Rebecca Bain, Musical Director

Rebecca studied singing with the late Allan Fast at McGill University before heading to Switzerland to study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, from which she received an M.A. in medieval music performance (voice and vielle). She was co-founder and co-director of two international ensembles for medieval music, Belladonna and vocal ensemble Zorgina, with which she toured extensively across Europe and North America. Rebecca has sung principle roles in theater projects with several renowned medieval music ensembles, including Ensemble Sequentia (Germany) and Ensemble Gilles Binchois (France). Rebecca has participated in over a dozen CD recordings and given numerous workshops and courses on singing and medieval music.

After 13 years in Europe, Rebecca returned to Canada in 2004, where she has participated in projects with the likes of The Toronto Consort, Constantinople, Mandragore and Masques, and taught courses on medieval culture at Marianopolis College. She has also sung in projects with modern composers Benoît Charest, Patrick Watson and Karen Young. As well as directing Ensemble Scholastica, she is currently one of the directors of the Festival Montréal Médiéval.

Anne Sophie da Silva

Actress, pianist and singer, Anne Sophie studied classical piano before dedicating her artistic efforts to the theater. She studied drama at UQAM, where she participated in numerous theatrical productions. Anne Sophie has trained vocally with Lisa Burg, Francoise Simon, Frédéric Ligier, Johanne Raby, and Bernard Fontbuté, as well as in dance and physical theater with the C.I.R.A.A.M., Klaxson, Tenon-Mortaise, Robert Reid, Oleg Kisseiliov, and René Migliaccio. She has recently played the roles of Corinne in "La Campagne" by M. Crimp, directed by S. Dodge and of Alana in I. Lavoie's stage adaptation of E. Tremblay's novel, "Filles de Lune: Naïla de Brume". In the spring of 2012, she will be playing the role of Madame Martin in Ionesco's "La Cantatrice Chauve", directed by G. Fontaine.

Elizabeth Ekholm

After completing her B.Mus. in voice performance, Elizabeth received a Canada Council grant to continue her studies in Europe, where she gained experience singing in opera and concerts. She went on to obtain a Ph.D. in vocal / choral pedagogy from McGill University. As well as singing and teaching, Elizabeth has been active as a choral conductor. Co-founding member and former president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Montreal Chapter), she has been invited to adjudicate at vocal and choral festivals and to lead workshops in vocal / choral technique. Passionate about early music, she has sung with Les Voix Médiévales, under the direction of John Baboukis, Amaryllis, an early music trio, and is a co-founding member of Ensemble Scholastica. Elizabeth's other current professional engagements include the Christ Church Cathedral Singers, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra chorus, Les Idées Heureuses and the St. Lambert Choral Society.

Jody Freeman

Jody has sung in various female vocal ensembles in Montréal since the early 1990s and contributed to two recordings as a member of Ensemble Rubia. She joined Scholastica in 2013.

Cynthia Gates

Native Montrealer Cynthia Gates completed degrees in French literature and translation before studying early music at McGill University with Allan Fast. She has been singing professionally for 30 years, working regularly with such ensembles as the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, La Chapelle de Québec, VivaVoce, voces boreales, Theater of Early Music, the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, and the chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She has also participated in several recordings.

Catherine Herrmann

Originally from the U.S., Catherine came to Montreal in 1989, where she studied voice with Allan Fast at the University of McGill. She was a founding member and co-director in 1999 and 2000 of La Compagnie Machaut and she co-founded and directed the a cappella ensemble Rubia. She participated in La Nef's "Perceval: La Quête du Gral" stage production and CD recordings. Her other CD recordings include her solo CD, "Country of the Found", with her own original music. Catherine has also sung on several scores for film and television. She is also a multi-instrumentalist; one of her instruments is a 14th century organetto made for her by James Louder. As well as in the U.S. and Canada, Catherine has performed her solo work in France, China and Taiwan.

Carole LeDez

Carole studied voice and composition in England and France. She sang with the Ensemble vocal Michel Piquemal in Paris which specialized in romantic choral music. Often having the opportunity to sing baroque and contemporary music with small ensembles in both France and Canada, the world of medieval music is a new area of interest. Since joining Scholastica in 2014, Carole is enjoying the intellectual and musical novelty of this repertoire. Currently, Carole studies voice with Lyne Fortin and is a qualified teacher of Alexander Technique and a masso-kinesitherapist.

Micheline Racicot

Micheline has been singing regularly with numerous vocal ensembles since 1994. After studying classical guitar, she discovered the lute, which she has been studying with Bruno Cognyl-Fournier. Her vocal studies were with Gloria Polcari. In 1997, Micheline founded the vocal quartet Fin'Amor, and in 1999, the ensemble Estavel, which explores a variety of medieval musical repertoires.

Angèle Trudeau

After graduating from McGill University in Early music Voice performance, Angèle Trudeau continued her studies with singers Dominique Vellard and Richard Levitt at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, which specialises in historical music performance. She later on perfected her vocal technique with Marie Daveluy in Quebec. She has sung and recorded with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, ensemble Claude Gervaise, La Volta, as well as with Ensemble Pierre Cartier. She has also performed with Ensemble EYA which she so-founded, la Schola Saint-Grégoire, les Idées Heureuses, Isaiah Ceccarelli, the MSO choir, as well as Erskine and American, St-John-the-Evangelist and Christ Church Cathedral church choirs. She has been a member of l'Ensemble Scholastica since its beginning. She has recently participated in the creation of Karen Young's Missa Campanulae at l'Internationale de musique sacrée de Québec. She has raised five children and is now also a midwife.

Karen Young

Her career as jazz singer goes back to the 70's with the bebop vocal group, Bug Alley Band, and to the 80's with the bass and voice duo, Young & Donato. In the 90's and beyond, she produced 10 records of her compositions and interpretations of jazz, world music and early music. She has since written for choirs and sung in several classic jazz ensembles - Hommage à Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, the trio Young, Provost & Guilbeault, and Eclectique. She tours with Danse, Lhasa, Danse, a show presenting Lhasa de Sela's music put to choreography.

Pascale Duhamel, Founder

Musicologist and medievalist, Pascale founded the ensemble, and was its musical director from 2008 to 2011. She holds a Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal, a post-doctorat from the Institut de Recherches et d'Histoire des Textes (Paris) and a postgraduate licence from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto). She has taught at the Université de Champagne-Ardenne (France), and at St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto. Since 2008, she has been teaching music history and medieval culture at the University of Ottawa. She has guest lectured in Europe, the United States as well as in Canada. Pascale is also a horticulturalist and translator-editor.
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