Ragnar Müller-Wille and Cäcilia Lauenstein
Cäcilia Lauenstein studied recorder for four years under Winfried Michel at the University in Münster, Germany, also earning a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Pedagogy. She then continued to study recorder at McGill University in Montreal under Matthias Maute, with whom she had previously taken lessons in Stuttgart since childhood. Under his tutelage she earned an Artist Diploma from McGill University. Today, Cäcilia is a grade school music teacher in the region north of Montreal and enjoys transmitting her enthusiasm for the recorder to young children. Cäcilia is currently working on a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Sherbrooke.
Ragnar Müller-Wille worked for over eleven years for Matthias Maute, Sophie Larivière, and their Ensemble Caprice, also including the Montreal Recorder Festival. Over the years he has also done work for other music groups in Montreal.
John Ferth opened his Recorder Center in Toronto in 1976. After serving recorder enthusiasts across Canada for 37 successful years, John decided it was time to retire and closed his shop in August 2013, but not without assuring the succession. Ragnar Müller-Wille and Cäcilia Lauenstein took over John’s entire remaining stock and relocated the store to their home in Rawdon, Quebec (just 60 km north of Montreal), renaming it slightly to – Centre de flûte à bec / Recorder Centre. Though the faces, name and location have changed, the aim remains the same: providing recorders and music to recorder enthusiasts from coast to coast to coast.