Instructors

Christian Bérubé
Jason Flores
Nadia Francavilla
Veronica Kallos

Emily Kennedy
Yvonne Kershaw

Ron MacDonald

Charles MacKinnon
Björn Runefors
Aida Tisler


Christian Berube - UNB ConservatoryChristian Bérubé
Born in Edmonton in 1979, Christian Bérubé graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alberta, where he studied piano, voice, and composition. In 2008, he completed a Master in Music in instrumental composition under the supervision of Denis Gougeon at the Université de Montréal. He has composed the music for several plays, and has performed professionally as a choral singer and rock pianist. In 2009, his large-scale choral work Goats on the Left won a SOCAN Award for Young Composers. Bérubé now lives in Fredericton, where in addition to composing he teaches piano and theory.


Jason Flores - UNB ConservatoryJason Flores
Jason Flores graduated from the University of Idaho where he attended the Lionel Hampton School of Music as a Hampton Scholar. He has toured the world playing bass onboard luxurious cruise ships for Celebrity Cruise Lines where he had the opportunity to play with musical greats like Shoshana Bean and Debbie Gibson. He has also opened for Kenny Baron at the Boise State University Jazz Festival. Born and raised in the state of Idaho, Jason has played and recorded with many bands in the capital region of Boise.

Jason currently resides in Fredericton, NB where he is studying psychology at the University of New Brunswick. His future plans are to work in the field of music therapy.


Nadia Francavilla - UNB ConservatoryNadia Francavilla
Nadia Francavilla, Montreal-born violinist and music educator, brings a collaborative spirit, a passion for new music, and a distinctly European sensibility to her performing and teaching work. A McGill University graduate, she trained under Mauricio Fuks, Raphael Druian and Joseph Silverstein. Her orchestral background includes l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Les Violons du Roy, and she spent several years with Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc and Quatuor Bozzini, producing recordings and touring in North America, Europe and Japan. At present, she performs most often with Motion2, Atlantica and Moineaux D’Entendre, exploring classical and contemporary works in mixed chamber music settings.

Ms. Francavilla’s driving interest in new music has led her to commission and premiere new works from both Canadian and international composers. She particularly enjoys working with young composers, sharing in their creative process and nurturing their innovative spark. Meanwhile, explorations of improvised works and frequent collaborations with visual and multimedia artists have shaped her study of music as performance art.

In the classroom, Ms. Francavilla acts as a guide, working with students to help them develop their own knowledge and skills. She has taught at the University of New Brunswick since 2011, when she designed the course Women in Music. She also teaches Music and Cinema, drawing on her personal interest in film to lead students to a broader understanding and appreciation of film sound and scores.

She has taught private violin lessons and conducted string ensembles at the Université de Moncton since 2010. She recently began teaching violin at Mount Allison University and coaching string sectionals for their university orchestra. She is an experienced string and violin festival adjudicator for both anglophone and francophone events, and has served as the Director of the week-long Academy affiliated with the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival since its inception in 2014. In the same year, she created the violin syllabus for grades 1 to University for L’École Préparatoire de Musique associated with Université de Moncton.

Ms. Francavilla has held the position of Musician in Residence at UNB since 2009. For a second year, she has been tasked with curating the New Music Series, a set of three concerts bringing contemporary compositions to New Brunswick audiences. The resulting concert series includes a rare glimpse at Pierre Boulez's Anthème 2 for solo violin and live electronics and the premiere of Luciano Berio's virtuosic Sequenzas with long-time collaborators Karin Aurell, Richard Hornsby and Andrew Miller.

A project is currently underway to submit recordings of each of her performances as Musician in Residence to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. The project is being undertaken by recording engineer Kevin Herring with the support of a Documentation grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board.


Veronica Kallos - UNB ConservatoryVeronica Kallos
Veronica Kallos is a Cum Laude graduate of University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Music, Major in Piano Performance under the Marianne Gancayco Scholarship.
She is a no stranger to the stage as she has been performing and has fared well in various national competitions from age 7 and started accompanying choirs at the age of 14 as well. She was a sought-after accompanist and had collaborated with soloists, choirs, and has performed with professional musicians in the Philippines, Indonesia, Hongkong, and Singapore.

Veronica and her family just arrived in Fredericton last year with a vast experience as a performer and a teacher. She has been teaching for 20 years now and would continue what she has started in the Philippines- make children, teens, and adults love playing the piano with high standards and be an inspiration to her students and fellow musicians.


Emily Kennedy - UNB ConservatoryEmily Kennedy
Emily Kennedy is an artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a recent graduate of the Performance program at the University of Ottawa, where she completed her masters in cello under the guidance of pedagogue Paul Marleyn. Emily completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she had the pleasure of studying with Paul Pulford and members of the prestigious Penderecki String Quartet.  A New Brunswick native, she has performed on concert stages across Eastern Canada, and has taken part and performed in festivals such as the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Tuckamore Music Festival in St. John’s, the Orford Arts Centre and Domaine Forget in Quebec, WLU’s Quartetfest, and the ACE Workshop in Ottawa, Ontario. She has performed for some of the leading cellists in today’s music world, including Lynn Harrell, Steven Doane, Paul Watkins, Michel Strauss, Philippe Muller, Richard Aaron, Matt Haimovitz, Denise Djokic, Blair Lofgren, and Elinor Frey, along with members of the Cecilia, Lafayette, and JACK Quartets.


Yvonne Kershaw - UNB ConservatoryYvonne Kershaw
American-born bassoonist Yvonne Kershaw has a wide range of performance experience in both Canada and the U.S. She played with the Cascade Symphony in Washington and has participated in the Sandpoint, Idaho, and Bayview , Michigan music festivals. Her extensive teaching experience includes instructing instrumental music in Seattle area music schools and working as a graduate instructor of bassoon at Indiana University. Yvonne now resides in Fredericton, where she adjudicates music festivals and teaches bassoon, flute and oboe at the UNB Centre for Musical Arts.  She teaches courses in music theory and music appreciation at UNB as well. She is a regular faculty member of UNB’s Summer music Camp. She performs regularly with Symphony New Brunswick. She recently released a CD of bassoon and guitar music with guitarist Stephen Peacock which was nominated for  ECMA Classical Recording of the Year in 2005. Yvonne performed at the International Double Reed Society’s 2006 Convention in Muncie, Indiana. She annually attends the Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp in North Carolina. Yvonne lives with her husband John and children Hannah and Jacob.


Ron MacDonald - UNB ConservatoryRon MacDonald
Ron MacDonald was for many years a member of UNB's Philosophy Department specializing in the Aesthetics of Music.  His early violin studies were in Halifax with Jean Fraser, a pupil of Leopold Auer.  Subsequently he studied with Kenneth Piper of the Royal College, London and with Joseph Pach, Paul Campbell and most recently, Nadia Francavilla.  He has also participated in a Master Class with Joseph Szigeti and has had lessons with Alfredo Campoli and David Yang.  He was a member of the viola section of Symphony New Brunswick and has been concertmaster of the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra since its inception.  He was the founder of the String Program in the Fredericton Public Schools.


Charles MacKinnon - UNB ConservatoryCharles MacKinnon
Charles MacKinnon, trumpet, is a native of Kentville, Nova Scotia.  While still a teenager, he toured Europe as a member of Canada’s National Youth Orchestra. Upon receiving a Canada Council grant, he moved to New York to study with Mel Broiles, (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Ray Crisara (NBC Symphony), and Vince Penzarella (New York Philharmonic).  Also while in New York, Charles played in broadway shows and toured the American east coast with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Charles left New York for Toronto, where he was a founding member of the Canadian Brass Quintet, and played with the National Ballet and Canadian Opera Company Orchestras. He also worked with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  In the late 1990s Charles spent several years in Scotland, performing with the Royal Scottish Opera Orchestra.

Here in the Maritimes, Charles has been a member of the Atlantic Symphony, and has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra throughout his professional career.

He has been a regular teacher and performer with the UNB Summer Music Camp since 2008, and is currently on Faculty at the Fredericton Conservatory of Music.


Bjorn Runefors - UNB ConservatoryBjörn Runefors
Björn Runefors, born in Sweden, is a conductor, flutist and singer.

Björn is conducting the UNB Chorale and the UNB Concert Band as well as teaching Flute, Music Theory and Music History at the University of New Brunswick. Björn is also the founder of the Fredericton Youth Orchestra.

Between 2006-2012 Björn was the Music Director of the Fredericton Choral Society and between 2005-2014 he was the Director of the UNB Conservatory of Music.

Björn is a multi-faceted musician. He has performed in professional orchestras and choirs both in Sweden and in Canada. He has written music for and performed as an actor at theatres in Sweden.

As a teacher, Björn has been on faculty at music colleges in Sweden and in Stockholm he was the founder and director of a youth orchestra that toured extensively across Europe. Björn completed his undergraduate studies at Lund University in Sweden and went on to earn a Master of Music degree from McGill in Flute Performance and Voice.

During the late 80's and the 90's in Stockholm, Sweden and London, England, Björn also had a career as localizer of computer programs, subtitler of movies and manager of translation projects.

E-mail: runefors@unb.ca



Aida Tisler - UNB ConservatoryAida Tisler
Aida Tisler obtained her bachelor degree in violin teaching and performance with distinction from Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1980. She accepted a violin teaching position at “Mladen Posaic” elementary music school in 1978 and held it until 1983, when she took a position of a violinist with the Sarajevo’s Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing and recording music with the Symphony Orchestra, Aida performed regularly with the Sarajevo’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Sarajevo’s Chamber Orchestra until her departure for Canada in 1994.
After 18 month of language schools, violin teaching and one university course in Toronto, Aida arrived to Fredericton with her husband Hrvoje and 2-year old daughter Sabina. Since then, Aida has obtained B.Ed with distinction from UNB, has taught violin to close to one hundred private students and has coached chamber groups and student orchestras at UNB Music Camp, New Brunswick Conservatory and several elementary schools. Since becoming a member in 1997, Aida performed over 150 concerts with the Symphony New Brunswick. In addition, Aida performs regularly with Fredericton Chamber Players and Atlantic Sinfonia.