Goin’ Baroque String Ensemble

This string ensemble is available for hire by restauranteurs and event planners. Do you require background music for your banquet, reception or  other special  occasion? If so, Goin’Baroque  has a setlist for you.

Goin’ Baroque  performs string quartet and quintet arrangements  that range from traditional Baroque & Classical thru to contemporary genres including jazz, pop, film & folk. A special addition to their repertoire include new arrangements of the music of Jim Stewart, a celebrated New Brunswick composer best known for his original  1992 Marco Polo Suite & Lament for Owen Christy.

Ian M. Burdon

Violin I

Ian grew up in the Kennebecasis Valley, attended SJHS and presently resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He studied violin with Jessie Ward Barker, Paul Campbell, Clayton Hare, Francis Chaplin  and Walter Prystawski (National Arts Center Orchestra) and was a member of New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, in his youth. Joining Canada‘s Armed Forces, Ian continued his musical studies and while stationed in Bermuda, performed with the Bermuda Symphony Orchestra. A decorated veteran, upon his retirement Ian returned to New Brunswick and continues to perform with various ensembles including Musica Viva, the St. Andrews Arts Festival Gala Orchestra and he is presently the concertmaster for Saint John‘s Alto Mare String Orchestra and the Fredericton Symphony Orchestra.

Christine Chase

Violin II

A Saint John girl who grew up in Quispamsis, Christine studied violin with Alice Mae Eccles, Janis Kalejs and Rodney McLeod and performed with the SJHS Symphony Orchestra. She is an original member of the NBYO, the Saint John Symphony and Symphony New Brunswick. Chris is a graduate of Mount Allison University’s B. Mus  and B. Ed programs and taught in New Brunswick’s School District 6  for 32 years. The last 20 of those years teaching group string classes and directing string orchestras. Since her retirement Chris has concentrated on developing her skills as a violinist & violist. She continues to compose arrangements for Jim Stewart’s folk music. Arrangements that enable classically trained musicians to perform Jim’s music and reach new audiences. Presently Christine performs with Goin’ Baroque, FSO, and Alto Mare. She enjoys ensemble work with Arioso and performing with the St. Andrews Arts Council Gala Orchestra.

Yiyang Shi

Violin & Viola

Yiyang is from Liuzhou, Guangxi China. He started playing violin at the age of five. In 2011, he was appointed director of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) Orchestra. While there he organized, directed and performed in widely-received university concerts, charity concerts, ceremonial music and music festivals including the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. In 2013, Yiyang’s trio won the 2013 Asia International Art Exchange Competition. In 2020 Yiyang earned his Master in Electrical Engineering degree from UNB Fredericton. In addition to his seeking employment in his field of study, Yiyang continues to perform throughout New Brunswick with Goin’ Baroque, FSO, the UNB Chorale, NB Summer Music Festival, ChoralFest and with the St. Andrews Gala Festival Orchestra.

Suzanne Bonnell-Burley

Cello

Suzanne grew up in Saint John, learning cello first through the Saint John school district’s string programme with Alice Mae Eccles. She performed with the Saint John High School symphony orchestra and became the inaugural principal cellist for NBYO. Later she studied cello with Emo Reti (Atlantic Symphony) and Malcolm Tait, principal cellist with the Toronto Symphony. Suzanne has performed with a number of orchestras and ensembles including the Guelph Symphony, Fredericton Chamber Players, Symphony New Brunswick, St. Andrews Gala Orchestra and the York Early Music Ensemble. In addition to Goin‘ Baroque, Suzanne plays in pit orchestras for high school musical productions in Saint John, Fredericton and with Theatre New Brunswick.

Gary Chase

Cello II and Bassist (when required)

Gary was born and raised in Saint John and has enjoyed careers in music, broadcasting and audio production. In his early years, Gary studied piano with John Grew and voice with Dianne Oxner. He studied cello at Mount Allison University graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in music. A past member of NBYO and the Saint John Symphony, Gary currently plays cello with Alto Mare, Goin’ Baroque, Fredericton Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of Donnie & the Monarchs (keyboard). In 1981 Gary founded Epcom Communications now called The Voice Factory, a recording studio for voice-over narration productions. In 1993 Gary co-produced the Marco Polo Suite album with composer Jim Stewart and, the 2002 the Opera New Brunswick production of Jim’s multimedia Marco Polo Suite – A Folk Opera at Saint John Imperial Theatre.

Goin’Baroque  performs  memorable  melodies tailored to establish an atmosphere appropriate  to your needs.  As dinner music or as a  performance group featured at   your particular event, this group provides light, heart warming chamber music  
“ A Handful of Pleasant Delights .’’


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Goin’ Baroque is available for hire in New Brunswick. If you have an interest please fill out the form below.

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