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Madawaska Quartet

Sharlene Wallace

Anita Walsh, Sarah Fraser-Raff, Anna Redekop, and Amber Ghent

Hailed for their “astonishing talent” (Musicworks Magazine), the Madawaska Quartet performs repertoire from the Medieval to the Contemporary, and everything in between.

With a roster of collaborators as diverse as their repertoire, the Madawaska Quartet has appeared with artists such as Sopranos Adrianne Pieczonka and Measha Brueggergosman, pianists Jan Lisiecki, Arthur Rowe and Leslie Kinton, singer/songwriter Bob Wiseman, and dancer/choreographer Julia Aplin. They have performed in such major international festivals as the Festival Iberoamericano in Puerto Rico, the Festival of the Sound, the Elora Festival, Caledon Chamber Concerts, the Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, New Music North, and the “Music at Port Milford” International Chamber Music Festival.

The Madawaska Quartet has worked as chamber music faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, also performing as part of its “Great Artist Series.” In 2014-2015 they were Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto Music Faculty (Scarborough). The MSQ has given workshops for students and emerging composers at the University of Toronto, York University, the Array New Music Centre, the Composers’ Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop.


Sharlene Wallace

Sharlene Wallace, Harp

Sharlene Wallace is both a Classical harpist and one of Canada's most prolific and influential lever (Celtic) harp players. Winner of two international harp competitions, she has created six independent CDs that feature many of her own compositions. Sharlene's second album, Journey of Shadows, is filled with wintery music while Q&A, her most recent CD, is an album of harp duos with American Celtic harpist Kim Robertson. She has also been involved in numerous commissions for the lever harp.

Sharlene tours giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses and adjudications across North America and in Europe, including the International Diva Series 3 (Toronto), Ottawa Chamber Festival, 11th World Harp Congress (Vancouver), Celtica, the Workshop Internazionale di Arpa (Italy), Musicora (Paris, France), Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound), Harpcon (St. Louis, MO), and Vancouver Island Musicfest. She is also a regular instructor for the CAMMAC summer harp retreat weeks.

Sharlene teaches both lever and pedal harps privately as well as at the University of Guelph, York University and Wilfrid Laurier University. Her own Classical performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with eminent harpist Judy Loman. Sharlene is principal harpist with the Guelph, Oakville and Kingston Symphonies.


Chris Dawes

Christopher Dawes, Organ

Christopher Dawes is a versatile and much sought-after keyboard musician living in Georgetown and based in the Toronto area, where he concertizes and performs, records and tours with many fine ensembles. Chris currently divides his professional time between freelance performing across a wide spectrum of the Toronto music scene, serving as a staff accompanist to the Toronto Children's Chorus, and since 2003, accompanist and coach to the graduate and undergraduate choral and instrumental conducting programs at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music.  He has served as the third Director of Canada’s Summer Institute of Church Music in Whitby since 2005, and as a 30-year church music professional, frequently serves as consultant to churches and congregations on musical matters, including most recently Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto on the occasion of its organ's centenary. Since completing graduate work in Music Criticism on the subject of musical genre in 2006, Chris often speaks at academic conferences and concert performances, and publishes an occasional blog and podcast at

His website may be found at