Born in Troy, New York, Laurie Evan Fraser came to Toronto as a scholarship student at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She studied voice with George Lambert, William Perry and Lillian Weichel and piano with John Coveart, Irene McClellan and Clifford McAree. After graduating from the Conservatory, she joined the Faculty of the RCM teaching piano and theory.
She has worked as a musician in several Toronto churches: singing soprano at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, working as soprano section lead at Forest Hill United, Organist and Choir Director at Davenport-Perth United Church and Music and Choir Director at First Unitarian Congregation, where in 1989 she also co-chaired a continental conference of church musicians.
In 1994, Ms. Evan Fraser co-founded the Upper Canada Choristers, an adult mixed-voice community choir. As Artistic Director she has inspired this vibrant organization to strive for musical excellence and perform community service by sharing music at a variety of venues such as hospitals, chronic care facilities, nursing and retirement homes, schools and churches. In 2008, she founded Cantemos, an auditioned ensemble under the umbrella of the UCC that specializes in Latin American repertoire.
Ms. Evan Fraser also works as a freelance collaborative pianist with a variety of musicians and groups. She currently maintains a private music studio in her home, composes regularly, delivers workshops, and enjoys doing festival work as an adjudicator and accompanist.
Cecilia Lee is a diverse freelancer musician based in Toronto, currently working at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music. Ms. Lee is an inquisitive collaborative artist on all three major keyboard forms: piano, harpsichord and organ, whose work ranges from full – orchestral and graphic score readings to realization of figured/unfigured continuo parts and traditional piano writing. In year 2009, Ms. Lee attended all three collaborative pianist internships at the Banff Centre of Arts, performing solo, chamber and orchestral keyboard music. Ms. Lee received her DMA Piano degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Paul Barnes and Nicole Narboni; her DMA studies have been generously funded by the Hixon – Lied Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant. As an undergrad, Ms. Lee studied with Lynda Metelsky at University of Toronto (BME, 2004). At University of Kansas, she studied with Jack Winerock and Robert Koenig at University of Kansas (MMus, 2006). Additionally, with great curiosity, she studied organ and harpsichord with Douglas Bodle, Eugene Gates and Michael Bauer, clavichord with Gerhard Erber (Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig), attended masterclasses for fortepiano with Bart van Oort. In effort to break the traditional mold of a classical musician, Ms. Lee also studied Japanese Taiko drumming with Gary Kyoshi Nagata and West African Drumming and Dancing with Fred Kwasi Dunyo. Ms. Lee have attended numerous international festivals on scholarships as solo and collaborative pianist, including Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College (USA), Juilliard – Leipzig Summer Academy (USA-Germany), Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy), Pablo Casals Music Festival (France), International Piano Pedagogy Conference (USA), Banff Centre of Arts String/Winds Masterclasses (Canada), and in addition to performing, Ms. Lee is active recording engineer, working with Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and various freelance projects in the city.
Current Board of Directors
Joan Boudreaux, Chair
Jane Emery, Secretary
Jacqui Atkin, Founding President
Laurie Evan Fraser, ex officio