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Violin I
Joseph Lanza **
Mary Elizabeth Brown *
Melvin Martin *
Henry Krichker *
Sheilanne Lindsay *
Henry Zielinski
Louise Bellhouse
Karen Zielinski
Sandra Stark


Phyllis and Ivor Brake Concertmaster Chair
Mr. & Mrs. Geno Francolini Associate Concertmaster Chair

Rabbi Joel & Ailene Wittstein First Violin Chair



Drs. Krys Wojakowski & Bruce Murray First Violin Chair
Richmond Woods Retirement Residence First Violin Chair

Violin II
Sigmar Martin *
Regina Audet *
Jeffrey Wall *
Émilie Paré
Kelly Eydt
Deborah Mawdsley
Catherine Mallory

 
Daphne Chorley & Eleanor Epp Principal Second Violin Chair
Bill & Cecilia Davies Second Violin Chair
BlueStone Properties Second Violin Chair
Viola
Kelvin Enns *
Karen Kjeldson *
Jacqueline Milne *
Thea Boyd
Leila Kelleher Franck


Eleanor Miller Principal Viola Chair


James & Margaret Whitby Viola Chair
Cello
Christine Newland *
Jeffrey Garrett *
Jeremy Hake *
Terry Sefton
Julia MacGregor



The Agranove Family Principal Cello Chair
Dr. Jeanne Deinum Cello Chair
Bass
Joseph Phillips *
Bruce Halliday
Lisa Haddock


Gerald C. Baines Foundation Principal Bass Chair
In Memory Peter Chandler Section Bass Chair
Flute
Annelie Metrakos *
Margaret Voorhaar *


Dr. & Mrs. G. Michael  Bancroft Principal Flute Chair
Paul & Mary Jane Harding Second Flute Chair
Piccolo
Margaret Voorhaar *


 
Oboe
Ian Franklin *
Jennifer Short *


In Memory of Dr. Allen K. Philbrick Principal Oboe Chair
David & Peggy Leighton Second Oboe Chair
Clarinet
Graham Lord
Marie Johnson *
Michele Verheul *(on leave)



Joe & Pam Samuels Second Clarinet Chair
Brent & Marilyn Kelman Principal Clarinet Chair
Bassoon
Spencer Phillips *
David Haward *


Mr. & Mrs. Don McGeachy Principal Bassoon Chair
French Horn
Ron George *
Kate Stone *
Sasha Gorbasew


Franciska Neilands Principal French Horn Chair
Trumpet
Shawn Spicer *
Peter Audet *


Jessica Negus & Family Principal Trumpet Chair
Trombone
David Pell
Michael Polci


 
Timpani
D'Arcy Gray *


Dr. & Mrs. R. Garth Kidd Principal Timpani Chair

Brass and Percussion Section sponsored by Canaccord Capital Corporation
** Concertmaster
* Core Musician
 

LOUISE BELLHOUSE, violin
Louise Bellhouse grew up in Winnipeg. She was inspired to make a career as a violin teacher and a symphony musician after studying at the Banff School of Fine Arts for four summers. She played with the Winnipeg Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra before joining Orchestra London. Louise loves the variety in her profession which also includes teaching private students the violin, coaching chamber music and youth orchestras and performing solos and chamber music. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, hiking, social and international folk dancing and refinishing furniture. She enjoys spending time with her husband David, who is a statistics professor and an amateur French horn player, and her two violinist daughters, Erika who is a doctoral student in materials engineering and Laura who is a in fourth year university as a violin performance student.
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MARY-ELIZABETH BROWN, violin
In addition to her post as Associate Concertmaster of Orchestra London Canada, Ms. Brown serves as Concertmaster for Sinfonia Toronto, and is frequently called upon to lead The Britten-Pears Orchestra (UK) and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She regularly plays under the batons of distinguished conductors, having recently completed projects with Lorin Maazel, Placido Domingo, Benjamin Zander, Carlos-Miguel Prieto, Martin Brabbins and Roberto Minczuk.

Equally at home as a chamber musician, Ms. Brown received her formative training with members of the St. Lawrence, Brentano, Orford and Alban Berg Quartets as well as the Gryphon Trio, Scott St. John and Laurence Lesser. She has appeared in concert with distinguished colleagues at the Banff Summer Arts Festival, the University of Western Ontario's Fridays at Noon series, the Festival Campos do Jordao (Brasil), Mozarteum Uruguay, and the White House's 2007 Conference on the Americas.

Ms. Brown holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Universite de Montreal, with additional studies at DePaul University (Chicago) Her principal teachers include Robert Skelton, David Zafer, Mark Skazinetsky, Ilya Kaler and Vladimir Landsman, as well as additional solo master classes Pinchas Zukerman, Regis Pasquier, Jean-Jacques Kantarow, Pierre Amoyal and Martin Chalifour. In addition to being a two-time CMC National Finalist, she was the winner of the 2001 London Kiwanis Rosebowl, and received the Prix d'Excellence en Interpretation from the Universite de Montreal in 2006. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Banff Centre for the Arts' Instrument Bank, the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, the Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.

When she is not playing, Ms. Brown is an advocate for music education both in Canada and abroad. She maintains an active studio of private students in London, Ontario, has taught in the Neojiba Project (Salvador, Bahia, Brasil) and lead the 2008 Sembrano Talentos project in Montevideo (in collaboration with Mozarteum Uruguay).
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KELVIN ENNS, viola
Kelvin Enns was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the young age of 4 Kelvin began playing violin and changed to the viola at age 14. As a teenager Kelvin went on to win the Aikins Memorial Sr. Trophy at the Winnipeg Music Festival as well as playing occasionally with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Kelvin was offered full scholarship to the University of Iowa under the direction of teacher William Preucil. During his time in Iowa Kelvin held a section viola position with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

 In 1993 Kelvin went on to study with the renowned Dr. Francis Chaplin at Brandon University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree and was part of the Chaplin string quartet. He later studied with Gwen Hoebig, Karen Tuttle and Andre Roy. After his studies Kelvin moved to Toronto, where he held the Principal viola position in both the Oshawa Symphony Orchestra and The Toronto Philharmonia. Since this time Kelvin has also pursued his other musical passion, jazz guitar. Kelvin, his wife and their two children now call London, Ontario home. Kelvin is enjoying his fifth season with Orchestra London Canada as Principal Violist and teaching both viola and violin.
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IAN FRANKLIN, oboe
Ian Franklin has been Principal Oboist of Orchestra London since 1986. His orchestral career began when he was appointed Principal Oboist of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra at the age of seventeen. His teachers included Bernard Shapiro of the Seattle Symphony and Ray Still of the Chicago Symphony. He has also been Principal Oboist with the Regina Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, and has performed with many other orchestras including The Vancouver Symphony, The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, The Calgary Philharmonic, The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He has been a lecturer at The Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario for sixteen years.

Ian is a founding member of The Aeolian Winds, one of Canada's finest chamber ensembles. The Aeolian Winds have been frequent performers on CBC Radio, and have toured repeatedly from coast to coast. In 1998 The Aeolian Winds presented five concerts in Taiwan, as part of the True North festival of Canadian art and music. They have produced three CDs to date: Pastels, IBS Records, 1992; Home Suite Home, IBS Records, 1998, and The Devil's Dictionary, CBC Records, 2001. They have appeared on several other recordings, including a CentreDisc recording by The Elmer Iseler Singers of the choral works of Harry Freedman.

Ian is active as a soloist and recitalist, performing frequently on CBC Radio. He has performed concerti with numerous orchestras including the CBC Orchestra (Vancouver), the Orquesta Sinfonica de San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and on numerous occasions with the Victoria Symphony, the Regina Symphony, and Orchestra London. He is a featured soloist with Erik Schultz, trumpet and David Haward, bassoon, conductor Vladislav Czarnecki, and the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, Pforzheim, on the ebs recording, Cantabile Virtuos.
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JEFFREY GARRETT, cello
Jeffrey Garrett received his early music training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His teachers have included Daniel Domb, Janos Starker, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. He received his Bachelor of Music from McMaster University then participated in The Orchestral Training Program in Toronto. There he worked with a long list of internationally recognized musicians that included Iona Brown (Artistic Director and violinist with The Academy of St .Martins in the Fields), Dale Clevenger (Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony) and Joseph Silverstein (Concertmaster, Boston Symphony). His other musical activities have included two summers with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra in Banff, two summers with The National Youth Orchestra, and The String Quartet Institute in Kingston. Jeffrey Garrett has had the opportunity to work with some outstanding Conductors. He was Principal Cellist under Antal Dorati for Wayne State University's Bartok Festival, and held that position while working with Klauss Tennstedt and Kazuyoshi Akiyama in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Jeffrey's first full time position was as Principal Cello with the International Symphony of Sarnia and Pt. Huron. He has been playing with Orchestra London since 1984. Jeffrey lives in London, enjoys skiing, sailing and hiking with his companion Marie and his two beautiful daughters Larisa and Inara.
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RON GEORGE, horn
Born in San Francisco, Ronald George began his horn lessons with Earl Saxton. Upon moving to Canada he pursued his musical studies through high school with Robert Creech and then at the University of Toronto with Eugene Rittich. With the generous aid of a grant from the Canada Council, Ron continued his studies in Essen, Germany with Hermann Baumann.

Since 1979 Ronald George has held the position of principal horn with Orchestra London Canada, with whom he appears regularly as a soloist. As well as his duties with OLC, Ronald teaches at the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Ron is in demand both as an orchestral and chamber musician and can be heard regularly on the CBC. Some of Ron's more recent activities include performing with the Canadian Opera Company in their Wagner Ring Cycle production, a European tour with the Calgary Philharmonic, a Japanese tour of Don Giovanni with Opera Atelier, recordings and performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, concerts at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, touring and recording with Tafelmusik, a performance of the Ligeti Trio at the University of Western Ontario, a performance of the Strauss Second Horn Concerto with Orchestra London, the Britten Serenade with the Thunder Bay Symphony and the International Symphony, perfomances with the Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and Detroit Symphony Orchestras and the premiere of a new work for horn and piano written by London's Jeff Christmas at the International Horn Society Symposium held at Western Michigan University.

Ron is fortunate and proud to be performing on a hand crafted instrument made in Canada by Keith Berg.
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SASHA GORBASEW, horn
Sasha Gorbasew has been a member of Orchestra London Canada since 1997. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Sasha holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Performance) from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Music (Performance) degree from the University of British Columbia. Past teachers include Wayne Jeffrey, Martin Hackleman, John Zirbel and Rick Wood. Sasha has participated in master classes with Froydis Ree Wekre, Roland Pandolfi, James Sommerville and Ifor James.

Sasha lives in London with his lovely wife Francesca and two sons Samuel and Michael.
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D'ARCY GRAY, timpani
D'Arcy Gray is presently the Principal Timpanist of Orchestra London Canada (since 1979), where he has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions. His teachers include Robert Hughes and Alexander Lepak - percussion, Leigh Stevens - marimba, and Salvatore Rabio - timpani.

D'Arcy received his BM and MM at the University of Western Ontario where he was awarded the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal Award (1977). He taught at UWO (1986-2003) and is a two time recipient of the USC Award of Excellence in Teaching - UWO.

He has performed with several Canadian orchestras and has been active in musical theater productions at the Huron Country Playhouse and the Stratford Festival.

His very successful Bang a Drum education concert for elementary schools is both highly regarded and enthusiastically received.

D'Arcy's compositions for acoustic and electronic percussion instruments have been performed internationally and are published by Tymtech Music Productions. His composition "Four Loops" was the subject of an article published by the Percussive Arts Society in their scholarly journal "Percussive Notes", where his compositions have also been reviewed.
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JEREMY HAKE, cello
Jeremy Hake is in his fourth season as a cellist with Orchestra London. Jeremy studied with Peter Rejto at the University of Arizona and Timothy Eddy at Stony Brook University, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has performed in masterclasses held by Bernard Greenhouse, Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, and Anner Bylsma.

An avid chamber musician, Jeremy was a member of the Stony Brook Graduate Piano Trio and has performed with various chamber music ensembles at the prestigious Steans Institute for Young Artists, at the Ravinia Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival. Prior to joining Orchestra London, Jeremy was Assistant Principal Cello of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

A native of New Mexico, Jeremy currently lives in London with his wife, who is a professor at the University of Western Ontario.
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MARIE JOHNSON, clarinet
Marie was born in Montreal and grew up in Sherbrooke in the Eastern Townships. Despite her English last name she is a real French Canadian, her family having been French for 9 generations! At the age of 7 she started piano lessons and in grade 8 started clarinet so that she could join the school band. During those early formative years she was a member of various youth orchestras, including The National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

She completed a Bachelor of Music and a Master's of Music in performance at the University of Montreal. A travel grant from the Canada Arts Council allowed her to continue her studies at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany where she obtained an "Aufbaustudium Diplom", a post-graduate performance degree. Her main teachers were Robert Crowley, principal clarinetist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Dieter Klocker, a founding member or the German chamber group Consortium Classicum.

After several years in Freiburg and Dresden, she left Germany in 1995, and returned to Canada where she settled in Toronto. Since then she has been a very active performer and teacher. Marie has played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony. She spent the 2000-2001 season playing second and bass clarinet with the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, a one year appointment. In the fall of 1998 Marie started teaching clarinet at Upper Canada College, a position she still holds. In addition she teaches privately in her home studio and especially likes to work with beginner students.

Since October 2004 Marie has played second clarinet and bass clarinet with Orchestra London. She is a member of the Clarinet Quartet "ffourtissimo" playing the bass clarinet. Occasionally she also performs at Huron County Playhouse in Grand Bend. She was a member of the orchestra for "The Secret Garden" and Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado".

Marie lives in London with her partner Jeff, his two daughters Inara and Larisa and their dog Meisha. She enjoys cooking and baking, gardening, reading English and French Literature and going to the movies.
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LEILA KELLEHER, violist

Violist, Leila Kelleher, is building an international reputation for her energy and versatility as a performer.

Leila was the soloist for the Melbourne String Ensemble's tour of Germany in 2005. She performed Hindemith's Trauermusik and the Telemann Viola Concerto in four cities, including a Gala performance for the Ambassador at the Australian Embassy in Berlin. Ms Kelleher has also soloed with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Norwood Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne String Ensemble at the Dame Nellie Melba Hall in Melbourne
, Australia.

As a recitalist, Ms Kelleher has presented programs in the prestigious Elder Lunchtime Series and for Recitals Australia. Her performances have also been broadcast on Radio Adelaide.

Leila is a committed chamber musician. She was a founding member of Luna Strings, a flexible-sized group specializing in Australian new music. She was also a guest member of the electro-acoustic Zephyr Quartet for their tour of South Korea and a permanent member of the Amicus String Quartet. Ms Kelleher was also a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society.

A keen baroque violist, Leila studied with Lucinda Moon (concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra) and has appeared with Adelaide Baroque. Equally at home in both period and modern practice, Ms Kelleher often presents programs which include both styles of performance.

She is also an active orchestral player and was Principal Viola with the Adelaide Art Orchestra until her departure from Australia in 2005. Leila also performed regularly with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and performed in the 2004 Adelaide Ring Cycle. She has appeared in the Sarah Brightman World Tour and is also a seasoned session player. Currently Leila performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as a substitute player.Leila was adopted at birth from South Korea, and grew up in Sydney
, Australia. She is a strong advocate for Australian music and its distinct tonal language.

Ms Kelleher is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium where she studied with renowned pedagogue, Keith Crellin, and completed her Masters degree at the Eastman School of Music with Phillip Ying of the Ying Quartet.

Leila is currently based in London
, Ontario.
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JOSEPH LANZA, violin
Last season marked Joseph Lanza's 20th as Concertmaster of Orchestra London. During this time London audiences have heard him play a wide range of solo works on every one of the orchestra’s concert series.

Joseph has an abiding love of chamber music, performing in countless smaller ensembles on Orchestra London programs as well as other concert series in London, Toronto and elsewhere. Joseph's interest in music of the 17th and 18th century has led to a journey into new musical territory: performance on period instruments. This has resulted in regular engagements with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Opera Atelier, several recordings and tours to Europe and the Far East.

Originally from Philadelphia, Joseph grew up in a large musical family, which has included as many as 7 members of the Philadelphia Orchestra String section. He began violin studies at age 7 with his father, who played with the Philadelphia Orchestra for almost 50 years. He later studied with William de Pasquale, Cecylia Arzewski and Joseph Silverstein (present or former concertmasters in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Boston).

Joseph is an enthusiastic teacher, giving both private lessons as well as teaching at the University of Western Ontario. He is married to Orchestra London oboist and English hornist Jennifer Short. They have a beautiful daughter, Heather, and a mischievous puppy, Fergus.
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GRAHAM LORD, principal clarinet
Graham is thrilled to be in London for his first season as principal clarinetist with Orchestra London Canada. Winner of the 2007 CBC/McGill competition, he recently received his Master's degree in orchestral performance from McGill University.

Principal clarinetist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra for two years, Graham returned to his alma mater to perform the Copland concerto with the orchestra in a performance hailed by the Montreal Gazette as a "triumph", describing his sound as "bright, direct and perfectly suited to Copland." He is grateful for national programs such as the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, where Graham spent the past two summers performing a great number of major works from the repertoire, as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, with whom he toured across the country twice, garnering critical acclaim from reviewers coast to coast for his performance in Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin Suite.

This work, as well as many others Graham recorded with the NYOC, have been heard on CBC Radio. An avid chamber musician, Graham has performed with such organizations as Allegra Chamber Music, McGill's Faculty Fridays series, and the Contrasts Chamber Music Festival in Vancouver, of which he was also the artistic director. Graham's primary teacher at McGill was OSM principal clarinetist Robert Crowley. He also studied chamber music and orchestral performance with Alain Desgagné and Michael Dumouchel, two other members of the OSM clarinet section.

A native Vancouverite, he obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia, where his teacher was Wesley Foster. He has performed in masterclasses with such distinguished artists as David Shifrin, Richard Stoltzman, James Campbell, John Bruce Yeh, Kimball Sykes, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
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JULIA MACGREGOR, cello
British born cellist Julia MacGregor studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England with Raphael Sommer and subsequently with Ralph Kirshbaum. During this time, she was awarded the Brodsky and Henry Fielding scholarships administered by the R.N.C.M. as well as the prestigous Martin Trust scholarship for two years administered by the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Further study took place at Northern Illinois University with Marc Johnson and Raya Garbousova where she gained a Masters degree in performance.

Whilst Julia was a student she was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra which was conducted by Herbert Von Karayan and Claudio Abbado and performances took place throughout Europe.

Julia has performed the Boccherini, Monn, Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Saint-Saens and Elgar concertos with orchestras and has given numerous solo and chamber recitals in England and Canada. She is principal cellist of the London Concert Players Orchestra as well as playing for the Stratford Festival and Orchestra London.

Julia plays on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore cello made in 1703, which is currently on loan to her. Julia lives in London with her husband Iain and their three children Jon, Rory and Sarah.
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SIGMAR MARTIN, violin
Sigmar, born in Manitoba, began music studies at an early age. He took piano lessons with his mother Lilja, and violin lessons with his uncle Johaness Palsson. At Brandon University he studied with Albert Pratz and Francis Chaplin. Sigmar later moved to London, Ontario where he joined Orchestra London and continued solo and chamber music studies at the University of Western Ontario and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Sigmar has been Principal Second Violinist of Orchestra London since 1981, and performs frequently with them as a soloist. In 2003-4, he was a member of the Winnipeg Symphony. Sigmar has freelanced with the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra and was Concert Master of the International Symphony Orchestra in Sarnia/Port Huron 2000-2006. He is currently the Concert Master for the Stratford Civic Orchestra. In Winnipeg he performs in the Toba Trio with his son, French Hornist Todd Martin and Pianist Shannon Heibert.

Pursuing a keen interest in Jazz, Sigmar is a member The Hot Club of London, and in Winnipeg performs in Trio with Ron Halldorson and Steve Kirby. His jazz playing is reminiscent of Stephane Grapelli. In May, 2004, he performed his program "Jazz to Gypsy" with Orchestra London and will be featured again together with Kelvin Enns on January 27-28 "The Fidlin Cats".

As a member of Orchestra London, Sigmar has worked behind the scenes to develop a strong community outreach component. This has lead to extra funding and support from all areas including the City of London, the Trillium Foundation, and many local sponsors and donors. He has also performed with a variety of ensembles throughout London and area schools creating awareness and knowledge of the many facets of music.
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ANNELIE METRAKOS, flute
Hello, I'm Annelie Metrakos and I have been the principal flutist of Orchestra London since 1978. I was born in Holland where my mother who was an artist and a violinist, took me to many concerts. When I was 11 we moved to Calgary where I started flute lessons, and a few years later I got to play with the Calgary Philharmonic for the first time.

My later studies took me to New York when I won a Canada Council grant to study with Julius Baker, who was then the pricipal flutist of the New York Philharmonic.

I have played with orchestas such as the Victoria Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and have performed as soloist both with orchestras and for CBC recitals.

I taught flute at U.W.O for 25 years and now I especially love teaching my private students at home. I have two sons, both of whom are amongst other things,guitarists and song writers. I have always been equally in love with both music and art and do a lot of art work in all different styles and medias. Creativity is a strong life force for which I am very grateful.

If there are any music lovers out there, any level, any age, who would just love to learn to play the flute, just get in touch. I would love to hear from you.
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CHRISTINE NEWLAND, cello
Christine Newland, a Canada Council supported artist, has performed for CBC and BBC radio and televison,and the West Deutches Rundfunk. She spent two years in Germany, in the Master Class of Antonio Janigro, and toured Europe, and Canada, in the Dusseldorf String Quartet, as well as a six week solo tour in Japan sponsored by the Hellas Cultural Organization. In 2000, Christine organized and promoted a special fund-raising concert for Orchestra London, held at Centennial Hall. She was loaned the six million dollar "Bonjour" Stradivari cello to perform an all solo cello tribute to her friend Jacqueline Du Pre. The sold out concert, raised considerable funds for the struggling orchestra. Christine shared her letters from Ms. Du Pre with the public, (quotes from Jaqueline Du Pre's letters to Christine can be found in Carol Easton's book "Jaqueline Du Pre".) and performed the Elgar Concerto amongst other solo works. Christine recalls the thrill of being allowed to try Jaqueline's famous "Davidov" Stradivari cello, when she was just 17. Christine also organized a fund-raising concert for 911, in which Orchestra London donated their services, raising $18,000 for The Red Cross in the United States. She also organized a Fashion Show Fund-Raiser. This was a fun evening, where the musicians of Orchestra London performed, and walked the "catwalk" modeling clothing from local Richmond Row vendors.

Still in her teens, Christine was privileged to meet Pablo Casals, and Pierre Fournier,and was later invited to participate in Masterclasses of Rostopovich, Janos Starker, and Sandor Vegh. Her chamber studies were with the Guarneri, Hungarian, Yale, and Lenox String Quartets.

She is currently principal cellist for Orchestra London, with whom she has performed solo works by Haydn, Schumann, Boccherini, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Giron, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Faure, and Hindemith. She plays on a Giovanni Francesco Celoniato cello made in 1730.

Christine also enjoys singing and playing guitar, and played electric cello, with a rock group called "Picasso Sun", playing and singing back-up. She has two dogs, a cat and an arabian horse. Christine found her "Soul Mate" Walter Beitlberger, on the internet and recently got married!
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ÉMILIE PARÉ, violin
Émilie Paré started to play violin at the early age of two. Her path as a musician has been full of successes and great opportunities such as winning competitions, earning scholarships, playing on television and performing as a soloist with various ensembles. Émilie studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where she completed her degree with high distinction in 2003.

After 3 years of free-lancing and traveling in several countries of Europe, America and Asia, she decided to take more time for herself and won the Assistant-Concertmaster position in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. But since she felt she was too far from the man she loves, she decided to move to Southern Ontario. Émilie is very happy to now be a member of Orchestra London Canada.
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DAVID PELL, trombone
David Pell has been principal trombone with Orchestra London since 1997 and with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002. He  has also been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Touring Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony and has played first trombone,  bass trumpet and euphonium with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the Windsor Symphony  Orchestra, the California Symphony and the Thunder Bay Symphony.

David has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in cities around the world. In 1998 he performed as a soloist with the Orquesta  Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, an offer extended again in 2000.

David has also played on jingles and film soundtracks in Canada and the US and has backed up pop musicians such as Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton, David Foster, Kenny G, Holly Cole and  Dudley Moore.  He has played and toured North America with productions of Showboat, Ragtime, Chicago, and Phantom of the Opera,  Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, Cats and Evita.

David was co-founder and artistic director of the ArtFarm, a New-Music/ Multi-Media and Classical Chamber Music Series in Victoria, which performed in Winnipeg and Toronto. 
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SPENCER PHILLIPS, bassoon
Spencer (Fred) Phillips, Orchestra London Canada's Principal Bassoonist since 1995, has also served as the Principal Bassoonist of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra since 1983.

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and of Duke University, Mr. Phillips also holds an MS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (in Environmental Management and Policy) and a Premier Prix de Virtuosite (Classe de Basson) from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve.

Orchestras of which Mr. Phillips is a former member include Orquestra Gulbenkian (Lisbon, Portugal), the Orchestre des Rencontres Musicales de Lausanne, the Albany Symphony Orchestra (New York State), Detroit's Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic (New York State) and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (New York State). Others with which he has performed include the Windsor Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He can be heard on recordings released by Naxos, Chandos, Nimbus, Lyrinx and Erato.

A native of the United States, Mr. Phillips is pleased to have become a Canadian citizen in 2000. When not playing the bassoon, he - an active member of both the London Centennial Wheelers and the London Cycling Club - can most often be found on his bicycle (on which he averages in excess of 10,000 kilometres per year).
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TERRY SEFTON, cello
Terry Sefton has played cello with Orchestra London Canada for nearly three decades. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Terry took her Bachelor of Music at McGill University, studied in England with William Pleeth, played with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and with Jeunesses Musical World Youth Orchestra. She has played professionally with the Regina Symphony, the Welsh BBC Orchestra in Cardiff, Wales, and the Canadian Opera Company. Terry has been actively involved with the political life of Orchestra London, serving on the committees both locally and nationally, as well as serving on the Board of Orchestra London. Terry also has a busy teaching career, having taught privately, having taught as a classroom music teacher for the Thames Valley District School Board, and she is currently a professor of education at the University of Windsor.
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JENNIFER SHORT, oboe
Jennifer Short has been the Second Oboe/English Horn player of Orchestra London since 1992. A native of Ottawa, Jennifer received her early musical education at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy. Generous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City allowed her to complete her training as a student of the renowned oboist Elaine Douvas. Upon receiving a Master's Degree from Juilliard, she was appointed Principal Oboe of the Saskatoon Symphony. She went on to hold positions as Pincipal Oboe with the Edmonton Symphony and as Assistant Principal Oboe/English Horn with the Calgary Philharmonic. For over a decade she has performed as a substitute on both oboe and English horn with Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, one of Canada's premier ensembles.

Jennifer has appeared as a soloist with Orchestra London on several occasions: on oboe in "The Flower Clock" of Jean Francaix, in Bach's "Double Concerto for Violin & Oboe" (with husband Joseph Lanza, Orchestra London Concertmaster), and on English horn in Copland's "Quiet City" for English horn and Trumpet. In 2004, she gave the World Premier of the "Concerto for English horn" commissioned by London's own Jeff Christmas. A dedicated teacher, Jennifer has served on the faculties of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Western Ontario.

Jennifer and Joe are the adoring parents of a delightful 7-year-old daughter, Heather, and recently welcomed a new addition: Fergus, a Shetland Sheep-dog pup. When not performing or occupied with her very busy family, Jennifer can undoubtedly be found on the ice, honing her figure-skating skills as a member of the London Skating Club.


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SHAWN SPICER, trumpet
Originally from Nova Scotia, in 1987 Shawn went to McGill University to study with James Thompson, celebrated principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony. After completing his studies Shawn moved on to Toronto to do the Orchestral Training Program at the Royal Conservatory. After spending a year in Toronto Shawn continued his studies at Yale University where he received his masters. The next year was spent filling positions in the Thunder Bay Symphony and the Calgary based Foothills Brass Quintet.

Toronto ultimately drew Shawn back and he worked as a freelance musician for the next four years playing with all the major southern Ontario orchestras. In 1999 Shawn was appointed principal trumpet of Orchestra London Canada. Shawn now lives in London with his wife Barb, daughter Abby and son Owen.

Shawn is also active in the early music community where he plays baroque trumpet and cornetto. Performances on these instruments have taken him as far away as Japan and Brazil. He has played with Tafelmusik, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, the Toronto Consort and the Sante Fe Early Music Society.

Shawn has also been active as a teacher. He was trumpet instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Music from 1991-1998 and taught privately in Toronto and London for several years. He currently teaches at the University of Western Ontario.

Shawn loves to cook and enjoys reading Canadian literature and murder mysteries.
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SANDRA STARK, violin
Sandra Stark is from a musical family. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she first studied violin with her father. Subsequent teachers included Rafael Druian, Richard Adams (her brother), Andor Toth and Ralph Aldrich. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota (violin major) and a Master of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario (Literature and Performance - viola major). Besides her many years as a member of Orchestra London Canada, she has served as concertmaster of the Clairion Symphony Orchestra (of Sarnia), the International Symphony Orchestra under the late Stan Kopac, the London Community Orchestra and the Woodstock Strings. For a number of years she conducted her own string group, the Amadeus Youth Ensemble. She also has an extensive class of violin and viola students, is Faculty violist for the National Music Camp and does adjudicating and workshops.

When time allows, she loves reading and gardening and meets with friends on a weekly basis to play chamber music. She is married and has two grown sons.
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KATE STONE, horn
Kate, an Okanagan native, has been living in Ontario since 1989, joining Orchestra London in 1991. Kate credits much of her success to Richard Ely, her teacher at the University of Victoria. “When I went to university, I didn’t have it in my head to become a professional musician, but I ended up with a really great horn teacher who pushed me along.” At Ely’s insistence, Stone auditioned for – and won – her very first professional audition with the Victoria Symphony.

In addition to the Victoria Symphony and Orchestra London, Kate held a position with the Thunder Bay Symphony and currently performs regularly at the Stratford Festival. She has also performed with Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Phil, Tafelmusik and National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Her trombone playing husband,
Rob, helps her juggle her life filled with concerts, home schooling their two sons, Harrison and William, and experiments with cooking gluten free meals. She hopes that her 18th season with Orchestra London will be blessed with beautiful music and abundance.
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MICHELE VERHEUL, clarinet (on leave)
Michele Verheul has played Principal Clarinet with Orchestra London since 2003. As a freelance musician, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Windsor Symphony and the National Ballet Orchestra. New-Music credits include performances with New Music Concerts, Array Music, Hemispheres New Music Ensemble and Tapestry Music Theatre.

As a soloist and a member of various ensembles, Michele has been broadcast on CBC's Music Around Us, In Performance and Two New Hours. She has commissioned works for the clarinet and bass clarinet, with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, as well as works for the rioT Trio with fellow members Angela Rudden and Eve Egoyan.

Michele is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Michael Webster and Eli Eban. Some of her other teachers include: Ron deKant, Wes Foster, Stanley Hasty and Joaquin Valdepenas. She is currently on faculty at the University of Western Ontario.

Michele moved to London in 2005 with her husband, clarinetist Martin van de Ven and her son Arie. Together they enjoy the Thames river valley walks with their dog Max.
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JEFFREY WALL, violin
Jeff has been a full-time member of Orchestra London since 1987. This is his second stint with the orchestra: after completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto (History and Literature of Music, class of '74) and Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (Gold Medal, 1975) he joined the newly minted Sinfonia of the then London Symphony Orchestra in September, 1975. In 1979 he left to freelance in his home town of Toronto, where he became a member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra and was a frequent extra player with the National Ballet Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. In 1981 he married London pianist Lois Sands, paving the way for his eventual return to the Forest City. They are raising one cat.

Since 1996 Jeff has also been the author of the orchestra's programme notes (The Inner Voice), in which he turns his second violin chair into a soapbox and holds forth on the masterworks of Western music. His house is a library of recordings, books and periodicals, which he spends most of his spare time cataloguing. He has toured as a member of the orchestra for Les Miserables, and since 1995 has been a regular extra with the Stratford Festival Orchestra.
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