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
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.