Opus 8

Eight voices. Centuries of music.

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, "young rising star, soprano Ellen McAteer," (CBC Radio) is the two-time recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera and has received a Ruby Mercer Opera Award, Schulich Scholarship, Gaelyne Gabora Memorial Prize, and E. M. Wirth Scholarship. Ellen has been praised for her “lovely, full sound,” “joy and ebullient charm,” “stupendous singing,” her voice’s “size, colour and agility,” and her performances which are a“powerhouse of dramatic assuredness, the ultimate in vulnerable intensity.” Ellen holds a M.Mus in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, B.Mus in Voice Performance from McGill University and is a 2016-2017 recipient of the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. Additionally, Ellen boasts vibrant hair-braiding and knitting careers and is in the process of completing her sixth afghan. 

 

Clara MacCallum Fraser, Soprano has sung as section lead in choirs at St Clement’s Anglican Church and Massey College, as well as for various other choirs including Tallis Choir, Larkin Singers, and is a regular sub (and official Evensong cheerleader) at St James Cathedral. When using Opus 8 as an excuse to procrastinate, Clara is really supposed to be working on her doctorate in Environmental Studies at York University, imagining the possibility of a planning process that honours Indigenous peoples rights in Ontario. An inordinate amount of her time is actually spent just trying to keep her plants alive during the long winter months...   

 

Simon Honeyman, Alto began his musical education at the age of nine as a boy treble in Ottawa. Since then, he has been working steadily as a counter-tenor, performing with ensembles such as Tafelmusik, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Theatre of Early Music, Toronto Masque Theatre, Elora Festival Singers and others. Currently completing a certificate in publishing at Ryerson, Simon is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist in a number of folk and heavy metal outfits.

 

Rebecca Claborn, Alto has recently sung with Pro Coro Canada, the Choir of St. James Cathedral, Cappella Nova Mundi, Tallis Scholars, Gabrieli Consort and the Theatre of Early Music, with whom she has recorded two discs. She holds music degrees from the Universities of New Hampshire and Alberta where she was the 2009 winner of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble Concerto Competition. She performs as a soloist all across Canada, with a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.  Away from singing, she succumbs to her indelible passion to master the clawhammer banjo.

 

Robert Busiakiewicz, Tenor studied at the Royal Academy of Music and King’s College London before being invited to the Yeomanry of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2013. Since then he completed a Masters in Music with a choral scholarship at King's College, Cambridge. He was awarded the Lord Mayor's Prize for Composition and his works have featured on BBC Radio, London Festival of Contemporary Music and are recorded by Priory Records. He has performed across the globe in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, the Hermitage Theatre, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue and Bleinheim Palace. As well as being Director of Music at St. James Cathedral, he can frequently be found helping people move house (against his will), and shouting at traffic.

 

Peter Mowat, Tenor, is a member of the Choir of St. James Cathedral in Toronto. Previously, he was a member of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in Ottawa, with whom he toured extensively throughout the US and the UK. He began singing as a treble at age 7 and has sung under the leadership of Mark Sirett, Robert Hunter Bell, Derek Holman, and Matthew Larkin.  Peter is also a clarinettist, having played in the Queen’s University Symphony and the Kingston Symphony. Known to frantically conduct entire symphonies from the safety of his living room, Peter is keen to remind his penniless musician friends that he also enjoys a real job as a cripplingly expensive lawyer.

 

David Roth, Baritone is a graduate of the performance programme at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Patricia Kern. He has appeared recently in concert with notable organisations such as Tafelmusik, The Toronto Consort, La Chapelle de Québec, I Furiosi, and The Aldeburgh Connection. He has sung in the choruses of the COC and Opera Atalier, and recently appeared as Figaro and Don Alfonso in Weimar, Germany, with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Theater Rudolstadt respectively. In his spare time David enjoys whiskey and cycling, though seldom together, along with an awkwardly heated discussion about homeopathic remedies.

 

Sean Nix has over 13 years of professional choral experience in Southern Ontario, as well as in the United States and the United Kingdom.  He is a member of the Choir of St. James Cathedral and sings regularly at The Oratory of St. Philip Neri, with Holy Blossom Temple Choir and with Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir, all in Toronto.
Aside from music, Sean is a full-time Professor and Program Coordinator in Transportation Engineering Technology at Mohawk College in Hamilton.  He holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering, both from Ryerson University.  He is a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario. Those closest to him refer to him as 'The Traffic Whisperer' due to his unsettling knowledge of traffic signals and disturbing familiarity with slip-roads and underpasses. His chief joys are tormenting his students for their poor email etiquette, and renaissance polyphony in lower keys.