Yvonne Gillespie (Piano) began her musical studies in Piano Performance at the University of Alberta in Edmonton studying with Dr. Ernesto Lejano. Later she embarked on music composition and completed a degree in composition at the University of Victoria, studying with Christopher Butterfield. She continued her compositional studies at the University of British Columbia completing a Master in Music after working with both Stephen Chatman and Keith Hamel. After pursuing Doctoral studies in music theory for three years at UBC, Yvonne decided to discontinue her theoretical studies as to focus solely on composition and piano performance. Yvonne has performed across Canada with many ensembles, orchestras, and soloists and is currently enjoying creating amazing music with the KeyWinds Quintet.
Margaret St Cyr (French Horn) has a Bachelor and a Master of Music degree in horn performance. She also has a Bachelor of Education degree. She has been a soloist with the Saint Cecilia Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic and a featured soloist on CBC,CFRN and ITV. Margaret has received Alberta Culture awards, a Canada Council Grant for advanced music study in Germany, a Johann Strauss Scholarship for advanced music study in Austria, a Du Maurier Search for Stars Award of Merit, and won the 1981 Canadian Composers’ Commission Competition (Dr. Malcolm Forsyth composed a piece for horn and piano for her). In 1980, Margaret spent a year on a scholarship studying horn at the Banff Centre. She has played horn with the Victoria Symphony (six years), Rome Festival Orchestra (summer), Atlantic Symphony (winter tour), Canadian Chamber Orchestra (two summers), Calgary and Edmonton Symphonies (assistant and 5th horn) and the Cowichan Consort Orchestra. Margaret has always enjoyed playing chamber music and is very excited to be a member of the KeyWinds Quintet.
The KeyWinds Quintet is based in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. The musicians live in Victoria, Duncan, and Cobble Hill and the group primarily performs works for wind quartet and piano, occasionally augmented by flute and percussion.
Dr. Colin Mailer (Oboe) began his oboe studies with Warren Stannard of the Vancouver Symphony in the late 1960's while a UBC Physics graduate student. Over a 40 year career he has studied with members of Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax, the Boston Pops, the Seattle Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He managed the Bach Chamber Choir and Orchestra in Milwaukee before moving to Fredericton in 1976 and founding the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra. He played in Seattle and Chicago before moving to Victoria in 2005. He plays oboe and English Horn in the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, in the Cowichan Consort Orchestra in Duncan, and with Salt Spring Island's Bach on The Rock Orchestra
Annick Richardson (Clarinet) started studying music at the age of ten under the guidance of Victor Capron, a family friend who started her musical education on recorder and solphège. She began learning clarinet at the age of 15. After high school, she began her musical studies at the University of Victoria and graduated from the Faculty of Music in 1982. Annick has lived in the Cowichan Valley since 1997 and has enjoyed participating in musical endeavours with choirs and many other wonderful musicians in and around the Valley. Her particular love of chamber music shows by her instant call to attention should any musician even suggest the possibility of playing with her.
Joanna Felton (Bassoon) began her lifelong musical journey on the tenor recorder, fife and flute at the age of 7. While playing flute in the local youth orchestra Jo spotted a lonely bassoon. She took it, and a ‘teach yourself to play’ book, home over the summer holidays and fell in love. Lessons with Edward Warren followed. With a combination of her savings and her parents' help, she bought a bassoon. She remembers being the most excited, nerdy 14-year-old when it arrived. Jo continued to play in the Cheshire county youth orchestra, and then the University of Wales orchestra. After moving to Canada, Jo has played in the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Victoria, and Cowichan Consort Orchestra. When not playing her bassoon, Jo works with children under the age of 5 as a speech language pathologist. Jo still thinks that bassoons are the best thing ever, and is delighted to be able to play with the KeyWinds Quintet.