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Michael Swan - Concertmaster

Chair supported by CEL Electrical Contractors

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.

Chair supported by CEL Electrical Contractors

Conor Stuart - Assistant Concertmaster

Conor’s bio is pending.

William Boan - Assistant Concertmaster (On Leave)

William Boan, violinist, has been the Assistant Concertmaster of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra from the age of seventeen. Regularly competing at the provincial, national, and international levels, he won second prize in strings at the National Music Festival in 2015. He was a finalist and received an honourable mention in the 2015 George Gershwin International Music Competition, New York. He won first prize in the 2015 Provincial Shurniak Concerto Competition, winning him the opportunity to give his debuts as soloist with both the Saskatoon and Regina Symphony Orchestras. In 2015, William performed as soloist with the Moscow Ballet, as their “Musical Wunderkind.”
William currently studies Violin Performance at the University of Saskatchewan, in the studio of the renowned Professor Robert Klose. Additionally, for the past two summers he has attended the Meadowmount Summer Music Institute, New York, studying with Ivan Ženatý and Sally Thomas, professors at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School.

Lillian Jen-Payzant

Lillian’s bio is pending.

Joan Savage

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 (; a member of the innovative ensemble BeMUSed: blending classical chamber music with stories and literature (; and a member of Starry Night Chamber Musicians ( 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 (; her short stories have appeared in magazines in Canada, the U.S., and Israel.

Marcel van den Hurk

Marcel’s bio is pending.

Simon Fanner

Simon’s bio is pending.

Maxim Pletnev

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.

Hannah Lissel-DeCorby

Hannah’s bio is pending.


Samara St. Louis

Samara’s bio is pending.


Sam Milner

Sam’s bio is pending.


Oxana Ossiptchouk - Principal

Chair supported by Kathryn Warden & Peter Stoicheff
Oxana Ossiptchouk, Principal Violin II, Saskatoon Symphony OrchestraOxana 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.

Chair supported by Kathryn Warden & Peter Stoicheff

Karen Bindle - Assistant Principal

Karen’s bio is pending.

Sophie McBean

Sophie’s bio is pending.

Evan Friesen

Evan’s bio is pending.

Brandon Johnson

Brandon’s bio is pending.

Claire Heinrichs

Claire’s bio is pending.

Zheng Wang

Bio pending.


James Legge - Principal

Chair supported by the Viola Section of the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

Chair supported by the Viola Section of the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra

Saache Heinrich - Assistant Principal

Saache’s bio is pending.

Miles Buchwaldt

Bio pending.

Jeremy Janzen

Bio pending.

Sarah ter Velde

Bio pending.

Gideon Weisman

Bio pending.


Lahni Russell - Principal

Chair supported by Sandra Beardsall, Bill Richards, Esther Cherland,  and David Jobling

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)
Ph. (306) 665-2899

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Chair supported by Sandra Beardsall, Bill Richards, Esther Cherland,  and David Jobling

Bernadette Wilson

Bio pending.

Carman Rabuka

Bio pending.

Christina Bakanec

Bio pending.

Scott McKnight

Bio pending.


Richard Carnegie - Principal

Chair in memory of Wayne Turner
Richard Carnegie photo

Double bassist, conductor and educator, Richard Carnegie divides his creative time between playing principal bass with the Saskatoon Symphony and Chamber Players and serving as music director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra (SYO).  Under his leadership, the SYO program has seen the addition of a chamber orchestra, conducting classes, a composition contest for young Saskatchewan composers, an annual concerto competition, expanded enrolment and a unique partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music.

A dedicated teacher, Richard is the instructor of double bass at the University of Saskatchewan and enjoys a busy private teaching studio.  In the fall of 2014 he joined the teaching team of Sistema Saskatoon, an after-school program for students in grades 3-8 which focuses on the the ideal that every child should have the opportunity to enrich their lives through music and teamwork. He now also serves as a Co-Director of the Sistema Saskatoon program.

Seeing great value in the complimentary paths of performer and educator, Richard maintains an active performance schedule outside the Saskatoon Symphony including solo recitals and appearances with Prairie Virtuosi, Elixir Ensemble, Ritornello Festival and the YouTube Symphony in Sydney, Australia.

Richard has been invited to guest conduct the Saskatoon Symphony on five separate occasions on their Family and Pops series in repertoire ranging from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite to the music of Frank Sinatra and Astor Piazzolla.  His birth certificate says he’s from Ontario, but Richard has called Saskatchewan home since 2006 after completing studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto.

In 2013 he was named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, a list of 40 leaders and change makers in the province.

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Chair supported in memory of Wayne Turner

Stephen Kreuger

Bio pending.

Zachary Carter

Bio pending.

Cole Morrison

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


Sarah Yunji Moon - Principal

Chair supported by Lilian and Doug Thorpe

Coming soon.

Chair supported by Lilian and Doug Thorpe

Brenda Moats (Flute, Piccolo)

Brenda received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Regina in 1975. She received a Master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Arizona in 1980, where she was a student of Jean-Louis Kashy. She has played flute and piccolo in the Regina Symphony and the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, and performed as principal flutist with the Arizona Opera Orchestra and Young Audiences of Southern Arizona (YASA) woodwind quartet. As a soloist, Brenda has perfomed in numerous concerts and recitals and was featured soloist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Arthur Fiedler in 1972.

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.


Erin Brophey - Principal

Chair supported by Anne and Neil Reddekopp

Photo of Erin BrophyPrior 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. 

Chair supported by Anne and Neil Reddekopp


Margaret Wilson - Principal

Chair supported by Theresa Aubin-Singh, Sanjeev Singh, and Family

Bio pending.

Chair supported by Theresa Aubin-Singh, Sanjeev Singh, and Family

Melissa Goodchild

Melissa Goodchild is originally from Windsor, Ontario and received her Bachelor of Music at the University on Windsor. In 2006 she received her Artist Diploma from the University of Western Ontario and continued to study there for her Master of Music in Performance and Literature and received the Bruce and Helen Mills Instrument Award and the Western Graduate Research Scholarship. While in London in addition to University ensembles she performed in the Stratford Civic Orchestra and various other chamber music ensembles. After completing her studies in London, Ontario in 2008 she moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching she performed in and around the city in groups such as the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, Opera Nuova and performances at the Citadel Theatre as well as solo performances at recitals. Melissa is currently the Second Clarinet with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and performs in various venues throughout the city. The Goodchild Grady Duo is a clarinet percussion duo whose repertoire includes contemporary works with a special interest in, but not limited to, Canadian compositions. The goal of the duo is to bring quality compositions and performance through concerts and education to communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada. They have performed in several venues in Saskatoon and were artists-in-residence for the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage museum in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, in the 2016 season. In Saskatoon she has performed in the Strata New Music Festival, been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Serenade the clarinet choir Reedy, Set, Go! and is involved with the Galliard Classical Variety Night concert series. She enjoys teaching students of all ages in private as well as group settings including clinics for schools and events such as Klarinet Kerfuffle.


Stephanie Unverricht - Principal

Stephanie Unverricht, Principal Bassoon, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

Photo: Trudy Janssens, Photography One 2 One

Chair supported by Dr. Mary C. Marino and Chris Kent

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.

Chair supported by Dr. Mary C. Marino and Chris Kent

Marie Sellar (Bassoon, Contrabassoon)

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’).


Carol-Marie Cottin - Principal

Chair supported by William and Suzanne Dust
Bio pending.

Chair supported by William and Suzanne Dust

Arlene Shiplett

Bio pending.

Joseph Sharp

Bio pending.

Anna Millan

Bio pending.



Terry Heckman - Principal

Chair supported by Sarah Alford
Terry Heckman has been the Principal Trumpet of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 1991. He is also a member of the Saskatchewan Brass brass quintet, and frequently performs with many other ensembles.

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!

Chair supported by Sarah Alford

Dean McNeill

Photo of Dean McNeillDownbeat magazine award-winning Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill is a Full Professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he has taught applied trumpet and a variety of brass and jazz-related courses since joining the faculty in 1998. Dean holds music degrees from the University of North Texas (Masters), McGill University (Undergraduate), and a music diploma from MacEwan University. Dean has released two critically acclaimed CDs respectively entitled Prairie Fire: Large Jazz Ensemble Music of Dean McNeill and Mélange: New Music For Trumpet and Piano.

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.

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Brian Unverricht

Bio pending.

Dawn McLean Belyk

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.



Brent Longstaff - Principal

Chair supported by Electric Umbrella
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.

Chair supported by Electric Umbrella



Julia Chien - Principal

 Chair supported by the Ewing Family in memory of Earl and Mary Ewing
Bio pending.

Bryan Allen - Principal (On Leave)

 Chair supported by the Ewing Family in memory of Earl and Mary Ewing
Bio pending.

Chair supported by the Ewing Family in memory of Earl and Mary Ewing

Kevin Grady

Kevin’s bio is pending.


Peter Gravlin

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 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.


Randi Nelson

Coming Soon.