Andy Costello      Aura Giles      Mason Koenig      Luke Nickel      Sally Norris
Marie-Claire Saindon      Elyze Venne-Deshaies       Gayle Young


Andy Costello

Andy Costello, pianist, composer, and educator, is often described by fellow musicians as “unlike anyone I’ve ever met.” As a pianist, Andy has performed and currently performs with musicians of Dal Niente, NovusNY, ThingNY, Architek, Nonce Ensemble, CUBE Ensemble, McGill Percussion Ensemble, Winnipeg Symphony, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.). As a composer, Andy has written for Dal Niente, I.C.E., ThingNY, Ben Reimer, Bierstone/Frank duo, Architek percussion quartet, and pianists Elena Doubovitskaya and Sandra Wright Shen.  He is currently working on commissions from soprano Sarah Albu, and a cello/clarinet double concerto for Juan Delgado and Katie Schoepflin. Andy is currently the pianist and executive director of Vox Humana contemporary music collective.

Andy has been recently invited to perform and lecture at Columbia College, DePaul University, McGill University, Merit School of Music, the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Montréal Contemporary Music Lab (MCML), the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), and the “Fran Randall Concert Series.” He graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. from Columbia College, and holds an M.Mus from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.   Andy is currently based in Montréal.

Aura Giles

Flutist and composer Aura Giles is equally comfortable in any solo, chamber or orchestral genre, but gets the most enjoyment out of working with composers on new, never been performed pieces. Aura has been privileged to present a number of premieres, including works by Andrew Ager, Victor Sanchez, James Wright, Margaret Ashburner and Jennifer Jolley, among others. Aura has performed as concerto soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the University of Ottawa Orchestra. She is currently principal flute for the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Giles holds an MMus in flute performance from the University of Ottawa.

Her writing extends the limits of the flutists’ traditional skills by incorporating a strong vocal component in her solo pieces. Her compositional style reflects an eclectic mix of influences, ranging from jazz, folk and other earth styles to the highly structured contemporary and classical. Dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music, Aura joined the board of the Ottawa New Music
Creators in 2010.

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Mason Koenig

Mason Koenig is a Canadian composer currently pursuing a Master’s in Composition from McGill University, studying with Christopher Paul Harman.  Having begun his musical career as a jazz drummer, Koenig followed a natural progression into contemporary percussion and finally to composition.  Before attending McGill, he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in composition and theory from the University of Victoria as a student of Dr. Dániel Péter Biró and Bill Linwood.  He also has a diploma from Grant MacEwan College in jazz composition.  Following his undergraduate degree, Koenig spent five months in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

As a percussionist, Koenig has appeared with numerous ensembles in Canada including the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Sonic Lab, LaSaM composer-performer collective, Vancouver New Music, and Aventa Ensemble.



Luke Nickel  

Luke Nickel (b. 1988) is a Canadian composer. He is currently completing his master’s degree at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and studying with Christopher Harman. He has completed many projects and commissions for various groups, ensembles, and individuals, including: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Contemporary Opera Lab, the Arraymusic Young Composers Workshop and many others. His works have been performed all over the world, from Canada to France to Thailand, and have won various awards including a second place prize in the Pierre Mercure (2012) and the Godfrey Ridout (2009) categories of the SOCAN young composers awards, first prize in the Groundswell Emerging Composers Competition (2010), and the CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Prize. Luke is currently organizing the fourth annual Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, which he co-founded with Winnipeg composer Heidi Ugrin.


Sally Norris

Composer and pianist, Sally Norris, received her Master of Arts in Composition from Wesleyan University (Middletown CT, USA, 2009). There, her thesis project, Clara: A Music Box Opera and the written analysis, (un)Telling Clara: trust me, I’m telling you stories was advised by Anthony Braxton and completion aided by Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Katherine Young, Jeffrey Stonehouse, Brian Parks and Rod O’Connor. During her Bachelor of Music degree at Wilfrid Laurier University(Waterloo ON, Canada, 2006) Sally studied primarily with Linda C. Smith and Terence Kroetsch. Her work exhibits her interest in technique, narrative, symbols and how translations and re-interpretations of these elements shape understanding. Through score design and notation, Sally explores a musical geography of models and prototypes. Currently living in Toronto, Sally teaches piano in studio lessons and works on her duo project, the glass tables.

Marie-Claire Saindon

Photo by Richmond Lam

A classical violin student since the age of four, Marie-Claire Saindon has first shown interest in composition while in high school, where she wrote and produced her first musical, “Jeanne” (2003). She was then able to publish her women’s choir piece, “Le train d’hiver” (2002), with Boosey & Hawkes in 2006, which then enabled her to write more often for that specific voice format.

While studying French-Canadian fiddle, Irish singing, and gypsy-jazz violin on her own time, Marie-Claire completed a Bachelor’s degree in Composition at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University) in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Composition: Film and Multimedia music at Université de Montréal in 2010, under the supervision of Ana Sokolovic and Pierre-Daniel Rheault. She has since then been commissioned by ensembles and troupes such as Arkéa, Fíolütrôniq, Bella Voce, Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, Théâtre Filament, and Concerto Della Donna. Marie-Claire is currently working on other musical projects, both on stage and on film.



Elyze Venne-Deshaies

Issue dʼune famille de mélomanes, dʼun père trompettiste et guitariste et dʼune mère chanteuse et artiste peintre, la musique a toujours été présente et ce dès lʼenfance. Dès lʼâge de 4 ans, le désir de jouer de la clarinette est apparue. Ce nʼest seulement à partir de 9 ans que la possibilité sʼoffre à elle. Au secondaire, elle entame lʼétude de la musique dʼune manière plus sérieuse dans un programme de concentration musique. Toutefois, cʼest à cette époque que la composition se révèle à elle. En dernière année, elle remporte le prix de composition pour une pièce orchestrale pour musique de chambre.

Ses études collégiales sont marquées par la rencontre de ses mentors dont François Martel, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Matthieu Bélanger, Jean Fréchette, Marianne Trudel et Philippe Keyser qui la guideront pendant ses quatre années dʼétudes au Cégep de Saint-Laurent. Diplômée des deux techniques professionnelles de ce collège en composition/arrangement jazz et interprétation jazz à la clarinette et au saxophone. Cʼest dans cette période quʼelle entreprend lʼétude de son troisième instrument: la flûte traversière.

Le classique et le jazz, la clarinette, le saxophone et la flûte traversière continuent de se suivent durant ce parcours riche et éclectique.

Devenue pigiste pour des contrats de spectacles et studio, faisant partie du groupe New Apple Taste depuis 2009 maintenant signé par SNS Management, Elyze Venne- Deshaies est une musicienne dʼexpérience. Après plus de sept performances au FIJM, une au FIJO, deux diplômes professionnels avec une mention dʼexcellence et première de la cuvée Composition. Elle entame, avec une bourse Alumni, son baccalauréat en 2010 en Jazz à lʼuniversité Concordia avec Matthieu Bélanger, Dave Turner, Charles Ellison et Yaron Ross.

Gayle Young

Gayle Young designs her own microtonal instruments and sound installations and performs with them, she works with recorded soundscapes, and she composes for orchestral instruments. But for this project perhaps the most interesting story is about her recipe pieces, where a text – unheard by the audience but imagined by the performer – plays a structural role in the composition. Sarah will be describing her experiences with fermentation, and the sounds and rhythms of her writings will contribute to the new composition.

Visit Gayle Young’s web site:

Music streaming on Canadian Music Centre:

Gayle Young has also written many articles about music and sound arts. She was the editor of Musicworks Magazine and is now its publisher. Her book, The Sackbut Blues, outlines the musical intentions behind the electronic instruments designed by Canadian inventor Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977). Her most recent article describes Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening initiative in the context of the cultural transition to acoustic and audio-tactile space as described by Marshall McLuhan.

Vists Musicworks Magazine:

Hugh Le Caine’s early electronic instruments: