Barbara Hankins has a Bachelor of Music (Performance, with distinction) from the University of Calgary, a Master of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education (Secondary School Music) from the University of Calgary and an ARCT (Clarinet Performance) from the Royal Conservatory.
Since September 1980 Barbara has been clarinetist and bass clarinetist for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. With the KWS and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble she has made recordings for the CBC SM5000 series and for CBC and local broadcasts. Barbara has also performed as a freelance musician for the Hamilton Philharmonic, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, the Brantford Symphony, and the Toronto Sinfonia. She performs regularly with the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet and the KW Woodwind Quintet, and has co-created eight children's concerts for small ensembles.
Barbara has been a part-time faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1984. She has coached sectionals for the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra since 1996 and for Orchestra @ UWaterloo since 2010. She is a member of the Board of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association, and Local 226 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.
Lynne Milnes received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto in 1968. She is an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (1964-66) and the recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts Awards which enabled her to study in France, with Daniel Bonade and in England, with Yona Ettlinger. She was a member of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and Orchestra London, Canada as well as a freelance performer. At a joint concert with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, she met Barbara Hankins and was invited to join the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet.
After teaching clarinet at the University of Western Ontario, Lynne later went on to teach Stretch and Strength and Ballet, also at Western. She is a Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (retired) and has her Cecchetti Elementary Ballet Exam. As co-owner of the North London Dance Centre from 1997 -2008, she specialized in the teaching of children. Now retired, she continues to be a member of the Licorice Allsorts and especially enjoys performing the Quartet’s specialized children’s programming.
Carla Perrotta-Pyrgos began her clarinet studies at the age of ten and her enthusiasm for the instrument greatly increased with each competition she entered and won. At the age of 17 she was sent to the Kiwanis Junior Provincial Championship in London, Ontario and won first prize in the Winds category. Shortly after, she moved from her hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, to attend the University of Toronto, where she studied with Avrahm Galper and in 1997 received her Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree. Carla completed her Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music) with Max Christie, principal clarinet of the National Ballet Orchestra, in 2003.
Since graduating, she has performed with the National Academy Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Mississauga Symphony, Masterworks of Oakville, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, the North Bay Symphony, and maintains her position as Principal Clarinet with the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, where she was a featured soloist in 2007. Carla also maintains a busy schedule as a recording artist for Somerset Entertainment, playing with the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet, the Viva!Trio, teaching privately, and is a sought after clinician in the greater Toronto area.
Elaine Sweeney earned her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal and her Masters of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto, studying under world-renowned clarinetist, Avrahm Galper. She has performed widely in both classical and musical theatre settings as well as several big bands on saxophone. She is a founding member of the New Berlin Chamber Ensemble, which has toured extensively across Canada and has appeared on TVO's Studio 2. The ensemble's recording La Dolce Vita (of which she was producer, arranger and performer) can be heard regularly on CBC Radio. She also performs regularly with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, the Stratford Festival, the Drayton Festival as well as the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet.
She is currently the clarinet studio instructor at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo and was the Director of Instrumental Chamber Ensembles there from 1999-2007. Elaine frequently gives clinics and workshops throughout Southern Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association.