Dr. Christopher Hahn maintains a multifaceted career as pianist, adjudicator, clinician and author. He has been featured as a solo and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe, and has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall—Weill Recital Hall, The Music Gallery in Toronto, and the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Austria. He had the honor of performing for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Metropolitan Opera’s Leona Mitchell, and has also performed with such recognized artists as flutist Christina Jennings, trumpet/piano virtuoso Guy Few, pianist Lydia Brown, violinists Timothy Fain and Eugenia Choi, cellist Amit Peled, and Russian dissident poet, Evgeny Yevtushenko. He has collaborated with composers David Maslanka, Libby Larsen, Charles Nichols, and Samuel Adler.
As a pedagogue, Dr. Hahn is frequently engaged as a clinician, adjudicator, teacher, and master class artist. He has presented at the MTNA National Conference, the World Piano Conference in Serbia, and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Art of Teaching Conference, in addition to many state and local music teacher associations. He is active with Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and has served in several capacities at the state and national levels. He is a certified teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music and helped to create the Piano Pedagogy Certification Program. As a Regional Leader for the Royal Conservatory, he helped to develop and grow the program with teachers and community music schools throughout the US. He has been a member of the College of Examiners in both piano and piano pedagogy since 2004. A nationally certified teacher of music (NCTM) and Past-President of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, Hahn was elected to serve on the MTNA National Board of Directors for 2016-2018, and continues to promote programs and initiatives that serve the Young Professionals and Collegiate Chapters in MTNA.
Dr. Hahn serves as keyboard division chair and is professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Montana where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students. The recipient of Meritorious Teaching Awards on three occasions, his students have been featured on the NPR program From the Top, as national finalists in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in Toronto, Canada, as soloists with orchestras in the Northwest, and have been selected as winners of various competitions in the region, including the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Concerto Competition and the Frances Walton/Ladies Musical Club Competition in Seattle. His students have been accepted into prestigious programs such as the Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, The University of Michigan and Florida State University, and at summer programs including the Brevard Music Center, AIMS, and the Zodiac Music Festival in France. The Keyboard Society at the University of Montana was awarded the MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award with Hahn as their advisor in 2010 and again in 2016. His students have presented at MTNA National and State Conferences. Dr. Hahn is the pianist for the Montana Piano Trio at the University of Montana, and serves as the principle keyboardist for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, having previously held positions with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Hahn serves as the artistic director of the Celebrate Piano Series at the University of Montana, which brings world-class artists to the university for Missoula audiences.
Classical guitarist Brett Gunther has been performing for over 25 years. Brett studied with Ralph Maier at Mount Royal University graduating in 2007 with a Diploma in Music Performance. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2010, and his Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance in 2012 both from the University of Calgary.
He has performed in masterclasses for many internationally famous guitarists, and has competed in major competitions including the North West Guitar Festival and Competition winning 3rd Place in 2009, and 2nd Place in 2010.
Brett has been serving on the board of governors for the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary as the artistic director since June 2010, and director for the Classical GuitarFest West guitar festival since 2015. He is currently on the faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory teaching private lessons as well as ensemble classes for the Academy program. Brett is in high demand as an adjudicator for festivals across Canada, and has recently become an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Brett's debut CD, Guitar Music, released in 2012, examines the music of some of the most significant composers for the guitar in the 20th century. Included are works by Rodrigo, Britten, Barrios, Brouwer, Tarrega, Domeniconi, and Moller. His most recent release, An Idea (2017), explores selections of some of his favorite composers from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries featuring works by Schubert, Mertz, Legnani, Moreno-Torroba, Bach, Brouwer, and Giuliani.
Known for the beauty of her intensely focused and warm tone, Canadian mezzo-soprano Marianne Bindig is beloved of audiences of the concert, recital and opera stages. Widely praised for her artistic commitment and her masterful interpretive and communicative abilities, Marianne excels in a wide range of concert repertoire from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B Minor to Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody. Franz Paul Decker conducted her National Arts Centre debut when she sang the title role in Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicidio overo Caino, and invited her to return to sing in Strauss’ Der Zigeunerbaron and Bach’s Johannes Passion. In the spring of 2009 she returned to Thunder Bay to perform Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été.
Marianne has also soloed with the renowned Les Violons du Roy, the Iseler Singers, the Bell’Arte Singers, the Aradia Baroque Ensemble, the Mississauga Choral Society, and the orchestras of Edmonton, Hamilton, Kitchener Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Niagara and Regina. On the recital stage she has appeared with the Summer Festival at Blair Atholl, Scotland, Strings Over the Caribbean, the Toronto Aldeburgh Connection, Music Toronto and the Du Maurier Young Artists Series. Ms. Bindig has also collaborated on numerous occasions, with the renowned lutenist John Edwards (The Musicians in Ordinary) in the music of the Italian, French and English Renaissance.
On the opera stage, Marianne has also made her mark as an exciting and versatile performer. She has performed roles from Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice to Varvara in Janacek’s Katya Kavanova (L’Opéra de Montréal, Florida Grand Opera) to the title role in Bizet’s Carmen (Calgary Opera Association). She also sang Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Hänsel in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for Calgary Opera. Marianne was an ensemble member of The Sound of Music cast (David Mirvish Productions, Toronto) also covering the role of the Abbess which she performed 28 times.
Ms. Bindig is also a gifted poet and has enjoyed collaborations with John Greer and the late Harry Freedman. Mr. Greer created a song cycle for Tracy Dahl on a group of Marianne’s poems entitled The Red Red Heart which premiered at the Winnipeg Symphony Contemporary Music Festival and was broadcast nationwide on the CBC. Two songs from this cycle were published by PLANGERE Editions in early 2009 in their Toronto Songbook. The entire cycle was later published by the same house. Another cycle entitled The Promised Land was written for soprano Lorna Macdonald and trumpeter Guy Few and performed in Toronto and across eastern Canada. Harry Freedman and Marianne collaborated in 2003 to create a song cycle entitled Spanish Skies for Stacie Dunlop which premiered in the same year and was recorded by CBC for Soundstreams. This cycle, published by PLANGERE, was released in the fall of 2015, and is also available at the CMC. In 2005 her poetry was adapted by roots musician Ben Beveridge for his CD The Parlour Sessions and released on the Sandrock Ranch label. A cycle entitled This Land was commissioned by mezzo soprano Kimberly Barber and premiered in May of 2017 at the The Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario. The cycle, composed by Abigail Richardson-Schuttle, contains texts by various poets, including Bindig. In August of 2001 Marianne was joined by friends to give a reading of poems at the old Idler Pub to a capacity house. In October of 2010 she and 4 of her colleagues gave a reading of her poetry at the University of Toronto, Walter Hall, as part of the Tuesday Noon Series.
Violinist Jasper Wood has established himself as a major talent of his generation capturing the hearts of music lovers everywhere with his “thrilling virtuosity” (The Strad) and his “sweet tunefulness edged in melancholy” (Washington Post).
Wood made his solo orchestral debut in 1987 with Symphony Nova Scotia under the baton of Georg Tintner. Since then he has established a flourishing reputation as a soloist through his frequent performances with many of North America’s top orchestras. Wood has also garnered acclaim for his dazzling performances as a recitalist and chamber musician which have taken him to major cities all over the world. Jasper also performs regularly as a founding member of Duo Rendezvous with guitarist Daniel Bolshoy. Wood can be heard frequently on National Public Radio in the United States and CBC/SRC Radio in Canada.
Jasper Wood holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His main teachers have been David and Linda Cerone, Oleh Krysa, and Philippe Djokic. An acclaimed competition winner, Wood has won numerous prizes and awards in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Currently residing in Vancouver with his wife Grace and two children, Wood is Professor of violin and chamber music and Chair of Strings at the University of British Columbia.
Derek Stoll obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the
University of Calgary. He has composed works for concert band, jazz band,
small ensembles and solo instruments. He studied jazz and brass performance
at the Banff Centre. He was commissioned to compose and arrange for the
Canadian Brass, trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann, and the Calgary Stampede
He has lectured at Boston University, presenting a workshop to the Jazz
History course, and a masterclass for piano majors on improvisation.
He has been teaching jazz piano at Mount Royal University in Calgary since
2001, and has taught jazz theory at the University of Calgary. He has
performed with numerous world-class musicians and active in Alberta's music
scene as a performer, teacher and adjudicator.
He was a primary consultant for Conservatory Canada's Contemporary Idioms
syllabus, and has examined for C.C. since 2006.
Derek has been involved with CASSA from its inception. He has served as
treasurer, has taught or coached at various of the workshops and even
attended CASSA pedagogy courses.