As our former highly regarded Founding and Executive Producer Louise Fagan has stepped in to a Consulting role for the Festival we are very pleased to welcome Sonja van de Hoef-Dennis as Festival Producer joining Festival Manager Jean Jacobe, Gerald Fagan, Artistic Director, Friedhelm Hoffmann, Board Chair as well as the members of the Bach Festival Board of Directors.
Sonja graduated with her Master of Music in Literature and Performance (Choral Conducting) from Western University where she studied with Dr. Victoria Meredith and Dr. Gerald Neufeld. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Honours Church Music at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied voice with Patricia Pascoe and organ with Jan Overduin. She is currently the Director of Music at Colborne Street United Church in London, Ontario. She was on faculty at Western University instructing in Choral Conducting from 2010 – 2014 and was the first apprentice conductor with the Canadian Chamber Choir (CCC) in 2007 working under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids. She was the Artistic Director with the Milton Choristers from 2002 – 2010. While Ms. van de Hoef – Dennis claims that “all things choral” is her passion, she has studied piano, voice and organ and enjoys the opportunity to sing as a soloist or chorister with ensembles such as Arcady or the CCC.
Sonja joined the Bach Festival Family in March as the Festival Producer ensuring the Festival’s rich tradition of providing professional concerts, workshops, events and a Summer Festival week continue in the highest calibre.