Gillian MacKay is an Associate Professor of Music of the University of Toronto, where she conducts wind ensembles, & teaches conducting, trumpet, and music education. An award-winning teacher, Dr. MacKay has an active career as an adjudicator, conductor, & clinician throughout Canada & the USA. As a trumpeter, she is busy as a recitalist, orchestral player, & chamber musician. Gillian holds degrees & diplomas from the University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and Northwestern University. She has held previous faculty positions at the University of Windsor and Medicine Hat College. Whether in concert, opera or recital, Canadian soprano Wendy Nielsen enchants audiences with her sumptuous voice and engaging presence. Ms. Nielsen began the 2006/07 season singing the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with David Stahl and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in their opening gala. Upcoming dates include performances of Donna Elvira in Edmonton Opera’s Don Giovanni and a spring recital debut in Tokyo. Recently she has appeared as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with L’Opera de Montreal, as Alice Ford in Falstaff in a long awaited return to the Canadian Opera Company, in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Warsaw Philharmonic led by James Conlon and the Edmonton Symphony led by Richard Buckley, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra, and Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Edmonton Symphony. Recitals and festival appearances include the Baie des Chaleurs Chamber Festival, Mt. Allison University, Opera New Brunswick, and Le Festival de Chant Anna Malenfant. Terence Dawson’s principal piano studies were with the acclaimed Canadian pianist Jane Coop, and in Eastern Canada with Janet Hammock, Jamie Syer and Lynn Johnson. He is a member of the piano faculty at the UBC School of Music where he is Undergraduate Keyboard Division Coordinator and teaches piano, chamber music and collaborative studies. Pianist Terence Dawson is one of Vancouver's most respected musicians, his active career encompassing the realms of solo pianist, chamber musician and teacher. As concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Vancouver Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestras, and has presented recitals of both solo and chamber music with numerous artists and ensembles across Canada, England, the USA and Southeast Asia.