The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, Dale Barltrop, has recently been appointed to the co-concertmaster position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in his native Australia. Mr. Barltrop will continue “uninterrupted” in his current role in Vancouver, and the VSO notes that “the musicians of the VSO, Music Director Bramwell Tovey, the Board and Staff are all excited for Dale, and all wish Dale the very best in his new position. We look forward to continuing to work with Dale, in the 95th Anniversary Season and beyond.”
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has announced the resignation of Executive Director Genevieve Twomey, who will be returning to the United States with her family in the fall. In making the announcement, KWS Board Chair Catherine Copp noted the tremendous energy, creativity and professionalism that Ms Twomey has shown during her tenure. A search committee has been formed, and Ms Twomey will provide transitional leadership this fall.
Congratulations to Emma Morrison, who’s just been accepted as a member of the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, a professional position. Ms Morrison, a 17-year old high school student from Brantford, is a student of Erika Raum’s at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and also plays with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil has announced the appointment of violinist Caroline Chéhadé as its new concertmaster.
Coburg Ontario’s Northumberland Orchestra and Chorus has announced the appointment of John Kraus as their new music director, succeeding Michael Newnham in the role. Mr. Kraus teaches at Lakefield College School, and is an experienced instrumental and choral leader. Speaking about the appointment, NOC chair Jeff Mitchell said, “John is a strong collaborator with a deep sensitivity to needs of the local community, both from a musician and audience perspective.”