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Brunel University: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Music 2016
Eastman School of Music: Bachelor of Music, Music 2002
BMus, viola performance
Kent State University: Masters Degree, Music 2004
MMus, viola/chamber music
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SSO caps off 40th season on a masterful note
Northern Life print
What better way to end the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s 40th season than by challenging the talented musicians to take on the masters: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more.
An intimate Les Mis to open in Sudbury
Les Miserables won three Academy Awards last year and is currently breaking Broadway box office records in New York, but the real celebrity in the stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel is the music. YES Theatre and the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra present a concert based on the world famous musical Les Miserables Dec. 17-19. The concert marks the end of a successful fifth season for YES Theatre and the first collaborative effort with one of Sudbury's oldest cultural institutions. "I wanted to feature the music and give our audiences the chance to hear it live, like it should be, " said YES Theatre's artistic director Alessandro Costantini.
SSO caps off 40th Season
By Christopher Perrin What better way to end the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s 40th season than by challenging the talented musicians to take on the masters: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more. Patrons of all ages gathered at the Glad Tidings Tabernacle to enjoy a musical night at the SSO’s “Masters of the Past” performance May 7. The conductor for the night — Dina Gilbert of Montreal — conducted as though each musical note moved through her body. For the past three years, she has worked as the assistant conductor for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Her future conducting endeavours include stints with orchestras in Toronto, Montreal and Paris. Gilbert’s striking, graceful movements led musicians and audience members through each carefully curated presentation. “Each piece is significant to me, and represents the most famous work for each composer,” Gilbert said. Despite the SSO having been around for 40 years, it still draws in newcomers. One patron, Aline Dupuis, told me it was her first time seeing the SSO. “I was very excited,” she gushed. “I knew it would be amazing, but it definitely surpassed my expectations.” When asked about this year’s season, Krissy Leinala, wife of SSO cellist Tommi Leinala, said she was “very unsure of how it would go; not having the consistency of the same conductor going throughout. But it’s actually been a great season.” “It’s proof that we’re doing something right in our city, and that we’ve been doing it right for that long,” said Jamie Arrowsmith, rehearsal conductor and violist, when asked about the 40-year staying power of the SSO. “This is a city in which the orchestra can thrive.”
Two Cambrian Music students ranked best in Ontario
Sudbury Arts Council online
SUDBURY – Two music students, guitarist Nikolas Landry, who’s enrolled in Cambrian College’s three-year Music Performance advanced diploma program, and vocalist Dante Mullin-Santone, of the College’s Academy of Music, deserve to take a bow after competing and winning first place in their divisions at the Ontario Music Festival Association (OMFA) competition. The event took place from May 27-June 3 in Hamilton. “We are very proud of Nikolas and Dante’s first-rate performances, and we’re pleased to see so many Sudbury-trained music students compete and win against the best in Ontario,” said Jamie Arrowsmith, Cambrian College Music professor and co-ordinator of the College’s Independent Music Production program. Dr. Matthew Gould, Cambrian College Music professor and director of guitar studies, explained that, “Every year, students from Cambrian College’s Academy of Music and its Music – Performance program earn accolades at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Sudbury and many of them travel to compete at provincial competitions. Sudbury has a vibrant music scene, and the success of our students shows that Cambrian is an excellent place to pursue studies in music performance and production.” “The OMFA awards recognize the best performances by students who have qualified to compete at the provincial level by winning their local Kiwanis Music Festival competitions,” Arrowsmith added. It’s outstanding to see so many Sudbury-area pupils succeed at this level, and it’s also proof that they have talent and dedication that’s among the best in Ontario.” Nikolas Landry, Hannah Crawford, and Emma Parnell are all experienced young performance musicians enrolled in Cambrian College’s three-year Music – Performance advanced diploma program. First-place winner Landry studies under Dr. Matthew Gould. Dante Mullin-Santone was a vocal and drama major in high school who frequently performs with a local theatre group and studies under Susan Urquhart-Pandolfo, an instructor in Cambrian’s Academy of Music and part-time professor in Cambrian’s Music – Performance program.