The Windsor Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of a new Chorus Master: Dr. Bruce Kotowich. He begins a one-year renewable contract with the WSO on September 1, 2015. In addition, he will serve as Assistant Professor and Director of Choirs at the School of Creative Arts (SoCA) at the University of Windsor, and Artistic Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale. Dr. Kotowich received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Choral Conducting from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He also holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and the University of Manitoba. He will prepare the WSO Chorus for four performances in the 2015-2016 concert season.
The Lethbridge Symphony has announced the appointment of Nick Sullivan as its new Executive Director, succeeding David Shefsiek. Mr. Sullivan is a Lethbridge native and a member of the orchestra’s trombone section. He also teaches at the University of Lethbridge, and is on the brink of receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts at UBC. Welcome, Nick!
Congratulations to all the people named to, or elevated within the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015! Familiar names in the Canadian orchestral world include: past chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bob Rae; past chair of Symphony Nova Scotia, William Black; well-known Halifax philanthropist Margaret Fountain; former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jacques Israelievitch; renowned contralto and musical ambassador, Marie-Nicole Lemieux; former principal harpist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and well-known harp pedagogue, Judy Loman; and Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Alberta arts philanthropist.