Lisa Webber, Music Director
Lisa Webber, a mezzo-soprano originally from Alberta, completed a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge, specializing in elementary, intermediate and senior choral music. She moved to Ottawa where she received a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Ottawa.
As a vocal educator, Lisa brings her expertise and passion to all facets of her work. She has a very active vocal studio in Arnprior, Ontario, where she teaches both school-aged and mature students. Her students benefit from her experience, skill, positivity and performance opportunities. She creates an enjoyable, fun and positive learning environment for all students. Lisa is extremely proud and inspired by many of her former students who are using their voices in Canada and other countries in a variety of ways.
As a soloist, Lisa enjoys oratorio and chamber music as well as recital repertoire. She has been involved with the Opera Lyra chorus, Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Seventeen Voyces, the Vancouver Chamber Choir National Director's Symposium, the Valley Festival concert series and the Ottawa Musical Arts Club Gala concerts. Collaboration with other musicians has been a life-long joy for Lisa.
Devoted and committed to promoting the Arts in Arnprior, she is the founder of the Arnprior Summer Music Camps, the Arnprior Community Choir, Two Rivers Musical Productions, and an exciting ladies ensemble, "Tutti." These programs are a mainstay in the cultural arts scene and have provided many singers with the opportunity to experience exceptional solo and choral music. One of her proudest moments was being the 2019 recipient of the Town Award. This award is given to a member of the community who gives their time and talent to enhance the quality of life of Arnprior residents.
Ian Guenette, Accompanist
Ian is an Organist, Pianist, Choral Conductor, and Church Musician.
Raised in Carleton Place, Ian began taking piano lessons at age 7. When he was 13, Ian discovered the Pipe organ and was hooked. He started studying the organ with the Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral-Basilica, Jennifer Loveless in Ottawa. After completing High School, Ian moved to Montreal, in order to attend McGill University, studying organ with Professor Hans-Ola Ericsson, a prominent and world-renowned Swedish organist. While at McGill, Ian sang in the McGill University Choir under the direction of Prof. Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee. He also played harpsichord in Early Music Ensembles, and participated in many workshops with world-renowned organists such as Jean-Pierre Leguay, Olivier Latry, and Jonathan Oldengarm. Ian’s future endeavours include attending the University of Ottawa to obtain a Bachelor of Education.
As an accompanist, Ian has worked with the Town Singers of Carleton Place, as well as the Arnprior Community Choir. He also has accompanied shows for the Mississippi Mudds of Carleton Place. Most recently, he played keyboards for The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as We Will Rock You by Queen and Ben Elton. Future engagements with the Mississippi Mudds include playing keyboards for Mamma Mia in the Spring of 2020.
As a church musician, Ian has played for many churches in the area, including St. Andrews United Church, Pakenham; Boyd’s United Church, Carleton Place, and St. Andrews United Church, Carleton Place. Currently, Ian is Director of Music and Organist at St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place. At St. James, Ian plays the historic Casavant pipe organ, built in 1903. Other duties at St. James include directing and training the 18 voice SATB Choir.