Artists

2017 Artists

StringsWoodwinds and BrassPercussionComposition and Collaborative Piano


Artistic Director


Roxi Dykstra, Smithers Artistic Director, Violin, Viola (MMus, Université de Montréal, Prix de Master CNSMD, B.A.Trinity Western University, Piano ARCT)

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 orchestras. 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.


Coordinators


Sebastian ONSP 2014 photoSebastian Ostertag, Cello (MMus, Artist Diploma)

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 principle 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.   He recently completed his Masters of Music in performance at the University of Toronto, studying with acclaimed cellists Shauna Rolston and Joseph Johnson.


 

PastedGraphic-1Toby Moisey, Flute (MMus, BMus)

Tobias Moisey is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia, where he studied flute with Aleksandra Mikhailovna Vavilina-Mravinskaya, and of the University of Victoria, BC, where he studied with Lanny Pollet. He is currently studying music education at McGill University, Quebec. Mr. Moisey grew up in the Bulkley Valley beginning his exploration of the flute with Gail Olsen.

Mr. Moisey is an active freelance musician in Montreal collaborating with jazz, folk and experimental musicians as well as recently performing with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the Smithers String Orchestra. For the past four years Mr. Moisey has coordinated the Winds and Brass program of the Orchestra North Summer Program.

Mr. Moisey is an avid volunteer for Smithers Community Radio on which he hosts Culture Shock, an art music show.




Conductor in Residence


Rosemary Thomson, 2017 Conductor in Residence, Collaborative Piano

Rosemary Thomson is the artistic director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, where she her leadership and her passion for the arts have been developing opportunities for performers and audiences across the Okanagan for the past 10 years. Rosemary is known for creating vibrant concert programs presented with innovation. Since her tenure began, the symphony has seen a marked increase in audience and community support and they are now enjoying an expanded season and many sold out performances.

Regular conductor with Opera NUOVA, and previously holding posts including Resident Conductor and Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor in Residence of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Canadian Opera Company, Rose has had opportunity to work closely with Hans Graf, Bramwell Tovey and Richard Bradshaw. Her guest conducting engagements have taken her across the country appearing on many occasions with symphonies from Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, London, Niagara and Toronto. She has conducted for Opera Garden in Scotland and Richard Margison’s Highland Opera Studio in Haliburton.

A passionate interpreter of new works and Canadian composers, Rosemary was the conductor for Continuum, a new music ensemble based in Toronto for fourteen seasons. With Continuum, she has conducted across the country and on tour in Europe and released three CDs of Canadian repertoire. She is the recipient of the Ernest MacMillan award for orchestral conducting and has been heard as a conductor and commentator on the CBC, the BBC and National Dutch Radio as well as Bravo Television.


Strings


Mary Sokol Brown, Violin

Active as both a performer and teacher, Mary Sokol Brown holds a prominent position in the first violins of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has been featured as a soloist with the orchestra several times.

As a chamber musician, she performs extensively with many of Vancouver’s well-known ensembles including the Vetta Recital Series, Music in the Morning and the Turning Point Ensemble.

A musical high point for Mary has been her involvement as a founding member of Trio Accord. This dynamic string trio has served both as performers and clinicians throughout BC, and has been featured numerous times on CBC radio.

As part of her commitment to the communities’ musical life, Mary has played a leading role in the development of chamber music seminars which are held in some of BC’s most beautiful settings. Traveling extensively to work with young musicians, adult amateurs and community-based ensembles, Mary appears regularly at the Naramata and Gabriola String Ensemble retreats and has an association with Kelowna’s Festival of the Arts. She has also conducted many orchestral and chamber workshops with the Terrace Symphony.

During the summer months, Mary performs and teaches at music festivals. These have included Festival Vancouver, Courtenay International Youth Festival, West Coast Amateur Music Society, Bellingham International Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Midsummer Music Retreat. Typically, at these festivals and as part of her teaching, Mary performs in faculty concerts for the education of the attendees and the entertainment of the general public.

It is through these initiatives that Mary continues to realize her musical ambitions, and share with her audiences her passionate commitment to the violin.


kent pixilated headshotKent Dykstra, Violin (M.Ed, B.Ed)

Kent Dykstra was born and raised in the beautiful Bulkley Valley and trained as a youth in both violin and piano.

A strong proponent about music’s powerful place in community, Kent built a multi-faceted band program in Edmonton at Parkwood Immanuel Christian School from 2000 to 2008, eventually sending students to perform across BC, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Kent co-directs Reformed String Camp with his sister Roxi Dykstra, which is running its 11th season, has directed numerous tours and mass band and choir events across Canada, and enjoys working as church organist and choir director. Kent is currently a music teacher and principal at Credo Christian High School in Langley, BC and is the former music teacher and principal at William of Orange Christian School in Cloverdale, BC.

Kent’s passion is composing and arranging music for his students, for both band and stringed instruments, especially based upon the Genevan Psalms. In 2009 and 2014, he released CDs of Genevan Psalms arranged for string orchestra and has been commissioned to write music for numerous ensembles and events.


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 orchestras. 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.


Sebastian ONSP 2014 photoSebastian Ostertag, Cello (MMus, Artist Diploma)

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 principle 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.   He recently completed his Masters of Music in performance at the University of Toronto, studying with acclaimed cellists Shauna Rolston and Joseph Johnson.


David Brown, Bass

Bassist David Brown has been a member of Vancouver’s professional music community for thirty years. He has performed with almost all the musical organizations (Masterpiece Music, Curio, Music in the Morning, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Children’s Festival, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Festival Vancouver, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Cantata Singers, UBC Recital Series, Vetta Chamber Music, Turning Point Ensemble, VSO) in existence during this time. In addition to live performance David has extensive film and commercial recording experience. He has toured with The Three Tenors and the Winnipeg Ballet.

A committed teacher he instructs both privately and has taught at most of the music performance departments (UBC, Capilano College, Kwantlen, VCC) in the lower mainland. During the summers he has performed at the Grand Teton, Sitka, Hornby Is. and Courtenay Music Festivals.

A recipient of two Canada Council Arts Grants, which enabled his studies at the Juilliard School, David has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony since 1978 and Principal Bass of the CBC Radio Orchestra since 2004. David enjoys a wide variety of musical opportunities and has a particular interest in small ensemble settings of a chamber music or improvisational nature.


Woodwinds and Brass


PastedGraphic-1Toby Moisey, Flute (MMus, BMus)

Tobias Moisey is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia, where he studied flute with Aleksandra Mikhailovna Vavilina-Mravinskaya, and of the University of Victoria, BC, where he studied with Lanny Pollet. He is currently studying music education at McGill University, Quebec. Mr. Moisey grew up in the Bulkley Valley beginning his exploration of the flute with Gail Olsen.

Mr. Moisey is an active freelance musician in Montreal collaborating with jazz, folk and experimental musicians as well as recently performing with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the Smithers String Orchestra. For the past four years Mr. Moisey has coordinated the Winds and Brass program of the Orchestra North Summer Program.

Mr. Moisey is an avid volunteer for Smithers Community Radio on which he hosts Culture Shock, an art music show.




Alexandra Pohran Dawkins

Alexandra Pohran Dawkins is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she was a student of Melvin Berman; she furthered her studies with Heinz Holliger. She has held the principal oboe positions with the orchestras of the National Ballet Company Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company and has extensive orchestral experience with, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. Ms. Pohran Dawkins is well recognized as an interpreter of contemporary music and has commissioned and premiered a number of Canadian works. She was the Director of New Music programming at Open Space Gallery in Victoria from 1989 to 1994 and has performed in ensemble and as soloist with Toronto’s New Music Concerts and Vancouver New Music Society.
Ms. Pohran Dawkins is active as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and educator, nationally and internationally. She has been a guest artist at the Kyiv International Festival where she performed in recital and as soloist with the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra. In 2004 she was invited by the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia to be the featured artist for “Oboe Week in Yerevan”. She appeared as soloist with orchestra in 3 different concerti as well as participating in chamber music. She has given master classes at Conservatories in both Ukraine and Armenia as well as at the universities of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Calgary and at the Glenn Gould School. She has worked extensively with pianist Jane Hayes, with whom she has recorded 3 CDs.

Students of Ms. Pohran Dawkins have continued their educations in graduate programs at McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary and California Institute of the Arts. In addition to instruction in oboe and woodwind chamber music at the School, she teaches Music 347, Introduction to Improvisation, which focuses on developing creativity in 20th and 21st Century concert music.

Alexandra plays a Lorée DM model oboe and a Laubin rosewood English horn.


Nicola Everton, Clarinet 

Clarinetist Nicola Everton has made the Kootenays home after a career spanning over twenty years as a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Highlights for Nicola during her tenure with the orchestra include participating in the 2008 Grammy and Juno award winning recording with violinist James Ehnes and performing at the Beijing International Music Festival.

Her post secondary music studies began with a full scholarship to Arizona State University and continued for a further four years at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree. Before joining the Vancouver Symphony orchestra in 1989, she spent the winter at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Principal teachers for Nicola include Ronald de Kant and Donald Montanaro.

Chamber music has long a been a passion for Nicola and since moving to the Kootenays, she has taken on the role of artistic director of the Kootenay Gallery concert series, is a founding member of Selkirk Pro-Musica and is the coordinator for the Kootenay Chapter of the Health Arts Society. As a member of the Galena Trio, Nicola enjoys exploring the rich repertoire for clarinet, cello and piano with members Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano and cellist Johanne Perron.

Nicola has served on the faculty of the Vancouver Academy of Music and has performed and taught at summer festivals in Sun Valley Idaho, at the University of British Columbia and in the Slocan Valley at the Valhalla School of Fine Arts. 


Becca Pro PhotoRebecca Norman, Bassoon (MMus, B.Ed)

Rebecca studied bassoon performance at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Her teachers included Jennifer Gunter, Robert Weir, and Lisa Chisholm. She graduated with honours, and went on to complete a Master of Music degree at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Kathleen McLean and Fraser Jackson of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Norman holds a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University, and is an active music educator and orchestral performer.

Along with the bassoon Ms. Norman is passionate about the contrabassoon, and period performance.  Orchestra North would like to welcome Ms. Norman back for another great summer of music in Northern BC.

 


Keith Berg, French Horn

Keith has played brass instruments for more than 50 years. He began at the age of 10 with a year of cornet lessons, followed by 2 years of alto horn before taking up the french horn at the age of 13. He began his playing experience with youth bands and orchestras in Saskatoon and has also performed with the  Saskatoon Symphony, the Kamloops Symphony, Prince George Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic. Over the past few years he has developed his long standing interest in playing the natural (valveless) horns and has twice been a guest soloist with Gordon Lucas’s Northern Orchestra in Prince George, playing Mozart Horn Concerti.

Keith was also a machinist and scientific instrument maker for 13 years. In 1987 he had the opportunity to combine his interests and study custom horn making with Daniel Rauch in Oslo, Norway. Since 1988 he has made custom horns for many of the top professional horn players in North America and around the world. He resides in Dunster, BC with his wife Jane, with whom he enjoys playing alphorns. They have 2 children- Erik and Laurel.






Jane Houlden, French Horn

Jane’s musical training started in childhood, first on piano, then adding French horn when she joined the school band. She studied both instruments seriously throughout high school, completing her Royal Conservatory Grade 10 Piano practicalexam at age 17. In university she concentrated on horn, receiving her B. Mus. in performance from U. Vic. in 1983.

For 10 years Jane was principal horn in the Saskatoon Symphony, also teaching horn to private students and at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1993, she and her husband Keith Berg moved to Dunster in BC’s Robson Valley. Jane now teaches music lessons part-time, and plays horn frequently with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestra North is thrilled to welcome Jane Houlden back for another summer of exquisite horn playing.  





Vincent Vohradsky, Trumpet

In 2011 Vincent Vohradsky became the second trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his position with the VSO he is a member of the Vancouver Symphony Brass Quintet, and the Vancouver Brass Project.  He has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

Vincent received a Bachelors Degree from Brandon University under the tutelage of Alan Ehnes and earned a Masters Degree from the University of British Columbia as a pupil of Larry Knopp.  In 1999 and then again in 2002, Vincent was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz.

Vincent has a keen interest in teaching and aspires to further the musical cause in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.

Orchestra North is thrilled to welcome Vincent to Northern British Columbia as both a performer and instructor!



Jeremy Berkman, Trombone

“Jeremy Berkman… turns phrases into characters with eloquent tone and smooth line in Underhill’s stunning Trombone Quintet…”  – Elissa Poole (Globe and Mail)

A graduate of Juilliard School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory and College (with degrees in music and economics) trombonist Jeremy Berkman currently plays with and leads the education and community engagement efforts of Vancouver’s award winning Turning Point Ensemble (TPE).  He holds leading positions with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, A Touch of Brass Quintet, and the Jill Townsend Big Band, and is a frequent substitute player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.   With TPE, Jeremy has co-led a number of large scale collaborations and in 2011 was honoured with Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award (Music).   He has contributed to over 30 commercial recordings, and is featured in Still Image (music of Owen Underhill) on the Centerdisc label.  With The Peggy Lee Band, led by cellist Peggy Lee, he has recorded five cds, toured nationally and internationally, and as a band member been nominated for a Juno Award.  

A fan of the Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire as a kid, he has had those “am I still a kid, pinch me moments” recording both on CD and appearing on TV with Michael Bublé and his band, as well as recording with Matthew Good and Tanya Tagaq.  Jeremy is a Sessional Instructor of Trombone at the University of British Columbia, and presents clinics sponsored as a Jupiter Artist.   He is especially thrilled to return to Smithers, having not enjoyed being in the community since travelling in 1989 while serving as the Stage Manager for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra!


Percussion


katie-bwKatie Rife, Percussion (MMus, BMus)

Vancouver-based percussionist Katie Rife is an active educator and performer of symphonic and new music. A fascination with the variety of sounds and instruments in the percussion family drew her to become a percussionist, after growing up playing piano (with a few years on flute before moving to the back of the band, and staying there).

Katie performs regularly with the Okanagan Symphony, typically in the capacity of Principal Percussionist, and also works as an extra musician with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, and the Kamloops Symphony. She has performed in concerts presented by Music on Main, Vancouver New Music, Redshift Music Society, UBC School of Music, and the Canadian Music Centre, both as a freelance musician and with her chamber group the Ethos Collective, of which she is a founding member.

She holds a Masters of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with longtime San Francisco Symphony Principal Percussionist Jack Van Geem, and a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Sal Ferreras and Vern Griffiths. Katie also credits much of her musical development to her time spent at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

In the Lower Mainland she is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, and the Langley Community Music School. Katie has taught percussion clinics to high school students throughout the Lower Mainland and Okanagan Valley, through various music stores and as part of VSO Connects.


Composition and Collaborative Piano


Jane Hayes, Collaborative Piano

Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, Jane Hayes’ concerts have taken her across Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico. An active recording artist, she has 17 CDs available on the Fanfare, EMI, Centrediscs, ATMA, Artifact, CBC-Musica Viva and CBC SM5000 labels. One of the most recent CDs, “Sassicaia” was nominated for a West Coast Music Award. In addition to her position as Director of Keyboard Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley, Jane maintains a busy performing schedule as soloist, collaborator, and chamber musician and is a founding member of the Turning Point Ensemble, the Yarilo Ensemble and “Sea and Sky” with clarinetist François Houle and violinist Joan Blackman.

Beyond her active performing schedule, Jane is a dedicated teacher and educator. A faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 1993, Jane was the recipient of the 2015 Kwantlen Faculty of Arts Distinguished Teaching Award given for outstanding achievement in her field as noted by students.  As a proponent of Canadian music, she released a teaching edition and recording of early piano works by Barbara Pentland in 2010 which is available through Avondale Press. She is in demand as an adjudicator, competition judge and clinician throughout Canada, and is past president of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.


Rodney Sharman, Composition

Composer-in-Residence of Early Music Vancouver’s “New Music for Old Instruments” Mr. Sharman has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Coleman Lemieux Compagnie (Toronto). Sharman was awarded First Prize in the 1984 CBC Competition for Young Composers and the 1990 Kranichsteiner Prize in Music, Darmstadt, Germany. His score for the dance-opera From The House Of Mirth won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding sound design/composition (choreography by James Kudelka, text by Alex Poch Goldin after Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth).

Rodney Sharman has been mentor for a generation of young composers in Prince George, Victoria, Vancouver, North Vancouver and Langley through Turning Point Ensemble’s “Creating Composers”, the Canadian Music Centre’s “Composer in the Classroom”, the Victoria Symphony’s “New Explorations Workshop” (vsNEW), St James Academy, Seycove Secondary, and West Point Grey Academy. His pieces for beginner and intermediate performers are part of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Bavarian Music Schools’ syllabus for harp, published by the Avondale Press. His pieces for low brass are used in beginner brass classes throughout Canada and England. His music for beginner and intermediate piano is published by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (London).

www.rodneysharman.com


Rosemary Thomson, 2017 Conductor in Residence, Collaborative Piano

A highly skilled musician experienced in conducting a wide variety of repertoire with an innovative audience presentation, Rosemary Thomson is currently in her ninth season as Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Under her leadership the orchestra has blossomed and the OSO audiences have grown to unprecedented levels.

Previous positions include Conductor in Residence and Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where she conducted on all series and worked closely with Maestro Hans Graf. Highlights included performances of Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation as well as massive outdoor concert experiences Mozart on the Mountain and Beethoven in the Badlands. Previously she was Conductor in Residence for the Winnipeg Symphony where she made her debut on the New Music Festival and worked closely with Maestro Bramwell Tovey. Ms Thomson also held the position of Assistant Conductor for the Canadian Opera Company, working with General Director Richard Bradshaw on such productions as Othello, Boris Gudonov, Salome, Billy Budd, Der Fliegende Höllander and the world premiere of Randolph Peters’ The Golden Ass. For fourteen seasons, she conducted the Toronto based new music ensemble Continuum touring Canada and Europe and recording three CDs.

Ms. Thomson has been active as a guest conductor and clinician including the symphonies of Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria and Kingston. She has conducted Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte and Onegin for the Opera Garden in Scotland, La Bohème for Highlands Opera and many productions as a regular faculty member for eight seasons at Opera Nuova, most recently, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She has also assisted at Vancouver Opera on Peter Grimes and Calgary Opera for the world premiere of Filumena. Recently she was the clinician for Chorfest run by the BC Choral Federation and conducted Manon for UBC Opera.


Orchestra North faculty and artists are subject to change without notice