Stirling Festival of Sacred Praise

Sasha Weinstangel - Strings, Brass/Woodwinds

Celebrating instrumental music, vocal music, scripture and public speaking. Participants of all ages and abilities invited. 
Stirling ON.
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Lesley Andrew has made soloist appearances with many of Canada’s finest orchestras and choirs, including the Vancouver, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph symphony orchestras, Weston Silver Band, Toronto Concert Band, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Brott Summer Music Festival, Stratford Summer Music, and the Shenandoah Bach Festival (VA, USA).  Ms. Andrew’s recordings have often been heard on CBC Radio.   Known for her extraordinary vocal range and versatility in many genres of music, Ms. Andrew often ‘switches hats’, performing as the soprano soloist for one engagement and as the alto soloist for the next – from opera to show tunes, oratorio to jazz.
Immediately following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Andrew began an extended tenure with the Stratford Festival, performing in productions including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Twelfth Night, Cyrano De Bergerac, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Music Man and Patience.  Other theatrical performances include Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ and Hopkin’s ‘Three’s Company’ at the Guelph Spring Festival (featuring and directed by Ms. Andrew.)
Ms. Andrew has completed a number of major concert and recital tours, including Argentina (2005) England/Austria/Germany (1989/1990 – Canadian Concert & Jazz Band), the 1999 World Tour aboard the QE II, two USA tours (2002/2003-California/Arizona/Florida/Texas) and a Canadian tour with The Lesley Andrew Trio (2004-Vancouver/Manitoba/Ontario).
A recipient of many awards, including a Canadian Opera Company Scholarship, and the Maureen Forrester Guthrie Award (The Stratford Festival), Ms. Andrew now adjudicates and conducts masterclasses at festivals, universities and schools of music & drama around the world (voice – classical, Broadway and pop, choral music and speech arts classes.)  Having moved from Stratford, Ontario (where she was twice nominated as ‘Citizen of the Year), Ms. Andrew now runs her thriving voice and drama studio – Dream in Progress Productions – in both London (where she now resides) and at the University of Windsor, where she currently teaches.   As a director, Ms. Andrew is much in demand in the genres of musical theatre and opera.  Ms. Andrew’s intensive theatre and music program for youth, ‘Summer Glee’, is now in it’s twenty-fifth year, with more programs offered each summer in communities across Ontario, in order to accommodate growing enrollment.
Ms. Andrew has made special guest television appearances on The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, To Tell the Truth, Donny & Marie, The Comedy Network, YTV, Regis & Kathy Lee and many more.  A popular motivational speaker, Ms. Andrew is engaged across Canada by Educators, Universities, Corporations, Service Clubs and Student Organizations.
Ms. Andrew’s professional activities have included teaching and stage directing appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University (Opera), at the Universities of Windsor (Vocal Pedagogy, Studio Voice; Faculty of Music, and The Creative Process; School of Dramatic Arts) and Western Ontario (Studio Voice, Opera – director, Shakespearean drama).  As a pedagogue, Ms. Andrew is very involved with the W Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario, where she helps create and run arts programs for exceptional children.  While maintaining a full teaching schedule in her private studio (London) Ms. Andrew continues to take bookings as a soloist, collaborative recital artist, stage director, adjudicator, and motivational speaker.
Lesley Andrew - Vocal
Martha Hill Duncan is an award-winning composer, choral conductor and music educator living in Kingston, Ontario. Originally from Houston, Texas, her passion for music started early. Her mother sang and played the piano by ear and her father shared his appreciation of varied musical styles and instruments. She began piano lessons at age 8 and went on to receive a diploma in vocal music from first graduating class of The Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts and later earned a degree in composition from The University of Texas at Austin.​
​Since moving to Canada with her husband, astrophysicist, Dr. Martin Duncan, Martha has enjoyed incorporating Canadian poetry, landscapes and stories into her compositions. Some of her songs have won awards in both Canadian and American choral and art song competitions. Many of her piano works were inspired, at least in part, by her long-time career as a piano teacher and by the memorable places she has lived or visited. Some of these piano and vocal solos are listed and/or published throughout music educational syllabi and publications including The Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, the Canadian National Conservatory of Music and the Bulletin of the National Federation of Music Clubs (US).
Martha is also a founding member of RED LEAF PIANOWORKS, a composers' collective for new piano repertoire. Since 2007, this collaborative self-publishing group of award-winning composers has been steadily making its way into the educational music market. She is also the artistic director and conductor of the Kingston, Ontario women's choir, SHE SINGS! Several of choral works have resulted from this long-time association. A former piano examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music, Martha is also a clinician and frequent adjudicator. She has also two grown children and an adorable granddaughter: Alex, a math professor, Claire, a singer, actress and voice over artist and Eloise, a charming and energetic two-year old.

Martha Hill Duncan
A prolific composer, Dr Sasha Weinstangel is a passionate conductor, and an accomplished violin virtuoso. Born in Croatia, he started his music education at the age of seven, published his first composition at the age of nine. He received academic degrees in both Violin and Composition from the University of Belgrade, and the Doctor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Toronto, where he studied under John Beckwith. He also undertook studies in conducting with Sir Adrian Boult and Antonio Janigro. Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Canada, Dr. Weinstangel is a charismatic leader who leads his musicians with vigor and emotion. His compositions include chamber, orchestral and choral works, operas, as well as concertos for diverse instruments. He has taught in universities and colleges in North America and New Zealand.