Music Director Paul Haas is a truly dynamic and innovative musician, composer, and conductor. He is currently serving as Music Director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Artistic Director of Sympho, a New York Based ensemble creating radically engaging live orchestral experiences for the 21st century.
Mr. Haas was at the start of a promising conducting career when he devised and produced a concert project called REWIND in 2006, featuring composer and musician colleagues and violin soloist Anne Akiko Meyers. REWIND was a reaction against the staid nature of the standard classical music performance: audience members surrounded the performers, then left and started playing behind the audience on all sides. REWIND had great success, prompting Haas to found Sympho, an organization devoted to the creation and performance of symphonic experiences in unusual venues. One critic, writing in Time Out NY, even called Haas ‘visionary.’ One result of Haas’ immersion in this creative process is his emergence as a composer: over the last decade, fifteen commissions have come in from a wide variety of iconic venues, including the Park Avenue Armory and Rubin Museum of Art in New York, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, the Anchorage Museum of Art in Alaska, and the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in Arkansas. Haas is the first artist ever to receive two separate commissions from the Oliver Ranch Foundation in Sonoma County, California, creating installations for Ann Hamilton’s groundbreaking Tower, an 80-foot-tall concrete tower with interior double-helix staircases.
The inspiration for Haas’ work comes from a wide array of spiritual and ecological sources, including a longstanding meditation practice and a deep connection to the earth that finds Haas, along with his wife Suzette and two young girls, in the process of beginning an organic homestead that aims eventually to be self-sustaining. His deep concern for the land, for the Earth, and for all its inhabitants, have led him to create art where, as Haas says, “beauty is the only artistic choice: not saccharine, sometimes painful, but always immediate and always real. I’m always striving to connect deep within to that place in each of us that craves beauty, that craves love.”
Thomas Cosbey grew up in a musical family from Regina, Saskatchewan. He began his professional career as a teenager, playing in the violin section of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Thomas went on to obtain a Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, studying with Mark Fewer and Erika Raum. Following his studies, Thomas held the position of Principal Second violin in Sinfonia Toronto. Also an avid chamber musician, Thomas has performed along-side distinguished artists such as Min-Jeong Koh, Steven Dann, Gwen Hoebig and Benjamin Bowman among others. Thomas has appeared as a soloist with noted Canadian ensembles such as the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Toronto. In January 2007, Thomas joined the TBSO as Concertmaster. Since then he has fostered a vibrant music scene in Thunder Bay through performance and education. Thomas is the Music Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Director of the Community Orchestra. In addition to maintaining an active violin studio, Thomas and his wife Michelle helped to found the Thunder Bay Conservatory of Music in 2018. Outside of performing and teaching violin, Thomas enjoys renovating old houses.
Violinist Kathlyn Stevens, a native of Almonte, ON, joined the TBSO violin section in 2011, before winning the position of Assistant Concertmaster in 2012. During her career, Katie has performed with major Canadian orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Thirteen Strings, among others. She holds degrees from the University of Ottawa, the Mount Royal Conservatory, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her mentors have included David Stewart, William Van der Sloot, Lorand Fenyves and Erika Raum. Outside of the TBSO, Katie enjoys playing unique chamber music with the Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet and Consortium Aurora Borealis.
Christopher Stork originates from Plainfield, Vermont, and joined the TBSO as Principal Second Violin in 2021. An avid and talented chamber musician, Chris was the second violinist in the Iceberg String Quartet from 2018-2020. The quartet was the resident string quartet at notable festivals including at the Banff Center, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the Bowdoin Music Festival. They were the winners of the McGill Chamber Music Competition (2018), finalists at the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Festival (2020), and semi-finalists at the Young Concert Artists Competition (2019). He was also a member of the resident piano trio at the Zodiac Music Festival in France, and has toured with ensembles such as the Vermont Mozart Chamber Players. As an orchestral violinist, Chris has served as Concertmaster of the McGill Orchestra, and Assistant Principal Second of the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Chris has appeared as a soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic, as well as at the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, and the Hinesburg Artist series. He was a pre-college Honors student at Mannes in New York City, and holds Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. His mentors include Andrew Wan, Alexander Read, Mark Fewer, Sally Thomas and Elizabeth Reid. When not performing, Chris is passionate about passing on his musical knowledge through teaching violin. During the summer months Chris enjoys fishing, hiking and camping. When winter strikes, he can be found playing Nintendo and Xbox with Kimberly Durflinger and their four guinea pigs.
Kimberly Durflinger was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, and joined the TBSO violin section in 2021. Kimberly has substituted with major North American orchestras like the San Diego Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, I Musici Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. She received her Master’s Degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Kimberly is a loving pet parent to four chunky guinea pigs. She loves dancing the Argentine tango and playing with her Toronto-based rock band Vaerisa.
Lindsey Herle hails from Fort McMurray, Alberta, and joined the TBSO violin section in 2019. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, and a Performance Certificate from Mount Royal Conservatory. She was previously a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Academy Orchestra. She has also participated in Quartetfest West, Orford Music Academy and the Meadowmount School of Music. When not playing the violin, Lindsey loves practicing yoga and reading!
Madonna Lee hails from Seaforth, Ontario, and joined the TBSO violin section in 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Wilfred Laurier University/the University of Toronto, a Licentiate Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University. A passionate music educator, Madonna is currently a faculty member at Lakehead University. Madonna enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and four daughters, including hiking, kayaking, camping, biking, and skiing.
Michelle Zapf-Bélanger was born in Montreal, before moving to Toronto with her family. She holds a Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2008, Michelle joined the TBSO violin section. An active educator, Michelle is a member of the College of Examiners with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and maintains an active violin studio in Thunder Bay. She is the Co-director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra with her husband Thomas Cosbey. Michelle is passionate about music history and giving pre-concert talks, including her popular pre-Masterworks series.
Violist Marlena Pellegrino is a proud Torontonian, but has enjoyed living, working and creating in multiple cities both in Canada and abroad. In 2019, after completing her Masters of Music degree at the University of Ottawa, Marlena joined the TBSO as Principal Viola. Previously to her position with the TBSO, she played in the violin section of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Marlena is a recipient of multiple scholarships and awards including the Nalini Perera Little Lotus Scholarship, which brought her to Berlin to study with Berliner Philharmonie member Julia Gartemann. In 2018, she was a featured soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in their 3D String Theory, where she played one of the first 3D printed violas ever engineered. At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Marlena represented the TBSO on CBC Music in the world premiere of Prayer for virtual Canadian orchestra conducted by Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Marlena has appeared in festivals across North America and Europe including Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, International Festival of the Adriatic, Scotia Festival of Music and the National Academy Orchestra. Marlena is a founding member of the Kalaya String Quartet, with whom she has completed three tours and multiple concerts in often unconventional and innovative venues. Kalaya has also been featured on several recordings such as the Long Walk Home by award winning poet Brandon Wint, and Ste-Quequepart by Canadian folk duo Moonfruits. Marlena is the creator and host of the Non-Essential Workers Podcast, a visual and auditory platform for connecting artists of all disciplines. In her non-musical life Marlena enjoys improvised cooking, learning about Buddhist philosophy, and cuddling her wiener dog Oskar!
Violist and composer Patrick Horn took his first breaths in sunny California. After completing his Bachelor of Music at Rice University in Houston, he marched north to Chicago where he earned a Master of Music from Northwestern University. The weather in Chicago was still too balmy, so in 2001 he landed in Thunder Bay where he joined the TBSO viola section. The TBSO has premiered several of his compositions, some of which have been performed in orchestras across Canada. In 2018, his Tango for Strings was performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Patrick spends most summers in Oregon at the Britt Music Festival where he plays in the outdoor orchestra. Patrick loves the Northwestern Ontario outdoors for hiking and running, and even the food! Those locally foraged morels wash down nicely with a good Niagara Pinot Noir.
Geena Salway hails from Regina, SK, and joined the TBSO viola section in 2019. Geena has previously performed in the viola sections of notable Canadian orchestras such as the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in 2018. Geena has toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2014, 2015, 2017), and L’Orchestre de la Francophonie (2018). In addition, she has also performed in Italy and Slovenia with the International Music Festival of the Adriatic. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Music and Performance Diploma from the University of Ottawa, and a Performer’s A.R.C.T from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Geena loves cycling, hiking, and learning about bicycle repair!
Born and raised in Minnesota, Marc Palmquist has enjoyed an international career. After earning a Master’s of Music degree from the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music in New York City, Marc was hired as the solo cellist for a major Broadway Musical: GiGi. During that time, he toured every major venue in North America. Marc has been broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR), Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), and CBC radio throughout his career. He has performed with renowned orchestras such as St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Festival Orchestra (Boulder, CO), Met Opera & La Scala Orchestra (European tour), and the Florida Festival Orchestra (Central American tour).
Marc joined the TBSO as Principal Cello in 1985 and has appeared over a dozen times as a soloist with the orchestra, performing major concerti and important solos in the repertoire. Throughout his tenure, Marc has shared his varied administrative skills within the organization, including serving as Personnel Manager (1995-2005), Production Manager (1987-1989), Union Steward (1991-1994), Player’s Committee Member, Artistic Advisory Committee Member, and Music Director Search Committee Member. Marc enjoys working with his hands by fixing, building, and creating. In 2005, Marc built his own Solar house with his own two hands! This state-of-the-art home is energy net-zero and part of Ontario’s Micro-FIT green electricity production, which helps offset carbon-emitting electricity production. Marc and his partner Deb (Clarinetist) maintain their USA and Canadian residences and have raised four successful dual-citizens.
Eleanor Hopwood hails from Victoria, BC, and signed her first contract with the TBSO in 2019. She began playing music when she was five years old after unexpectedly asking her parents for a cello, and never looked back! In addition to her time at the TBSO, she has performed with several notable orchestras, including the Hamilton Philharmonic. Eleanor has performed as principal cellist with multiple orchestras, including the University of Victoria Symphony, McGill Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute, and the Orchestra of the Americas on their tour across Mexico.
Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria and a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Recently, Eleanor started “Casual Classical,” a concert series that offers affordable and high-level classical music to communities in a relaxed setting. She is a fierce advocate for making music accessible and lessening the elitism surrounding the classical world. In her non-musical life, Eleanor likes to try cooking new recipes and obsessing over all dogs, small and large!
Cellist Daniel Parker is a native of Ottawa, ON, and joined the TBSO cello section in 2020. He has a passion for collaborative chamber music and bringing contemporary music to the concert stage. He holds a Bachelor in Music from the New England Conservatory (2010-14) and is a founding member of Triptych Piano Trio in Ottawa. As a freelance musician, Daniel has performed with major Canadian orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, with whom he subbed in 2019-2020. When not playing the cello, he enjoys cycling, consuming good coffee and cheese, and playing video games with his partner Sarah.
Born in Québec City, Martin Blanchet began his musical training on the violin and the piano before pursuing the double bass as his main instrument. During his studies at Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, he completed the Technique en Jazz et Pop degree, a Master’s degree in Classical Interpretation, and a second Master’s degree in Chamber Music. Martin joined the TBSO as Section Bass in 2007 before winning the Principal Bass position in 2009. Martin previously held the chair of Assistant Principal Bass in Orquestra do Algarve in Portugal. He also served as Principal Bass with the World Orchestra of the Jeunesses Musicales. He toured Europe three times, playing in amazing concert venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Concertgebouw, and Saalbau Essen.
Martin has performed with notable ensembles such as La Orquesta de Extremadura de Badajoz in Spain, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, l’Opéra de Québec, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2009, he was invited to perform the Dittersdorf Double Bass Concerto in Pommersfelden, Germany. Martin has taught double bass at the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy in Québec City and is presently Contract Lecturer at Lakehead University. Jazz music has also been a big part of Martin’s career, leading him to form the Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet. Martin is the vocalist, bassist, and musical arranger for the quintet, creating and performing various shows, including Café Paris, Sharp Ninth, Manouche, and Mini-Café. Most recently, Martin has begun conducting and arranging music for an all-french choir with the association of Le Club Culturel Francophone de Thunder Bay.
Penelope Clarke was born in England and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She joined the TBSO as Principal Flute in 1978. Penelope has studied extensively in Canada, Europe and the United States with leading flute teachers, including Louis Moyse, Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd and Robert Aiken. She toured North America for two years with the Canadian Opera Company. She freelanced in the Toronto area for several years with ensembles such as the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Hamilton Opera. Penelope is on faculty at Lakehead University, where she teaches flute and music theory. In addition to playing and teaching the flute, she enjoys travelling (especially to France!) and embarking on culinary adventures.
Heather Kilborn hails from Nipigon, Ontario, and joined the TBSO in 2019 when her dear teacher Doris Dungan took a sabbatical from playing. She holds a Master of Music from Northwestern University in Illinois, and a Bachelor of Music from Wilfred Laurier University. Heather had her solo debut with the TBSO in 1995, and is grateful to be sitting in the chair that her teacher held for so many years. Heather loves running, painting, creating just about anything, renovating, drinking coffee, her newly acquired motorcycle, her three cats, and spending time with her wonderful bass-playing life partner!
Colleen Kennedy is originally from Comox, BC but grew up in Scarborough, ON. She has held the position of Principal Oboe of the TBSO since 1981. Colleen studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous at the University of Western Ontario and later with Robert Bloom at the Juilliard School in New York City. As an educator, Colleen works as a Sessional Lecturer at Lakehead University, teaching oboe and Woodwind Techniques. In addition to oboe reed making, Colleen loves running, sailing, hiking and making tasty macarons.
Gwendolyn Buttemer was born in Comox, British Columbia and joined the TBSO as Section Oboe in 2014. Before the TBSO, Gwen was a freelance musician appearing as Principal Oboe in the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and performing regularly with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Jeans n’ Classics Rock Symphony. She was a member of the National Academy Orchestra in 2013 and 2014 and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2009. In February 2020, Gwen appeared as a soloist with the TBSO performing Antonio Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in D minor.
Gwen holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfred Laurier University. In the summer months, Gwen works for the Thunder Bay Centennial Botanical Conservatory, planting and maintaining the gardens in all the city parks and green spaces. She is also an avid cross-country skier, mountain biker, and rock climber.
David Bourque, originally from Peterborough, Ontario, joined the TBSO in 2021 as acting Principal Clarinet. He has previously performed with notable ensembles such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. From 2017 to 2021, he enjoyed a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, winning the winds concerto competition there in 2018. David completed degrees from the University of Toronto and Northwestern University before continuing his studies at Carnegie Mellon University with Michael Rusinek. Since 2020, he has served as 3rd/Bass Clarinet with the Erie Philharmonic. Outside of music, David enjoys reading and playing tennis.
E-Chen Hsu originates from Mississauga, Ontario, and joined the TBSO as Section Clarinet in 1999. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the TBSO on multiple occasions including, performing Il Convegno for two Clarinets by A. Poncielli with Peter Shackleton (2010 & 2017). An eager chamber musician, E-Chen has enjoyed playing unique chamber music with the Tamarack Woodwind Quintet and the Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet for their show Café Paris “La vie en Rose.”
Since 2006, E-Chen has spent the summer months playing with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra in Des Moines, Iowa. She has also played with ensembles such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Britt Festival Orchestra. She holds a Hon. B. Mus. from Western University (UWO), and a Master of Music from Northwestern University. E-Chen is a faculty member at Lakehead University, where she teaches clarinet. E-Chen is passionate about supporting music education in the Thunder Bay school system, serving the TBSO’s Education Coordinator since 2017. When not playing music, E-Chen enjoys exploring the great outdoors and travelling the world with her husband Pat and son Kalen.
Hailing from wintery Winnipeg, Kristy Tucker is a passionate orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with a variety of ensembles including the New World Symphony, Orchestre Classique de Montréal, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Her summer festival appearances include the Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre, the National Academy Orchestra, and the Norfolk Chamber Festival. Kristy has performed nationally and abroad, including at Carnegie Hall as a part of the Yale in New York Chamber Series, on tour to South Korea with the Orford Festival Orchestra, and three Canadian tours with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2018, Kristy was named by CBC as one of the “Hot 30 Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30”.
Kristy was a teaching artist with the Waterbury Symphony in Connecticut, as well as an undergraduate lessons instructor at Yale University School of Music, where she completed her Master of Musical Arts degree. Since 2020, Kristy has been the Principal Bassoon with the TBSO, while also spending her summers serving as Principal Bassoon of the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. When not playing music, Kristy enjoys the New York Times crossword puzzle (her longest solve streak is 308 days!), and making and consuming her favourite food, chocolate mousse!
Daniel Preun hails from Selkirk, MB, and joined the TBSO as Acting Section Bassoon in 2021. Previously, Daniel has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra among others. During the summer months, he has enjoyed participating with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Orford Music Academy, and the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Manitoba, and a Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. During his undergraduate studies, Daniel won the concerto competition, performing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, K.191 with the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. When not playing the bassoon, Daniel loves the adrenaline rush and serene natural surroundings that come with downhill skiing. He also loves painting when the inspiration strikes.
Janelle Wiebe was born in Winnipeg, MB, and joined the TBSO as Principal Horn in 2010. She received a Schulich scholarship at McGill University during her studies, where she obtained her Master of Music degree. She went on to earn an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2002, Janelle won first place in the brass category at the Canadian National Music Festival. A self-proclaimed foodie, Janelle enjoys cooking and can’t seem to learn enough about food, recipes, and culture.
Damian Rivers-Moore hails from Scarborough, Ontario, and joined the TBSO as Section Horn in 2002. In 2001, prior to coming to Thunder Bay, Damian served as First Horn in the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. Damian has performed with major Canadian orchestras such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra, and the String and Wind virtuosos of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, he was a featured soloist playing Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto no. 1 with the Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra.
Damian holds a Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, where he studied with Christopher Gongos. Prior to this, he studied with Derek Conrod and John Milner at the University of Western Ontario and La Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal respectively. When not playing the horn, Damian loves getting lost in the woods around Thunder Bay, installing art at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, and playing music with his mom (on piano).
Sam Hughes was born in London, England and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his family in 2001. He first took up the trumpet in his middle-school band, later making the instrument his full-time pursuit. He received his B.A. in Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University before joining the TBSO as Principal Trumpet in 2018. Sam has previously performed with major Canadian orchestras such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. His favourite repertoires to play are the ballets and symphonies of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and he is continually inspired by the great section principals of trumpet history! Sam is an officer in the Canadian Navy Reserve and enjoys staying fit in his free time.
Matheus Moraes hails from Niterói, a city on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He signed his first contract with the TBSO as Section trumpet in October 2021. Matheus is currently a Doctoral Fellow enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Music from Rio de Janeiro Federal University under the tutelage of David Alves, and his Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia under his current teacher, Larry Knopp. Matheus has participated in notable festivals including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler, UBC BrassFest (performing as lead trumpet for Bobby Shew), and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He has been a guest soloist for multiple performances including at the Cantando festival (2019), the premiere concert of the Vancouver Brass Orchestra (2019), and on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures of an Exhibition brass arrangement in 2020.
As an aspiring teacher, Matheus has been actively involved with the UBC Concert Winds program, having served as the brass coach for the band from 2017 to 2020. He has also taught classes and tutoring sessions for Class Brass and Brass Pedagogy classes, and was a guest panelist in the 2020 UBC Music Connects masterclass series. Matheus is currently the Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Brass Collective, founding member of the Vancouver Brass Orchestra, and a substitute/extra performer with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Canada, he has also performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Surrey City Orchestra, and the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. When not playing the trumpet, Matheus enjoys long walks, learning about medieval history, and playing video games.
Originally from Calgary, Erik Hongisto began studying the violin at the age of three. Realizing this was a huge mistake, he switched to piano two years later. However, it would not be until age 12 that Erik would discover the majesty of the trombone. Erik holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the University of Calgary and a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from McGill University. His mentors have included James Scott, Peter Sullivan, and Peter Beaudry. While living in Montreal, Erik enjoyed performing with notable Canadian orchestras such as l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, among others. Erik was a member of “Brass Theatre”—a brass and percussion group based in Bloomington, Indiana—and toured the United States, performing alongside the Canadian Brass. In addition to orchestral performances, Erik has explored other musical styles, performing aboard the ships of the Princess Cruises Line and sailing right around the world.
Erik has served as Principal Trombone in the TBSO since 2003, though he continues to perform periodically with other orchestras, from Calgary to Kuala Lumpur. For the 2016-2017 season, Erik took a leave of absence from the TBSO to accept a one-year appointment as Principal Trombone of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of Brass Northwest (est. 2011), a brass chamber music group that performs in and around Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. In addition to his position as Principal Trombone, Erik has been the TBSO’s Orchestra Personnel Manager since 2017. His non-musical interests range from scotch tasting to hiking scenic trails around Thunder Bay with his kids.
Hailing from Beamsville, Ontario, Kevin Brohman joined the TBSO as Principal Timpanist in the Fall of 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and has studied in the Artist Diploma Program of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Kevin is an alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada the National Academy Orchestra and has performed with the symphonies of Niagara, Kingston, and Stratford. An active educator, Kevin has taught at the Niagara Symphony’s Summer Music Camp and currently holds the position of Contract Lecturer in percussion at Lakehead University. He is an avid home cook in his spare time and enjoys going for walks and hikes with his fiancé Jess and their dog Winston.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, pianist Christina Faye graduated from FWCI before earning a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University (2007) and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (2009). Christina joined the TBSO as Principal Keyboard in 2019. Christina makes her home in Toronto, serving as the music director and organist at Donway Covenant United Church and being an in-demand collaborative and solo pianist.
Coaching and performing with singers and various opera companies is a key part of her professional life. Christina works with several choirs and theatre organizations, including the Pax Christi Chorale, Canadian Children’s Opera Company and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. She has toured across North America and Great Britain and is featured in the Juno nominated soundtrack for Studio MDHR’s video game, Cuphead. Her two-woman show with soprano Kyra Milan “Milan & Faye Present: The Opera!” continues to delight audiences across Canada. When not at the piano, Christina is most likely to be found riding her horse, Rain, running with her dog Lucy or experimenting with vegan baking!