Stuart Sladden was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto (2002) in vocal jazz performance, a Master of Music degree from the University of Manitoba (2012), in choral conducting, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta, also in choral conducting. He is in demand as a freelance musician, guest conductor, private music instructor, workshop leader, adjudicator, and clinician across Canada.
Over the last twenty-two years, Stuart has enjoyed working with a variety of classical, jazz, and church choirs as both a singer and conductor, most notably, as a member of the Winnipeg Singers and Pro Coro Canada, Assistant Conductor for the Pax Christi Chorale in Toronto and the Richard Eaton Singers in Edmonton, and as the Artistic Director of the Accord Ensemble, also in Edmonton.
Stuart began playing and conducting handbells in 2008, at Eden United Church, located in Mississauga, and since then has been involved with a number of handbell ensembles as both a ringer and conductor. Some of these ensembles include, Eden Bells, Bells aPeel, and the Bronze Foundation in Toronto, Westworth Chapel Bells and Rochester Ringers in Winnipeg, and Jubiloso Bells of Concordia and the Robertson-Wesley Ringers in Edmonton. Stuart has been the guest conductor at provincial handbell festivals across Canada, has presented at and been the guest conductor for Canada’s national symposium, the Ringing Link, and was the Canadian representative conductor at the 17th International Handbell Symposium held in Vancouver during the summer of 2016.
Currently, Stuart is a sessional instructor with the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, is the Artistic Director for both the Bison Men’s Chorus and Joie de Vivre, is the founder and Artistic Director of the Rochester Ringers, is a singer with the Winnipeg Singers (Winnipeg’s premier professional chamber choir) and is one of the regular handbell Instructors at the International Music Camp, along with his guest appearances throughout the year.
He is very excited to be returning to his home province, where the love of handbells began for him, to participate in OGHER’s festival 2019, Peace by Piece. Stuart will be conducting the Massed, Copper A, Copper B, and Bronze ringing divisions.
Lisa Kyriakides is an experienced soloist, educator, musical director, conductor and adjudicator. She is the director of the Handbell program at Aurora United Church, which includes conducting two 4-octave choirs, Faith-A-Peal and Bellissimo and is a member of the EmBellished Handbell Quartet. Lisa has been a ringer in The Bronze Foundation, an auditioned community Handbell Ensemble, since 2015. She has given many Handbell workshops at OGEHR Festivals and workshop days and has been a guest conductor at several local Playdates.
Lisa is also an accomplished Soprano and has performed in operas and musicals including most recently as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Lisa taught music in the school systems in Toronto and York Region for 12 years and has conducted countless choirs. For the last 8 years she has been the conductor of the Ballantrae Adult Community Choir. Lisa was the Voice and Choir Adjudicator at the Sunderland Music Festival in 2014 and the York Region Music Alive Festivals in 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario as well as certificates in Voice, Piano, Theory, Counterpoint and History from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Lisa lives in Newmarket with her husband Bob and her two lovely daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria. Lisa will be conducting the Tin and Gold tracks.