About the Centre for Musical Arts
Director, Centre for Musical Arts
Richard Hornsby is an active performer, educator, arts administrator and arts advocate. His varied activities have had a positive effect on the development of the arts in New Brunswick and throughout Canada. His professional life and his volunteer work have enriched the lives of the people of New Brunswick and he continues to work for the betterment of the arts and the artist.
Professionally, he has performed with the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and New Music Concerts of Canada as well as frequently recording for C.B.C. Radio of Canada. He continues performing as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of New Brunswick’s new music ensemble, Motion which has recently toured throughout much of Canada and performed in New York City.
He has also served on the faculties of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the University of Toronto, and St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Currently he is Director of Music at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
Since coming to New Brunswick he has been the founder and Director of the UNB Music Camp, founder and President of Musical Ventures Inc, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival. He also started the UNB Music Conservatory, a community music program at UNB.
Richard is currently president of the Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada and was a founding member of the Fredericton Arts Alliance. Recently he was voted onto the board of MusicNB, the New Brunswick music industry association.
He is passionate about the role of the arts in our society, and works on issues of arts education, status of the artist, access to the arts and training for cultural workers through a variety of organizations.
Conductor, UNB Chorale & UNB Concert Band
The Swedish conductor, flutist and singer Björn Runefors relocated to New Brunswick in 2003. Björn is actively involved in the Fredericton music life as a teacher, singer, flutist and conductor.
Björn is currently conducting the UNB Chorale and the UNB Concert Band. He teaches Music Theory at UNB, and gives private flute lessons.
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.
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.
Musician in Residence, UNBF
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. This year, she has been tasked with curating the 2015-2016 New Music Series, a set of three concerts bringing contemporary compositions to New Brunswick audiences. The resulting concert series includes a rarely played work of Luigi Nono and an all-American program with pianist and long-time collaborator Simon Docking.
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.