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

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Peter Visentin

Assistant Concertmaster

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Lise Boutin

Principal Second

Lise Boutin is a violinist originally from northern Quebec.  She holds a Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Lorand Fenyves and Ruggiero Ricci (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and the Orford String Quartet.

John Gilliat

Assistant Principal Second

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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

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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

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Wai Nieuwenhuis

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Bethany Robinson

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Isabelle Robinson

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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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Graham Tagg

Principal Emeritus

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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

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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

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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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Jodi Groenheide

Principal

Jodi Groenheide graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance where she studied with Dr. John Wooton. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Flute and Percussion Performance at the
University of Lethbridge where she studied with Adam Mason and Sarah Gieck.

Sage Mitchell

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Meghan Sheedy

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Jennifer Dosso

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Jace Eagle Bear

also English Horn

Jace began playing the oboe in high school, and in university trained under David Sussman. He currently works in Calgary, where he is an in-demand clinician. Besides oboe, he also learned the erhu, and serves as the concertmaster for the Calgary Chinese Orchestra.

Joelle Strang

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Esther Vonkeman-Roset

also English Horn

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Joan Rogers

Principal, also E-Flat and Bass Clarinet

Joan has played clarinet with the LSO since September of 1977, minus two years while she was away at school. That makes 40 years in the clarinet section! During the day, She is a teacher with Holy Spirit Catholic Schools, where she teaches Junior High Math and options, as well as some Elementary Music. She loves to read, solve crossword puzzles, and loves a good cup of coffee.

Erin George-Samuel

also E-Flat Clarinet

Erin George-Samuel has lived in Lethbridge for the last 15 years with her spouse Ross and their 2 ½ year old son. Erin is currently the choir and popular music teacher at Wilson Middle School for School District 51 in Lethbridge. Although Debussy’s “Clair de lune” is Erin’s favorite musical piece, her favorite artists are both Canadian singers and composers; Sarah Slean and Melissa McClelland.

Brittany Norman

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Meagan Thorlakson

also Bass Clarinet

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Robert George

Principal

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Timothy Janzen

also Contrabassoon

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James Dempster

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Thomas Staples

Co-Principal

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Sarah Viejou

Co-Principal

(BMus ’11, MMus ’15) studied with Dr. Thomas Staples at the University of Lethbridge. She has performed with the Lethbridge Symphony since 2008. Sarah grew up in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and enjoys every chance she has to visit.

Karly Lewis

Karly is an active educator and musician in Southern Alberta. She has been an educator for 18 years working with the Rocky View School Division and the Lethbridge School Division. Karly is passionate about education, music – both as a conductor, teacher and musician – and her students. Karly has been involved in the planning and execution of three successful TedX events in Lethbridge, served on the Artistic Development Committee and Conductor Search Committees for the Lethbridge Community Band Society, and is a Co-Chair for the 2020 Health and Physical Education Conference.g soon!

Helena Golinowski

Helena Golinowski is originally from Winnipeg, MB and joined the LSO in 2017. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Music History/Theory and now works as a piano teacher. When she is not playing music she can usually be found immersed in a good book.

Tracy Bozzi

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Josh Davies

Co-Principal

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Keith Griffioen

Co-Principal

Keith Griffioen began playing trumpet at the age of 3 and has never stopped. He is returning to the Lethbridge Symphony as co-Principal Trumpet after an eight year absence to raise young children. He also performs with the Lethbridge Big Band and the Aeris Brass Quintet. Keith teaches Music Education and Evaluation at the University of Lethbridge

Don Robb

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Sam Broadbent

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Rex Mulder

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Gerald Rogers

Principal

In addition to being our Principal Trombone since 1986, Jerry enjoys playing his horn in a variety of musical styles in Southern Alberta. He has been Lead Trombone in the Lethbridge Big Band for over 35 years, and plays in Lethbridge’s rhythm and groove band “Hippodrome” and the new eleven piece jazz group “Metrik”. Jerry enjoys the camaraderie of his fellow trombonists, and can often be seen joining them for trombone quartet and trombone choir performances in Southern Alberta.

Nick Sullivan

After beginning his musical education in Lethbridge, Alberta, Nick Sullivan received a fellowship to undertake graduate studies at the University of Victoria. He then followed it up with a return to B.C. in 2013 to earn his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Nick has a passion for brass chamber music, and has performed in numerous chamber music settings. In 2007, his quintet was featured in the Canadian premiere performance of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and wind orchestra. He is a founding member of Aeris Brass (formerly the U of L Faculty Brass Quintet), as well as the Southern Alberta Trombone Collective (SATbC).

Ron Garnett

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Brittany Collins

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Ken Rogers

Ken Rogers has been involved in various capacities with the LSO for over 40 years, including 14 seasons in the trombone section, conducting the orchestra on multiple occasions, and arranging music for Kids Choir events. A highlight was conducting 14 musical theatre concert productions from 1999 – 2013 with creative partner and director Fran Rude, including Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, and EVITA.

Gregg Samuel

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Adam Mason

Principal

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Matt Groenheide

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Matt Thiessen

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Matt Groenheide

Principal

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Taylor Atwood

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Blake Davenport

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Theo Lysyk

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Taylor Murphy

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Matt Thiessen

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Mary Lee Voort

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Colleen Klassen

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Graeme Roset

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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.