Stringing together for the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival

The Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, featuring the award-winning Gryphon Trio will be coming to campus on May 26 (performing a master class) and 27 (concert). The Department of Music has teamed up with two alumni, the festival's artistic directors Carissa Klopoushak (BMus'04) and Jacqueline Woods (BMus'06), to bring these two spectacular musical events to Convocation Hall.

Klopoushak and Woods founded the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival eight years ago to bring the chamber music concert experience into the 21st century. Each spring they showcase exciting, Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.

After earning her BMus from the U of S, Woods headed off to the University of Ottawa for a Master's of Music degree with renowned Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti. She then pursued doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently engaged in PhD studies in Aboriginal Economic Development at the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy.

Klopoushak earned a Master's and a Doctor of Music in Violin Performance at McGill University in Montreal, studying with Jonathan Crow. Laureate of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition and the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank Competition, she has toured extensively across Canada, performing at Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music, Montreal Chamber Music Festival and for Debut Atlantic. She spent three months performing with the renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra. She moved to Ottawa in September 2014 where she is a proud member of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra.

To find out more about the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, its performers, and to get tickets, click here.
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