Baroque music on the islands

About us

The Salt Spring Baroque Music Society is a non-profit organization founded by Kerry Graham.

The purposes of the society are:

  • To advance the public’s appreciation of the arts by providing high-quality artistic performances and concerts in publics areas in the Gulf Islands and surrounding areas.
  • To advance education by providing instructional workshops and seminars on Baroque music to students and amateur musicians of all ages.

Our projects include chamber concerts, and educational opportunities such as workshops, lectures, coachings and masterclasses.


Salt Spring Baroque respectfully acknowledges that we live and work within the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples.


Kerry Graham ~ Founder/President

Bassoonist Kerry Graham was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and throughout her early school years she played recorders, clarinet and piano.  Kerry graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Engineering, and went on to have a twenty-five year career as a chemical engineer. While working as an engineer, Kerry never stopped playing music. She played with the Calgary Wind Ensemble, the Calgary Civic Symphony, the Houston Symphonic Band and the Perth Concert Band. She had the opportunity to play in many places around the world including the Great Wall of China, the Australian Outback, and the French Riveria.

In 2012, after exhausting the creative possibilities of Powerpoint Presentations, she left the engineering world and began studying her favourite instrument, the bassoon, with Christopher Sales in Calgary. In 2013 she was accepted to the UBC School of Music where she studied modern bassoon with Jesse Read and Julia Lockhart, and baroque bassoon with Katrina Russell. She played in the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Early Music Ensemble, and participated in Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme led by conductor and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann. Kerry graduated from UBC in 2017 with a BMus in Bassoon Performance.

Kerry lives on Salt Spring Island where she plays in the Bach on the Rock Chamber Orchestra, the Wind Warning Quintet, and also the Faire Wyndes Quintet on Gabriola Island. She is the principal bassoonist of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria.

Kerry is passionate about baroque music. She has participated in baroque music workshops and masterclasses in Canada, the USA and Europe. She was rewarded the Early Music Vancouver Scholarship in 2018 and 2020, and the San Francisco Early Music Society Scholarship in 2019. Kerry is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Victoria.

John Kyle – Secretary and Treasurer

Being a fan of music from the late 70’s and early 80’s John thought Early Music meant Elvis and The Everly Brothers. He is learning to appreciate Bach, Boismortier, and Buxteheude and may soon delve into Charpentier, Corelli, and Couperin. John brings to the Board of Salt Spring Baroque his experiences gained from being on the boards of other non profit societies, as an adult education volunteer, and from twenty years of work at a multinational company.

Abby Boggs ~ Director

Abby Boggs is a professional classical singer, freelancing in Vancouver. She teaches private lessons for voice and cello at her home studio. Abby graduated in 2020 with her Master of Music in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of tenor Ben Butterfield, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory in Chicago, IL. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but has lived in Canada since 2018. She has performed as a soprano soloist with a number of organizations such as Pacific Opera Victoria, Ballet Victoria, Denman Baroque, Victoria Choral Society, The Linden Singers, and at the University of Victoria. She is a board member of Salt Spring Baroque and works full-time as the Arts Administrator and Dal Schindell Gallery Curator at Regent College in Vancouver.

Alan Rautenberg ~ Director

Kerry Graham- Founder/President

John Kyle – Secretary and Treasurer

Abby Boggs- Director

Workshops, Seminars, and Online

Educational Events

Salt Spring Baroque organizes workshops and online lectures relating to baroque music to further our educational mandate.


Become a member of Salt Spring Baroque Music Society!

For just $10 a year you can be a member of the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society.

You will receive early notification of our concerts and have a part in running the society with voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting.

Your membership fee helps us to present world-class performances, and encourages our funders to commit to an organization that the community believes in.

Annual memberships are not eligible for tax receipts.


The Salt Spring Baroque Music Society is a community non-profit organization. Ticket sales only cover a portion of the cost of presenting live music concerts.

In addition to funding from ticket sales, memberships, grants, and sponsorships, the Society accepts cash donations to sustain it’s operations and assure it’s long-term sustainability. Our donations provide approximately 1/4 of our annual budget.

CRA tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

For our 2023 performance season, we are seeking donations of C $6,000, Please help us to reach this goal.


Our government, foundation, and corporate sponsors give back to the community through the support of our performances and educational programmes.

Our wide range of projects offers sponsorship opportunities for large and small companies, who can support us while also reaching their corporate goals. Sponsors will be prominently recognized in concert programmes, posters, print and social media, and on our website.

To discuss the possibilities of corporate sponsorship, please send us an email via our contact page.

Contact us

Feel free to contact us using the form below.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

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