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Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Associate Principal/Utility Trumpet
Application deadline/Date limite : January 13 janvier 2014

 

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

National Arts Centre Orchestra / Orchestre du Centre national des Arts
General Manager / Gestionnaire principal(e)
Application deadline/Date limite : January 31 janvier 2014

 

 

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Symphony Nova Scotia
First Assistant Concertmaster / Premier assistant violon solo
Principal Second Violin / Second violon solo
Application deadline/Date limite : December 20 décembre 2013

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Viola / Alto solo
Application deadline/Date limite : December 28 décembre 2013

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Assistant-timbalier et section percussions / Assistant timpani and percussion section
Application deadline/Date limite : January 10 janvier 2014

 

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Executive Director
Application deadline/Date limite : ongoing/en cours

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
President and Chief Executive Officer
Application deadline/Date limite : ongoing/en cours

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Development Manager
Application deadline/Date limite : November 25 novembre 2013

 

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Sudbury Symphony Orchestra / Orchestre symphonique de Sudbury
Principal Cello / Violoncelle solo
Application deadline/Date limite : November 14 novembre 2013

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Associate Principal/Utility Bassoon
Application deadline/Date limite : November 8 novembre 2013

 

CONDUCTORS / DIRECTEURS MUSICAUX

Georgian Bay Symphony
Music Director
Application deadline/Date limite : December 8 décembre 2013

 

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Development Manager
Application deadline/Date limite : December 8 décembre 2013

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Find Orchestras Canada on Vimeo!

Find Orchestras Canada on Vimeo!

The 2013 National Meeting presentations are now up on our new Vimeo site in both French and in English. Relive Richard Evans’ presentation on innovation and adaptive challenges in the arts, be inspired by creative audience engagement techniques and new concert formats with the New World Symphony, and explore the digital media world with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. You can find all this—and much, much more—on our Vimeo home page.

The dissemination and editing of these materials is made possible by the generous support of Canada Life/London Life/Great West Life, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We also salute summer student Anastasia Tchernikova and OC office manager Sarah Bobak for their hard work!

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Orchestras Featured in Culture Days Programming

Orchestras Featured in Culture Days Programming

In recent issues of Orchestra News, we asked you to let us know how you are celebrating Culture Days/Les Journées de la Culture. A few of you have responded, and here’s what you told us:

Symphony Nova Scotia rounds out its annual Symphony Week celebrations with a dizzying array of events, September 27-29, including orchestra concerts at Halifax City Hall (September 27) and the Marine Museum of the Atlantic (September 28), and small ensemble concerts at two local libraries and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The Orchestre symphonique de Laval is sending a “squad” (escouade) of musicians to perform at the city’s Centropolis, a remarkably animated shopping mall, September 27 and 28.

Peterborough, Ontario’s Kawartha Youth Orchestra celebrates Culture Days on Sunday, September 29 by presenting an open rehearsal at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra opens its doors for a “behind the scenes look at how the orchestra prepares for a concert” on September 28 at 10 a.m. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian (celebrating his tenth anniversary with the orchestra) leads the TSO and soloist Raymond Chen in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Especially fun: attendees get to sit in the choir loft, so they can see the maestro from the musicians’ perspective.

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Orchestral Recordings

Orchestral Recordings

On August 6, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra released its eighth recording on the TSO Live label. It’s an all-Russian program, featuring Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, both recorded live at Roy Thomson Hall, December 2008 and May 2012, and both led by the TSO’s music director, Peter Oundjian. The recording is available for download at tso.ca, iTunes and amazon.com, and the CD will also be available at the Roy Thomson Hall music store. For more information, please visit tso.ca.

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra has passed on some very positive reviews of its recently-released recording of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 3 and piano concerto, The Hours, both led by MCO music director Anne Manson. MusicWeb International named it recording of the month and wrote: “Only after I’d listened several times did I realize this was a live concert broadcast. Now my hat is off to the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, truly an unlikely ensemble to play this music so incredibly well, and I have to give this the highest possible praise. This is now an essential part of my Philip Glass collection. This is the kind of album that can win converts over to a great composer.” In its July 2013 issue, the prestigious UK music magazine Gramophone wrote about the recording: “In this absorbing and impressive performance, Anne Manson and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra bring out Glass’s intricate polyphonic weave with brilliant ease and assurance.” Bravi, tutti!

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People

People

Symphony Nova Scotia has announced the appointment of Christopher Wilkinson to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective September 3. According to the new release, “Chris returns to Nova Scotia after taking a two-year sabbatical from his position as Symphony Nova Scotia’s Principal Second Violin, during which time he served as General Manager of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. In his time with the TBSO, Chris achieved major accomplishments, including back-to-back balanced budgets, a dramatic increase in attendance, and a 46% increase in earned revenue. He also successfully negotiated a four-year collective agreement with the TBSO musicians, and under his leadership the TBSO was awarded the 2013 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Award of Excellence…Chris has a long history with Symphony Nova Scotia, both as a musician and as an administrator. As Production and Personnel Manager, a position he held for nearly 20 years, he worked closely with five different music directors and six general managers on program development, budgeting, and implementation.” For its part, the TBSO will be launching a search for Chris’s successor shortly.

The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivieres has announced the appointment of Mme Natalie Rousseau to the position of directrice générale. A native of the city, Mme Rousseau took her earliest musical training there, and went on to study law at the University of Ottawa followed by an MBA at HEC Montreal. She has worked as an arts manager since 1985, with particular expertise in the areas of project financing and project management, in music, theatre, and dance, and has worked for such organizations as the Orford Arts Centre, the Conseil québécois de la musique, and Montreal baroque ensemble Les Idées heureuses. She returns to Quebec from South Korea, where she has worked for the last year as a key recruiter for HEC Montreal’s new international master’s degree program in arts management.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced the resignation of its CEO, Andrew R. Shaw, effective late this fall. Citing a need to re-balance his life after spending more than a decade in the role, Mr. Shaw noted that “working with all the truly remarkable and dedicated people associated with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been not only a great privilege but also a uniquely stimulating and enriching experience.” Speaking about the Mr. Shaw, TSO Board Chair M. George Lewis said, “I want to thank Andrew for his leadership of this world-class orchestra, for the transition time he has graciously offered, and for his ongoing support of the organization and the arts in general. We wish him the best in the years ahead.” Again, the TSO board has convened a committee to oversee the search for Mr. Shaw’s successor.

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What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading?

At our recent National Meetings, Orchestras Canada was proud to feature a presentation from the team at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on their recent collaboration with composer Tod Machover. The collaboration led to the world premiere performance of A Toronto Symphony, a new work for orchestra that incorporated much community-generated content, including short vignettes by elementary-school composers developed using Hyperscore, an intuitive software that enables anyone to notate their musical ideas. (Parenthetically, you can find out more about Hyperscore here.)

We were reminded of this when perusing a new report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation entitled New Opportunities for Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age. The report “gives a rundown of scholarship in the areas of arts and out-of-school-hours learning; offers a framework for thinking about interest-driven arts learning in a digital age; examines young people’s media consumption; provides a survey of youths’ creative endeavors online and elsewhere, along with a look at the proliferation of technologies that young people are using in the arts; and concludes with thoughts about challenges and possibilities for the future.”

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It Takes a Village (and sometimes, a megacity)

It Takes a Village (and sometimes, a megacity)

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!

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A City As Composer? Toronto Symphony Orchestra: New Creations Festival Special Project

Overview: Thousands of Torontonians participated in a mass collaboration with MIT composer/innovator Tod Machover and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This commission was the culmination of the 2013 season’s New Creations Festival. Loie Fallis, Director of Artistic Planning will introduce the session while Project Manager Jennifer Green will give an in depth look into the making of the work. Finally, Josh Clavir, Social Media and Digital Content Producer, will highlight some of the key digital insights and responses we experienced as a result of this pilot project.

Presenters:

  • Loie Fallis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Vice President and Artistic Planning
  • Jennifer Green, “A Toronto Symphony” producer and project manager
  • Josh Clavir, Social Media and Digital Content Producer
  • Introduction: Katherine Carleton, Orchestras Canada Executive Director

Session presented at Orchestras Canada National Meeting, May 30th, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

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