Orchestra

The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is led by Music Director, Gordon Gerrard.  Gordon is a respected figure in the new generation of Canadian musicians. Trained first as a pianist and subsequently as a specialist in operatic repertoire, he brings a fresh perspective to the podium. His passion and dedication to producing thrilling musical experiences have endeared him to his fellow musicians and the public alike.

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Gordon previously held a position as Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position which was created for him after two highly successful seasons there as Assistant Conductor. For four seasons, he held the positions of Resident Conductor and Repetiteur for Calgary Opera, where he led many productions while in Calgary, including the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women recorded for national broadcast on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera; and a highly successful production of La Bohème chosen specifically to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company. He was invited back to help launch Calgary Opera’s summer opera festival “Opera in the Village” with productions of Candide and The Pirates of Penzance.

During his tenure at Calgary Opera, Gordon was honoured with the Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artists for his contribution to the musical life of the City of Calgary. He has also conducted productions for Opera Hamilton to critical acclaim, and was Assistant Conductor for several productions at Opera Lyra Ottawa. Gordon is also a regular guest conductor for Opera McGill, where he has led productions of Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro.

A passionate and gifted educator, Gordon has been engaged as a conductor and lecturer by many institutions, including McGill University, the University of Manitoba and Iowa State University. He has served as conductor for Opera Nuova (Edmonton) since 2001, and has been part of the music staffs of the Opera as Theatre Programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (Montreal), Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and the Undergraduate Opera Studio at the Manhattan School of Music. He has been a regular vocal coach for Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program and l’Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique.

As a pianist, Gordon is a respected recital partner. After completing his studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Gordon presented recitals throughout New York City. He was invited to participate in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, and was engaged to present a recital with soprano Jane Eaglen for the Edmonton Recital Society.

Members

Simon MacDonald

Simon MacDonald, Violin

Karen Constant

Karen Constant, Violin

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson, Violin 2

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward, Viola

Simon Fryer

Simon Fryer, Violoncello

Stephen McLellan

Stephen McLellan, Double Bass

Marie-Noelle Berthelet

Marie-Noelle Berthelet, Flute

Tamsin Johnston

Tamsin Johnston, Oboe

Hyonsuk Kim

Hyonsuk Kim, Clarinet

Alan Denike

Alan Denike, Bassoon

Richard Burdick

Richard Burdick, French Horn

Miles Newman

Miles Newman, Trumpet

Full RSO Musician List

Violin I
*Simon MacDonald, Concertmaster
*Carmen Constantinescu, Assistant Concertmaster
Rudolf Sternadel
Carmelle Pretzlaw
Elizabeth Stirr
Maria Guidos-Albert
Andrea Hedlund
Katie Gannon
Joanne Peng

Violin II
*Christian Robinson, Principal
• David Johnson
Jeff Looysen
Brian Johnson
Michael Fry
Beatrice Hodgkins
Karley Parovsky
David Hopkinson
Sarah Punshon

Viola
*Jonathan Ward, Principal
• Megan Zak
Jon Achtzehner
Ben Polasek
Shalva Chabukiani

Violoncello
*Simon Fryer, Principal
• Amelia Borton
Heather Lowe-Conley
Jeanie Kim
Catherine Folstad

Double Bass
*Stephen McLellan, Principal
Daniel Jones
Brent Gelsinger

Flute
*Marie-Noelle Berthelet, Principal
• Tara Semple
David Popoff

Piccolo
• Tara Semple

Oboe
*Tamsin Johnston, Principal
• Wing Lok Soo

English Horn
• Wing Lok Soo

Clarinet
*Hyonsuk Kim, Principal
• Pauline Minevich

Bass Clarinet
• Pauline Minevich

Bassoon
*Alan Denike, Principal
• Jennifer Tenford

Contra Bassoon
• Jennifer Tenford

French Horn
*Richard Burdick, Principal
• Peter Sametz
• Alison Cushway
• Gary Borton

Trumpet
*Miles Newman, Principal
• Natalie Fuller

Trombone
David Dick, Principal
• Julie Atter

Bass Trombone
Jeremy Drotar

Tuba
Mark Preece, Principal

Timpani
Lisa Simmermon, Principal

Percussion
Bruce Brander, Principal
• Robert Nicholls
Darcy Gingras
Andrea Ulriksen

Harp
Cecile Denis, Principal

Keyboard
Susan Sametz, Principal

* RSO CHAMBER PLAYER
• ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL