The ensemble members of the St. John’s New Music Collective are veteran St. John’s-based musicians with extensive playing experience in a wide variety of genres, each of whom creating, a unique, boundary-crossing collaboration with every new performance. The group was formed in 2015 by Co-Artistic Directors Maggie Burton and Chris McGee as a performance venue for recent graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Music. Maggie Burton is a violinist from Brigus. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Memorial University, where she studied with Nancy Dahn and specialized in music history and literature with Jane Gosine. Maggie plays violin with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Avalonia Duo. Her poetry has recently been featured in The Petal Journal. Chris McGee is a freelance saxophonist, pianist and composer from St. John’s. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University where he studied with Paul Bendzsa. He plays piano as one half of the Avalonia Duo, is the organist at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, and also co-directs the St. John’s New Music Collective. The other current members of the collective are Etienne Pemberton-Renaud, violin, Andrew McCarthy, percussion, Greg Bruce, clarinet, Gillian Sheppard, flute.