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

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Jacqueline Friesen

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Catherine Thorsen

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Marja Mijsbergh

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Takumi Rodgers

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Lilian Jopp

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Meghan Sheedy

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer Dosso

Jennifer Dosso developed her love of music through the wonderful choral and instrumental music programs in her hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees in 2011. Jennifer is now a school teacher in Lethbridge where she spends time with her husband and two children.

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

Joelle Strang, an oboist, has been playing with LSO for nearly 10 years. She grew up in Winnipeg where she learned to play the oboe in junior high and continued playing through high school. In 2009, she moved to Lethbridge and to pursue her studies and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 2013; upon graduation she was awarded the Faculty or Fine Arts Gold Medal.

Esther Vonkeman-Roset

also English Horn

Esther Vonkeman-Roset began playing oboe at the age of 9, and has performed with the Lethbridge Symphony since 2003. In 2007, under the instruction of David Sussman, she obtained her Bachelor of Music (with Distinction) in music performance (oboe and English horn). Esther has a career as an Environmental Scientist, but continues to perform with various musical groups throughout Lethbridge, and teaches oboe and English horn as a clinician and private instructor.

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

Bio coming soon!

Meagan Thorlakson

also Bass Clarinet

Bio coming soon!

Robert George

Principal

Robert George joined LSO and U of L Conservatory in 1993 and is our current Principal Bassoonist. He is founder and music director of the IAM Music Society. Robert studied at the Universities of Lethbridge, Calgary and Arizona. Mr. George is actively involved in research regarding the musician/athlete and healthy performance practice. Robert has three adult children, Catherine (Principle Bass in LSO), Laura and Allison and two grandchildren. His hobbies include racquetball, cycling and golf.

Timothy Janzen

also Contrabassoon

Timothy Janzen started playing the Bassoon in grade grade 7 and quickly joined Robert George’s Bassoon studio. Tim continued to study Bassoon with Bob throughout grade school and got his first opportunity to perform with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra when he turned 16 (1999). 

In 2001, he was given the role of 2nd Bassoon and has had pleasure to sit beside his instructor/mentor in the Bassoon section ever since. Tim also plays the contrabassoon parts as required, and is in his 8th year as the Orchestra Musician’s representative to the Board of Directors. 

Tim attended the University of Lethbridge, completing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.  He currently works for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, participating in both Research and Diagnostic testing roles for the Government of Canada. 

Thomas Staples

Co-Principal

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Josh Davies

Co-Principal


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Dr Josh Davies is a Yamaha Performing Artist and two-time Grammy nominated performer that enjoys a diverse career as a versatile performer and educator. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Jubilee Auditoriums in both Calgary and Edmonton.


Josh’s discography spans from many genres from classical to jazz, baroque to contemporary, and rock to funk. He is on the premier recording John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus written for The University of Texas Wind Ensemble which has been featured throughout the United States and Europe. Josh has regularly performed with symphony orchestras throughout Western Canada and the United states as well as serving as the co-principal Trumpet of the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra and the principal trumpet of the Round Rock Symphony.


As a passionate educator, Josh has held positions teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University-Texas, and Texas State University. Josh Currently is a professor at the University of Lethbridge where he teaches studio trumpet, jazz history, and directs the U of L Jazz Ensemble.

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


Junior and senior concert and jazz bands were Don’s primary focus during his teaching career.  His teaching career began in Moosomin, SK in 1976.  He moved to southern Alberta and taught in various schools. From 1989 – 2010, he was the band teacher at Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge, was heavily involved in the school’s musical theatre productions, and help found the Music Academy program. 
From 1998 – 2007 Don conducted the award-winning Lethbridge Community Gold Band.

Other aspects of his career include directing the University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble, and teaching Jazz History, Popular Music History, and Jazz Improvisation.
Don is busy as a trumpet player with the Bridge Brass Quintet, the Lethbridge Big Band, Hippodrome, Standard Time Jazz Combo, the Lethbridge Symphony, and many musical theatre productions.

Don is a founding board member and past – president of the Lethbridge Jazz Society. He has also served on the board of the Alberta Band Association (ABA) for several years and was President of the ABA for 2 years.
Don is a graduate of the University of Regina (B. MusEd 1976).

Sam Broadbent

Bio coming soon!

Rex Mulder

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!

Brittany Collins

Bio coming soon!

Ken Rogers

Ken 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 for Ken 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

Bio coming soon!

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.