The Georgian Bay Symphony 2020-21 Musicians

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Lucia Barcari

Concertmaster

Lucia Barcari is a versatile violinist with a special affinity for collaborative projects in diverse genres and ensembles. She enjoys an active career as an orchestral leader, recording artist, chamber and folk musician, throughout Canada and Europe. Committed to educating a new generation of musicians and
audiences, Ms. Barcari has worked with Sistema Toronto, a philanthropic organization created to enhance the social development of children through music education.


An active orchestral musician for over twenty years, she has served as concertmaster for the Georgian Bay Symphony, Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Broc Light Opera Company and Nuove Musiche in Belgium. Born in Chișinău, Moldova, Ms. Barcari was admitted to the Music School for Talented Children at the age of seven, and later won the Moldavian National Music Competition. She completed a master’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy at the Odessa State
Conservatory in Ukraine and has been performing and teaching in Canada since 1996.

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Reanne Kruisselbrink

Principal Second Violin

A native of Bruce County, Reanne Kruisselbrink is an award winning violinist and pianist. She graduated with high distinction from both the University of Ottawa, where she holds a Masters Degree in violin performance and Wilfrid Laurier University where she obtained a Bachelor of Music also in violin performance. Additionally, she has completed the performance and theoretical requirements for her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) in piano performance.

Currently active as a solo and collaborative performing artist, Reanne has participated in music academies and festivals across Canada where she had the opportunity to study with renowned violinists and educators such as Mayumi Seiler, Federico Agostini, Michael Frischenschlager and Mark Fewer to name a few. Former teachers include Yehonatan Berick, Jerzy Kaplanek, Jessica Linnebach, Praise Lam and Arlene MacNay.
 

In her capacity as an educator, Reanne has enjoyed over a decade of teaching experience both privately and at the university level. Her students have been award winners at festivals, received provincial recommendations and have achieved first class honors with distinction on Royal Conservatory practical and theoretical exams. She maintains an active teaching schedule, operating a large music studio in the Grey Bruce community.

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Jasmine Schnarr

Principal Viola

Originally from Tara, Ontario, Jasmine began studying the viola with her father John Schnarr at the age of 8, and she obtained her Honours Bachelor of Music in Performance with a Minor in Fine Arts from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.


Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Jasmine began her professional career in Montréal, Québec, first winning a tenured viola position with the Québec Symphony Orchestra, followed by many years as the violist of the Molinari String Quartet, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary music string
quartet, as well as regularly performing with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra and most recently as violist with the all-women’s string orchestra La Pietà, lead by violinist Angèle Dubeau.

Over her 20-year career as a violist in Montreal, Jasmine has toured the world extensively with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Molinari String Quartet and La Pietà, as well as performing on many Internationally acclaimed CD recordings, radio and TV broadcasts for CBC, Radio Canada, Radio France
and Medici International Arts TV.


A passionate chamber musician, Jasmine performed the complete Beethoven String Quartets at La Maison Symphonique, Montréal with members of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.
Jasmine founded and directed Sinfonia Mont-Royal, based in the Plateau/Mile End area of Montréal, a conductor-less, string orchestra created to provide a relaxed and fun, classical music learning experience for students and amateurs. Sinfonia Mont-Royal regularly performed at Montréal arts festivals, cafés and
YMCAs.


Presently Jasmine resides in Bruce County, is Principal Viola of the Georgian Bay Symphony and teaches at Orchestra North Owen Sound.

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Susan Naccache

Principal Cello

Born in Toronto and raised in Ottawa.  She has been playing the cello since the age of 14.  Susan obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s in cello performance at the University of Ottawa.  She also studied in England for one year as part of the National Centre for Orchestral Studies and obtained a Post Graduate
Diploma with Distinction in Performance.  Susan served as the solo cellist in the Canadian Forces String Ensemble for 18 years, and retired in 2000.  Her teachers have included such known names as Alexander Baillie, Harvey Shapiro, Christopher Bunting and Irene Sharp. 


Susan has played with the orchestras of Ottawa, National Arts Centre, Nepean, Georgian Bay, Niagara, Huronia, Windsor, Peterborough, Parma, Italy and many others.  She loves collaborating with friends in chamber music and has attended many workshops in chamber music performance.  Susan also loves teaching and has a private studio in Mississauga where she resides.  She is married with two grown children, one a music therapist and the other a budding wine expert.

Strings

Violins

Viola

  • Jasmine Schnarr (Principal)

  • Rob Davidson

  • Jim Martin

  • Stephanie Rostirolla

  • Vicky Winterton

  • Robin Zettel

Cello

  • Susan Naccache (Principal)

  • Debbie Bell

  • Ani Eby

  • Chris May

  • Sibylle Ruppert

  • Joan Skelton

  • Ian Thompson

Double Bass

  • Jack McFadden (Principal)

Woodwinds

Flute

  • Meryl Gillmore

  • Dave Skelton

  • Jeffi Farquharson

  • Dana Wilke

Oboe

  • Claire Baker

  • Elaine Mitchell

  • Heather Willmes

Clarinet

  • Rob Tite (Principal)

  • John Dickson

  • Christine McLean

Bassoon

  • Tim Broughton

  • Meagan Rose

Horn

  • Melanie Kearns

  • Susan Klages

  • Jaime McCormack

Trumpet

  • Tim Eaton

Trombone

  • Adam Kearns

  • Gord McConachie

  • Stephen Collicott

  • Kerrie-Lynn Boys

Tuba

  • Vince Lebel

Percussion

  • Diane Eaton

  • David Malito

Music Librarian

  • Rob Davidson

  • Lucia Barcari (Concertmaster)

  • Reanne Kruisselbrink (Principal 2nd)

  • Bill Hall

  • Murray Hall

  • Alicia Hutchings

  • Nikki May

  • Norma Morrison

  • Tim Pointon

  • John Schnarr

  • Alisa Van Aphen

  • Lori Wright

  • Jean Burak

  • Aidan Nelson

  • Bill Legate

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Jack McFadden

Principal Bass

Juno award winning double bass player, Jack was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and studied with Joe Gurney in Hamilton, Gurney Titmarsh and Thomas Monohan in Toronto, Warren Benfield in Michigan, and David Holland in New York. Early musical experiences in Hamilton were with Marshall Olchowy,Bruce Harvey, and the late Brian Harris. Jack won a scholarship to the Congress of Strings, in EastLansing, Michigan in a summer many years ago, and moved to Toronto that fall, beginning to work immediately. He won scholarships to the National Youth Orchestra, joined the National Ballet as principal bass for 6 years, and frequently worked in pit-bands for shows at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and O'Keefe Centre.


In between tours, he played jazz. He also worked for a few years with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, sometimes in Windsor, London, Sudbury, Barrie, Kitchener - Waterloo orchestras. Jack also contracted the Toronto Pops Orchestra until its fraudulent downfall and currently he is the principal bassist of the Georgian Bay Symphony.