Symphony Nova Scotia has announced that Renaud Lapierre, who has been serving as the orchestra’s Interim Concertmaster, has been awarded the position on a tenure-track basis. Congratulations, Renaud!
The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra has appointed Vanessa Sutton as its new General Manager, succeeding Alana Gralen. Ms Sutton has recently retired as CAO of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, and is a credentialed accountant and administrator with 24 years of experience as a government administrator.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has announced the appointment of Kim Shippey as Director of Development and Donor Relations, beginning February 9. Ms Shippey has extensive experience in the area of development, most recently working with the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton. She has also held leadership roles in development at Appleby College in Oakville and the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton. A flutist and resident of Port Dover, Ontario, Shippey completed an Honours Bachelor of Music at Queens University and a Master of Music in Performance at Western and Royal College of Music in London, U.K.
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has announced the extension of William (Bill) Eddins’ contract as Music Director through the 2016/17 season. New to this contract, Eddins will also serve as Artistic Advisor to the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, which is home to the orchestra, and the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity (launched in May 2013). These new responsibilities including fostering relationships with artistic partners, exploring residency opportunities, and establishing new connections within the community.
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has announced the retirement of French hornist-turned-Comptroller Jeff Gibson after 34 years with the TBSO. Jeff began his career with the TBSO in September 1980 as a French horn player, and moved into the administration side as Comptroller in 2004. Speaking about his tenure with the orchestra, Gibson commented, “I recall a phone call to my home in Montreal late one Sunday evening in September 1980 asking if I could be on a flight the following morning at 7:30 am to Thunder Bay, Ontario to perform as a French horn player with the TBSO, I agreed and so began the richness of a career as a Symphony musician.”