Orchestra Toronto, one of Canada’s oldest and largest community volunteer orchestras, has just appointed a new music director: Danielle Lisboa. Dr. Lisboa succeeds Erroll Gay, who led the orchestra for almost eight years. She holds a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She has been with the orchestra as assistant conductor since September, working alongside Dr. Gay, and was selected among a number of highly qualified candidates for the Music Director position. Speaking of her appointment, Dr. Lisboa said that she is “humbled and very honoured to be part of Orchestra Toronto” and that she is grateful to the orchestra’s musicians for believing in her. “I feel blessed,” she said.
Orchestra News conveys sincerest congratulations and best wishes to Daina Janitis, long-time manager of the London Youth Symphony, on her retirement from the position. We will miss her spirited updates and her championing of the gifted young musicians she has cared for over the years!
A few months ago, we were pleased to help publicize the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation’s award for conducting, presented in commemoration of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary, and in recognition of Sir Ernest MacMillan’s celebrated career as a conductor, in particular his 25 years with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1931-56). We’re now delighted to reveal that three finalists for the award have been chosen: Ghassan Alaboud (Montreal), Geneviève Leclair (Montreal), and Matthew Otto (Toronto). They will lead the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra in front of an audience and jury in Toronto on March 29. For more information, please visit here.
The Niagara Symphony has announced that its Music Director search is now focused on three remaining candidates, following the withdrawal of conductor John Morris Russell from the selection process. In a media release last week, Niagara Symphony Executive Director Jack Mills stated that “we believe, our audiences believe, and indeed Maestro Russell has stated that the remaining three candidates – Timothy Hankewich, Bradley Thachuk and Diane Wittry are exceptional candidates!”
The Canadian Arts Coalition, a national non-partisan arts lobby group, has announced the results of its recent steering committee elections. The new steering committee consists of:
Katherine Carleton, Orchestras Canada (co-chair); Éric Dubeau, Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (co-chair); Bastien Gilbert, Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference; Melissa Gruber, Canadian Artists’ Representation; Sarah Iley, The Banff Centre/Canadian Arts Summit; Shannon Litzenberger, Canadian Dance Assembly; Barbara Ulrich, Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques.