The PEI Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Natalie Williams Calhoun as its new Administrator. A busy professional cellist and teacher, Ms. Williams Calhoun has a Bachelor of Music in Violoncello Performance from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. She is currently dividing her time between her administrative role with the PEISO, teaching with the Senior Division of the Singing Strings Orchestra in Charlottetown, and freelance orchestral and chamber performance in Atlantic Canada.
Hearty congratulations to Dale Godsoe, winner of the Symphony Nova Scotia’s 2011 Concertmaster Award. The award, which is presented to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the well-being of SNS, is in honour of Ms Godsoe’s leadership of the orchestra’s Listen to the Future Endowment Campaign. The campaign, which began in 2008, has raised more than $5 million in cash, pledges, and anticipated matches under Dale’s guidance and leadership. SNS has not, however, been the only beneficiary of her time and wise counsel – as the media release notes, “in addition to her work at Symphony Nova Scotia, Dale has also provided leadership to the National Arts Centre, the United Way, the YWCA of Canada, and the Atlantic Film Festival. She has served as chair of the Vision TV Network and currently chairs the S-VOX Foundation, a foundation developed out of Vision TV that focuses on pluralism within Canada’s faith communities.”