NBBP Mentorship Program

Providing performance and learning opportunities for serious students of early music.


In the Fall of 2013, Nota Bene Baroque Players launched the NBBP Mentorship Program. This program offers aspiring young music students, interested in baroque performance practice, the opportunity to learn period performance techniques in a professional ensemble setting. Successful candidates are invited to join NBBP’s rehearsals and concerts, and if they choose, study privately with a baroque specialist. In the inaugural season our two mentored students, violinist Victoria Melik and traversist Anthea Conway-White studied with Jeanne Lamon, past Artistic Director (AD) of Tafelmusik and Alison Melville well known to the Canadian Early Music scene as traversist, recorder player and educator.

This unique Mentorship Program not only offers students valuable ensemble experience, but also provides the setting of a Baroque orchestra which many post-secondary institutions in Canada do not offer. The potential candidate need only  travel to Kitchener for rehearsals and performances. The NBBP Mentorship Program can be adapted to each institution’s needs.

In the 2014-15 season, the NBBP Mentorship programme welcomes Wilfrid Laurier University students, Joe Sharp (horn), Michaela Parker (viola), Thera Barclay (soprano) and Blair Spry (tenor). Hornist Joe Sharp’s participation will be integrated into a special applied lesson syllabus by his WLU horn professors Nina Brickman and Derek Conrod, and singers Thera Barclay and Blair Spry will be participating in the program as part of their Wilfrid Laurier University studies with Professor Daniel Lichti. Michaela Parker will receive coaching independently from NBBP AD Julie Baumgartel. Students and teachers work together with the NBBP AD on a repertoire list along with concert dates appropriate to the level and schedule of the student.

Please help support the NBBP Mentorship Program with your kind donations.

Contact NBBP Chair, Marc Paré at marc.pare@notabenebaroque.ca for donation options.

Media Coverage of the NBBP Mentorship Program

In its first inaugural season (2013-2014), the NBBP Mentorship Program received coverage in local media, “The Record”[1] where it was re-posted locally on the Wilfrid Laurier University - Faculty of Music website as well as on Twitter. In addition, Twitter coverage from the Faculty of Music has been quite strong with a considerably high amount of “Twitter reach” on its Twitter channel.

[1]  http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/4235782-wlu-music-students-chosen-for-new-baroque-mentorship-program/