and has performed many times with the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra and in the Morden Festival of the Arts and the AMAF provincials. 

Elyse's most recent musical accomplishment was a 45 minute solo violin recital in April of 2017 to complete the requirements of a first year performance course at Queen’s University.

Elyse’s spare moments (and some other ones too) are spent reading, playing cribbage, voluntarily reading essays about literature on JSTOR, and simply being with the people she loves. 

Anneli Loepp Thiessen


Anneli Loepp Thiessen will be entering her final year of a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Ministry in September, 2017. Her early piano education had a strong emphasis on composition and improvisation, skills she has continued to develop. Anneli has co-written three operettas, which have been performed by several musical theatre programs in Southern Ontario. Anneli is currently studying piano with Shirley Elias. Her recent piano education has focused on healthy engagement of the body, using the Alexander Technique as a basis. In 2015 Anneli was the soloist for the Mennonite Community Orchestra’s Fall Concert, and competed in the Aikens Memorial Concert of the Winnipeg Music Festival in March, 2017. Anneli won 1st place in the Verna Mae Janzen Competition in 2017, after winning 2nd place in the 2015. Anneli was honoured to be selected for the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, which is preparing the next Mennonite song collection to be released in 2020. She brings an interest in how churches engage their youth in worship practices. Anneli currently teaches Music for Young Children along with private piano lessons, and is the director of Ontario Mennonite Music Camp.

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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.

During the summer of 2017 she wants to work on completing her ARCT in Piano Pedagogy. She is excited to be part of Cadenza this summer!

Sarah-Lynn Bergen


Sarah-Lynn began playing the violin when she was 7 years old. She has had the pleasure of being under the instruction of Wes Hamm, Simon Macdonald, and Karl Stobbe. She completed her grade 9 RCM exam in 2014, played at the provincial level for both violin and voice, and has won awards at the Morden Festival of the Arts as well as 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 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. When Sarah is not practicing violin, she can be found out on the trails cross-country skiing, reading, listening to music, at an orchestra concert or sleeping. Sarah just finished her first year at the University of Ottawa studying Music and is going back for her second year. Sarah has had the honor of being a student teacher for three years and Cadenza holds a very special place in her heart.

Hannah Drudge

Violin; Photographer

Ever since Hannah can remember, she has been making music. She plays violin and piano at a Grade 10 level. She has played for four years in the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras, and through the WYO has had the opportunity to appear twice onstage with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. While she now commutes frequently to Winnipeg for Youth Orchestra and violin lessons with WSO member Elation Pauls, it is local string ensembles which first taught her to play with other musicians and her mother who first taught her to hold and love the violin. She has been the concertmaster of the Post Road Strings for four years and has played for many years in the Morden and Winkler Festivals and the Manitoba Provincials, and has received several awards, including the Loreena McKinnitt award. Hannah also loves to teach and has been a student teacher at Cadenza Summer Music Week and has assisted in beginner group classes in addition to a bit of private teaching. Having completed her Grade 10 RCM violin exam in 2016, Hannah was the recipient of the RCM Gold medal for the highest mark in a Grade 10 violin exam. Hannah graduates from high school in spring 2017 and plans to attend University of Winnipeg in the fall.

Nanau Loewen


Nanau has been playing the violin since he was 6 years old, and music quickly become an integral part of his everyday life. He completed the RCM Grade 10 violin exam in 2012 with First Class Honors as well as becoming a certified Suzuki teacher in 2015. Nanau studies violin performance at the University of Victoria he also enjoys improvisational music, jazz, and has recently worked in sound design and composition while writing and performing the soundtracks for two films. Nanau has studied most recently with Kyoko Yonemoto at the Maastricht Conservatorium and the Lafayette String Quartet in the University of Victoria. Nanau has competed in, and won a number of competitions including the Loreena McKennitt Composition Competition, the Manitoba Provincial Festival, the Prinses Christina Concours Competition, and others.

Allison Banman


Having started playing piano at the age of 6, and then violin at 8, and finally cello at 12, Allison Banman as 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, sketches, or talks to her 9 cats while they ignore her.

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