2018 Clinician Biographies
Dr. John Burge (b.1961) holds degrees in Composition and Theory from the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. He obtained his Associate Diploma of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance while still in high school in Calgary. Since 1987 he has been teaching at the recently renamed Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University, where he holds the position of Full Professor.
A prolific composer of solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music, he has also composed an opera and finds himself increasingly drawn to music for the theatre. Academic honours include a Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research in 2013 and, for both his success as a composer and service to the Arts in Canada, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2014. A Juno-winning composer with a large number of works for choir and orchestra, his music is regularly performed across Canada and internationally. He is a member of the Red Leaf Pianoworks’ composers collective, and a number of his piano compositions can be found on conservatory syllabi.
A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he was a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian League of Composers for fourteen years, holding the position of President from 1998-2006 and currently sits on the SOCAN Foundation board. Burge enjoys working with young musicians and is in demand as a music festival adjudicator in the areas of piano and composition.
More information available at: www.johnburge.ca
A Texas native, Martha Hill Duncan began piano lessons at the age of eight and later received a diploma in vocal music in the first graduating class of The Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts. At The University of Texas at Austin she earned a degree in composition studying with composer, Donald Grantham and pianists, Gregory Allen, Danielle Martin, and Errol Haun. In Ithaca, New York she worked with pianist Trudi Borden and composer Robert Palmer and in 1982, moved to Canada with her husband, astrophysicist Martin Duncan. In Toronto she continued her musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music with composer Sam Dolin.
In recognition of her adopted country, many of Martha’s vocal and choral works are set to Canadian texts. Some of these songs have won awards in both American and Canadian choral and art song competitions. Recent vocal collaborations and commissions include Saskatchewan Songs with poet and contralto, Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, Florals for soprano, Elizabeth McDonald, Porch Songs for baritone Gregory Brookes and Step to the Fiddle, poetry by Janet Windeler Ryan, for the 2014-15 Children’s Choir Commissioning Consortium. (Graphite Publishing) In 2011, Martha and librettist Janet Windeler Ryan joined forces to write the original opera, Searching the Painted Sky, for The Youth Opera of El Paso. It was premiered at the National Opera Association convention in New York City in January 2014.
In addition to her vocal writing, Martha is also known for her piano compositions. Many of these works owe at least part of their inspiration to her longtime career as a piano teacher and as well to memorable places she has lived or visited. Some of these as well as some of her art songs appear in the syllabi of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada and Contemporary Showcase. Several pieces also appear in the Northern Lights and Making Tracks series of The Canadian National Conservatory of Music. Some piano collection titles include Isla Vista Suite, Cottage Days, The Sunken Garden, Precipitations and Limestone Etchings. Her latest piano suite, Zarzamora, 2014, is loosely based on five Spanish street names from her earlier life in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
Martha is also a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks, a composers’ collective and websource for new piano repertoire. Since 2007, this collaborative self-publishing group of award-winning composers has been steadily making it’s way into the educational music market. She has also been the artistic director and conductor of the Kingston, Ontario women’s choir, She Sings!, since 2004. Several of her works for treble choir have resulted from this association, including Star Prayers, Song of the Stars, Lullaby of the Iroquois, A Child’s Song of Christmas, This Girl Danced Spring and She Marries a Violinist. A piano examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music, Martha is also a clinician and frequent adjudicator. She lives in Kingston, Ontario with her husband and has two grown children, Alex, a mathematician and Claire, a singer, actress and voice over artist.
More information available at: marthahillduncan.com
Margaret King (B. Mus. Piano Performance, ARCT Piano Pedagogy, member of ARMTA) grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan where she began her musical studies with her mother, Marilyn King. Since moving to Edmonton in 1995, she has been fortunate to be a collaborative pianist with numerous choirs/choral programs. She also enjoys working as a collaborative pianist with students at Concordia University of Edmonton.
Margaret is currently on the piano faculty at Alberta College Conservatory of Music (Grant MacEwan University) in Edmonton where she maintains a class of students, ranging from beginner to adult. As well, Margaret loves to write music. Her music (primarily choral) has been performed across Canada, the United States and Europe. She is thrilled to be able to work with the students at Contemporary Showcase!
Colin Ryan graduated from McGill University in Montreal and continued his studies in the United States and in Europe. He was the Principal Cellist of the New Chamber Orchestra of Canada in Toronto for two seasons before joining the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as Principal Cellist for 39 years, from 1976 to 2015. He performed many times as soloist with the ESO and various chamber orchestras in Edmonton and was a frequent performer on CBC Radio in recital and chamber music broadcasts.
He has also performed with the Orford String Quartet, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver and the World Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra comprised exclusively of principal players of orchestras from around the world. He has taught at both Alberta College and the University of Alberta.
Mr. Ryan was invited to join the National Arts Centre Orchestra for a summer season as Guest Principal Cellist and also plays baroque cello and viola da gamba.
He also plays bagpipes and is a piper with the RCMP Regimental Pipes and Drums.
Andriy Talpash is an active composer, conductor, and educator. He has composed works for several ensembles and soloists, including Calgary's Ensemble Resonance and The Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Ensemble KORE, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Trio Fibonacci, Kathleen Supové, William Street, Roger Admiral, Vincent David, Nicolas Prost, Ramona Ramlochand, Mathieu Gaulin. His works have been performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Brazil, and have been broadcast on Canadian, Australian, Spanish and Turkish national radios.
He has received grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Some awards include: First Prize in the 2000 SOCAN Young Composers Competition, Sir Ernest Macmillan prize for his orchestral composition Queezinart--hocket in a blender; second place in the chamber music category of the 15th CBC/Radio-Canada National Competition for Young Composers (2002-03) for his piece HWY 2. Andriy represented Canada at UNESCO's International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna, Austria (June 2003).
Andriy attained the degrees of Bachelor of Music (composition and saxophone performance) from the University of Alberta (1997), Master of Music (composition) from McGill University (1999), and Doctor of Music (composition) from McGill University (2005). He studied composition with Brian Cherney, Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth, and attended composition master classes with Louis Andriessen and Etienne Rolin.
Since 2005, Dr. Talpash has been teaching music composition, theory, and orchestration at the University of Alberta. He is also the music department’s New Music Coordinator, and directs the music department’s new music ensemble, Contempo.