Posted on 05 June 2013.
From May 28 to 30, Orchestras Canada hosted our national meetings in Toronto. During two-and-a-half days of presentations, discussions, workshops, concerts, and collegial exchange, orchestra CEOs, staff, and music directors from across the country, funders, and other key individuals in the industry gathered for an exploration of creativity, innovation and change. From the opening reception at the Canadian Music Centre to the final presentation and workshop by Richard Evans of EmcArts, OC and our delegates benefited from the generosity of many, many people and organizations. Here’s a quick list of the people we’d like to acknowledge:
Our sponsors and donors, including Great West Life/London Life/Canada Life; Wednesday reception co-hosts Roy Thomson Hall, Grano Restaurant, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; coffee break sponsors Cowan Insurance, Dean Artists, Long and McQuade, and Honens; and delegate kit donors, The Sultans of String, Caline Artists, and Young Associates;
Our host orchestras: the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, both of whom performed with such passion and skill for us, and whose staff were an integral part of the event;
Our presenters: artist and arts educator Robert Kelly; Tafelmusik music director Jeanne Lamon; Loie Fallis, Jennifer Green, and Josh Clavir from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Samantha Zimmerman from Young Associates; Tricia Baldwin, Alex Skoczylas and Réjean Tremblay from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Alan S. Brown from WolfBrown, along with Howard Herring and Craig Hall from the New World Symphony; Aimé Dontigny and Daniel Swift from the Canada Council for the Arts; Richard Evans from EmcArts.
The nine participants in our inaugural Next Generation Leaders program, whose energy, insights, and perspectives brought so much to the gathering: Marie-Hélène Nault Leblanc (Saskatoon Symphony); Sarah Boonstra (Windsor Symphony); Andrew Mellanby (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony); Blanche Israel (University of Toronto Scarborough); Geoffrey Shoesmith; Faye Bontje (Halifax Music Coop); Stephanie Miletic and Tim Crouch (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra); Tanya Derksen (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra). We also thank everyone involved in our first-ever mentoring program – both those who’d formally agreed to meet with one of the Next Generation Leaders (Thérèse Boutin, Orchestre symphonique de Québec; Vicki Young, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra; Jeff Alexander, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tricia Baldwin, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Christopher Deacon, National Arts Centre Orchestra; Ann Lewis-Luppino, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Roberta Smith, Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Leanne Davis, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; and Genevieve Twomey, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) – and those who took the time to engage in discussion with these inspiring young people;
Orchestras Canada’s board of directors, who committed important resources from OC’s Strategic Fund to underwrite travel bursaries for the Next Generation Leaders, and smaller budget orchestra staff;
The team behind the scenes, who made it all work: Sarah Bobak, Anastasia Tchernikova, and Debra Chandler at Orchestras Canada; our amazing volunteers, Natalie Bogdon, Will Callaghan, Jennifer Caines, Aysel Taghi-Zada, and Nonna Aroutiounian; and the team at Hart House, University of Toronto, who proved to be such capable and resourceful hosts.
Most of the sessions at the meetings were recorded, and our summer student, Anastasia Tchernikova, will spend the next few weeks editing them for dissemination on Orchestras Canada’s YouTube channel. Watch for more updates!