Percussion

Adam Mason

Principal

Adam Mason currently serves as Director of Percussion at the University of Lethbridge. He is active as a performer, adjudicator and clinician around the world – including tours and major festivals in Beijing, Shanghai, Brazil, UK, Trinidad, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ghana, throughout Canada and the US, and at multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He is immediate-past Chair of the Percussive Arts Society International Committee and is currently Alberta PAS Chapter President.

At the U of L, Professor Mason directs the Global Drums Steel Band, Taiko Ensemble, African Music & Dance Ensemble, Chinese Ensemble, Brazilian Samba Batteria, and the Percussion Ensemble. In the field of Marching Percussion and Drum Corps International (DCI), he instructed the ten-time World Champion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment, and Suncoast Sound.

Mason is proud to be an educator endorser for Remo, Zildjian, Vic Firth, and Yamaha Canada.

Matt Groenheide

Matt Groenheide is a Lethbridge-born percussionist, specializing in classical percussion, drumset, and a variety of drums from around the world.  Matt first played with the LSO in 2004 and the 2020-2021 season will be his fourth consecutive season as the Principal Percussionist.

Matt Thiessen

I have been a member of the Symphony since 2013 taking multiple roles in percussion as well as the role of Principal Timpanist and Percussionist. I graduated with my Bachelor of Music performance in percussion from the University of Lethbridge in 2016. I have performed throughout Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Hong Kong, Hawaii and mainland USA.

Matt Groenheide

Principal

Matt Groenheide is a Lethbridge-born percussionist, specializing in classical percussion, drumset, and a variety of drums from around the world.  Matt first played with the LSO in 2004 and the 2020-2021 season will be his fourth consecutive season as the Principal Percussionist.

Taylor Murphy


Taylor has been a recurring musician with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra as a member of the percussion section for the last five years. He recently completed his studies in percussion performance at the University of Lethbridge and has been active in performing ensembles in Lethbridge as well as worldwide.
Outside of the orchestra Taylor is a freelance percussionist and chef, when he is not traveling for auditions, festivals and competitions.

Matt Thiessen

I have been a member of the Symphony since 2013 taking multiple roles in percussion as well as the role of Principal Timpanist and Percussionist. I graduated with my Bachelor of Music performance in percussion from the University of Lethbridge in 2016. I have performed throughout Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Hong Kong, Hawaii and mainland USA.

The Community






The Lethbridge Symphony has also featured a long list of fine percussionists from the University of Lethbridge as well as the Lethbridge community. This list includes Taylor Atwood, Blake Davenport, Tate Orlita, Theo Lysyk and many more.

Mary Lee Voort

Mary Lee has appeared with the Symphony for more than thirty years, playing piano, organ, harpsichord, and whatever keyboards and sound effects are needed (usually “pretend harp!”) Mary Lee was honoured to debut the beautiful new Roland C-30 digital harpsichord in the 2018 – 2019 season, which was generously purchased and donated in memory of Lottie Austin-Evelyn, a fine pianist who also performed with the Symphony.

Bradley Parker

Brad Parker has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, and Haiti. Recent performances include solo recitals in South Carolina and California, as well as collaborative performances with Pedro Diaz (English Horn, Met Opera Orchestra), Gabriel Goni (flute, Costa Rica Symphony), and Nancy Stagnitta (flute, Interlochen Center for the Arts), multiple events in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, as well as concertos with the Charleston Symphony and Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra.