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Season Openings

Season Openings

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Glenn Klassen, begins its 2014-15 season on Monday, October 6 with a performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (The Romantic) and Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites.  As Maestro Klassen says in the media release for this concert, “Our audiences will certainly be proud to have this scale of orchestral music alive and well in Southern Alberta.”  The LSO is on a high, as reported by board chair Sandy Brunelle:  last season “set new audience records, brought on many new sponsors and donors from our generous community, and reached more young people than ever before. Momentum is most certainly building.”

Orchestre Metropolitain opens its 34th season October 3 and 4 with a rare performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, in the performing edition prepared by musicologist Deryck Cooke.  Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Orchestra London kicks off its 2014-15 season on October 4 with a performance of music by Gary Kulesha, Brahms, and Dvorak.  Kevin Mallon conducts, and cellist Thomas Wiebe is soloist in the Dvorak concerto.

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The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that Music Director James Sommerville will be stepping down at the end of the 2013-14 season, his seventh season with the orchestra. Speaking about his pending departure to the Hamilton Spectator, Mr. Sommerville said that his future plans included an expanding role as principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, more teaching, and more availability for guest conducting. The HPO has appointed a search committee to begin the process of finding his successor. To read more, please visit thespec.com.

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of veteran Canadian arts administrator David Shefsiek to the role of General Manager. He will join the orchestra on a consulting basis this fall, and will take on the position on a full-time basis midway through the season. Mr. Shefsiek is currently managing director of Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, and has held leadership positions at Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and New York City’s Big Apple Circus. In addition to his work with the Symphony, David will be a Voice and Musical Theatre Instructor at the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music at CASA.

The North Bay Symphony is pleased to welcome Leanne Miners as their new Marketing and Operations Coordinator.  Leanne has held marketing and fundraising positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Roy Thomson Hall, and has also served as General Manager for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

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The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has announced, with regret, the resignation of Dawn Leite, its Executive Director.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of a new Resident Conductor, Julian Pellicano. An American, Mr. Pellicano is on the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge MA, and a rising guest conductor with a number of prestigious engagements on his calendar.

The Orchestre symphonique de Quebec has announced the appointment of Mme Thérèse Boutin as its new Présidente directrice générale. She will start in the role on May 6. Speaking about the appointment, Olga Farnon, chair of the OSQ board, said, “We are happy to know that we can count on Mme Boutin’s knowledge of the cultural milieu and her significant experience in management : two strengths that will facilitate the growth of the OSQ.” And, of course, Mme Boutin is chair of Orchestras Canada’s board of directors: on behalf of all of us at OC, best wishes to Therese in this new role!

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Opera in Lethbridge

Opera in Lethbridge

Following on the success of last year’s production of The Magic Flute, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra recently partnered with the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop and VoxMusica to bring fully-staged opera to Lethbridge. This year’s work of choice was Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and the production featured a 1920s theme, beautiful sets and costumes, and an English translation. The production ran over two nights last weekend, and was conducted by LSO music director Glenn Klassen.

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Chamber Concerts Everywhere!

Chamber Concerts Everywhere!

For the third week in a row, we’re reporting on chamber performances presented by Canadian orchestral musicians under the auspices of their orchestra.

This Friday night, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra presents a program in its long-running chamber series featuring its busy resident string quartet, Musaeus, plus LSO principal clarinetist (and University of Lethbridge instructor, and Director of the Conservatory) Margaret Mezei.  The repertoire includes music by Haydn, Brahms (the Clarinet Quintet) and Behind the Red Door, a work by Alberta composer Arthur Bachmann.   Musaeus—made up of Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra principal string players–was founded in 1982, and gives approximately forty public performances each year, including  the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music concert series and the Musaeus at Noon series performed at the Lethbridge Public Library.  For more information, please visit lethbridgesymphony.org.

Musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal present a chamber music program at the Maison symphonique on November 27, featuring works by Bartók, Martinu, Kodaly, and Ravel performed by OSM members, along with guest performers Sylvie Drapeau (narrator), and pianists Jimmy Brière and Richard Raymond.  For more information, please visit osm.ca.

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New Seasons

New Seasons

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2011-12 season – its 51st! The season includes a five-concert Masters Series, highlighted by a concert performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (in partnership with the University of Lethbridge’s Opera Workshop); a chamber series featuring Musaeus, the orchestra’s core string group (augmented with special guests); and an active education and community engagement program. At the same time, the group has announced an ambitious program of friend- and fund-raising events that include a dinner dance, wine raffle, golf tournament, wine tasting and a Ladies’ Night Out.

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It’s been a big week at I Musici de Montreal. The Montreal-based chamber orchestra has announced the appointment of Jean-Marie Zeitouni as its new music director, effective June 1. He will balance this new role with duties at the Columbus (OH) Symphony, and will lead three concerts in 2011-12 and more in succeeding seasons.

At the same time, I Musici has confirmed the retirement of founding music director Yuli Turovsky, who founded the ensemble 27 years ago, and who is retiring from the role for health reasons following his last concert on May 18. Speaking about Maestro Turovsky’s retirement, IM musician representative said, “All of I Musici’s musicians observe Yuli Turovsky’s departure with great emotion: these past years under his leadership remained engraved on our hearts, a precious heritage and an ongoing source of inspiration.”

Finally, I Musici has announced the appointment of Stephanie Rose as its new directrice générale, effective April 26. A trained musician and arts administrator, Mme Rose has worked as an arts consultant and directrice générale of the Fondation de l’École nationale de cirque.

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the retirement of Lance Elbeck, its Concertmaster of 33 seasons, at the conclusion of the 2011/2012 season. The HPO will audition concertmaster candidates through the 2011/2012 season; however, Mr. Elbeck will officially remain as concertmaster to the conclusion of the 11/12 season. Speaking about Mr. Elbeck, HPO Music Director James Sommerville said, “Lance has always been the kind of co-operative and collaborative colleague that all musicians appreciate. I know his departure will be deeply felt by our loyal audience, as much as by those of us fortunate enough to have shared the stage with him over the course of his long and illustrious Hamilton career.”

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the retirement of its long-time Concertmaster, Cenek Vrba, for health reasons. He has served in the role for a remarkable 36 years, working with five different CPO music directors through the evolution of the orchestra through that time. Commenting on Mr. Vrba’s contributions to the CPO, Music Director Roberto Minczuk said, “His command of the instrument and his musical leadership of the Orchestra clearly shows an artist who knows his craft entirely and is able to follow every gesture, every nuance in the musical score and convey it very clearly to his section and the Orchestra. “He always made music with a lot of joy. In performance, he never spared himself but always played with all of his energy and heart, in a way that I could personally identify. I will miss him greatly as one of the most important leaders of the CPO.”

Natasha Bood, former executive director of the Regina Symphony, is now Director of Administration & Operations at Toronto Summer Music and Academy.

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of its recent Young Artists Competition. Percussionist Matt Groenheide was the overall winner, and he will perform Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof for timpani and orchestra with the Symphony next season as part of the LSO Master Series. Sarah Viejou (horn), and Audrina Steciw (soprano), took second and third place respectively.

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New works from across the country

New works from across the country

On March 28, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra will perform Shadowcatcher, a recently-composed concerto for brass quintet and orchestra by Eric Ewazen. The work was inspired by “the mysterious and beautiful photographs of Native Americans by Edward Curtis”, an American photographer who documented his travels through the American West in the early decades of the 20th Century. www.lethbridgesymphony.org

On March 29, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (led by music director Anne Manson) will give the world premiere performance of a new work by Serouj Kradjian entitled Trobairitz Ysabella. The work will feature Kradjian’s wife, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, and is inspired, , in Kradjian’s words, “by the lives, poetry and music of the trobairitz, female troubadours of the 12th and 13th centuries in Europe, considered the first known female composers of Western secular music.” The program will then travel to the Banff Centre for a repeat performance on April 1.  www.manitobachamberorchestra.org

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The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra is now accepting entries for its 2011 Young Artist Competition, described as “a unique opportunity for talented young musicians from Southern Alberta to perform in public, with the winner being invited to play as a guest soloist with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.” The competition runs every two years, and is now celebrating its 25th birthday. Entries are due March 1, and application forms and guidelines are available on the LSO website here.

The UBC School of Music has announced the eight finalists in its fourth annual Knigge Music Competition in Piano, scheduled to take place February 26 and 27. The competition is open to pianists from across Canada, aged 16 – 25, and is funded by a generous gift from Dieter and Hanne-Lore Knigge. The finalists include: Samuel Dharma, WonYong Jo, Helen Kashap, Katsiaryna Khatsko, Connie Kim-Sheng, Rudin Lengo, Alexander Malikov, and SeungWon Suk. The final round jury is made up of William Aide, John O’Conor and Jean Saulnier. As an added feature this year, competitors will get to choose their piano – either the School of Music’s house Steinway (D466), or a Fazioli (F278) piano on loan for the competition.

With the goal of “redefining the world of music competitions for the 21st century”, Calgary’s Honens Competition has just announced a series of enhancements to the 2012 competition, scheduled to run from October 17-26, 2012. The enhancements will affect pianist eligibility, competition length, jury composition, pianists’ requirements, and the cash and artistic and career development awards. Notable changes? A limit to the number of pianists invited to take part in all stages of the competition, an elimination of repertoire restrictions, an enhanced focus on collaborative pianism (demonstrated in a recital setting) and powers of articulation (demonstrated in interviews with a professional arts journalist), changes to jury composition, and a greatly enhanced cash prize for the winner, making the Honens the richest competition in the world of international music competitions for emerging concert artists. As well, the competition will name only one Laureate in 2012 Honens, noting that “by presenting this award to a single Laureate, Honens intensifies its efforts in delivering a transformative experience to a young artist that translates into a meaningful career.” You can learn more about it here.

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Grand Kick Off to the Lethbridge Symphony’s Masters Series

Grand Kick Off to the Lethbridge Symphony’s Masters Series

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this season, and its Master Series starts in a grand way on November 22 with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Featured soloists are Janet Youngdahl, soprano; Sandra Stringer, mezzo-soprano; Blaine Hendsbee, tenor; and George Evelyn, bass-baritone, and the large chorus is comprised of Vox Musica, the Lethbridge College Community Choir and the Lethbridge Christian Men’s Choir, all under the leadership of LSO music director Glenn Klassen.

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Next Generation Leaders Orientation Session

Oakham House, Riel Room
63 Gould Street
8:00-9:00 am

Katherine Carleton
Andrew Mellanby

Orchestras Canada’s Next Generation Leaders program, now in its second year, is a competitive national bursary program designed to help talented future leaders with a keen interest in Canadian orchestras, and under the age of 35, to attend the National Meetings, and engage in in-depth conversations with senior leaders in the field. This year’s NGL participants include:

Emily Carr (Thunder Bay Symphony)
Jeremy David Krahn (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra)
Allison Luff (Regina Symphony)
Marie-Anne Perreault (Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil)
Faeron Pileggi (Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
Bryn Richards (Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra)
Kevin Zakresky (Prince George Symphony Orchestra)

The program is underwritten by Orchestras Canada’s Strategic Reserve Fund.

Culture Track 2014: Examining the Evolving Behaviors of Cultural Audiences (Plenary)

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
9:00-11:00 am

Maggie Hartnick, Associate Director, Strategy and Branding
Hil Moss, Associate Strategist

Elaine Calder, Executive Director, Shaw Festival
Robert Fraser, Chair, Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians
Denny Young, Vice President, Development, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Culture Track 2014 is the culmination of a decade of national research (fielded 6 times since 2001) that focused exclusively on attitudes, motivators, and barriers of culturally active audiences. LaPlaca Cohen built on existing research studies and dug deeper into what’s really driving or discouraging cultural participation. The findings include a new – broader – definition of culture, how people plan for and engage with organizations and with culture, and how people perceive an organization as worthy of participation or donation, among others.

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We are the only strategy, design, and full-service advertising firm in the US that exclusively serves the creative and cultural sector. The result is that we have become strategic partners for our clients, addressing needs that no other single resource can.

Our passion fuels our expertise. We thrive on the dynamism of the ever-changing cultural landscape and the opportunities it creates to engage, enlighten, and inspire.

Attesting to our dedication to service and our ability to deliver and sustain results, we have been privileged to work with an unrivaled roster of leading museums, performing arts organizations, architecture firms, orchestras, dance companies, corporate sponsors, foundations, and collectors.

Long & McQuade Coffee Break


Long & McQuade is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in Canada, with 63 locations from British Columbia to Newfoundland. This means that if you’re a touring musician, you’ll have the benefit of dealing with a familiar store with consistent sales, supplies and service, no matter where your homebase is.

Balancing Act: The Financial Health of Canadian Symphony Orchestras (Plenary)

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
1:30-2:30 pm

Renaud Legoux, Associate Professor of Marketing, HEC Montreal

Perspectives on Recording and Digital Strategies (Panel Discussion)

Oakham House, Layton Room
63 Gould Street
2:30-3:30 pm

Moderator: Randy Barnard
Tricia Baldwin, Managing Director, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Marie-Josée Desrochers, Director of Strategic Planning and International Relations, Artistic Department, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Rick Dunlop, VP Sales and Marketing, NAXOS Canada

This session is generously sponsored by Beatty Media Projects.
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For the last 20 years, I produced concerts with professional orchestras across Canada. Known for strategic integration of innovative ideas and new technology, I helped create partnerships, develop audiences, and bring in new revenue. I love to connect with others who create intriguing projects and get things done. My favorite work identifies community need, creates lasting results, and engages new, young and remote audiences.

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Finding and Keeping a Younger Audience: What's working?

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
2:30-3:30 pm

Moderator: Renaud Legoux
Jennifer Bryan, Director of Sales, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Tim Crouch, Marketing Coordinator, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Kimberly Raycroft, Senior Marketing Officer, National Arts Centre Orchestra

This session is generously sponsored by TicketPro.

Finding and Keeping a Younger Audience: Sponsored by TicketPro


Ticketpro Canada Inc. is a leading provider of box office software and online ticket sales and services for entertainment events. We specialize in feature-rich solutions for venues, festivals, event organizations, producers and promoters.

Dean Artists Coffee Break 2

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“Dean Artists Management specializes in the management of classically trained singers, conductors of singers, and opera stage directors/choreographers. Founded by owner Bruce Dean as the classical music division of The Talent House (www.talenthouse.ca), Canada’s most successful classical agency has branches in Toronto and New York. After twenty years in international arts management, we remain attuned to the trends of the opera and classical music markets, and to the visions of our colleagues and clients.

Working as a team to strategically broaden the careers of established artists, Dean Artists Management is equally known for its ability to nurture and guide emerging careers. Our artists include specialists in both early and contemporary music, carefully chosen “cross-over” artists, and those directors and conductors who have a particular knowledge of, and affinity for, opera, choral and vocal orchestral repertoire.”

Deepening Community Toward Strategic Engagement (Plenary)

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
4:00-5:15 pm

Speaker: Paul Born

Paul Born, author, Ashoka Fellow, and President of Tamarack Institute will give a talk and lead a short workshop inspired by his recent book, “Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times”. In chaotic times like these we naturally reach out to each other for security, sense making and belonging. Many years of not really needing each other and over-relying on professional intervention to meet our individual and community needs have left us with diminished skills and resources for community. How can we build community in our lives, our organizations, and in the places we live? Paul’s powerful and often humorous stories provide concrete examples that inspire individuals to reach out to others and work together.

Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Kontakthof

Making its Toronto premiere and marking the 40th anniversary of choreographer Pina Bausch’s legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal, Kontakthof is the crowning achievement of her too-brief career. First staged in 1978, it has earned global praise as a masterful examination of the eternal battle of the sexes; wherein whatever harmony is achieved is ultimately scuttled because male and female forces are inevitably opposed. The setting is a drab dance hall, as separated groups of women and men slowly interact. The need, and quest, for not just intimacy but love ignites a spectrum of actions and reactions, sometimes angrily, often comically, always brilliantly.

Critical Response Workshop (Plenary)

KPMG, 333 Bay St, 46th Floor
9:00-10:30 am

Judy Harquail
Tim Yerxa
Sam Varteniuk

Our three facilitators will lead attendees through a Critical Response process, using the Tanztheater Wuppertal performance as the departure point. (A ticket to the performance is included in all meeting registrations.) Deceptively simple, the power of the process is extraordinary: it encourages reflection, connection, and inclusion in group discussions about any complex shared experience. In addition, the facilitator does not need to be an expert on the subject and only requires minimal education on the process itself.


Cowan Insurance Coffee Break 3

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As one of the preeminent insurance brokerage and consulting operations in Canada, Cowan specializes in providing the best value to businesses, organizations and individuals for their insurance and risk management needs. Cowan Insurance Group represents the leading national and international insurance companies in order to provide the best balance of coverage, risk management services and specialized expertise available to each and every client.

Canadian orchestras and Federal Government Priorities

Moderator: Micheline McKay
Jeff Alexander, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Thérèse Boutin, Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Brian Emmett, Chief Economist, Imagine Canada
Paul Wells, Political Editor, Maclean’s

What can we do today to initiate positive change for ourselves, our orchestras, our community?

Facilitator-in-chief: Jane Marsland

Orchestras Canada’s new strategic plan is predicated on collaboration – the belief that better collaboration between orchestras will further the cause of orchestral music in Canada, enhance the resiliency of the sector, and make every orchestra stronger. We think OC has a key role to play in facilitating this collaboration – but we need your input!

This conference-closing session will begin with an open forum to confirm topics that you think are the most amenable to a collaborative approach, whether led by members or led by OC (Research and analysis? Collaborative artistic/education projects? Advocacy? Digital strategy? You tell us!)

Move into facilitated breakout sessions for in-depth discussions and rapid prototyping of the ideas your group finds most compelling, and conclude with a report-back to the plenary.

We look forward to your input and your energy!



Associate Director, Strategy & Branding, LaPlaca Cohen

Maggie’s diverse experience in the fields of art, architecture, and design gives her a distinct edge for driving content direction, ideation, and strategic ideas for the cultural world. She has helped to direct messaging, marketing, and communications strategies for renowned national and international projects in the private and public sector that range from urban planning, museums, and performing arts, to education, hospitality, and interactive technology.

Maggie has been involved in the art and architecture world in a variety of ways, including journalism, teaching, curating, and advocating. Before joining LaPlaca Cohen, she was a Senior Manager of Content Strategy, Communications and New Media at the architecture and design firm, Rockwell Group.

Maggie received a MA in Art and Architectural History from The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, and a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts from Amherst College.


Associate Strategist, LaPlaca Cohen

With a background in both the performing arts and the global contemporary art world, Hil brings a diverse range of insights into the cultural landscape and the unique opportunities that organizations possess as they move into the future. Hil received a BA in Art History and a certificate in African Studies from Princeton University, where her undergraduate thesis focused on new models of collaborative art practice spearheaded by burgeoning artists in Kampala, Uganda—where she also assisted in planning for the development of the first multi-disciplinary arts center in the country. Prior to joining LaPlaca Cohen, she interned in the Deputy Director’s Office of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation & Museum.

Hil sits on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Triangle Club, the oldest touring collegiate musical-comedy troupe in the United States, in which she previously performed as an actress and served as the organization’s President


President, Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians

Robert Fraser (goes by “Bob” to all his friends) has been the bass trombonist in the Victoria Symphony since 1990. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Brandon University, a Licentiate in Trombone Performance from McGill University, and Master of Arts in Musicology/Performance from the University of Victoria.

During the 2005-06 season, Bob was acting bass trombonist of the Calgary Philharmonic, and held a similar position in the Winnipeg Symphony in the fall of 2009; in both instances replacing a musician on sabbatical leave. In addition to his work with the Victoria Symphony, he performs regularly as a trombonist in groups as diverse as the Palm Court Light Orchestra, the Festive Brass (at The Butchart Gardens), and Victoria’s own Renaissance wind band, “A Great Noyse” where he plays an array of wind instruments, including recorder, crumhorn and the ancestor of the trombone, the sackbut.

Besides the trombone, Bob is a chorister, singing with the St. Christopher’s Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, the chamber choir Vox Humana, and the eight-voice ensemble Raincoast Voices. He enjoys lecturing and teaching as well, giving pre-concert talks for the Victoria Symphony and occasional lectures on orchestral music and music history for various groups.

Bob has also worked as a long-time advocate for musicians, as Secretary-Treasurer of the Musicians’ Association of Victoria and the Islands (Local 247, CFM) from 1991-2002, and as Secretary of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) from 2003-2013. In August 2013 he was elected President of OCSM.

Bob occasionally performs music with his wife, Ann, a violinist who specializes in early music. And when he’s not chasing his Abyssinian cat, Jack, around the house, he feeds his addiction to cryptic crosswords and Facebook.


Executive Director, Shaw Festival

Elaine Calder is one of North America’s most experienced performing arts administrators. Between 1994 and 2012 Ms. Calder held executive leadership positions with the Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Centre, Hartford Stage, the Edmonton Symphony and the Oregon Symphony, before returning to the Shaw Festival as its Executive Director in September 2012 – a position she held previously, from 1990 to 1994. She has led significant financial recoveries at most of these organizations, primarily by increasing attendance and earned and contributed income, rather than by cutting expenditures. She took the Edmonton Symphony to Ottawa for the NAC’s 2005 Alberta Scene Festival with a program of music by five contemporary Alberta composers, and produced its first recording of the music of John Estacio. Similarly, she took the Oregon Symphony to Carnegie Hall for its triumphant performance at the 2011 Spring For Music Festival, and produced its Grammy-nominated recording of that program, entitled Music for a Time of War. Despite her return to theatre she continues to love the symphonic repertoire and orchestral musicians and so far this year has attended concerts by the orchestras of Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.


Vice President of Development, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Denny Young has held senior fundraising and communications positions in a number of sectors including health, social service, and the arts. He currently serves as a member of the senior management team of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the role of Vice-President, Development. In this position he has the privilege of working with a dedicated team of 14 staff and many passionate volunteers – all tirelessly engaged in developing support for the orchestra’s annual operations and building the TSO’s endowment.

A regular speaker and lecturer on nonprofit management, Denny is also a part-time faculty member at Ryerson University in the Nonprofit Management Program and at Humber College in the Fundraising Management program.


Associate Professor, Marketing –HCE Montreal

Renaud Legoux is Associate Professor of Marketing at HEC Montréal. He received his PhD in Management with a concentration in Marketing from McGill University. He is the director of the Master in Management of Cultural Enterprises. Before his academic career, he worked as a manager for a professional theater company. His current research interests include arts marketing, consumer satisfaction, and sponsorship.


Director of Sales, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Jennifer Bryan has dedicated over 10 years of her life to arts marketing. After graduating with an arts degree in music, she quickly realized that the glamorous life of a jazz guitarist was not for her. After being taught by the best in the biz at Humber College, Jennifer learned the marketing ropes at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. She has since spent 7 years at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and is currently Director of Sales, where she focuses on (and delights in) growing audiences and ticket revenue in this wonderfully challenging cultural landscape.


Author, Ashoka Fellow, President of Tamarack Institute

Paul Born is the President and cofounder of the Tamarack Institute which since 2001 has provided leadership in Canada on issues of citizen engagement, collaborative leadership and community innovation. Prior to Tamarack, Paul Born was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Opportunities Development Association one of Canada’s leading community economic development organizations that were recognized by the United Nations as one of the top 40 projects in the world. He was elected into the world’s largest network of social innovators, as a Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2013.


Program Manager, Ontario Performance Arts Presenting Networke

Judy has over 30 years of experience working in the performing arts. Her previous accomplishments include directing and executing touring activity for some of Canada’s most highly respected dance and opera companies, developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns and working in collaboration with an extensive range of arts organizations and arts professionals across Canada, the United States, and throughout the world. Amongst the many projects she is currently working on, she is Program Manager for Ontario Presents where she is responsible for the Ontario Dances and Theatre Connects program, the Audience Demographic Mapping program and CCI’s block booking program. She also has extensive experience dealing with all levels of government funding agencies having worked on contract for the Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage assisting in the launch of the Arts Presentation Canada Program in Ontario. Judy is the 2007 recipient of the National Arts Centre award for distinguished contribution to touring and the 2011 Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture in Ontario.


General Manager, The Registry Theatre

Sam Varteniuk is General Manager of The Registry Theatre, and Artistic Director of JM Drama Alumni. He has spent 15 years writing, directing, producing, and starring in stage plays, short films, and sketch comedy. Sam has worked extensively in the world of Drama Therapy/Theatre for Social Change, collaborating with mental health organizations, seniors’ communities, and newcomers to Canada to tell their stories; he recently embarked on another such collaboration with KW’s Extend-A-Family.


Program Officer, Music Section, Canada Council for the Arts

Daniel Swift, a conductor and a musicologist, was artistic director of two Canadian orchestras, and guest conducted ensembles and orchestras in Canada, Europe and the United States. He currently holds the position of Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. At Orchestras Canada’s 2014 National Meeting, on Friday June 13, he will lead an ideas exchange session on support to Canadian composers and conductors as it relates to the orchestra milieu.

Conductor and musicologist Daniel Swift studied oboe and composition at the Conservatory in Trois-Rivières, music history and musicology at Laval University in Québec, and conducting with Pierre Dervaux and Jean-Pierre Jacquillat in Paris. He has been music director of l’Ensemble instrumental de Trois-Rivières, the Laval University orchestra and of the Ensemble instrumental des Jeunesses musicales du Canada (Montréal). Winner of the Heinz Unger Conducting Award in 1983, he was assistant conductor for Boris Brott with the Hamilton Philharmonic and Uri Mayer with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra before becoming conductor and Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (1984-1992) and of the Niagara Symphony (1999-2008).

A frequent guest of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio-Canada, Mr. Swift has regularly conducted concerts both for regional and national broadcast. He has also guest conducted numerous orchestras in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Particularly interested in the French repertoire, Daniel Swift directed in Paris and New York (1989), a revival of Francis Poulenc’s musical play Le Gendarme incompris, which he rediscovered during musicological research in France. He participated in the preparation of an edition of this work for music publisher Salabert. As well, he has recorded three ballets of French composer Henri Sauguet with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra on the SM5000 label. This CD entitled Parisian Ballets was unanimously recommended by music magazines in Japan, France and the United States.

Daniel Swift has also worked as Music Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts (1992-1999) where, through the years, he managed Sound Recording, New Music, Commissioning, Residencies, Professional Orchestras and Opera/Music Theatre programs.


President and CEO, Vancouver Symphony Society

Jeff Alexander was named to the position of President & CEO of the Vancouver Symphony Society in September 2000. As such, he serves as the chief administrator for the organization, responsible for overseeing board, government and community relations, long-range planning, and day-to-day management for Western Canada’s largest performing arts organization and Canada’s third largest symphony orchestra with an annual budget of over $14 million.

Since his appointment, Alexander has worked closely with VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey, the organization’s Board of Directors, musicians, staff and volunteers to strengthen every aspect of the organization’s artistic, fiscal, community, governance and administrative activities. With the implementation of a new strategic plan in 2002, subsequent updates, and a wide variety of new programs, the organization has experienced significant growth in subscription and single ticket sales, as well as individual, corporate and government support, resulting in a surplus on annual operations for nine of the last ten years.

Alexander has also supported a number of innovations at the VSO, including the reformatting, expansion and creation of concert series; significant growth in the organization’s educational and community programs and community partnerships; the use of video screens in the concert hall; the Society’s first endowment campaign ($10.2M raised to date); the purchase and implementation of Tessitura (the first orchestra in Canada to own and operate this integrated ticketing/fundraising software package developed by the Metropolitan Opera); the planning and implementation of an Asia-Pacific tour with concerts in Korea, Macau and China in October 2008 (the first international tour for the orchestra in 17 years); a May 2009 tour to Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City (the orchestra’s first performances in these cities in 33 years); a January 2013 tour to the U.S. West Coast (the orchestra’s first U.S. tour in 35 years) and the creation of the state-of-the-art 25,000 square foot VSO School of Music directly next to the orchestra’s home, the Orpheum Theatre, now home to over 950 students and 60 faculty members. The result has been a renewed spirit of support and admiration for the orchestra locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining the VSO, Alexander spent sixteen years at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, including twelve as General Manager. As such, he was the “second in command” for the sixth oldest and eighth largest orchestra in the United States, with an annual budget of $28 million. In this position, he managed an orchestra of 99 full time musicians, and was responsible for all elements of program planning, concert production, and orchestra relations. He participated in four master agreement negotiations; planned and managed 12 domestic tours, each with concerts in Carnegie Hall, and four international tours, with concerts throughout Europe and Asia.

Alexander was responsible for the production of over sixty recordings and seven national television programs for both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He served on the Steering Committee which planned activities for the Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Season in 1995; a 1998 Long Range Planning Task Force; and in 1999 the Music Director Search Committee.
Concurrent with the above, Alexander managed the Cincinnati May Festival, an annual choral festival founded in 1873 for which the CSO is the official orchestra.

Prior to being named General Manager, he served the CSO as Director of Regional and Educational Programs, overseeing all educational activities, and a series of orchestral and chamber music concerts in sixteen communities throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

From 1982 to 1984, Alexander served as General Manager of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in Texas and from 1980 to 1982 as General Manager of Grapa Concerts in New York City, an artist management firm specializing in organizing Latin American tours for North American and European soloists and ensembles.

Jeff Alexander is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he majored in French Horn Performance. He has been a member of the League of American Orchestras since 1984 and Orchestras Canada since 2000. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Orchestras Canada in 2001 and during the subsequent ten years served on its Nominating, Executive Director Search and Bylaw Review Committees, was Vice-Chair of the Board from 2005 – 2007, Chair from 2007 – 2009 and in 2010 chaired its Leadership & Professional Development Task Force. He has served on adjudication panels for the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, YWCA of Greater Vancouver and the Alcan Awards, as well as a member of the City of Vancouver’s 125thAnniversary Advisory Committee, and for six years the Vancouver Foundation’s Arts & Culture Advisory Committee.


President and CEO, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

An experienced manager with a passion for culture, Thérèse Boutin (President and CEO of l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec) has worked in the arts, education and communications field for most of her 35-year career. Beginning as a journalist with CBC/Radio-Canada, she quickly leaped into the management field, working in media, public administration, education and music, in Ontario and in Québec. Additionally, Ms. Boutin has been a senior partner in a communications and strategic planning consulting company for the past 20 years.

A graduate of Laurentian University, where she obtained a BA in Political Science, Thérèse Boutin also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from York University, a Masters in Public Administration from Queen’s and an MB from l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

A woman of action and dedication, she has been a member of various Boards from the Chamber of Commerce to the local Conservatory including schools, choirs community groups.

After leading a successful restructuring of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (2006-2013), she was named CEO of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec in May 2013.

She joined the Board of Orchestras Canada in November 2007, was its chair from 2011-2013 and is now past-chair. She has also been on the Board of the Conseil québécois de la musique.


Chief Economist, Imagine Canada (Charitable and Nonprofit Sector)

Brian Emmett is an economics graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Essex in England, and has enjoyed a long and distinguished public service career. He was Canada’s first Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in the late 1990s and worked extensively on Canada’s Green Plan. He also served as Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in the early 2000s and has been an Assistant Deputy Minister in a number of federal government departments. As the Chief Economists at Imagine Canada, Brian Emmett measures the impact of the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector and brings economic issues facing charities and nonprofits to the forefront of public policy decision makers.


Political Editor, Maclean’s

Paul Wells, political editor of Maclean’s magazine, has reinvigorated Canadian political writing for more than a decade. His career began in Montreal at The Gazette in 1989; in 1997 he became the Gazette’s national affairs columnist, and then moved to the National Post for its launch in 1998. In 2003, he joined Maclean’s, where he has won two gold National Magazine Awards for his writing on politics. A regular commentator for both English – and French – language television and radio, he is also the author of The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing and the John W. Dafoe Prize for Canadian non-fiction.


Arts Consultant, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and ARTS Action Research

Jane Marsland has been an articulate advocate for the arts for many years and has served on a wide range of boards, advisory groups and committees. Jane was co-founder and director of ARTS 4 CHANGE, a three-year program designed to create positive change for and by arts professionals in Toronto, as well as co-founder and Director of Technical Assistance of the Creative Trust: Working Capital for the Arts.

Ms. Marsland has managed arts organizations since 1970 and was General Manager of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1982 to 1999. Since 1999, Jane has been working as a free-lance arts consultant and has worked with more than 100 arts organizations. Currently Jane is working with the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and ARTS Action Research on a new community initiative, Theatres Leading Change Toronto involving 18 small and midsized theatre and dance organizations.

She has been the recipient of two arts community awards: a “Harold’ in 2001 and the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2002. In 1995, she received the first M. Joan Chalmers Award for Arts Administration for outstanding leadership in the arts. In 2011, she was the winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award.

In January 2012 Jane was awarded the first Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellowship in the Arts to examine Shared Platforms and Charitable Venture Organizations and their applicability to the performing arts sector in Ontario.


Vice President Classics and Jazz – Naxos of Canada (2004 to present)

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