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.
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.
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