A passionate and versatile keyboard artist, Marnie Giesbrecht performs as organ soloist, with Joachim Segger as Duo Majoya, as choral accompanist/collaborator and chamber musician (organ, piano, harpsichord). She has performed in major cities and universities throughout Canada, the United States, South Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as at numerous regional, national and international festivals in North America and abroad. Dr. Giesbrecht is University Organist at the University of Alberta and Adjunct Professor of Music at The King’s University.
Marnie Giesbrecht was educated at the University of Alberta, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. A fan of living composers as well as those gone before, she commissions, performs and records contemporary solo and duo keyboard works by Canadian and international composers. Artistic Director for the University of Alberta Noon Hour Organ Recital Series, she performs and presents students, former students and guest artists from near and far in an eclectic array of solo and collaborative organ music.
A versatile and consummate musician, Joachim Segger, performs regularly as soloist and collaborative artist. Segger studied at the University of Alberta and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, in addition to Eastman School of Music. Joachim Segger has performed throughout North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia. His solo piano CD, Bravato, includes works by Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Ginastera.
As an organist, Joachim Segger is renowned as a clinician for his service playing and improvising. Dr. Segger is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at The King's University in Edmonton.
Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger are Duo Majoya, the uniquely versatile and innovative keyboard team that has circled the globe performing keyboard duets of all combinations in North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia. The duo has performed a distinctive repertoire of commissioned, original and arranged works on community and university concert series, at conventions and international organ festivals. Commissions include more than twenty pieces for organ duet and organ/piano by Canadian and international composers. Duo Majoya records a broad range of piano and organ solo and duet repertoire on CDs and videos. For their individual careers and exceptional work as Duo Majoya the duo was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in June, 2014 and awarded Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in 2015.
Described by Classical Music magazine as a musician of “dazzling commitment and versatility,” Charles Stolte enjoys a rich career as a saxophonist and composer. Reviews in the Chicago Tribune laud him as a “talented performer with glossy technique and bluesy charm,” and he enjoys frequent support from the Canadian provincial and national governments and from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for his composition projects and performance tours. Dr. Stolte is Associate Professor of Saxophone, Music History and Composition at The King's University and Instructor of Saxophone at MacEwan University Conservatory of Music, in Edmonton.
William Street, saxophonist, has performed and lectured in Belgium, Canada, Federation of Russia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and the USA. He tours frequently with pianist Roger Admiral and the Quatuor International de Saxophones emphasizing the importance of both solo and chamber music making. 2016 chamber music performances were performed in Alberta (Edmonton, Red Deer, Camrose, Calgary, Lethbridge), as well as in the US mid-west in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Champaign, Illinois and Taiwan. Recent solo performances and lectures took place in San Jose, California as in well as in Bordeaux and Strasbourg, France. For four years, from 2009-2013, Bill served as Associate Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta and from 2013-2015 he was Associate Dean of Humanities and the Arts at San Jose State University. In 2015, He was appointed Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Alberta.