Meet the Festival’s dynamic Board of Directors!
Friedhelm Hoffmann (Chair), Paul Ciufo, Dave Frayne, Dr. Richard Heinzle, Duncan McGregor, Sigmar Martin, Kimberley Payne, Aimee Rau, Catherine Weber
Friedhelm Hoffmann was born in Feuerbach, Stuttgart, Germany to a church musician’s family. Early on, his mother made sure he learned how to play the violin and recorder. His singing career began in 1974 when he first sang alto in the Stuttgart Hymnus-Chorknaben Boys Choir until 1979. Later, he sang tenor in his home church and concert choir led by his mother, Helga Hoffmann. He also joined various chamber choirs in Germany.
No wonder then that when he moved to Canada, Friedhelm joined the Fanshawe Chorus and Gerald Fagan Singers from 1998 to 2012. He conducted the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church choir from 1998 until 2008. Today, he continues to lend his talents as tenor with the South Huron Choir and the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church Choir and the Bach festival’s chamber Choir Chor Amica. In 2011, Friedhelm was the co-founder and has since been chairman of the Bach Music Festival of Canada.
In addition, Friedhelm is an agronomist and was General Operating Manager for Exeter Produce and is now involved in a new adventure building a new Division for Precision Agriculture at Lakeside Grain & Feed Limited. He is a committed lay preacher at his church . He is happily married to Ricardo and currently resides in Lucan Ontario.
Paul is a diligent Exeter based financial planner by day and a passionate playwright in his off hours. An owner of Godbolt, Ciufo Insurance & Financial Services, Paul helps clients with their investments, insurance and financial planning. His current writing project is a science fiction play called “Circle in the Field”. He has written two plays produced by Blyth Festival — “Reverend Jonah” and “A Killing Snow”” — plus “Narcisse” which won a Governor General’s award. Paul’s radio play “On Convoy” was produced and broadcasted nationally by CBC Radio. Paul has served as president of the following area organisations: the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, the Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce, and the South Huron Chamber of Commerce. He was also named a Community Leader of the Decade by the Grand Bend Community Foundation. Paul lives in Grand Bend with his wife Julie and their daughters Celia and Brynn.
Dave Frayne has been a member of South Huron Council since 2010 and has been a council representative to the Bach Festival since 2016.Raised in Exeter and graduated from both local schools and the University of Western Ontario, Worked with parents in a family business until 2005. Dave brings a long history of involvement in the community helping the Bach Festival to blend and grow in Exeter.
Dr. Richard Heinzle
Richard’s involvement with the Bach Music Festival of Canada started in 2014 when he assumed the position of Music Director and Organist with Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter. Trivitt was a co-founder of the festival.
He is the Music Director of the South Huron Community Choirs, McConaghy Choir of Richmond Hill, Aurora Evergreen Choir, the Harfentöne German Male Choir, Toronto and the Voices of Joy in Newmarket. He is a past chairman of the Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival and Choral Extravaganza Committees. In 2015, Richard, with a group of friends, started the Richmond Hill Northern Harmony, a non-profit organization to promote community through choral music. Since 2016, the group has successfully produced Choral Bonanza. This event invites various choral groups to sing individually and as one. Richard has a doctorate in conducting from Ball State University, Indiana. In 1995, Richard founded Vivace Orchestra in Ottawa which performed in the Governor General Summer Concerts that year. He has conducted various orchestras, choirs, operas, and bands in his native Austria, in Canada, and the United States.
Duncan McGregor is pleased to be a member of the Board of Directors for the Bach Festival of Canada since 2014. He has also been on the Boards of the Blyth Festival, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Theatre Ontario as well as served as a jurist for the Ontario Arts Council. He is a former Artistic Director of Carousel Players (1980-90) a professional theatre company for young audiences in St. Catharines. He has been a professional theatre director, producer, actor, playwright and teacher for over 48 years. He’s directed for adults and young audiences. He has even created and directed two Musical Medieval Feasts for the Bach Festival at the beautiful Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter.
A highlight of his career was directing and dramaturging fellow board member Paul Ciufo’s outdoor play Narcisse – A New Play About St. Joseph here in South Huron that won the first Governor General’s Award for Community Programming in 2011. In the Fall of 2013 he wrote and directed White Hurricane, a community dinner theatre project about the Great Storm on Lake Huron in 1913. That event took place in St Joseph at the wonderful Hessenland Country Inn. In Spring 2016 he directed Let’s Do Munsch for elementary school students at Blyth Memorial Hall as a fundraiser for the Blyth Festival and the Foundation for Education Perth/Huron attracting over 5400 children in Huron and Perth. He’s a man of many projects and five grandchildren.
He is very much looking forward to the Bach Festival’s 2017 events celebrating Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th Anniversary!!
Retired after a distinguished career as Principal Second Violinist of Orchestra London. Sig has also been involved in all aspects of the violin as a Luthier, Teacher, Chamber Musician, and Soloist. In recent years he has turned his attention to other genres, jazz, swing, and folk music. Through SigStrings on Saturday afternoons in London, he teaches musicians of all ages the joy of string orchestra playing. Now a resident of Grand Bend, he forms the duo The Cat and a Fiddle with Singer/Guitarist Larry Borek, producing unique interpretations of familiar music. At Grand Cove, he leads the Grand Cove Sunsetters, a vocal ensemble who entertain the community with great singalong standards.
He is thrilled to be able to contribute behind the scenes to the growth and development of the Bach Festival.
Kimberly is currently the Executive Director of the South Huron Hospital Foundation. Prior to that she served as Executive Director to the Stratford Chefs School and the Huron United Way. A member of the Huron Harp School, Kimberley performs with the school as well as occasional solo appearances around the county. Recently the school traveled to Grand Manan, NB for a retreat and performance for the Islanders, and they are currently undertaking a music video to showcase this unique organization. Kimberley is a board member of the Goderich Celtic Folk Society and a member of the Inspiring Women in Huron Awards Committee. Music and community are an integral part of her life and she is delighted to be a part of the Bach Festival of Canada Board.
Aimee Rau = Music + Huron County + Kids. A Music teacher of 25 years, Aimee is known for her vibrant and fun-filled studio of more than a hundred students at The Music Box in Zurich. Also an active member of Music for Young Children, Aimee won the 2008 MYC Cornerstone Award in recognition of her contributions to this program.
Aimee adds a valuable perspective to the Board of Bach Festival Canada.
Catherine is a talented and versatile artist. Born in Switzerland, she brings first-hand knowledge and appreciation of European Masterworks as well as a facility with many forms of art: from paint to clay, printmaking to out-door sketching. A recipient of numerous awards both local and national, Catherine enthusiastically shares her love of art through teaching others in various art groups, schools, and private lessons.
The Board of Bach Festival Canada is privileged to have an artist of her stature involved in the growth and development of our endeavours.