Denise Simpson is currently working towards a Masters of Music in euphonium performance at the University of Toronto and has received a BMus and BEd in music education. During her undergraduate degree, Denise studied with euphonium player Robert Miller, and played in masterclasses for euphonium players Steven Mead and David Childs. Recently, Denise studied and performed in Rome, Italy, and taught at various music camps including the Durham Integrated Arts Camp and National Music Camp of Canada. Denise has played euphonium with the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, Festival Winds Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, Hannaford Youth Band, Weston Silver Band, and is currently playing baritone in the Hannaford Street Silver Band and euphonium in the newly formed Euba Tuba-Euphonium Quartet. Denise is presently residing in Toronto teaching euphonium, and working with Anita McAlister in the Hannaford Youth Program.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mike Manny started taking piano lessons when he was 5 years old with the Humber College – Music Education for Children Program. He continued his music training throughout high school at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, post-secondary education at Humber College, and eventually, graduate studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. After studying in New York, Mike returned to Toronto where he freelanced throughout Southern Ontario in various jazz settings and local Salsa bands. Working at the Toronto Faculty of Music, he was the conductor and music arranger of the Toronto All-Star Big Band for 10 years. After starting his military career in the Artillery Reserves, Mike transferred to the Regular Force as a full-time musician in Ottawa, and was subsequently posted to Winnipeg in 2009. As a musician in the Canadian Armed Forces, he has travelled the world performing music. Although not currently playing with the military band, Mike continues to perform as an in demand, professional musician in Winnipeg. Although he prefers ‘straight-ahead’ jazz, his huge appreciation of other genres of music allows him to he move comfortably thorough various styles giving audiences a diverse musical experience. Official Website: mikemanny.com
I went to the University of Toronto and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Applied Science and Engineering (Civil Engineering, graduated with honours). I continued with completing my Master’s of Engineering in 2014 with a specialization in Structural Engineering.
I currently work as a structural designer in a structural engineering firm (Moses Structural Engineers Inc.)
Suresh Singaratnam is a trumpeter of uncommon breadth – unique not only for the small crowd he inhabits as a virtuoso of both classical and jazz styles but also for the continuity and clarity of his voice across both idioms. When he began to study the trumpet at age nine, it never occurred to him that he might have to choose between the two.
Singaratnam’s dual album release in 2009 was the product of several years of germination. “Two Hundred Sixty-One, Vol. 1” is not an opening statement but rather an adult work, born of years refining technique and taste. Similarly, “Lost in New York”, Singaratnam’s all-original jazz album, was years in the making and literally narrates several years of the artist’s life during his time in New York City. The program is eclectic, ranging from intervalic and twelve-tonal to singable originals evocative of Strayhorn and Johnny Mercer.
Known for his artistic versatility, cellist Bryan Holt has performed on three continents and appeared in numerous alternative venues. He has been described as “…a rising young cellist imbued with passion, daring and a faultless technique. Not to be missed!” As a chamber musician Bryan appears regularly with Pocket Concerts, Uccello and the Thin Edge New Music Collective. He has recently performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada and the Group of 27 as well as numerous other ensembles in Ontario. Bryan is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto. He is highly sought after as a teacher and maintains a private studio in the downtown core of Toronto while also visiting several schools as a guest coach.
I am a volunteer personality host & script writer with York university’s radio station on their music show. In addition, I am pursuing all my interests (music, theatre, French, English, etc.) at University.
I live in the Toronto west end with my ladies, wife Rohina and daughter Dahlia.
Finished ESA and went to Humber for Jazz music. Worked on a RCCL cruise ship in the Caribbean for a bit and then returned to Toronto to find a paying job.
I worked at Bell Canada for a little more than a decade and then ventured out as an IT consultant. Currently I am keeping myself busy deploying big-data analysis tools for fortune 500 companies throughout the US and Canada.
My music education at ESA doesn’t pay the bills, but it did give me a great love of all genres of music as a consumer. Now I focus my skills on the next generation, Dahlia’s turning into quite the impressive singer in her own right and i look forward to maybe one day seeing her on the stage in the Nancy Main auditorium.
Drop me a line, let’s catch up : firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as being a founding member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, baroque cellist and viola da gambist Felix Deak showcases his career as a freelance musician with orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Les Voix Humaines and Opera Atelier.
Felix instructs orchestral classes and private students in and around Toronto. He can be heard on CBC Radio Two in performances, and has made recordings for various labels at home and abroad.