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Smithers Artistic Director Roxi Dykstra, Violin, Viola (ARCT in piano, BA in Music- Trinity Western University, MMus- Université de Montréal, Masters in viola-Conservatoire National Supérieur) has worked since 1999 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 has been based in northern BC since September 2011 as a director while maintaining a busy private studio and frequently traveling nationally and internationally for her work as a solo and orchestral violist. In 2014/15 Roxi has performed in the Toronto, Vancouver, and Lisbon Symphonies.
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 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 is currently enrolled in the Masters of Music Program at the University of Toronto, studying with acclaimed cellists Shauna Rolston and Joseph Johnson.
Woodwinds and Brass
Toby Moisey, Flute (MMus, BMus)
Toby Moise, of Smithers BC, is an active performer and educator. Appearing often in solo and chamber recitals, he also performs as a jazz, folk and rock flutist. Toby has studied at the University of Victoria (BMus) and at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia. Orchestra North is pleased to announce that Toby will be our 2015 Woodwinds and Brass coordinator.
Dr. Shawn Earle, Clarinet (DMA, MMus)
Canadian clarinetist Shawn Earle is Lecturer in Clarinet at the University of Virginia and is principal clarinetist of the Charlottesville Symphony. He performs regularly as a soloist and has been a chamber musician with the Albemarle Ensemble, Cascadia Reed Quintet, Vancouver Clarinet Trio, Trio Dolce, and guest artist with the Novo Ensemble. He also has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
In December 2015, Dr. Earle completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia examining contemporary Canadian clarinet music. Dr. Earle is dedicated to contemporary Canadian clarinet music, while also enjoying traditional repertoire. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University. Dr. Earle has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre and will be artist-in-residence at Bundanon Trust in Australia in June of 2016.
Dr. Earle is committed to music eduction having been a high school band director, faculty at the University of Victoria, delivering numerous masterclasses, clarinet instructor at the El Sistema inspired Saint James Music Academy, and maintaining a private studio.
Among his numerous accolades for performance and research, Dr. Earle has received grants from the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award.