Chamber Music Residency Program

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Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts and its Chamber Music Residency Program welcomes internationally renowned musicians for three-day residencies throughout the year. This program inspires through chamber music coachings, masterclasses, open rehearsals, community outreach events, and career discussions with students, culminating in thrilling performances by guest artists with Fountain School faculty and alumni.

2022 / 2023

Guest Artists
FSPA Alumni Artists

Florrie Marshall, viola

Jennifer Jones, violin

Elizabeth Upson Perez, viola

Shimon Walt, cello

Zachary Levin, viola

Ben Marmen, cello



Open Rehearsal / Discussion and Q&A with faculty, alumni and guest artists      
Thursday, Nov. 17 | 4:30-6:30 pm  
Room 409, Dalhousie Arts Centre  
Viola and Violin Masterclass with Florrie Marshall (viola) and Jennifer Jones (violin)      
Friday, Nov. 18 | 4:00-6:00 pm  
Room 406, Dalhousie Arts Centre  
Chamber Music Concert
Friday, Nov. 18  |  7:30 pm

Guest Artists: Florrie Marshall, viola, Jennifer Jones, violin, Shimon Walt, cello, Elizabeth Upson Perez, viola.

Featured FSPA Alumni Artists: Zachary Levin, viola, Ben Marmen, cello

First Baptist Church

1300 Oxford St, Halifax

The concerts repertoire features W.A. Mozart's String Quintet in C Major, KV 515 and Johannes Brahms String Sextet no.1 op.18 in B-flat Major.



Artistic Director

Leonardo Perez
Praised for his “assured and lovely” playing, Leonardo Perez is an active orchestral, chamber and solo performer. Perez has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic, and has appeared as soloist with symphony orchestras throughout North Carolina, including the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Previously the violinist for the Center for New Music Ensemble, he has worked with notable composers such as Caroline Shaw, David Gompper, Dan Welcher and Nomi Epstein. An active and dedicated teacher, he taught violin and viola at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was the orchestra director of the IUP Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited to work with students at the Preucil School of Music and the East Carolina University Summer Chamber Music Institute, and coached undergraduate chamber ensembles at the University of Iowa as an assistant chamber music coach. As an advocate for outreach initiatives, Perez has worked with students in interactive concerts throughout Iowa, California and North Carolina.