Musicians

Tara Semple, Artistic Director
Traverso, recorder, renaissance flute

bio_tara_semple Tara is thrilled to be playing her favourite music with fabulous musicians who share her passion for baroque music.In the beginning, we only had a few instruments and a passion to learn more about how to play the music we love. We quickly gathered instruments and went off to study at the Tafelmusik summer institute. We started off with just four people and very big ideas….Now we boast a roster of 16 musicians to draw from. Per Sonatori performed our first concert Debut in February of 2007. Our first concert series was launched in Nov of 2008. We are now in our 6th full season.Tara has studied at the Tafelmusik summer institute in 2007 and with the Per Sonatori ensemble in 2008. She most recently studied in Boston in a French Baroque program at the Longy institute. Tara has studied with Claire Guimond (Arion -Montreal), Jed Wentz (Amsterdam).This summer Tara is taking a baroque dance/flute workshop at the Cornish institute in Seattle. She will be studying baroque dance with Anna Mansbridge and baroque flute with Janet See.Tara is the piccolo/assistant flute player in the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She is the founder of the Quarter Tones flute ensemble. She conducts the flute choirs at Campbell Collegiate, as well as teaching a full complement of students in her studio.Tara is currently the Artistic Director and she is thankful for the amazing people she gets to work with. She is grateful for the time and energy each member gives to the ensemble.

Jonathan Achtzehner
Baroque viola

Jonathan Achtzehner shares his fascination with music as an educator, conductor and performer. At the age of six, Jon began playing violin in the Suzuki program. As he grew up he participated in music at church, in school and in the community by singing, playing the violin or the viola, and occasionally picking up other instruments such guitar. In 1998 he entered the University of Regina Music program and graduated in 2004.Currently Jon is involved in a wide variety of musical groups. He is the musical director for the Luther College Bach Choir at the University of Regina, as well as the choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He also works as a violin/viola teacher at the conservatory for performing arts, working with students of all ages but especially with the Child-Parent string program.Jonathan has also had the opportunity to perform with a wide range of ensembles. He regularly performs with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and with Regina’s baroque music ensembles Per Sonatori and Per Voci. His performances with Per Sonatori include playing not only the viola but also the uncommon baroque instrument Viola d’amoure. He has been featured as a baritone, tenor and counter-tenor soloist in performances by Per Voci and the Luther Bach Choir. Jon also performs, as required, playing violin or viola in string quartets, mandolin in a blue grass ensemble, or guitar for a rock band.Jonathan’s wide range of experience and musical interests make him a responsive listener in ensembles and an insightful and creative teacher. He has a passion for music of all kinds and shares his passion through performance and education.

Tanya Bergen
Pipe organ

Tanya’s fascination with the music of J.S. Bach led to a love for all things baroque and she is thrilled to be a part of Per Sonatori’s roster of musicians. Tanya is an active freelance pianist, organist, singer and music teacher in Regina. Tanya teaches piano, theory and harmony and accompanies the Halcyon Chamber Choir as well as flute and voice students. She also holds the position of Director of Music and Organist at Holy Rosary Cathedral of Regina. Tanya performs as a utility keyboardist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and as an organist and singer with Per Sonatori and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus. In fall 2017, Tanya performed as a keyboardist for the Globe Theatre production of Bittergirl: The Musical. Tanya holds ARCT diplomas in both piano pedagogy and voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also received an ARCCO designation from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and was awarded the 2016 Charles Peaker Prize.

Marie-Noelle Berthelet
Baroque flute, recorder

  Marie-Noelle Berthelet has been an active member of Per Sonatori since its early beginning in 2007. She moved from her native province of Quebec in 2004 after she was appointed principal flutist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Still holding this position, she has since expanded her interest to period performance: she now performs on the baroque flute and the recorder with the ensemble. She also works at creating and developing concerts for the group. Previously the student of Jacques Zoon and Jeanne Baxtresser at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for her studies in flute interpretation. As a soloist, she has performed several concertos with different ensembles through Canada.Her studio at the University of Regina and at the Conservatory of Performing Arts includes 17 young dedicated flautists. She teaches various field of studies: classical performance, chamber music and music education. Her teaching focuses on expanding learning skills, developing creativity, stage performance as well as creating projects and concerts.An active musician in the orchestra and on the chamber music scene, her playing is characterized with great fluidity and sensitivity:“As far as Berthelet’s performance, it only lends further credence to the credibility of the organization, that one of their own is able to so easily capture the ears and hearts of their audience in a manner that one would expect from their most decorated guest artists.” – Leader Post, February 13, 2012.

Amelia Borton
Baroque cello

Borton began began playing cello at the age of 4, won numerous awards from the Regina Conservatory and Music Festival, and has been part of many different ensembles, including the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba in 2004, and then studied at the University of Ottawa on full scholarship, earning her Masters in Music in 2006, both under the tutelage of Paul Marleyn. She is currently back in her home city of Regina, busy with teaching and performing. She is a founding member of the Baroque ensemble Per Sonatori, is part of the piano trio Trio Sophia, and is Assistant Principal Cello with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

Cassandra Loustel
Double bass

A recent graduate of the music performance program at the University of Regina, Cassandra is currently a full-time member of Per Sonatori and holds a Utility Double Bass position with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Her continued fascination with music performance, interpretation, and understanding has led her to continue to seek opportunities to learn and expand her knowledge of the double bass, including participating in masterclasses at the renowned Orford Arts Centre. She has gained extensive knowledge of double bass performance through numerous opportunities during her university degree as she held the positions of first chair and principal double bass of the University of Regina Orchestra and South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, respectively. Additionally, she had the incredible chance to participate in a 10-day tour across China with the League of Astonishing Strings in 2015 and looks forward to touring with the group again in the future. Cassandra studied under the tutelage of Curtis Scheschuk and Joel Quarrington (Principal Double Bass of the National Arts Centre Orchestra).

Pauline Minevich
Baroque clarinet

bio_pauline_minevich Dr. Pauline Minevich is an associate professor in the Department of Music at the University of Regina, where she teaches music history and clarinet.  She an M.Mus in Clarinet Literature and Performance and a Ph.D. in Systematic Musicology, both from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her interest in baroque music stems from her Ph.D. research on music in the English theatre in eighteenth-century London, and she loves the challenge of playing new old music on recorder and baroque clarinet with Per Sonatori. An active chamber music performer, she enjoys commissioning and performing new music with her trio Contrasts (clarinet, violin, and piano). She has toured Europe and South and Central America with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, and has toured Russia and Central America with Contrasts. For the past 15 years, she has served as assistant principal clarinet with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and presents a pre-concert lecture before every Masterworks Series performance.

David Popoff
Baroque flute

David Popoff is an active freelance flute player and teacher in Regina. He is a band teacher in the Prairie Valley School division, as well as a seasonal staff member with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He enjoys balancing a life of performing, as well as teaching. He studied with Jane Schudel (U of Regina) and Robert Cram (U of Ottawa). He has performed with the National Academy Orchestra, University of Ottawa Orchestra and currently performs as Utility Flute / Piccolo with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the QuarterTones Flute Ensemble, Regina’s professional flute quartet. He has also specialized in Baroque Flute, performing with Per Sonatori and also performs regularly on Irish flute, with local celtic musicians.

Rudolf Sternadel
Baroque violin

Born in Prague, Rudolf Sternadel started violin lessons at the age of five. In 1980, he moved to Canada, where he began lessons under Prof. David Zafer, completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto in 1991. He then enrolled at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied violin with Prof. Václav Snítil and chamber music with Prof. Lubomír Kostecký of the Smetana Quartet.During his stay in Europe, Rudolf also toured Germany and Italy as a member of the RIAS Jugendorchester, Berlin, and participated in several chamber music seminars. Upon returning to Canada he enrolled at the University of Toronto, completing his Master of Music degree in September 1994 under the tutelage of Prof. Loránd Fenyves.Until October 2000, he was involved in numerous freelance and chamber music activities in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. Currently Rudolf is the head of the Child / Parent String Program at the Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts, Assistant Music Director / Librarian of the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, and is a member of the Regina Symphony.

Sarah Stubbe
Harpsichord

Sarah Stubbe grew up playing the piano. In the first year of her Piano Performance undergraduate degree at the University of Regina, she fell in love with early music. Though she added a Music History degree and researched early music, she could not fulfill her yearning to actually play the harpsichord, since there was no such instrument at the university! That changed in 2013, when she moved to London, Ontario, to undertake a Masters of Musicology at Western University. There, she played harpsichord in the Early Music Studio, including weekly rehearsals and multiple performances per semester. As well, she had the opportunity to take lessons and masterclasses from Charlotte Nediger, harpsichordist of Tafelmusik. Now that she’s moved back to her hometown, Sarah is thrilled to be the harpsichordist of Per Sonatori. As well, she teaches piano students at the Conservatory of Performing Arts, accompanies choirs and solo singers in the city, and is the music director of Wesley United Church.

Jonathan Ward
Baroque violin

Jonathan Ward studied viola in his hometown of Sudbury, Ontario with Metro Kozak, and at the University of Western Ontario with Ralph Aldrich and Betty-Jean Hagen. He gained a great deal of orchestral experience with several Ontario symphony orchestras before relocating to Regina in 1989 to take on the role of Principal Viola.In addition to having many performance opportunities, he teaches a large number of students for the Regina Public Schools Co-curricular Violin Program. Several years ago his duties were expanded to include the continued instruction of eleven inner-city students who were involved in “Strings Across the Sky”, a program made possible through the partnership between the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Regina Public School Board. The program has grown and now includes many new students. He recently joined the faculty at the University of Regina Conservatory for the Performing Arts.As a composer, Jon has seen a considerable amount of success. He is currently an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. His compositions have received a significant number of performances, including World Premieres by the Regina Symphony Orchestra and national broadcasts on both CBC Radio and Radio Canada. Outside of Canada, his works have been performed in the United States, Mexico and Europe, including orchestral performances in Vienna and Salzburg.