Faculty

Susan Morris is principal oboist of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and is the  director of the Summermusic daycamp in Deep River.  She is an active freelance professional musician, performing with many different ensembles throughout Eastern Ontario, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Bel Canto Wind Quintet, l’Ensemble Prisme, Thirteen Strings, and the Harmonious Pigs Trio. Susan is a dedicated music educator, teaching private lessons and coaching chamber music ensembles of all levels in her home in Deep River, Ontario. She is conductor of the Deep River Youth Orchestra and the Mackenzie Community School bands, and is a woodwind coach for the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy.

Susan Morris

Susan 2016

Laura Hawley is a Canadian musician known for her distinctive compositional style, innovative artistic programming, pianistic sensitivity, and multi-faceted contributions to the musical and educational communities locally and throughout Canada.

Laura is the founding director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir, was the founding accompanist, associate director, and composer-in-residence for the Cantiamo Girls Choir from 2003-2017, and accompanied the Ottawa Children’s Chamber Choir from 2008-2011. She teaches at the University of Ottawa as well as in her private studio, and has been Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church since 2007.

Laura teaches at the University of Ottawa School of Music where she is Coordinator of the Solfége program. She has also taught at Carleton University School for Studies in Art & Culture (Music) as an Associate Performance Faculty Member (classical piano) and Contract Instructor (conducting, theory); and teaches piano, theory, harmony and history in her studio as a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association.

Laura engages with choral, orchestral, and educational groups, including the Music and Beyond Festival, Ontario Youth Choir, and CAMMAC. In 2014 and 2016 she was nominated for the prestigious “Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting,” and in 2017 was one of five international composers accepted into the Banff Centre for the Arts’ program, Choral Art: Conductors and Composers.

Laura Hawley

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Laura’s compositions are commissioned and performed internationally, especially after December 2014 when a video-recorded premiere of her work “Alhamdoulillah” went viral on YouTube with the title “Welcome to Canada Syrian Refugees.” She has composed works for choirs across Canada, including Elektra Women’s Choir, Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Canadian Centennial Choir, Spiritus Chamber Choir, Orpheus Choir, Cantiamo Girls Choir, and Savridi Singers. One of her commissioned works, “Au champ d’honneur,” is performed annually on national broadcast by the Ottawa Children’s Choir and Canadian Armed Forces Band as part of the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial, and was arranged for carillon in 2011 and performed on Remembrance Day on the Peace Tower Carillon.

Laura holds an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and Master’s in music theory at University of Ottawa.

Marg Stubington  is an active choral conductor, pianist and educator. She conducts the Canadian Centennial Choir and is the Music Director at First United Church, Ottawa.

A graduate of McGill University (B. Mus: Piano, 1984) and the University of Ottawa (B. Ed: Primary-Junior, 1991), Marg brings passion and creative energy to all of her work. Her seven years at the SUZUKI Summer Institute in Montreal included teaching music theory and leading a massed choir of campers and their families. She was an instructor in music history and choir at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy for five years, and led a large choir at the summer camp. Marg developed and directed KidSingers for three years; it is now a thriving children’s choir, part of the Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra program. She is a choral clinician at Canterbury High School and St. Micheal’s Catholic High School in Kemptville.

As a young musician, Marg spent many summers at CAMMAC Lake MacDonald and has returned to the camp as a staff member, and regularly leads the choir and orchestra for the Ottawa-Gatineau Region’s Annual Concert.

 

Marg Stubington

Over the last twenty years, Marg has directed a variety of choirs: Vox Femina (founder), Musica Viva Singers, Glebe-St. James United Church Choir, Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, Carleton University Choir and the Festival Women’s Chorus for GALA Festivals in Montreal (2004), Vancouver (2006) and Winnipeg (2010).

She is excited to be a staff member and looks forward to being part of the Summermusic’s 26th anniversary.

Liz Hart received her Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, where she studied flute with Donelda Hunter. Since graduating, Liz has continued to teach flute privately and perform in various community events and ensembles.  Currently, Liz is a member of the Deep River Symphony Orchestra.  She is also very involved in the administrative side of the Arts which began when she completed the Arts Administration course at the Banff Centre, shortly after graduation.  Liz has been the Administrator for Summermusic since 2008. She is thrilled to be part of the wonderful group of teachers and campers that make up Summermusic.

 Liz Hart

 

Marion is a contemporary cellist, Suzuki educator and singer-songwriter living and working in Ottawa, Ontario.   Since graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in music performance, Marion has contributed her talent to many ensembles in a wide variety of genres as a performer and recording artist.   Recent collaborations included an appearance with the Persian Canadian artist Sina Bathaie at the University of Ottawa and a performance with French-canadian singer-songwriter, Kristine St Pierre as part of the Megaphono festival.  Last summer, Marion appeared with her band SATURNFLY at the Ottawa folk festival and the band recently released their debut album, “Cyborg’s Lament”, an epic sci-fi music adventure.Marion teaches with the National Capital Suzuki School of Music as a group and studio teacher where she works with children ages 3 to 17 and their families to spread the joy of music-making.

To learn more about Marion you can find her on facebook at www.facebook.com/musicbymea  and www.facebook.com/saturnflymusic

 

 Marion Arthur

Marion with cello by tree

 

Natasha MacDonald is a violinist and educator. She studied under David Thies-Thompson of the NAC Orchestra while completing her Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, before pursuing her Bachelor of Education. She is also a trained Suzuki teacher, who learned violin from the Suzuki method as a child herself. Natasha has always had a passion for group performances, perhaps stemming from her Suzuki background.

Before leaving Ottawa, Natasha led the Parkdale Orchestra as concertmaster for 2 years, working closely with their conductor Angus Armstrong. During that time, she had the privilege of working with Jethro Marks and Louis Schryer, who each starred as a soloist in two of their concerts. Natasha also recorded the violin parts for Lora Bidner’s Album “To The North” which was released in 2015.

For the past two years, Natasha has been teaching and running a music program at a school in London, England. Now returning to her hometown, Ottawa, she is eager to spend her first summer at Deep River Summermusic!

 Natasha MacDonald

 

April Morris holds a Bachelor of Music in theory and musicology from the University of Ottawa (2013), where she studied violin with David Thies-Thompson, and a Master of Arts degree in musicology from the University of Western Ontario (2015). Currently she is pursuing a PhD in musicology at Western, studying American classical music during the Vietnam War. Born into a musical family, April began playing the violin at age seven, studying initially with her father Peter Morris and later with Elaine Klimasko of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. April was first exposed to orchestral playing through the Deep River Symphony Orchestra; a member for seven years, she served three seasons as concertmaster and has been featured as a soloist multiple times, most recently in May 2013. As an orchestral musician, April has worked with conductors including Alain Trudel, Jeanne Lamon, Rennie Regehr, John Gomez, and David Currie.

April was a camper at Deep River Summermusic for eight years, and is thrilled to be returning for her tenth summer as an instructor.

April Morris

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Kevin Myers, tenor, was born and raised in Deep River, Ontario. After studying voice with Peter Morris, he was accepted into McGill University’s Vocal Performance program, where he studied with Stefano Algieri. He completed his Master of Music degree in Voice and Opera under the tutelage of renowned American baritone Sanford Sylvan.While in Montreal, Kevin had the good fortune of working with illustrious coaches like Louise Pelletier, Esther Gonthier and Michael McMahon. He has sung under conductors as varied as Matthias Maute, Wayne Riddell, Jordan de Souza, Gregory Charles and Timothy Shantz in choirs such as McGill Chamber Singers, the choir of the church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul, the Choeur de Chambre du College Vocal de Laval and Luminous Voices.

On the operatic stage, Kevin has had success since his debut as Imeneo in Handel’s opera of the same name with Opera McGill. He has since performed over 15 operatic roles including Tamino, Nemorino, Lysander, Remendado, Hadji, Christian (The Vinedressers), Victorin (Die Tote Stadt) with Opera McGill, Opera NUOVA, Highlands Opera Studio and Calgary Opera (as a member of their Emerging Artist program). He has had the pleasure of working with conductors like Bramwell Tovey, Boris Brott, Andrew Bisantz, Gordon Gerrard, Robert Tweten and Topher Mokrzewski.

 Kevin Myers

Equally comfortable in concert settings, Kevin has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deep River Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Valley Music Festival Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Singers, Victoria Baroque Players and toured China performing opera in concert during December 2012/January 2013 as a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques program.

Faculty Assistants

Bradley Audet is a university student and avid musician. He currently studies Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa, and still dedicates time to making music a part of his life, playing currently in the University of Ottawa Flute Choir. Bradley began his musical career studying recorder with Susan Morris, and later studied flute with Liz Hart (having first picked it up at Summermusic). He continued expanding his musical horizons by playing in various bands and ensembles including chamber groups coached by Susan Morris and the Mackenzie Concert Band where he enthusiastically took up the Euphonium. Bradley was also a regular competitor in the Kiwanis Music Festival, and twice advanced to the Provincial level where he placed first in the Woodwind category. In high-school he played in the Deep River Symphony Orchestra as a flautist and piccoloist and had the opportunity to perform as a guest soloist for Babell’s Recorder Concerto in C, as well as performing at the Ottawa Valley Music Festival.

He has spent his last few summers teaching sailing in Deep River and looks forward to coming back to music camp once again!

 

Bradley Audet

 Daniel Fritzsche is a high-school student with many interests, one being music. He also likes to play sports such as soccer, volleyball, and badminton. As well as playing these sports, Daniel has also coached badminton, and is a soccer referee. Daniel likes to play and listen to music, and focuses mainly on becoming a better trumpet player. He has plenty of experience playing in ensembles as well as playing solo pieces, and has been playing trumpet for seven years. He has played in numerous ensembles directed by Susan Morris, numerous bands (such as the Deep River Community Band and the Mackenzie Community School band), as well as the Deep River Symphony Orchestra. Daniel will be helping with brass and is looking forward to seeing young musicians pick up brass instruments and making music.

Daniel  Fritzsche

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