Archive for February, 2015

to pass along…

Katie Legere
Adj Faculty, Queen’s School of Music
Systems Coordinator, Queen’s University Library
Queen’s University

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Follow this link to the Whig Standard.


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Katie’s results

The results of Katie’s biopsy have come in and there is no sign of any cancer at all.

We are all relieved.

Thanks for all your kind thoughts and words through these last few weeks.


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It is with great sadness that I inform you that the wife of Doug Matheson (trumpet player in the beginner and intermediate classes) passed away yesterday after a long illness.

The obituary will appear in Friday’s Whig for more information.

Doug’s boys are with him now and I expressed our sympathy.


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Sad news

We found out yesterday that Heather Faris’s mother passed away peacefully in Ottawa.

Heather and her 3 siblings were at their mother’s side.

Our thoughts go out to Heather and her family at this difficult time.

(for those new members, Heather plays flute in the Senior Band)

Chris and Katie

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Join us this Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 5:00PM for the fourth exciting concert in our "Happy Hour Sound Bytes" series "Welcome to the Opera".

Katie Legere, flute and bassoon, Chris Alfano, flute and clarinet,and Michel Szczesniak, piano are joined by Tim Stiff (see bio below) to present a showcase of music from the great operas.

Come hear arrangements of the duet "Au fond du temple saint" ("At the back of the holy temple") from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, "E lucevan le stelle" ("And the stars were shining") from the third act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, Delibes’ famous “Flower Duet” from the first act of his opera, Lakme, as well as excerpts from Mozart, Mascagni, and Rossini.

Concert is at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street

Ticket Price: $10.00 CAD

Tim Stiff

Tim Stiff is a graduate of Queen’s (B.Mus ’85, B.Ed ’86) and the

University of Toronto (Operatic Diploma in Performance ’91).

Upon leaving Queen’s, Tim joined the Elmer Iseler Singers where he

performed for two seasons under the batons of Dr. Iseler, Sir Andrew Davis, Helmut Rilling, Sir Jeffery Tate, Seiji Ozawa, Richard Bradshaw and Mario Bernardi.

He spent eight years (3381 performances) performing various roles in the

Toronto production of “The Phantom of the Opera” (1991-1999) and was

invited to join the Broadway production of Bernstein’s “Candide” (1997).

Tim spent one season (2000) with Toronto Operetta Theatre, accepting a

position the following year with the Canadian Opera Company which he held until returning to Kingston in 2004. He was invited back to sing in the C.O.C’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle which opened the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing


Tim’s work as a music educator has been recognized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, written two “character-ed” musicals for elementary school children, recorded a CD of original elementary curriculum based music featuring 700 students, as well as acting as an assistant musical director and coach with several productions, most recently “Pippin” for Blue Canoe Productions and “Golden Lotus: The Musical” which premiered in Hong Kong, September 2014.

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Thank you

Thank you to everyone for your warm wishes and prayers – they were truly appreciated. I am happy to be home and, I hope, on the road to a complete recovery. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.


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