Elizabeth Sircom

Member, Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association 

ARYO Program Director

ARYO Beginner Clinic, Introductory Orchestra

Growing up in Hantsport N.S., Elizabeth Sircom pursued studies in both cello and piano through the Royal Conservatory and engaged in choral singing whenever the opportunity arose (school and church choirs, musicals, and the University of King’s College chapel choir under David and Helen Buley). She was a cellist in the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra under Robert Raines. Her studies of languages and Fine Arts took her to Paris and then to Le Havre, Normandy, where she married and spent 20 years working as a professional artist and art teacher.

In 2012 she decided to make more time for music in her life and spent a year at the Le Havre Conservatory of Music and Dance (Conservatoire Arthur Honegger), studying cello and playing in a chamber orchestra. She returned to live in Nova Scotia in 2013 and, while continuing to work in the visual arts, took up studies in cello and cello pedagogy, string methods and chamber music, with Dr. Christoph Both at the Acadia University School of Music. She plays regularly with the Acadia University Orchestra and from 2016 to 2018 was the cello instructor for the HCYO strings program at Horton High School. She was cello instructor and outreach coordinator for this program under its new name of Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO), located at Festival Theatre in Wolfville during the 2018/19 season and has been the Program Director since the 2019/20 season.

2019 Nov. 29 concert Allison 2

Allison Ernst

Second level Instrument Clinic, Fiddle Group

Allison Ernst has been actively pursuing her love for music from a young age. Starting with piano lessons at the age of 5, she later began playing the fiddle. Upon discovering a love for classical string music, she decided to complete a BMus in Violin Performance at Acadia University (’17) under Jennifer Jones, while simultaneously studying the viola under Dr. Gillian Smith and earning a BTh from the Acadia Divinity College (’19). Allison enjoys playing in small chamber groups as well as orchestral settings, and in the past has been an active member of the Acadia University String Quartet, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, and the Acadia University Orchestra, as well as various other ensembles. She has maintained her love of traditional fiddle music by performing and teaching traditional styles both privately and through the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra, while continuing to cultivate her own interests in choral music and Renaissance counterpoint. Allison enjoys playing and singing together with her husband John, and together they welcomed a new addition to their family in early March 2019.


Keigan Richard

Conductor, ARYO Orchestra

Keigan is a second-year Music Education student currently attending Acadia University. He has played violin for the past 11 years, and piano for the last 6 years. In the past, he has played with numerous community orchestras including New Brunswick’s FLO, and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra for the last three years. Additionally, he has been playing with the Acadia University Orchestra for the last 4 years and served as Concert Master in the 2019-20 season. His other interests include directing and acting in theatrical productions, reading, and killing time watching YouTube. This will be Keigan’s second year as an instructor for ARYO, and he is looking forward to facing new challenges and diving into new music this season!