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Reneé Pérez Rodríguez

Renee Perez

  Reneé Pérez is a highly motivated and mature classical guitar student at the University of Alberta.  He is interested in early music, baroque solo music, and baroque and renaissance chamber music.  His musical interests also include basso continuo with theorbo and archlute.  Reneé has toured Houston in the USA and northern Portugal—specifically the city of Porto and vicinity—as a soloist and chamber musician, and toured, playing the Fasch D minor concerto for lute (guitar) and strings with several string quartets and Venezuelan orchestras belonging to “El Sistema”.  In 2014, he was featured as an emerging solo artist by the Calgary Classical Guitar Society.  Reneé is currently the Vice-President of the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society and the Alberta String Association.  He also holds a doctorate degree in geochemistry.
   

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong

  Stephanie Wong regularly performs on the oboe, baroque oboe, harpsichord, piano and Renaissance winds.  She started her musical studies on the piano at the age of 7, later learning the flute.  In her 20s, she learned oboe and harpsichord, playing in numerous community and university orchestras, bands and chamber ensembles, and has been under the tutelage of oboist Beth Levia.  She attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto in 2012, where she was introduced to the baroque oboe.  Since then, she has focused much of her effort to period performance.  At present, Stephanie is baroque oboist in the Baroque ‘n’ Hearts chamber ensemble and plays a variety of winds and keyboard in Convivencia Canadá.  She is Principal Oboe and English horn in the Concordia Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie is Vice-President of the Opus@12 Chamber Concert Society, a musical organization dedicated to providing chamber performance opportunities to adult amateur musicians.  Aside from the music world, Stephanie has degrees in math and education, and a doctorate in theoretical and computational chemistry.
   

Conrad Sobieraj

Conrad Sobieraj

  Edmonton-born cellist and composer, Conrad began playing cello at age 4 under the instruction of his mother Grazyna Sobieraj. His father, Jacek Sobieraj, is a pianist and composer who mentors Conrad on his compositional endeavours. In the first two years of his degree he has written two string quartets, both of which have been premiered by the Vertex String Quartet in 2017 and 2018 respectively. He performs as a baroque cellist in the Convivencia Canadá early music group and frequently plays around the city as either a session cellist or a soloist. Conrad is currently in his third year at the University of Alberta, in process to complete his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance under the instruction of Rafael Hoekman.
   

Colleen Iversen

Colleen Iversen

  Colleen Ainslie Iversen is a Soprano from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She started singing with the Calgary Children’s Choir in 2007 and attended international tours with them in England, Spain, Hawaii, and France.  Colleen has sung with many choirs since, including the Alberta Youth Choir, the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, and the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, and was featured as a soloist within these choirs as well.  In 2014 she released the CD Familiar Faces with the vocal jazz group Vocal Group Kiva, as well as the 2015 Christmas EP called In My Arms He Lay with Talitha and Rachel Peacock.  She completed her Diploma of Music at Red Deer College, with a Major in Voice and Minor in Choral Conducting.  In addition to her studies, Colleen composes choral music as well as jazz charts. She has performed with the Cowtown Opera Company, the University of Alberta Opera Workshop class, and will join the Edmonton Opera Chorus for La Traviata and Count Ory this year.  Currently, she is studying with Elizabeth Turnbull and Shannon Hiebert to complete her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Alberta.  As an early music enthusiast, she is very excited to start singing with Convivencia Canadá.