The 2018 Saint John Early Music Festival: Scottish Muse
































See the full schedule of events here:

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 12:15 PM
Listen & Lunch: The Square Piano
Tim Blackmore

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 7:00 PM
What can a Young Lassie Do
Collegium Musicum
Jessica McCormack, soprano
Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors & $10 Students. Refreshments.

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Scottish Romance
Tim Blackmore, square piano
Tickets: $10.  Refreshments.

Within A Furlong of Edinburgh Town
La Tour Baroque Duo
Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors & $10 Students. Refreshments.

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2:00 PM
Merrily Danced the Quaker’s Wife
The Carleton Chamber Players
Jessica McCormack, soprano
Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors & $10 Students. Refreshments.

Tickets can be purchased at the Saint John Arts Centre
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Collegium Musicum
The Early Music Festival’s Collegium Musicum ensemble was formed in 2009 to perform Baroque chamber music for two violins, recorder and continuo on period instruments. The group has since given regular concerts throughout southern New Brunswick. It members are Hok Kwan and Katherine Moller (baroque violins)and Tim Blackmore (harpsichord & recorder).





The Carleton Chamber Players, a modern-instrument ensemble varying in size from two to five musicians, was formed in 2016 to perform late 18th century repertoire for various combinations of flute, strings and keyboard. Led by Tim Blackmore (harpsichord, piano & recorder), the ensemble’s other core members are Hok Kwan (violin), and Daniel Britt (violoncello). With the addition of another violin and viola the ensemble functions as a chamber orchestra for the Early Music Festival.






Jessica McCormack
A native of Saint John, soprano Jessica McCormack is Coordinator of Voice Studies and Associate Professor of Voice at Indiana University South Bend. During the summer months, she is on the voice faculty of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Toronto. McCormack has sung at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Spano as part of the Professional Training Workshops series, and as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. A featured soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick, the Springfield Symphony, and the Bach Society of Dayton, Dr. McCormack was also selected as an Emerging Leader by the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2012 and 2016. In frequent demand as an adjudicator and master class teacher, she is invited to present masterclasses in Canada, the United States and Europe, and adjudicate for various festivals and competitions in North America. In 2017 she was appointed Manager for the Baroque Opera program of the Boston Early Music Festival.


Tim Blackmore
Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John and the Saint John Early Music Festival, recorder player and harpsichordist Tim Blackmore is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He directs and performs with the Festival’s Collegium Musicum, Ensemble 18c., Carleton Chamber Players and La Tour Baroque Duo  as well as with other leading New Brunswick musicians and organizations such as Symphony NB (for whom he has been an advisor on Baroque performance practice) and the Saint John String Quartet. As a member of the La Tour Baroque Duo he has given concerts in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris and London and his recordings with the  Duo have received critical acclaim in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2013 he was Musician-in-Residence at the Fortress of Louisbourg for Louisbourg’s 300th anniversary and in 2014 he received the Originals Award for his contributions to the cultural life of Saint John.

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