With the Rythm of the Wind. . .
The artists
Michel Deschênes

Percussionist M. Ed. B. Mus in Performance. Percussion teacher at Université de Moncton. 

Born in Caraquet (NB), Michel Deschênes is a founding member of the percussion quartet Amerythmeformed in 1989.

He has done numerous recordings and tours across Canada, France, Belgium and Morocco.

Michel is the latest recipient of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra's Lieutenant Governor's Award. He has been heard and seen frequently on television for CBC (East Coast Music Awards television show), Radio-Canada and TV5. He has played on all the major scenes across the country, such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Canada Day in Ottawa and the Festival d'été de Québec, just to name a few. Michel is the leader of the Escola de Samba Acadia, a group of percussionists who plays Brasilian style Street Samba and who is available for parades of special events. One of Michel's latest project is a trio called Sambucca with Sally Wright (flute) and Steven Peacock (guitar). 

Jocelyn Blanchette

Percussionist Jocelyn Blanchette is a 4th year performance student at the Université de Moncton, where he works with Michel Deschênes. He is the percussion section chair in the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, and was the winner of this ensemble's Concerto competition 2016-2017. That same year, he won the "Artist of the Year" distinction at the Université de Moncton's Bleu et Or Gala. He has taken part in the Encuentros CDMX in Mexico City, where he performed in masterclasses for Mexican composer Arturo Marquez and for Gustavo dudamel, the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Last summer, he was the only Canadian among the semi-finalists of an international competition in Melbourne, Australia.

Nokomi Ouellet

From Baker Lake (NB), Nokomi Ouellet started drumming lessons when she was 8 years old. She took part in many shows as a drummer before starting her Bachelor degree in percussion at the Université de Moncton. She has played with the Haut Saint-Jean Philharmonic Orchestra as well as being first percussionist with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra for the 2015-2016 season. She has participated in many projects including the Éloize Gala, as well as a mini tour with the New Brunswick Jeunesses musicales. She After graduating from the Bachelor degree, Nokomi plans to pursue a Masters degree in instrumental pedagogy at the Université Laval in Québec City. 

Joel Cormier

Joel first studied at the Université de Moncton where he finished his Bachelor degree in Music Performance. He then studied percussion at the University of Toronto, where he finished his Masters in Music Performance and his Doctorate in Musical Arts.

Joel is an experienced orchestral percussionist having played with the Kingston Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brampton Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, and more recently with the Symphony New Brunswick and Tutta Musica. he also collaborates on many new music projects and especially enjoys experimental music. 

M. Cormier released his first solo percussion CD, "Les voiles blanches" in 2012. The album features two well known New Brunswick composers: Richard Gibson and Christian Hébert.

Along with teaching percussion at Mount Allison, Joel is also timpanist for the Symphony New Brunswick.

Naomi Ford

.Naomi Ford is 17 years old, and is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Jeffrey Khaner. Having played both piano and flute from an early age, Naomi has regularly participated in regional music festivals and summer programs across the country (including NYO Canada and Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy).


At the 2017 National Music Festival in Ottawa, she was placed 1st in the woodwind category and won the Grand Award Competition, becoming the first NB musician to win in over 20 years. Naomi is also frequently asked to perform around the province, including solo performances with Symphony New Brunswick and Jeunesse Musicales gala concerts and tours.


She is booked to play Mozart’s flute concerto with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra next April and is continuing her studies at the Curtis Institute where she is the Julius Baker Fellow. When not practicing or performing, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with archery and skiing as well as crocheting with a cup of chamomile tea.

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