Strings

Norbert Boehm

Concertmaster


Norbert Boehm has served as concertmaster of the Lethbridge Symphony since 1976. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta and University of Oregon. He is married to Patricia Leister with two adult children and three grandchildren. When not playing his violin or the ukulele he may be running, cycling, camping, flyfishing or gardening.

Airdrie Robinson

Associate Concertmaster

Airdrie Robinson (nee Ignas) has been an active member of the Lethbridge musical community since moving from Vancouver in 2010. She holds the position of Associate Concertmaster with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and second violinist in the symphony’s quartet-in-residence, Musaeus. Airdrie enjoys a diverse performing career including additional symphonic engagements with other orchestras in the region, regular chamber concerts with her trio Opus 3, contributions to various film scores, and performances with popular artists such as Kanye West. 
Airdrie’s warm and encouraging rapport with her students combined with her passion for pedagogical excellence have quickly established her as a popular and in-demand teacher both in Lethbridge and its surrounding communities. She offers lessons in both the Suzuki method and RCM based curriculum, as well as instruction in non-classical styles. Airdrie also teaches as a sessional instructor for the University of Lethbridge’s Fine Arts and Education departments. 
Airdrie began her violin studies at the age of 3, going on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from UBC and a Masters of Music from the University of Lethbridge and residencies at The Banff Centre. Her teachers include Andrew Dawes, Jasper Wood, Evelyn Creaser-Rumley and Peter Visentin. Her master’s thesis explores the rise of the French Violin School and the standardization of string pedagogy and has been the subject of several international conference presentations. 

Peter Visentin

Assistant Concertmaster


Violinist Peter Visentin received his Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto in 1986. He has studied with well-known teachers and concert artists such as Lorand Fenyves, David Zafer, David Cerone, Ruggiero Ricci and the Orford String Quartet.

A player of both modern and baroque violins, Peter has performed in numerous concerts including solo and chamber recitals. As well he has played with several professional orchestras and chamber orchestras in Canada, most recently performing the violin solo for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra (2008). On baroque violin, he has worked with some of the world’s finest period performance specialists in Toronto (Tafelmusik), Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Boston, Rochester, New York, Stanford, Paris, Venice and more. As a recitalist, he has performed in North America, Europe, Australia and China.
Peter has a broad range of research interests that support his music performance and teaching. For example, he studied to become a violin bow maker in order to examine the impact of different models of bow on musical outcomes in baroque and classical period music. In a different line of inquiry, since 2001, Peter has been the lead investigator in a project that studies the biomechanics of violin performance, their relationship to the development of repetitive stress injuries, and injury prevention education strategies. This work has been accepted for publication and presented at conferences in the fields of Music and Medicine, Biomechanics, Music Education, and Music. It has drawn attention from newspaper and television media, including the Discovery Channel.
Peter Visentin is Professor of Music at the University of Lethbridge where he has worked since 1987. An active performer and teacher, Peter has recently played and given classes in Xi’an, Jinan and Yantei (China); at the University of Western Australia (Perth); at Memorial University (Newfoundland); and was an invited speaker at the combined conference of the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher’s Associations (Canada) and Music Teacher’s National Association (USA) in Toronto (2007), and has been invited for a residency and to lecture in Montreal and Ottawa in summer of 2010.

Lise Boutin

Principal Second

Violinist Lise Boutin holds a Master Degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto. Originally from northern Quebec, she has made Lethbridge her home over 30 years ago. Lise is dedicated to teaching the violin and mentoring young musicians. She is a sought after adjudicator and clinician across Canada. Her beautiful violin is a Jaccobus Januarius dated 1653 from Cremona Italy. Lise loves the mountains and enjoys camping, hiking and skiing. She is a karate student of Sensei Taka Kinjo.

John Gilliat

Assistant Principal Second

John began playing violin at the age of seven and went on to a formal music education at the Huddersfield School of Music, England where he studied Violin, Viola, Piano, Organ and Voice. He was a member of both Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and also the school choir.

Deanna Belanger

Deanna Belanger grew up in Lloydminster, SK where she started playing violin at the age of 4 in a Suzuki Violin program. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Lethbridge and has been playing with the Lethbridge Symphony since 2001. She also completed Suzuki Violin teacher training in books 1-4 and has been a Suzuki Violin teacher since 2005.

Alyssa Dobek

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Elaine Forestell

Elaine was born and raised in Lethbridge where she started studying violin at age 11, then went on to play in the Lethbridge Symphony as a teenager. Elaine has three beautiful children and a wonderfully supportive husband Clair, and has continued to play with the Orchestra since her return from medical school in 1987.

Daryna Friesen

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Jacqueline Friesen

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Lisa Gallup

Lisa graduated from the Suzuki Talent Education Program in Edmonton, where she has many fond memories including being able to travel to Japan and Korea to attend the Sixth International Suzuki Conference and attend classes taught by Dr Suzuki. Lisa has since retired from Dental Hygiene, is almost an “empty nester” after raising 4 kids, and is delighted to join the LSO and rekindle her love for music.o coming soon!

Maria Geppert

Principal Second Emeritus

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Jessica Groeneveld

Jessica has been playing with the Symphony since 2013. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Lethbridge and currently teaches violin with the U of L Conservatory of Music.

Valeria Lazzaretto

Valeria, also known as Val, was born and raised in Lethbridge, and she received all of her formal schooling in the local area. She was an educator in Lethbridge for forty years, but rounded out her career on the administrative side of things for the last twelve years. Val has three adult children who have also been involved in music and fine arts activities throughout their development.

Alayna McNeil

Alayna is 17 years old and I have been playing the violin since I was six. She joined the Lethbridge Symphony in 2016, also play with the youth orchestra (Symphonia Allegro) and has been a part of the Young Artist’s Music Academy for two years. In addition to violin, she plays horn in the concert band at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and trombone with the jazz band.

Allison Metzler

I was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Studied ABRSM violin. My grandmother was my mentor, pianist, composer. I moved to Pincher Creek, Alberta Canada in 1981. I was able to start playing again in 1991 with the Crowsnest Pass Symphony for 10 years before moving to Lethbridge in 2000. I have been very fortunate to be able play with the Lethbridge Symphony since 2001.

Wai Nieuwenhuis


Wai Nieuwenhuis was born in Edmonton AB and began violin studies at the age of 7 with Yoko Wong. She went on to study with James Keene, former ESO concertmaster, and kept up the violin while earning a BSc in Geophysics at the UofA. She could often be found making the trek from the Physics building to the Fine Arts building where she grew a love for chamber music under the tutelage of Jacques Després, Magdalena Adamek-Kurgan, and Guillaume Tardif. Other teachers she has studied with include Cenek Vrba, former CPO concertmaster and Martin Riseley, former ESO concertmaster.

Wai has had the privilege of playing as concertmaster in the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra directed by Tanya Prochazka and Peter Dundjerski. When Wai is not practicing, she sings, bakes snacks for her husband and 3 children, reads, participates in bi-monthly dandelion hunts and loves a good hike up a mountain.

Bethany Robinson

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Isabelle Robinson

Isabelle is fourteen years old and has enjoyed playing with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra for four years. She started playing the violin when she was four years old. Isabelle has been awarded to gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music, won at the Provincial Music Festival and been runner up at two Canadian Music Competitions. In addition to music, Isabelle likes playing volleyball and enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking in the mountains.

Sophie Strong

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Catherine Thorsen

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Gabriel Kastelic

Principal

A native of Lethbridge, Gabe joined the LSO as a student in 2004. After moving away to pursue an education in music performance he returned to the orchestra in 2018 in the Principal Violist position. Gabe is thrilled to be back in the Lethbridge area along with his wife Grace and sons Jack and Felix.

Mark Kadijk

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Marja Mijsbergh

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Mark Rodgers

Principal

Mark Rodgers was born in Winnipeg into a musical family, where he first studied piano with his mother.  He changed instruments to the cello early on and studied with James Hunter in Victoria, B.C., and later at Brandon University with Malcolm Tait while completing a Bachelor of Music.  A Master’s Degree from the University of Western Ontario followed, where he studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.

Sarabeth Baldry

Assistant Principal

Sarabeth Baldry was born and raised in Calgary.  She began her musical training with John Kadz at the Mount Royal Conservatory. She went on to study with Amanda Forsyth and completed her Bachelor’s of music at the University of Calgary. She continued her musical training with Tanya Prochazka and finished her Master’s degree at the University of Alberta. She currently lives in Raymond with her husband and eight children

Lynn Gilliat

Lynn studied Piano, Cello and Voice at the Huddersfield School of Music and went on to teach in an Elementary School before emigrating to Canada. Having worked for School District #51’s string program and also a reading program in Senator Buchanan School, she continued directing an after school string program for 20 years after the school district cancelled theirs.

George Fowler

Based in Lethbridge since 2006, George grew up studying cello and playing classical and Celtic music in Scotland but has also lived in Russia (where he studied balalaika) and France (where he learned a few chansons). In addition to performing in the LSO, Cellissimo and other groups, George is a singer/songwriter/guitar player with Celtic/world/rock ensemble Junkman’s Quire (www.junkmansquire.com).

Julie Amundsen

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Takumi Rodgers

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Bonnie Wilde

Bonnie Wilde was born and raised in Lethbridge and studied cello with Robert Bardston in Medicine Hat. She attended the University of Alberta and studied cello with Tanya Prochazca where she received a bachelor of Music. Afterwards she attended University of Lethbridge and received a bachelor of Education.

Seth Harasem-Mitchell

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Bree Clark

Bree currently studies under Christine Bootland in Medicine Hat, but has played cello since the age of 5. She is honoured to play with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and enjoys the camaraderie of such esteemed musicians.

Meghan Brander

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Catherine McLaughlin

Principal

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.

Casey Ling

Assistant 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

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.

Chase Meierhofer

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Lilian Jopp

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