Orchestra North Directors:
Owen Sound Artistic Director: Sebastian Ostertag (MMus, Artist Diploma), Cello
Sebastian likes music. All different kinds, whether it’s Haydn or Hip hop. Raised in Owen Sound Ontario, He received a Bachelors of Music Degree in performance from Western University. Further training included an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Paul Widner, where he performed in concerts directed by such esteemed conductors as Mario Bernardi, Johannes Debus, Leon Fleisher and Peter Oundjian. From 2010-2013, he was principal cellist of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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 Polaris Prize nominated album The Old Prince, JUNO award winning record TSOL, and Cadence Weapon’s critically acclaimed disc Hope In Dirt City. Sebastian recently completed a Masters of Music in performance at the University of Toronto, studying with acclaimed performer Shauna Rolston and Toronto Symphony principal cellist Joseph Johnson.
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 has received a Bachelor of Music from UBC, anda Masters of Music fromMcGill University. She has performed chamber music across North Americaand Europe, and with such orchestras as the National Youth Orchestra, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony. Chantal is devoted to music research and pedagogy and has completed a Masters of Arts in music theory at UBC. She has presented papers at the Canadian Music Centre, and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a PhD student at Western University, exploring the cognitive relationship between entrainment and anticipation in musical rhythm and speech rhythm.
Orchestra North is thrilled to have Chantal return to play, teach, and talk about all things music this summer.
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.
Sarah Steeves, Cello
Originally from Strathmore, Alberta, cellist Sarah Steeves currently lives in Toronto where she performs with Sinfonia Toronto and the Ton Beau String Quartet. She is also completing her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with Shauna Rolston. Performances as a chamber and orchestral musician have taken her across Canada and to Brazil, China, England, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and the United States. A registered Suzuki teacher, Sarah is on faculty at the Classical Music Conservatory and Lippert Music Centre and maintains a private studio. She has given master classes at both the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. 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