Catherine McLaughlin joined the bass section of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in 1995, and has held the position of principal bass since 2008. Her first private lessons in bass were with the LSO’s principal cellist, Mark Rodgers. For her advanced studies, including her grade 10 RCM examinations and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge, she travelled regularly to Calgary to study with Shiela Garrett, assistant principal bass (now retired) of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Graeme Mudd, (also of the CPO) is another notable mentor in McLaughlin’s bass education. He served as principal at the LSO during her teenage years and provided invaluable insights and advice about the role of an orchestral bassist. After completing her BMUS in 2004, McLaughlin headed to Toronto to pursue her other artistic passion, dance. She completed the 3 year Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. At STDT, she found many opportunities to accompany dance and also played regularly in the Mississauga Symphony, studying with their principal bassist, Natalie Kemerer. McLaughlin and her husband have now settled back in Lethbridge, and have 2 young children. Along with her LSO commitments, she teaches bass for the Conservatory of Music, has performed as a guest artist with the Musaeus String Quartet, and often plays in the orchestra for the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society’s annual Concerto Competition. In her dance life, she teaches at Danceworks Dance Academy, and is a co-founder of the Lethbridge Society of Independent Dance Artists. McLaughlin continues to work as a musician, dancer, choreographer, and teacher at every opportunity.
Casey LingAssistant Principal Double Bass
Assistant Principal Double Bass with a Bachelors of Music from the University of Lethbridge, Casey Ling has been playing with the Lethbridge Symphony for four years and bass for nine. After studying under Yukari Sasada at the University of Lethbridge and playing in a multitude of ensembles, Casey now runs a non-profit music program for at-risk youth.
Keely Evanoff is a double bassist in her rookie season with the Lethbridge Symphony. She is also currently attending the University of Lethbridge working hard at her degree in tuba performance.
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