Music at Noon: Joni Vonkeman, French horn; Nick Sullivan, bass trombone; Elinor Lawson, piano

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 6:15am - Monday, September 28, 2009 - 7:15pm
Event Location: 
University Recital Hall (W570)

Joni Vonkeman, French horn; Nick Sullivan, bass trombone; Elinor Lawson, piano

Joni first studied Horn with Dr. Thomas Staples (Principal Horn of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra) at the University of Lethbridge. After completing her Bachelor of Music degree, Joni received a grant from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts to pursue her post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

While at the College, she studied with Angus West, Principal Horn of the Welsh National Opera. She also worked closely with distinguished brass players such as Christopher Mowat, formerly of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and Principal Trombone of the Royal Phiharmonic, and Kevin Price, former Principal Trombonist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the current Head of Brass at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

As a soloist, she enjoys searching for new works for the French Horn as well as performing standard, yet lesser-known, works from the horn repertoire. Joni also works as a Freelance Musician. Recent employers include the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, BBC Wales, and the Cambrensis Orchestra & Wind Band.

Joni's also has a strong love for playing in chamber ensembles. While studying in Cardiff, her brass quintet, Sonoré Brass, performed at the Halifax Young Musicians Festival and at the Intercollegiate Quintet Competition in Glasgow. She was also an active member of the Royal Welsh College Horn Quartet which took part in the World Premiere of Timothy Jackson's Symphony for 32 Horns at the British Horn Society Festival. The piece was commissioned to celebrate the British Horn Society's 25th Anniversary Horn Festival.


After beginning his musical education in Lethbridge, Alberta, Nick Sullivan received a fellowship to complete his post-graduate studies at the University of Victoria. While in B.C., he had the opportunity to study with distinguished tuba performer and instructor Eugene Dowling, as well as work with Canadian trombone legend Ian McDougall. Nick has also studied with John D. Rojak, of the American Brass Quintet and the Juilliard School of Music, at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Nick has a strong passion for brass chamber music, and has performed in numerous chamber music settings. While in Victoria, his brass quintet gave several recital performances, including a benefit for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In 2007, his quintet was featured in the Canadian premiere performance of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and wind orchestra. Additionally, he has studied brass chamber music and performance under the guidance of the American Brass Quintet.

Nick is an active orchestral musician, performing with orchestras in Victoria and Lethbridge. While attending the Aspen Music Festival, he was given the opportunity to perform with the resident orchestras of the festival. Under the direction of world-renowned conductors such as David Zinman and Leonard Slatkin, Nick performed in the festival orchestras in up to 3 concerts per week over the course of the summer.

As a soloist, Nick enjoys searching for new works for the bass trombone as well as performing from the standard repertoire of low brass literature. Research into French low brass literature, as well as Latin brass compositions, has yielded several works outside of the normal low brass repertoire of performance. He has been featured as a soloist with the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra, performing Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
12:15 p.m.
University Recital Hall (W570)

Free Admission