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Michael Swan was born in 1963 in Saskatoon. He began violin studies at age 5 with Dorothy Overholt, and also studied with Norma Lee Bisha, Mark Reedman and Robert Klose as he was growing up. In 1979, he was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest standing in Canada for Royal Conservatory of Toronto ARCT violin examinations.
Michael studied with Yuri Mazurkevich in the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario, receiving the Hideo Saito Award for academic achievment in 1981 and 1982. Afterwards, he studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Aaron Rosand, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 1984.
Since September 1984, Michael has been concertmaster of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players. He has been a soloist with the orchestra a number of times in the Master Series and with the Chamber Orchestra. He performs solo recitals regularly, and has several compositions to his credit. He has been featured on CBC radio as a solo violinist and as a composer.
Michael Swan premiered ‘Exultation,’ a work for the full orchestra, as part of the SSO’s Masters Series in October, 2010.
Joan Savage grew up in Saskatoon then studied music in Baltimore (B.Mus., Peabody Conservatory) and San Francisco (M.Mus., San Francisco Conservatory of Music); her principal teachers were Violaine Melancon, Earl Carlyss, Isadore Tinkelman, Ian Swensen, and Mark Sokol. She has been a member of the Saskatoon Symphony since 1995. She is a co-director of Prairie Virtuosi (www.pvorchestra.ca); a member of the innovative ensemble BeMUSed: blending classical chamber music with stories and literature (www.bemusedsaskatoon.weebly.com); and a member of Starry Night Chamber Musicians (www.starrynightmusicians.weebly.com). Joan’s chamber music performances have been broadcast on radio and television. In addition to an active performance schedule, Joan teaches violin to private students, coaches for the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, and is an adjudicator with the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. She also writes fiction (www.joanlsavage.ca); her short stories have appeared in magazines in Canada, the U.S., and Israel.
Maxim Pletnev was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. He started playing the violin at age of 7 and completed the music school program with a certificate by age of 16. After that he was accepted to the Rostov’s College of Fine Arts in 1991 and graduated with Bachelor of Music in 1995. During his college years he attend a number of music festivals and competitions, one of which was the South Russia Competition where he received second prize. In 1995 he was accepted, with scholarship, by the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don, where he completed the degree of Master of Music in 2000. Since moving to Canada in 2000 he has played in the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Timmins Symphony Orchestra (and other Ontario orchestras), and is currently a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
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Oxana Ossiptchouk was educated in Russia, where she received a Master’s degree from the Sergey Rachmaninov State Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don in Violin Solo Performance, Orchestral Performance, Chamber Music, and Pedagogy.
Oxana was the winner of several competitions in Russia and performed the Mendelssohn concerto with the North Ossetia Republic Symphony Orchestra and the Brahms violin concerto with the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic Orchestra. In Canada, she won the Saskatchewan Concerto Competition and performed the Szymanowsky concerto with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Before joining the SSO, Oxana was a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Principal Second Violin at the Timmins Symphony Orchestra. Oxana is Principal Second Violin for the Saskatoon Symphony and performs with the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players and the Elixir ensemble.
Oxana taught violin at the University Of Regina Conservatory Of Music and the Timmins Symphony music school, as well as the University of Saskatchewan Community Music Education Program.
Currently, Ms. Ossiptchouk is the owner/operator of Saskatoon Conservatory of Music and teaches violin there and at the University of Saskatchewan.
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James Legge, originally from Waterloo, Ontario, moved to Saskatoon to take the position of principal violist with the Saskatoon Symphony after completing his studies at McGill University. While living in Montreal James won chamber music prizes in the Jeunesses Musicales and CIBC competitions.
Jim performs regularly as the violist in the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players, and has been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Symphony, the Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, and Prairie Virtuosi. He has been a regular performer at the Calgary’s Mountain View Festival of Song and Chamber Music, Mountain View Connection, and Ontario’s Viola Camp, and co-directs Saskatoon’s Summer String Experience, a summer camp for young string players.
Jim has a private studio of approximately thirty violin and viola students and, as a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, teaches in the Saskatoon Suzuki String Program.
When not performing or teaching, Jim enjoys spending time playing with clay and a potter’s wheel.
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Lahni Russell joined the Saskatoon Symphony as Principal Cellist/Artist in Residence in 1989. A student of the world-renowned cellist, Janos Starker, she completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, both with High Distinction. Additional honours include her appointment as Associate Instructor of Cello at IU and the IU School of Music’s prestigious Performer’s Certificate. She is the only cellist to have won the Saskatchewan Concerto Competition and has played solos with the Regina Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Players, the Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony and the Tanglewood Centre Orchestra.
Lahni has performed as Solo Cellist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on their North American tours. In 1998, she earned tenure with the Vancouver Symphony. She has regularly served as Principal Cellist with Saskatoon Opera and is the founding cellist of the University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet, the Black Pearl Alkemykal String Quartet and Prairie Virtuosi.
Ms. Russell is also an accomplished luthier and bowmaker, with a particular interest in restorations. She has studied the art of violin and bow making/restoration with Ole Stefan Dahl, Benjamin Ruth, Hans Nebel, Horst Klaus, Rodney Mohr and William Salchow.
When not playing with stringed instruments, Lahni enjoys baking sourdough bread and cherishing her grandchildren.
L J Russell, B. Mus., M. Mus. (Indiana)
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Richard Carnegie earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2003 from the Manhattan School of Music and pursued additional studies at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. His principal teachers were Joel Quarrington and Timothy Cobb. He has been Principal Double Bass of the Saskatoon Symphony and Chamber Players since 2006 and was appointed music director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra in July 2009.
Richard is a sessional lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan and enjoys a busy private teaching studio.
Richard’s creative activities blur the line of a traditional classical musician and include a professional acting debut with Persephone Theatre, frequent performances with the Mark DeJong trio, collaborations with singer-songwriters and rock bands and his one-man show ‘Conversations with My Double Bass.’
In his spare time Richard is an avid cook, reader and board game enthusiast. He has served as chair of the Saskatoon Symphony Players’ Committee and on the executive board of the Saskatoon Musicians’ Association. He plays on a double bass made by Saskatoon luthier Darren Molnar.
Cole Morrison is a Double Bassist born and raised in Calgary Alberta. His studies began at the Mount Royal University Music Academy for gifted youth under Mrs. Sheila Garrett. In 2016 he concluded his studies at the University of Calgary under the direction of Mr. Charles Garrett, earning a Bachelor’s Degree with a specialization in Double Bass performance.
In 2016 Cole took on the role of Marketing Director and solo Double Bass with Timepoint Ensemble in Calgary Alberta. This position has allowed Cole to bring a wide variety of modern day art music to a new and eager audience in a way that breaks down traditions of days gone by to make way for new methods of artistic and self exploration.
Cole has had the pleasure of performing and teaching all across the country with a multitude of other talented Canadian artists in a wide range of genres. In the summers of 2013 and 2014 Cole was one of the youngest members ever accepted to the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario. The following year he was accepted to the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Canada under the baton of Maestro Michael Francis. Cole regularly performs with the Saskatoon Symphony, Timepoint Ensemble, Red Deer Symphony, Lethbridge Symphony, Rocky Mountain Symphony, Alberta Winds. He actively maintains multiple smaller projects throughout Western Canada, including but not limited to jazz, folk, funk, rock, metal, and the occasional foray into R&B/hip-hop
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Brenda Moats has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships in Saskatchewan Music Festivals. A highlight of this was receiving first prize at the Canadian National Competitive Festival of Music in 1974.
Mrs. Moats has had extensive teaching experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Arizona, as a faculty member of the Regina Conservatory, and as an instructor at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts, the Saskatoon Summer Band workshop and the Saskatchewan Band Association Workshop in Saskatoon.
Brenda has regularly instructed at many flute clinics in the province including those conducted by the Saskatoon Board of Education and the Saskatoon Catholic School Division. She has also served as an examiner for the Western Board of Music (now called Conservatory Canada) and as an adjudicator for the Saskatchewan Festival of Music and Unifest at the University of Saskatchewan.
Currently Brenda lives in Saskatoon and is married with two grown children. In addition to performing in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, she teaches many flute and piccolo students.
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Prior to joining the SSO as Principal Oboe, Erin held the position of section oboe and English horn with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for eight seasons. Erin is also an active freelance musician, and has performed with many Canadian orchestras, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra and the Elora Festival Orchestra. Erin has also performed with several chamber music groups including Mélange, La salade trio, Festival Winds, Lake Winds Octet and the Bremen String Quartet.
In 2000, Erin received her Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with James Mason. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Cynthia Koledo de Almeida in 2002.
Erin Brophey is on the Faculty at the University of Saskatchewan and is the Woodwind Coach for the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. She also teaches at the Inter-Provincial Music Camp in Parry Sound, and the International Music Camp in North Dakota. She is an Artist-Educator in the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project in Thunder Bay, and has designed several projects and workshops for classroom music instruction that she has delivered throughout Northwestern Ontario.
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Born and raised in Saskatoon, Stephanie Unverricht moved back in 2011 to join the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bassoonist. She began her studies on the bassoon with Peter Gravlin in Saskatoon and then continued at the University of Ottawa for her Bachelor of Music with Christopher Millard. She completed her Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, studying with Richard Svoboda.
Stephanie performs around the city in various chamber groups, including Prairie Virtuosi and her trio “Chicks with Sticks”, and is also a multi-instrumental member of a semi-experimental alternative folk music band, Minor Matter. Stephanie maintains a private studio in Saskatoon and a few surrounding rural communities, including Humboldt and Middle Lake.
Marie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is an alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She first performed with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in 1991 and became a full-fledged member of the bassoon section in 1995. Marie has also performed professionally with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Saskatoon Opera Association.
Marie maintains a private studio and is active locally as a freelance musician and clinician. She has been a sessional lecturer for the Department of Music, University of Saskatchewan since 2003.
Marie and husband Troy Linsley co-ordinate the Saskatchewan Band Association’s Saskatoon Summer Band Camps. Together, they have two brilliant young sons, Nathaniel and Samuel (a.k.a. ‘Trouble’ and ‘More Trouble’).
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As a soloist, Terry has been featured a number of times with the SSO – in Purcell’s Sonata, the Trumpet Concertos of Haydn and Hetu, Copland’s Quiet City, Barber’s Capricorn Concerto, and Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto.
Terry is a Conn-Selmer Artist, and plays Vincent Bach trumpets.
Terry has also established himself as a trumpet teacher, and a clinician and adjudicator of brass instruments and bands throughout the prairie provinces.
Terry has been a member of the Regina and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestras, and earlier played in the Youth Orchestras of Calgary and Victoria. His introduction to music took place in the Regina Lions Band under the leadership of Bob Mossing, at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, and at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts at Fort San. Private lessons with Don Schultz and David Dando influenced Terry to pursue music at university.
Terry holds a Bachelor of Music (Education) from the University of Victoria and a Licentiate in Music (Performance) from McGill University. He has studied with Louis Ranger, Robert Earley and Howard Engstrom, as well as at workshops with Vincent Cichowicz and Armando Ghitalla.
He has served on the Executive Board of the Saskatoon Musicians’ Association, CFM Local 553, the Saskatoon Symphony Players’ Association Players’ Committee and Negotiating Committee, and as Production Manager for the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, where he is now the Director of Personnel.
Terry is married to Kim de Laforest, one of the busiest violin and fiddle players and teachers. Their son Hunter has taken to music as well, playing both fiddle and trumpet himself!
A recipient of the U of S Department of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award Dean has performed and adjudicated throughout Canada and the United States. He has performed extensively in the classical tradition (e.g. in the Western Canadian Music Awards’ Classical Showcase concert, soloist with the National Youth Band of Canada and the New Edmonton Wind Synfonia).Dean has been a member of the Saskatchewan Brass Quintet (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), the Blue Bonnet Brass (Fort Worth, Texas), and the Red Deer (Alberta), Irving (Texas), and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) Symphony Orchestras. He hasperformed as a soloist in numerous classical recitals (e.g. University of Alberta(Edmonton, Alberta), Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama), Oklahoma State University(Stillwater, Oklahoma), and University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)).
In the jazz idiomDean has performed with the Banff Centre Jazz Orchestra, Vancouver Jazz Orchestra, Birth of the Cool Repertoire Project, Art Blakey Tribute Project, Art Pepper + 11 Tribute Project, and withthe likes of Kenny Wheeler, Pat LaBarbera, Michael Cain, Denzal Sinclaire, P.J. Perry, Jon Ballantyne, Bobby Caldwell,Carol Welsman, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, Bob Mintzer, Rob McConnell, Brad Turner,Campbell Ryga, Kelly Jefferson, Robert Younge, among others.
Dean has composed and arranged music for symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, large and small brass ensembles, jazz combo, and large jazz ensemble.
Dean’s administrative service includes serving on the board of Jazz Canada (i.e. the Canadian chapter of the International Association of Jazz Education), Canadian Music Centre (i.e. Prairie Region Board), Saskatoon Jazz Society board, and as Head of the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan. Dean has been the Musical Director of the Texas Lone Star Film Awards, the Edmonton Jazz Society’s Little Bird Big Band, and the Edmonton Jazz Society’s Jazz Works music workshop. On multiple occasions Dean has been an adjudicator for the Western Canadian Music Awards, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Scholarships, Canadian Juno Awards, International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Trumpet solo competition, and, the Saskatoon Community Foundation.
For more information visit www.deanmcneill.com.
Dawn McLean Belyk graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1981 with a degree in Music Education. In 1987, Dawn attended Northwestern University where she completed her Masters Degree in Music specializing in Bass Trombone performance.
She recently completed a 30 year career at St. Joseph High School as Director of Bands, and is also Bass Trombonist with the Saskatoon Symphony, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, and the Saskatchewan Brass Quintet. She also teaches at the University of Saskatchewan in the Music Department and in 2012 started an all city auditioned concert band – Saskatoon Youth Wind Orchestra. Dawn has adjudicated bands in Alberta and Saskatchewan, has received the Dwaine Nelson Award for Teaching Excellence at the U of S, the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation Champion of Children Award in 2009 and in 2013 she received the Saskatchewan Band Association Distinguished Band Director Award. In 2014, she Guest Conducted the Saskatoon Symphony Core Players, the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra and the Saskatoon Brass Band. She has also performed on Dean McNeill’s Prairie Fire CD, Neil Currie’s Urban Diversions CD and as a soloist with the Saskatoon Concert Band performing a commissioned work – Concertino by Howard Cable for Bass Trombone and Concert Band.
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Brent has performed as a guest artist with the Edmonton Symphony and as principal tubist of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, as well as soloist with the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra and as a soloist with the SSO. He has also performed with such groups as Spirit of the West, Helios Brass, and BC Read’s Big Blues Band. His teachers have included John Griffiths, Rick Lett, and Richard Erb.
In 2000, Brent worked as the assistant coordinator for the International Tuba & Euphonium conference in Regina.
Brent is currently a band and music teacher for the Saskatoon Public School Division. He and his wife Casey have three daughters.
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Peter Gravlin joined the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in 1976 as “Principal Bassoon, Artist in Residence.” Peter is a founding member of what is now known as the “Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players.”
Peter retired from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in May, 2011 and was bestowed the title of Bassoon Emeritus for life.
Peter was an enthusiastic participant in all aspects of what is now known as the “Core” for well over three decades. Included in this are full orchestra, chamber orchestra, outreach concerts, school concerts, pops concerts and chamber concerts. He was featured as a soloist on several occasions with the both the chamber orchestra and the full orchestra—the most notable of which was his 2005 appearance with the full orchestra as solo bassoonist in the Mozart Bassoon Concerto—the preeminent concerto for the bassoon. Peter insisted on writing his own cadenzas for this performance of which he was quite proud and the media reviewer characterized the cadenzas as “jazz-like”—who knew?
Peter took his training in Vancouver under the tutelage of Roland Small and Chris Millard. Peter has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of British Columbia as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.
Peter has played in many other orchestras, including as invited Principal in the Victoria Symphony and as section bassoonist with the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony and the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in the Bedford Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Canadian Chamber Orchestra.
Concurrent to his professional life with the SSO, Peter taught many private bassoon students—several of these now hold professional chairs in this and other orchestras. As well, Peter ran a successful music education business of bands and chamber orchestra for a ten year period starting in the mid nineties. Peter is also a founding director and continuing player with “The Parkland Pops” – an event/wedding ensemble www.parklandpops.homestead.com. Peter was also a substitute teacher in both Saskatoon School systems for fifteen years where he had the dual specialties of French and Music.
Peter now works with troubled youth and young offenders. He is married to Saskatoon pianist Gillian Lyons. They have one grown son, Matt.