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Brent Lee is a Canadian musician, scholar, and educator. He studied at McGill University and later the University of British Columbia, where he completed his doctoral degree in 1999. His compositions range from orchestral music to electroacoustic pieces, and include jazz and incidental music. He has received awards or commissions from CAPAC, SOCAN, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Gaudeamus Foundation (The Netherlands), and the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France). In addition to performances and broadcasts in many countries, several of his works have been commercially recorded.
His compositions and improvisations often explore the relationship between acoustic instruments and digital sound processing; this interest has extended to his work as a performing member of a number of improvising ensembles including Gems, Strictly Plutonic, Modus Vivendi, Electric Improv Lab and his newest creative endeavor, the Noiseborder Ensemble. He served as composer-in-residence with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) from 2003 to 2006. He has been an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre since 1991.
Dr. Lee has been a professor at the University of Windsor's School of Music since 2002.
Dr. Nicholas Papador is currently a member of the music faculty at the University of Windsor, where he coordinates the Percussion Studio and directs the University of Windsor Percussion Ensemble as well as teaches courses in Percussion Techniques, Music Theory. Papador previously served as a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University where he worked in the Department of Music as well as the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance.
Papador completed his doctoral degree from Northwestern University and his master’s degree at the world-renowned Indiana University School of Music where his efforts earned him the university’s coveted Performer’s Certificate. He also holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Oregon. His principal teachers have included Michael Burritt, Gerald Carlyss, James Ross, Ruben Alvarez, Charles Dowd and Paul Wertico .He performs regularly as an orchestral percussionist and timpanist with numerous orchestras and has recorded on the Ludwig/Elf and RIAX labels. Recent appointments include the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
Also an active composer, Papador’s works are published by Alfred/Warner Brothers Music, KP3/Studio 4 Music, House Panther Press and Matrix Publishing. His marimba work Autumn Portrait is now performed in recitals nationwide by collegiate marimbists and is a recommended state high school competition piece throughout the United States.
Sigi Torinus is an artist creating hybrid, new media works with an emphasis on performance and site-specific installation. Her research explores perceptions of space, time and materiality as they meet or collide in the virtuality of digital space or physicality of a geographic location. She holds an MFA from the Braunschweig Art Institute, Germany, and San Francisco State University in California. Her works have been exhibited in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and Canada.
Prof. Torinus has been with the School of Visual Arts at the University of Windsor since 2002.