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Mark Chambers is a conductor, cellist and early music specialist. He is the Cello/Viola da Gamba instructor at York University, and conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra. 

He studied cello with Martha Gerschefski, Lubomir Georgiev and David Miller, and has performed extensively in the United States and Ontario as both a chamber musician and orchestral player. He is also very active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout southern Ontario.

A former Theodore Presser Foundation Fellow, Dr. Chambers’ research interests include Baroque music, period instrument performance practice, the ‘Tartini Tone’, and scordatura, altered tunings for strings. He has authored several articles for the American String Teachers Journal and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 

He will be giving a talk on some of the common issues that composers are faced with when writing orchestrations for stringed instruments, as well as speaking about the many techniques (traditional and extended) used by string players, that can be incorporated into compositions. 


Fjóla Evans is a Canadian/Icelandic composer and cellist. Her work explores the visceral physicality of sound while drawing inspiration from patterns of natural phenomena. Commissions and performances have come from musicians such as Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been featured on the MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Ung Nordisk Musik, and the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC Festival.

As a performer, she has presented her own work at Cluster Festival of New Music, (le) poisson rouge, and at Toronto's Music Gallery. Fjóla has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and KulturKontakt Austria, among others. She has studied composition with Julia Wolfe, cello performance with Matt Haimovitz, and completed a graduate degree in composition at the Yale School of Music in 2018.

Recent projects include a collaboration with animator Amanda Bonaiuto on a new work for Echo Chamber, the premiere of The Visitor for Toronto's Continuum Ensemble and TorQ Quartet, and the release of Bearthoven's recording of Shoaling on Cantaloupe Music. Fjóla is the 2017 winner of the Robert Fleming Prize—an award given by the Canada Canada Council for the Arts to one composer annually.