Jessica Bout is a vibrant musician from Vineland, Ontario. A Brock University graduate of 2020 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, she studied violin performance with Vera Alekseeva.
She enjoys performing in local orchestras, singing in choir, leading worship at church, and teaching private music lessons.
A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University for Music Comprehensive, Hannah Autumn Flake has a love for teaching, performing and the impactful elements of music in our everyday lives. Flake has a passion for wedding music and is a preferred vendor for several Niagara venues and has been a resident performer for the Ridgeway Farmer’s Market for 10+ years. Additionally, Flake can regularly be found performing at the Port Colborne and Stevensville Farmers’ Markets, and as a church musician. She has taught music in the elementary and high school private school system and provided after school programs for Choir and String Ensemble. Her studio, Encore Violin Academy opened in 2018 and provides private, group and online lessons, as well as studio concerts several times a year.Flake currently teaches private violin lessons weekday afternoon and evenings.
Ruth started her musical studies at the age of 8, and at 13 years old started her degree in Violin Performance in the Superior School of Music of Monterrey, Mexico. At 14 she took part in the National Children's Orchestra and toured across Mexico for 6 seasons, performing in the most prestigious theatres and halls in Latin America.
Ruth finished her degree in 2016 and by this time was an active member of several groups in Monterrey and the surrounding areas, giving her more than 10 years of performing experience in professional orchestral and chamber music settings. She has participated in many international festivals in Italy, Portugal, Spain. In 2017 Ruth moved to France to undergo her Master's degree in Management & Entrepreneurship in the creative economy. Ruth moved to Canada in January 2019 and since then she has been an active musician in the area.
Danielle Marconi has a Bachelor of Music from Brock University, and is a certified teacher in the Suzuki Method. She has been teaching violin since 2002, both individual lessons, and working with student ensembles.
Danielle also has extensive experience performing on stage with many well-known bands and musicians, and has been featured as a studio musician on over 25 albums. She enjoys playing all genres of music including classical, folk, alternative, hip hop; and loves composing/arranging.
Annie Slade is one of the violinists for Niagara based string ensemble Grace Notes and can usually be found playing a supporting role as second violinist, but also coordinates music for events. Though her background is in classical music, she loves working to showcase the versatility of strings through other genres.
Annie comes from a family of musicians and grew up playing the violin and saxophone and has spent a lot of time singing in choirs. In addition to performing with Grace Notes, she also plays violin with the Brock String Orchestra and sings with Avanti Chamber Singers, Newark Singers, and the St. Mark’s Choir. On Saturday mornings she can be found helping out as a Board Member for the Niagara Youth Orchestra!
Grace Snippe is from St. Catharines, Ontario and has recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Grace fell in love with the cello at 13 and has been voraciously studying the instrument ever since.
She has a passion for the growing arts culture in
St. Catharines and is excited to be part of this aspect of Niagara. Grace often has multiple burners going at once with simultaneous music projects and also teaching several cello students every week. She's happiest when creating new sounds with various local groups in Niagara and adding that unique cello-flavouring to various ensembles.