Hanné BeckerDoctor of Musical Arts
Stefani BedinMaster of Music
David DerryPrivate Studio
John Paul FarahatDoctor of Musical Arts
Martin JongsmaDoctor of Musical Arts
Zoe Kai Wai LeiMaster of Music
Adrian RossPrivate Studio
Esther-Ruth TeelBachelor of Music
Hanné Becker is an organist, composer and soprano with a passion for sacred music, finding herself particularly drawn to the stylus fantasticus style of organ playing, as well as the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. She recently graduated from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland) with a Master of Arts in Performance. She studied organ with Prof. Wolfgang Zerer (Hamburg), composition with Prof. Johannes Menke and harpsichord / basso continuo with Andrea Scherer. In September 2017 she will begin a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance degree in the studio of Kevin Komisaruk at the University of Toronto. Hanné also enjoys teaching and has served in many liturgical roles during her musical career (as organist and choir accompanist). She has had extensive choral background, both as a soprano and as an accompanist, having accompanied choirs and soloists both in Switzerland and in Canada. Having been a finalist in the Great Canadian Hymn Competition II (2013), Hanné continued to compose music in Basel specifically focusing on Renaissance counterpoint. Her early 16th Century style organ piece “Aus tiefer Not schrey ich zu Dir” had its world premiere in the concert at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis during the Klangwelt Renaissance III project week (2016).
Stefani Bedin is a solo and collaborative performer, liturgical musician and teacher, active in her hometown of Toronto. Stefani completed the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music History and Theory, and will be the first student to graduate with a Minor in Historical Keyboard from the University of Toronto. In September 2017, she will begin her graduate studies in the Master of Music in Organ Performance Program. Stefani also holds an ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since October 2014, Stefani has been the organ scholar at Bloor Street United Church.
David Derry is a fiction writer living in Toronto. He makes a living as a contract analyst at an employment agency. His pleasures include reading, listening to early music, and making beer.\
He began studying clavichord with Kevin Komisaruk in 2017.
Organist, accompanist, and conductor John Paul Farahat holds the post of Director of Music and Principal Organist of Saint Basil’s Catholic Parish, the collegiate church of the University of Saint Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Recent international engagements include Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, UK, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, as well as the ORGANIX festival and the Cathedral Church of Saint James in Toronto, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, and Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo. John Paul Farahat is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree from the University of Toronto in the organ studio of Kevin Komisaruk, with whom he has also studied harpsichord and improvisation. He has received direct masterclass instruction from Peter Williams, Olivier Latry, Thomas Murray, Noam Sivan, and Martin Haselböck. Mr. Farahat is an alumnus of Saint Michael’s Choir School, Toronto, and a former chorister of Saint Michael’s Cathedral.
Organist and private-music instructor, Martin Jongsma was most recently accepted into the doctoral study program for organ at the University of Toronto under the direction of Kevin Komisaruk. Martin completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 2008, from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, and went on to complete a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Mcgill University’s Schulich School of Music in 2011, under the guidance and direction of John Grew. Besides master classes with the internationally acclaimed artists: Michel Bouvard, Barrie Cabena, James David Christie, Sietze de Vries, Ewald Kooiman, William Porter, and Michael Radulescu, Martin was also an active participant in the Haarlem Organ Academy as well as multiple McGill Summer Organ Academies. Martin is an associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and regularly accompanies worship services in the Hamilton-area Canadian Reformed Churches.
Zoe Kai Wai Lei
Zoe Kai Wai Lei recently completed undergraduate studies in Music Education and organ in the Department of Music of the Hong Kong Baptist University, under the tutelage of Kin Yu Wong, having previously studied organ with Wai Chung Wong and as a participant in numerous masterclasses. As organist at the Tai Po Baptist Church, she regularly collaborated with the church choir and instrumentalists. In 2017, she performed a recital at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong Cultural Centre and was interviewed by the Radio Television Hong Kong to share her enthusiasm for organ and to promote this instrument. In September 2017, begins the Master of Music programme in organ performance, with Professor Kevin Komisaruk at the University of Toronto.
In addition to organ, Lei also found her passion in piano and under the tutelage of Siu Wai Shum. She was awarded the LTCL in piano performance with distinction in 2015. She first studied the piano with Lai Ping Shek and Wai Chung Wong. While attending the Pui Ching Middle School, she distinguished herself in numerous piano competitions. As an active collaborative pianist, she accompanied the school’s house choir and performed in numerous other music competitions and performances there. More recently, she served the Anglican Little Singers of the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon (Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui) as a part-time piano accompanist during her undergraduate studies at the Baptist University.
Adrian Ross is currently completing his Bachelor of Music in History & Theory at the University of Toronto. Initially studying piano with Mia Bach, his passion for early music drew him to study harpsichord with Kevin Komisaruk and participate in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. In addition to performance, Adrian is interested in studying music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, particularly sacred music and the study of counterpoint, and recently published an article concerning an early collection of works by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). Following the completion of his degree, Adrian hopes to pursue further studies in Historical Performance on harpsichord. Adrian currently plays with the Cor Unum Ensemble and the University of Toronto Collegium Musicum.
Esther-Ruth Teel hails from Victoria BC, and will be studying organ (B.Mus) with Kevin Komisaruk at the University of Toronto beginning in the Fall of 2017. A conductor, pianist, Celtic harpist, and soprano, she is also director of the Victoria “Mood Swing Chorus”, and directs the monthly Compline service at St Barnabas Church. Esther-Ruth has also been the assistant conductor for Vox Humana, and apprentice conductor for Victoria Choral Society and the Victoria Children’s Choir. As an organist, she has played as a substitute organist at St. Barnabas and St. Andew’s, and as part of the service at St. John the Divine. In various capacities, Esther-Ruth has performed with Pacific Opera Victoria, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Victoria Baroque Players, Victoria Folk Society, Vox Humana, and Fretwork. She also holds a diploma in classical voice from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, an AVCM in Collaborative Piano, and plays Celtic harp for a diversity of events.