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Musician Appointments Made

The Georgian Bay Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucia Barcari and Reanne Kruisselbrink to two key positions in the orchestra.

Lucia Barcari has been acting Concert Master during the GBS’s present digital season. She will continue her role as a leader in the orchestra with wide ranging responsibilities, from tuning the orchestra to working closely with the conductor, the 1st violins, and the other string Principals. Music Director and GBS conductor had this to say, “During the 2020-21 season, Ms. Barcari has worked so diligently as our acting concertmaster, not only instructing the 1st violin section, but also assisting with many unforeseen situations. Her leadership was instrumental in the success of our digital season.”

Originally from Moldova, Lucia Barcari earned a Master’s Degree in violin at the Odessa State Conservatory in Ukraine. She has been performing and teaching in Canada since 1996. 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.

Reanne Kruisselbrink has been acting leader of the 2nd violins through this digital season and the GBS is pleased to make her position as 2nd Principal Violin official. Her responsibilities will be to continue to run rehearsals with the 2nd violins, work with the other Principal string players and the Conductor, and perform with the Symphony. Maestro Koh says, “Ms. Kruisselbrink has led the second violin section with musicality, enthusiasm and her generous instruction. Her many talents were key in leading the 2nd violin section through this successful virtual project.”

A native of Bruce County, Reanne Kruisselbrink is an award winning violinist and pianist and holds music degrees from both the University of Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier University. Currently active as a solo and collaborative performing artist, Reanne has participated in music academies and festivals across Canada. She presently maintains an active teaching schedule, operating a large music studio in Grey Bruce community.

“It has been a great pleasure for me to work with them and I am looking forward to it again in our next season 2021-22!” said Koh.

Bacari and Kruisselbrink will join Jasmine Schnarr, Principal Viola; Susan Naccache, Principal Cello; and Jack McFadden, Principal Bass as the core of professional players with the Georgian Bay Symphony.

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