Owen Sound Artistic Director: Sebastian Ostertag (MMus, Artist Diploma), Cello
Raised in Owen Sound, Ontario, cellist Sebastian Ostertag combines rich musical traditions, and with a strong commitment to community service and involvement. He received his Bachelor of Music from Western University, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music at the University of Toronto, studying with acclaimed cellists Shauna Rolston and Joseph Johnson.
From 2010-2013, Sebastian was principal cellist of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed in concerts directed by such esteemed conductors as Mario Bernardi, Johannes Debus, Leon Fleisher and Peter Oundjian. As a soloist Sebastian has performed with the Georgian Bay and Prince George Symphony Orchestras, Northern Orchestra British Columbia, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and on CBC Radio and Classical 96.3 FM. Chamber music performances have included the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and the Sweetwater Music Festival.
Although classically trained, Sebastian has also performed with many of Canada’s leading popular musicians. He recorded on Basia Bulat’s Polaris Prize nominated records Oh My Darling, and Heart of My Own, and performed at the Ottawa Blues Festival, the Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts, and throughout Europe. Sebastian can also be heard on ShadK’s multiple Polaris Prize nominated albums, including the JUNO award winning record TSOL, and as a founding member of the Toronto based Interro Quartet.
A strong advocate of arts accessibility and education, Sebastian is a co-founder of Orchestra North Smithers, one of British Columbia’s foremost summer programs for classical music training and mentorship, and is also Artistic Director of Orchestra North Owen Sound, and the former Director of the Prince George Youth Orchestra, organizing concert tours throughout Northern British Columbia. He has coached regularly at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, Kingsway Conservatory, the University of Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and the Durham Youth Orchestra, and is a cello instructor at El Sistema Toronto.
When not performing and teaching, Sebastian enjoys skiing and camping, as well as co-coordinating the annual Noon Hour Concert Series with his father, Joachim.
Roxi Dykstra, Smithers Artistic Director, Violin, Viola (ARCT in piano, Royal Conservatory of Toronto, BA, Trinity Western University, MMus, Université de Montréal, Prix de Master CNSMD)
Roxi Dykstra is a multi-faceted musician who is known for her enthusiasm, musical depth and versatility, working as professional violist, pianist and director. Her solo, chamber and orchestral work has taken her across Canada and Europe, into Turkey and Australia. Roxi’s performance work in Italy earned her the recognition at the Conservatorio di Musica in Milan for solo and chamber music, and was awarded the highest performance degree in France with excellence in 2011.
Roxi balances a busy performing schedule around British Columbia and across the world, frequently traveling nationally and internationally for her work as a solo and orchestral violist, including regular work with the Vancouver, Toronto, Okanagan, and Portuguese National Symphony orche
stras. She maintains a base in northern BC, investing herself as artistic director of both Orchestra North Summer Program and Smithers’ vibrant Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival, teaching masterclasses, and adjudicating.
Roxi is passionate about bringing musical quality and enthusiasm to BC’s north. She is active across the north as an adjudicator, directing various projects and workshops, including founding and co-directing the Orchestra North Summer Program. She is thrilled to be helping bring together musicians from across the north of BC to establish relationships and experience the joy of collaboration and the art of music.
Chantal Lemire Violin/Viola/Theory (BMus, MMus, PhD Candidate)
Chantal Lemire is a PhD candidate at Western University. She received a Master of Music in viola performance from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on intersections of speech and music, exploring how elements of speech can be used as compositional material in both popular- and art-musics. Chantal has presented papers at the Canadian Music Centre, The Peabody Institute of Music, the Vancouver International Song Institute, as well as at several graduate student conferences across Canada. In 2013, she was awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her doctoral project on text/music interactions in singer-songwriter Tom Waits’s spoken-word songs.
As a violist, Chantal has performed in chamber ensembles across North America and Europe and with orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony. She is currently a faculty member for the Orchestra North Summer Program in Owen Sound, Ontario, where she teaches violin, viola, and music theory.
Chantal sits on numerous university councils and committees at Western, most notably serving as chair of the Society of Graduate Students in Music for the 2014/2015 academic year, and as Accessibility Commissioner for the Society of Graduate Students in 2016. Outside the university community, Chantal is a member of the London chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization with a twin focus: to create the political will for a livable planet and to empower people to claim their political and personal power.
Orchestra North is thrilled to have Chantal return to play, teach, and talk about all things music this summer.
Robert Tite, Clarinet
Robert Tite – Clarinet dipl.A.A. (Mohawk College) Mus.Bac.Perf. (University of Toronto) Robert discovered the joys of clarinet music in 1989 at the age of 12. He has since gone on to study with Charles Bell who is the leader of the former Stardust Big Band and the Charlie Bell Trio, Terrance Basom who is the clarinet and sax professor at Mohawk College, Hamilton, and Peter Stoll who is a clarinet and chamber performance professor at U of T. Robert has had the benefit also of several master classes with Order of Canada recipient James Campbell.
Currently the Principal Clarinet of the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2003, Robert continually strives for artistic excellence. Contributing also to the enrichment of cultural appreciation in Owen Sound by founding the Georgian Bay Symphony Clarinet Choir in 2005, Robert furthers the GBS mission of growth and development of regional community orchestra. In 2013, Robert also founded the Great Lake Winds concert band as an inclusive venue for players of all ages and levels with a focus on improving musically in a friendly environment. As the director of the Encore! male barbershop chorus, he is the local ambassador for the joy of singing and ringing chords together in four-part barbershop harmony. Currently, Robert is also the director of the Saugeen Bach Choir, and in this capacity he fulfills his mandate to bring classical choral music to the Saugeen area. Robert is an experienced guest clinician who is proven to provide fresh perspectives and reinforce basic concepts to enhance school music programs.
Robert teaches private lessons on Clarinet, Saxophone and recorder out of Owen Sound and via Skype and finds great satisfaction in witnessing students achieve personal and musical growth. As the Royal Conservatory of Music Representative for Owen Sound, he facilitates access to Canada’s national standard of musical excellence.
Aaron Hodgson, Trumpet
DMA, Yale University
B.Mus, University of Western Ontario
Trumpeter Aaron Hodgson has been praised for his “exquisite musicianship and assured composure” (International Trumpet Guild) and his “outstanding lyrical trumpet playing” (Hartford Courant). A prize-winner in the Ellsworth Smith and OSM Standard Life competitions, Aaron has been broadcast nationally as a soloist by CBC Radio and featured as a concerto soloist with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie at Canada’s National Arts Centre. His orchestral performances include appearances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic led by conductors such as Neeme Jarvi, Sir Neville Marriner and Helmuth Rilling. He can be heard on Naxos and Analekta records as principal trumpet for recordings of Bach’s Magnificat, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms.
Committed to expanding the trumpet’s capabilities and audiences, Aaron is a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective (reveilletrumpet.org). Reveille has presented engaging, multimedia performances at the Banff Centre and the Sound Symposium Festival, and contributed to the commissioning of many new solo and chamber works for trumpet.
Aaron is also a member of Reverb Brass, a quintet dedicated to exciting performances of contemporary works. After several years at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in 2012 Aaron joined the faculty of the Don Wright School of Music, Western University. Aaron holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University.
Yolanda Bruno, Violin
Violinist Yolanda Bruno has been praised for her “total control of her instrument with infinite variety in the sound palette” (La Presse) and was recently named on CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30. Raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Yolanda completed studies with Jonathan Crow at McGill University and later with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK.
Yolanda has performed across North America and Europe including solos with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre Métropolitain, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the London Mozart Players. She has appeared in festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, the BBC Proms and the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove. Yolanda’s performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, ICI Musique as well as on BBC Radio 3. A devoted chamber musician, Yolanda has collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman, Menahem Pressler and Levon Chilingirian. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most recently winning the 2017 Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition. She is the recipient of Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Award (2015) as well as the grand prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition (2013) and best performed work by a Canadian composer. She is also a three-time recipient of the Sylva Gelber Career Development Award. Yolanda is passionate about her role in engaging music in the community in Canada and abroad. She has performed and presented workshops in schools, carparks, long-term care facilities, hospitals and airports. Yolanda has worked with young people through the Multi-Story Orchestra’s school concerts in South London, with the East London Youth Orchestra and with the Youth of the Americas.
Yolanda is a contributor on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert program. Her broadcasts explore a variety of classical music performances happening in Canada in interesting and unexpected locations. Highlights of Yolanda’s 2017/2018 season include performances with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, a recording project of Rossini’s six Sonate a Quattro and a tour of the Maritimes with pianist Isabelle David as part of Les Jeuneusses Musicales Canada. Yolanda performs on the c. 1700 Taft Stradivari on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
Rebecca MacLeod, Violin
Having performed throughout North America, violinist Rebecca MacLeod is enjoying a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer.
Ms. MacLeod has been featured as soloist with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra as is currently an artist-member of Pocket Concerts, an in-home chamber music series. Recently, she was the winner of the Galimir Prize in Chamber Music at the University of Toronto with her string quartet which was also chosen to perform during the upcoming Luminato Festival. She also regularly performs and tours as part of a harp and violin duo, Duo 51. Orchestrally, Ms. MacLeod has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, and serves as concertmaster of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Sang Kyun (Steve) Koh, Violin
Being a passionate performer and teacher, Sang Kyun (Steve) Koh is currently a Sessional Lecturer at University of Toronto, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas (U.S.A.), where he was the recipient of the Herbert & Helen Allen scholarship and the Dick and Mary Ellen Wilson scholarship. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree, Steve continued his studies and received his Master’s in String Performance and Pedagogy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (U.S.A.), where he was the recipient of the coveted Emily Boettcher and Yule Bogue Endowed Fund and the Dick Eickstein Grant.
At the University of Toronto, he was the Palmason Graduate Fellow in Violin and the teaching assistant to professor Annalee Patipatanakoon of the Gryphon Trio. Steve has studied with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His past and current teachers have included Yehonatan Berick, Jonathan Crow, Clara Jumi Kang, Svetlin Roussev, Joel Smirnoff, Koichiro Harada, Gerardo Ribeiro, Kathleen Winkler, Helen Hwaya Kim, Irina Muresanu, and Krzysztof Wegrzyn. He has performed in solo and chamber music masterclasses for Cyrus Forough of Carnegie Mellon University, Paul Kantor of the Shepherd School of Music, Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Curtis Institute of Music, Hiroko Yajima of Mannes School of Music, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin of the Berlin Philharmoniker, and for the Belcea String Quartet.
An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Steve has collaborated with violists Leslie Robertson and Teng Li, pianist Philip Chiu, cellist Antonio Lysy, bassoonist Nadina Jackson, and violinist Nikki Chooi. He has also performed with Symphony S.O.N.G., Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of Interro Quartet.
Reanne Kruisselbrink, Violin, Piano
Pianist and violinist Reanne Kruisselbrink holds a Masters Degree in violin performance from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Music also in violin performance from Wilfrid Laurier University where she graduated with high distinction. She also completed the performance and theoretical requirements for her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) in piano performance.
Reanne has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her excellence in performance including the Christine Chamberlain Centennial Scholarship , the Donna Steinacher Bursary Award and Bhawani Anantaraman Memorial Foundation Fund Scholarship. Former teachers include Yehonatan Berick (University of Ottawa), Jerzy Kaplanek (Pendercki String Quartet, Wilfrid Laurier University), Praise Lam (Toronto Sinfonia Orchestra).
Reanne is currently active as a performing artist and teacher. She is thrilled to be sharing her love of music with students from the Grey Bruce Community where she maintains a large music studio. For more information regarding the RJK Music Studio, please contact
Sarah Steeves, Cello
A native of Strathmore, Alberta, cellist Sarah Steeves has performed around the world in countries such as Brazil, China, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. She currently resides in Toronto where she is a member of Sinfonia Toronto and a doctoral student at the University of Toronto. Recent highlights include performances in Carnegie Hall with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the World Orchestra’s tour of China.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music in Performance from McGill University and has earned Royal Conservatory of Music Diplomas in Cello and Piano Performance respectively.
As a certified Suzuki teacher, Sarah has taught at the Classical Music Conservatory since 2009. She recently spent six weeks coaching cello students in Neojibá, a project located in Salvador, Brazil which provides musical education to underprivileged young adults.
She has given master classes at both the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. and is a founding member or the Ton Beau String quartet. When she isn’t playing the cello, Sarah enjoys cooking and dancing in the kitchen (often simultaneously), reading novels, watching figure skating, and camping & kayaking in the Slocan Valley.
Orchestra North would like to acknowledge the support of Community Foundation Grey-Bruce