The team of Music Makers of Salt Spring Island’s Anglican Parish is delighted to open its 2024 Tea à Tempo concert series in All Saints by-the-Sea featuring Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith and Carolyn Hatch on Violin, Tracie Whitelaw on Bassoon and Tenor John Whitelaw.
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Violinist
Versatile Canadian violinist Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith grew up in Nanaimo, BC. In over a decade of performing with several Toronto ensembles, Elyssa cherished her time with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, which inspired her to pursue a specialty in early music.
In addition to performing, Elyssa is an enthusiastic and passionate educator and has been involved in teaching, coaching and program development for over 15 years. Elyssa performs with Victoria Baroque and other Baroque ensembles. We see her here on Salt Spring Island performing with SSI musicians and with Bach on the Rock.
Carolyn Hatch, Violinist
Carolyn Hatch, a 20 year resident of Salt Spring Island, is best known for her 50 year career in violin teaching. Carolyn has toured with students all over the world, including taking a group of Salt Spring students on a tour to New York City.
Now that she is mostly retired from teaching, Carolyn has taken up playing Baroque music with anyone who will join her.
Tracie Whitelaw, Bassoonist
Tracie Whitelaw moved to Salt Spring Island in 2021 after retiring from the US Army music program where she served for twenty years as a bassoonist. Favorite duty stations included Germany, Korea, El Paso, and as the bassoon instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia.
Tracie was first introduced to the baroque bassoon while a student at UBC more than twenty years ago, and is so excited to finally be playing it again with these wonderful violinists. She also plays her modern bassoon with Bach on the Rock and the Prince George Symphony and bass guitar with the house blues band at the Legion. When not playing music, she can be found in the Lady Minto Laboratory as a phlebotomist.
John Whitelaw, Tenor
A recent arrival on Salt Spring, John’s musical journey has taken him from high school choirs and bands to studying trombone with Ted Griffith at McGill University and with Benjamin Haemhouts of the Bamberger Symphoniker. An interest in solo singing led to lessons with sopranos Janet Youngdahl and Heather Dials and most recently with tenor Adam Dyjach.
John was the tenor soloist for Bach on the Rock’s Messiah this past December. He has also performed as The Baker in Sondheim’s Into the Woods and as a multi-instrumentalist and singer as part of Virginia Stage Company’s production of A Christmas Carol (where he learned to love the hurdy-gurdy).
Concert begins at 2:10 PM. Donations provide the honoraria for performers and contribute to the running of the Tea à Tempo series.
Tea and Treats, for $4.00, will be served immediately following the concert in the hall overlooking Ganges Harbour.
So bring a friend or visitor to the Island, listen to some beautiful Baroque music performed by these very talented musicians, and then have a delicious treat afterwards.
Food, friends, and music! What more could you ask for? Hope to see you there.
The Music Makers