By collaborating with guest artists, the ensemble can venture into many different kinds of musical territory, exploring a wider range of styles and bringing more variety and excitement to the group’s repertoire.
Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists. Winner of numerous international prizes, Angela has been praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism,” “beautiful tone and sensitivity,” and for performing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away.” Angela has achieved success as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. She also has performed in numerous festivals across Canada and the rest of North America. Angela is a founding member of Ensemble Made in Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, and the Seiler Piano trio. Angela was previously Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Western University with her group Ensemble Made in Canada. www.angelapark.com
Ronald Markham is President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The NOJO is New Orleans’ premiere performing arts institution, dedicated to presenting authentic, engaging, and transformative Jazz experiences. Markham oversees touring, financial management, and fundraising, as well as corporate and strategic planning. A native of New Orleans, Markham attended the University of New Orleans where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and he also studied music at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in high school. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Audubon Nature Institute.
At the age of 23, Paul Goussot was appointed titular of the famous Dom Bedos organ at the ancient Abbey of St-Croix in Bordeaux, France. He has now succeeded Francois-Henri Houbert as an organ professor at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory. An exceptionally versatile musician, Paul has diversified as an artist by specializing in the harpsichord, the organ, improvision, and teaching skills. Paul has won prizes in competitions across Europe and has been invited to play at highly prestigious European festivals. In 2009, Paul was appointed the first “Young Artist in Residence” for St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. He has also performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and won the “2010 Best in Show” in a New Orleans competition for his improvisation of the film, “La passion de Jeanne d’Arc.”
Pierre Queval is the Organiste Titulaire of the Cavaille-Coll/Haerpfer-Ermann organ at Saint-Ignace in Paris, France, assistant organist of the historical Debierre organ at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port in Nantes, France, and was the 2015-16 organist in residence at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Pierre performs recitals in churches all across France and has been invited to play at many renowned festivals. As an accompanist, Pierre performs with several vocal ensembles as well as many different vocal and instrument soloists. Together with singer Ellen Giacone, he is currently recording a CD devoted to sacred music of the 19th and 20th centuries. In the spirit of Chamber music, Pierre has also recently founded the “Trio Meigma” with flautist Charlotte Berthome and violinist Mathilde Gandar.
Jesse Reeks has been organist of St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica since fall 2013, previously serving as music director/organist at St. Francis of Assisi. In 2014, Jesse was honored as one of Gambit Weekly’s 40 under 40 and continues to distinguish himself in the New Orleans musical community. Reeks graduated N.O.C.C.A./Riverfront Arts Conservatory and in 2009 graduated cum laude from Loyola University with the distinction of Outstanding Jazz Major in Jazz Studies. Jesse recently returned to Loyola as the Elise Cambon organ scholar and earned his Master of Music, studying with Dr. Marcus St. Julien, and was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Performance. In addition to being staff accompanist at Loyola since 2006, he has been an in-demand collaborator, music director, and recitalist, making frequent appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the John Mahoney Big Band, and Sarah Jane McMahon.
Emmanuel Arakélian was born in Avignon, France and commenced musical studies at age 12. He studied the organ, harpsichord, and basso continuo at the Conservatoire Nation de Region of Toulon, graduating in 2012 with high honors and unanimous recommendations of the jury. Emmanuel’s love for early music, and his interest in instrument building, has lead him to work extensively with historic organs and harpsichords and to undergo research on baroque ornamentation and musical rhetoric. Emmanuel is equally passionate about the music of our times, frequently performing the music of Vincent Paulet, Bernard Foccroulle, Thierry Escaich, Grégoire Rolland, and Jehan Alain. Emmanuel is organist of Saint Léonce Cathedral of Fréjus. He is also Artistic Director of the Cathedral’s concert series. Emmanuel appears regularly as a soloist, as an accompanist, and playing music for four hands with John Walthausen.