Hanné BeckerDoctor of Musical Arts
Stefani BedinDoctor of Musical Arts
David DerryPrivate Studio
Martin JongsmaDoctor of Musical Arts
Hanné Becker is a DMA Candidate in Organ Performance in the studio of Prof. Kevin Komisaruk at the University of Toronto. Her research currently focuses on the highly imaginative, virtuosic organ music of Matthias Weckmann (1616 – 1674) with a view to lay the groundwork for a new performer’s edition. Active as a performer and teacher, Hanné is grateful to pursue her deep love for sacred and early music. She is particularly drawn to the stylus phantasticus (free improvisatory) style of organ playing, as well as the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2016 she 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. Hanné is a Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto for both Musical Skills II and III. She has served in many liturgical roles during her musical career (as organist, soprano and choir accompanist). She has extensive choral background, having accompanied choirs and soloists both in Switzerland and in Canada.
Stefani Bedin is a solo and collaborative performer, liturgical musician and teacher, based in her hometown of Toronto. Stefani is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto, where she recently completed the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Theory (Honours) with a minor in historical keyboard. She studies organ under the tutelage of Dr. Kevin Komisaruk. Stefani is also an accomplished pianist and holds the A.R.C.T. diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards including the Royal Canadian College of Organist’s Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship (May 2019). In July 2018, she won first prize at the Biennial Osborne Organ Competition held at Canada’s Summer Institute of Church Music. Stefani has a keen interest in sacred music and is currently the Associate Organist of St. Basil’s Catholic Parish, the collegiate church of the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s College. Committed to sharing the pipe organ’s music with diverse audiences, Stefani has given several solo recitals and is also an active executive board member of the R.C.C.O. Toronto Centre. For more information visit: http://sbedinorganist.ca
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 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.