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Les Violons du Roy, in concert with music director Bernard Labadie, have announced a change of title and duties for Maestro Labadie, starting in the 2014-15 season. While remaining deeply involved with the orchestra’s local, national, and international activities, and continuing as music director of La Chapelle de Quebec, he will take the title of Founding Conductor with the orchestra. Speaking about the change, Maestro Labadie said, “I turned 50 this year, and having led Les Violons for almost 30 years, I sense a need for change, to concentrate all of my energies on music, and—to be frank—to test myself a bit. These reflections have led me to want to modify my role with this extraordinary organization.” The orchestra’s board of directors is now in the process of assembling a committee to lead a renewal and search process.

Congratulations to the many distinguished Canadians recently appointed to, or promoted within, the order of Canada. We’d like to offer particularly fervent applause to Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (appointed as an honorary member of the Order), and Jacques Lacombe, music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Riviéres, appointed to the Order as well.

Symphony Nova Scotia has recently announced the return of Heidi MacPhee to the role of Director of Marketing and Communications. She will work with Janice Fuller, who was her parental leave replacement, in SNS’s marketing department.

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The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières has announced the appointment of two musicians to key roles. Congratulations to Louis-Pierre Bergeron, recent winner of the principal horn position, and Éliane Charest-Beauchamp, recent winner of a section second violin role. The two musicians will start work with the OSTR in the coming season.

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“Classe en Résidence” with the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières

“Classe en Résidence” with the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières

This past weekend, twenty-three students from the specialized music program at the Ecole Jean‐XXIII de Saint‐Wenceslas marked the conclusion of an intensive year of work with the musicians of the OSTR – work that included mentorship with OSTR musicians, participation in master classes, and contact with arts managers as well. The students made a trip into Montreal to attend one of the orchestra’s rehearsals at Place des Arts, then performed a short work on the OSTR’s season closing concert. Participating musicians from the OSTR included Marie-Josée Arpin, Sébastien Côté, Ana Drobac, Francine Dufour, David Gélinas, André Godbout, Françoise Henri, Heather Howes, Nicolas Lessard, Caroline Milot, Renée-Claude Perreault and François St-Jean along with the OSTR’s resident conductor, François Pothier Bouchard. Claire-Émilie Calvert and Denis Morneau managed the project. Congratulations, all!

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The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has announced the appointment of Dina Gilbert as the OSM’s new Assistant Conductor, starting with the 2013-2014 season. She’ll work closely with OSM music director Kent Nagano in the role, and will work alongside Nathan Brock, who’s in the newly created role of Conductor in Residence, after 3 successful years as Assistant Conductor.

Symphony Nova Scotia has announced interim leadership, as it launches the search for a new CEO. Barbara Richman of Strategic Arts Management (SAM) will take the reins at SNS starting in mid-May, and her tenure will conclude with the appointment of a permanent leader for the group. Ms Richman is no stranger to the orchestra, having served as its highly-regarded Managing Director from 1995-2000.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s edition of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières’ young performers competition, this year dedicated to the piano. They include Grand Prize (and audience favourite) winner Antoine Rivard-Landry, Jeanne Amiele (second prize) and Isabelle David (third prize).

And congratulations to Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon, winner of a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians Association. The Award is presented annually to a 20+ year TMA member who has demonstrated significant achievement in the areas of musical excellence, music education and/or public service through music, and whose contribution to the musical community has received significant public recognition. Speaking about the award, Ms. Lamon said, “for me, it is always the most significant of honours when it comes from my peers. Only a musician can truly understand the work of another one, so this award from the TMA is extremely touching.”

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AUDITIONS

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
First Violin Section
Second Violin Section
Application deadline/Date limite : June 14 juin 2013

 

TEACHING / ENSEIGNEMENT

Sistema New Brunswick / Sistema Nouveau-Brunswick
Teaching Artists (all instruments) / Artistes enseignants (tous les instruments)
Application deadline/Date limite : ongoing / en cours

 

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Administrator
Application deadline/Date limite : April 26 avril 2013

Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières
Directeur général / Directrice générale
Application deadline/Date limite : April 24 avril 2013

Lethbridge Symphony Association
Executive Director
Application deadline/Date limite : ongoing

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New Seasons

New Seasons

In a particularly creative touch, the Saskatoon Symphony launched its “fresh” new season at the Saskatoon Farmers Market last week! The program, assembled by SSO Music Director Victor Sawa, includes six classical programs, four pops concerts, five special concerts, a new Family Series, and a chamber series featuring the orchestra’s principal players. Highlights include a performance of Vaughan Williams’s The Sea Symphony (with a massed choir), and a program featuring Saskatchewan singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker.

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, led by Anne Manson, announced its 41st anniversary season at a concert last week, and to quote from their release: “the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra will pretty much stick to its winning formula: fresh new music and faces mixed with established traditional repertoire and artists that have achieved true superstar status.” Featured performers include pianists Jan Lisiecki and Marc-Andre Hamelin, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, and the repertoire ranges from Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart to new or newish music by Karen Sunabacka, Jim Hiscott, and Christos Hatzis.

The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, led by music director Jacques Lacombe, launched its 2013-14 concert season last week, an eight-concert series that includes such works as Ravel’s Boléro, celebrated requiem settings by Faure and Verdi, and an array of soloists including André Laplante, cellist Stéphane Tétreault, and such singers as Marianne Fiset and David Pomeroy, along with an array of local choruses and the orchestral class from the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.

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AUDITIONS

Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières
Violon II de section / Violin II Section
Cor solo / Principal Horn
Application deadline/Date limite : May 10 mai 2013

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Principal Viola
Application deadline/Date limite : April 22 avril 2013

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Orchestra Toronto has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director. Samantha Little, a long-time arts administrator, educator and professional musician, will take up her duties with the orchestra on March 18. Little has worked for and performed with a variety of local orchestras, choral, dance and theatre organizations, including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, ORIANA Women’s Choir, Common Thread Chorus, and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.

Congratulations to the three musicians selected as finalists for the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivieres’ 29th annual young performers’ competition, this year for pianists. Isabelle David, Jeanne‐Amièle D. S. Lusignan, and Antoine Rivard‐Landry will vie for the grand prize at a concert by the OSTR on April 20.

Congratulations as well to the three pianists who emerged triumphant from the University of British Columbia’s 2013 Knigge Piano Competition, held in early March. First Prize (and the special award for the best performance of the imposed work, Souvenirs d’Europe by UBC alumnus, Jared Miller) went to New Brunswick native Pierre-André Doucet, now studying at the Université de Montréal with Maneli Pirzadeh. Second prize went to Samuel Deason, and third prize went to Nan Gan.

We salute the winners of the classical categories of the East Coast Music Awards, presented this past weekend in Halifax. Classical composition of the year was Derek Charke’s Between the Shore and the Ships; the recording by Helen Pridmore and Wesley Ferriera of that same work won the Classical Recording of the Year.

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Musical Pairs in Trois-Rivières

Musical Pairs in Trois-Rivières

For the second year in a row, the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières are involved in the Class in Residence project. It’s a partnership with the music program at Jean-XXIII de Saint-Wenceslas school, and the project twins musicians from the orchestra with twenty-three grades 5 and 6 musicians over the course of an entire semester. The professional musicians and their young “twins” discuss music, musical instruments, and the life of a professional musician. There are workshops, and sessions with other cultural professionals – designed to shed light on all that it takes to keep a cultural enterprise artistically and socially vibrant. The project culminates with an open rehearsal in May, and a special spot on the OSTR’s May 11 concert for the student performers.

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Bravi, tutti!

Bravi, tutti!

Last Sunday, January 27, the Québec music community gathered at Montréal’s Salle Bourgie for a celebration of outstanding accomplishment in concert music performance, recording, touring, composition, and scholarship in the 2011-2012 season. The event was the Prix Opus gala, a signature event for the Conseil québecois de la musique (CQM), and many members and friends of Orchestras Canada were honoured.

Winners included:
Recording of the Year (Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionist): Bruckner 4, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Orchestre Metropolitain (ATMA Classique)
Recording of the Year (Modern, Contemporary): Denys Bouliane, Denis Gougeon, John Rea: Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Lorraine Vaillancourt (ATMA Classique)
Composer of the Year: Simon Bertrand (who serves as Composer in Residence with the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil)
Concert of the Year (Regions outside Montreal and Quebec City): Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (“Marc-Andre Hamelin éblouit dans Busoni”)
International Touring: Les Violons du Roy

In all, it was a remarkable afternoon – and our heartiest congratulations to all nominees and winners.

Two additional observations:
The province’s remarkable orchestral musicians were implicated in almost every nomination in every category. Their flexibility and musicianship are called on in almost every genre, from contemporary and jazz to ground-breaking operatic productions;
This observer lost count of the number of award winners who were unable to collect their awards in person due to conflicting engagements in other parts of the world. The exceptional calibre of Quebec’s musicians is recognized internationally, and it’s heartening to see.

For more information, please visit cqm.qc.ca.

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