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 and Trio.
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 and Trio.
The KeyWinds Trio is a chamber group performing works written for Piano, French Horn, and Clarinet. The musicians are all from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and have performed together for several years. They are also all members of the KeyWinds Quintet.
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 14. 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. In addition to performing with the KeyWinds Quintet and Trio, she also plays first clarinet with the Cowichan Consort Orchestra performing on B flat, A, and bass clarinets. Although classical music is her main interest, she feels privileged to be able to play a bit of jazz and swing with an incredible group of musicians in a swing band called "Annick and the Lakeside Loungers".