GREENSLEAVES, a consort formed by three Kitchener area musicians in 1996, is dedicated to the performance of Renaissance and early Baroque music. The group consists of Marilyn Fung (viola da gamba), Shannon Purves-Smith (recorders and viols), and Magdalena Tomsińska (lute and guitar). In 2000 Greensleaves recorded their first CD with popular repertoire from the 14th to 18th centuries. The second, A Gift of Christmas Past, was released in 2005, followed by the third CD, Polish Popular Music of the XVIIth century in 2009.
MARILYN FUNG studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School before obtaining her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Windsor Symphony and Nota Bene Period Orchestra, and is a frequent performer with many orchestras in Ontario and Michigan. She has performed in the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Grand River Baroque Festival. She is a founding member of Michigan Baroque and the Montgomery Consort of Viols.
SHANNON PURVES-SMITH played clarinet, viols, and recorders at Stratford Festival for many years. She has also performed with Nota Bene Period Orchestra, the London Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Delyghte Consort, and the Renaissance Concert. She has taught Collegium musicum at Brock University, the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, and is currently teaching recorder at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has recorded with Loreena McKennitt on the album “To Drive the Cold Winter Away”.
MAGDALENA TOMSIŃSKA was born in Poland, where she majored in classical guitar at university under Andrzej Wendland. After receiving her Master of Music degree she studied lute at the Penderecki University in Krakow with Antoni Pilch. She moved to Canada in 1992, where she now plays professionally and teaches guitar in the Beckett School of Music in Kitchener. From 1999 to 2005 she was conductor of the choir at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. In 2000 and 2002 the choir won first prize at the Festival of Religious Songs in Mississauga. In 1996, at the same festival, Magdalena won 1st prize and Grand Prix as a soloist. She recorded Polish children's songs in 1997, playing guitar and singing with children from the Polish School in Kitchener and in 1996, Polish Christmas Carols.
She has performed with various groups including Tactus Vocal Ensemble, Nota Bene Period Orchestra, and Toronto Continuo Collective.
CMC member MICHAEL PURVES-SMITH is a composer with diverse musical interests that include conducting, opera production, early music performance practice, arranging, the study of the rhetoric of music, and performing on baroque and modern oboe, recorder and keyboards. He has written three operas, several large-scale pieces for wind ensemble, as well as much choral and chamber music. He recently retired from the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he directed the early music ensemble for more than 30 years.
STEPHANIE KRAMER, soprano, has enjoyed an active solo career based primarily in southern Ontario. She has appeared in solo recitals and with such groups as The Elora Festival Singers, Da Capo Chamber Choir, Nota Bene Period Orchestra and others in repertoire spanning the Renaissance to newly commissioned works. In addition to her solo career, Stephanie is also a member of Tactus Vocal Ensemble, an eight-voice early music group, and is the voice instructor at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo.
Canadian mezzo-soprano JENNIFER ENNS MODOLO has delighted audiences across the country with her clear, unaffected voice and meaningful singing. She has appeared as a featured soloist with numerous groups, with repertoire ranging from Bach, Handel and Mozart to Raminsch, Respighi and Rorem. She is equally at home on both the opera and concert stages, and performs regularly with great and small ensembles.
Her discography includes the role of Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo, as well as Handel’s Israel in Egypt, both recorded on the NAXOS label under the baton of Kevin Mallon.
Warsaw native JERZY BUGAJ (DMA, West Virginia) has resided since 1989 in the United States where he is an active singer, keyboardist, and conductor. In Poland, he was a performer with early music ensembles, radio broadcaster and music journalist. He has toured Europe extensively with such groups as the Bornus Consort, Ars Nova, and Ars Antiqua. He is currently director of music for a large Michigan Catholic congregation, where he regularly organizes and performs as soloist in concerts.
NATHANIEL WISEMAN holds a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has studied voice with Daniel Lichti, Victor Martens, and Kimberly Barber. Nathaniel first performed with Greensleaves in 2006. He has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company chorus and is presently engaged in two professional choirs serving Toronto congregations. Nathaniel feels blessed to be involved in this project as it is his first time singing in Polish despite being the grandson of a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. Baruch… shehigianu lazman haze!