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THESE ARE JUST SOME of the orchestra players you will hear and see on the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra stage in the 2015/16 season. Return often to check for new musicians or an update to your favourite player's story!

Desiree Abbey, cello

A native of Toronto, Desiree Abbey has appeared as a cello soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

As an orchestral musician, she has toured Europe with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestral Academy, played at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar and served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season. Desiree is an active freelance musician in Winnipeg, performing with many of the local orchestral and chamber ensembles. Desiree holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Desmond Hoebig, and both a Master of Music Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music with Timothy Eddy. Desi is a passionate music educator! She feels blessed to work with wonderful children in the Sistema Winnipeg program, runs a private home studio as a registered Suzuki cello teacher, and has taught as a sessional instructor of cello and chamber music for the University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University and Brandon University. When she is not playing cello, Desi can be found walking her dog Koda with her husband and daughter.

Alex Adaman, cello

Alex Adaman is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He received early training in cello performance from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and advanced studies at the University of Toronto and Indiana University at Bloomington. He attended summer sessions at the AFM Congress of Strings, the Banff Centre and the Aspen Festival. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Queens University at Kingston and a Master’s from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island. Between 1967 and 1974 he performed as full-time principal cellist with both the O’Keefe Centre Theatre Orchestra in Toronto, and the National Ballet of Canada. Other orchestral experience includes the National Arts Centre, Hamilton, Kingston, Saskatoon, Regina, and one season as principal cellist with the Thunder Bay Symphony. He was a sabbatical replacement teaching cello and theory at Brandon University School of Music for one year. Over ten years he regularly performed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Aurora Musicale chamber music series. He joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1984 and has been performing with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra since 1986.

Chris Anstey, violin

Chris Anstey is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is currently in his 11th season as first violinist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and he performs frequently with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Chris has made numerous recital appearances and has performed as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brandon Chamber Players. He has also played several musicals at Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, including the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph. Chris is a strong supporter of traditional music, having toured and recorded with celtic/folk recording artists The Ennis Sisters. He is also a four-time finalist at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships in Ottawa, and a top prizewinner at numerous other competitions. Aside from his performing career, Chris maintains an active teaching studio at the University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies Division, and is a string mentor with the U of M Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg Youth Orchestras.

Laszlo Baroczi, viola

Born in Hungary, violist Laszlo Baroczi received his Master's of Music Education from the Béla Bartók Music Institute and spent a year at the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano, Italy, to enrich his studies with master classes. Laszlo’s performances have taken him across Canada, the US and Europe, including the Tanglewood, Aix en Provence, Salzburg, Luzerne, Edinburgh and Banff summer festivals, and the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra. He is currently violist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Kristina Bauch, violin

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kristina started playing the violin when she was three. Prior to getting a job with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2013, she traveled around the world with the Canadian-based touring company ‘Barrage’ for seven years. She is thrilled to be back in Winnipeg, and very pleased to be part of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s current season!

Richard Bauch, viola

Richard has played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for over 35 years. He has also been a church organist and choir director for the Anglican Church for over 30 years and is a founding member of the Bauch String Quartet. His hobbies include reading, cooking, baking, gardening, physical fitness, woodworking and other activities too nefarious to mention.

Will Bonness, piano

Will Bonness has been an active member of the local and international music scene since his teen years. At age 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s band for a year-long world tour. Following this, he completed his music degree at the University of Manitoba and traveled to New York and Boston to continue his studies. Since 2012, he has held the position of Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Manitoba. He performs frequently and in several genres with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In 2009, Will released his debut recording as a leader, Subtle Fire, featuring internationally-acclaimed Steve Kirby on bass and Terreon Gully on drums. His newest recording, Halcyon, is scheduled for release in 2016.

Theodore Chan, bass

Ottawa native Theodore Chan joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) bass section in 2012. Prior to the TSO, Theodore was a tenured member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Bass, a position he won immediately following graduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC). Theodore has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Major mentors include Dennis Trembly, David Moore, and Joel Quarrington. In 2008, Mr. Chan was awarded a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his “extraordinary commitment to the great tradition of classical music.”

Minna Rose Chung, cello

Korean-American cellist Minna Rose Chung is Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music and performs internationally as recitalist and cellist of the Desautels Piano Trio. In 2008 upon arriving in Canada, Minna Rose founded Project Rio, the sole Canadian educational sponsor for the Rio International Cello Encounter in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. In 2014 Dr. Chung was awarded the University of Manitoba’s Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Creative Works. As co-author, Minna Rose is publishing an upcoming cello method book, The Cello Mind, with Northwestern University Distinguished Professor of Cello, Hans J. Jensen.

Barbara Gilroy, violin

Barbara Gilroy was born and raised in Hungary where she began her violin studies at age seven. She attended Béla Bartók Institute before moving to Canada in 1997 to continue her studies at Brandon University. In 2001, she became a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and in 2002 began performing with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and MusikBarock Ensemble.

Andrew Goodlett, bass

Andrew Goodlett is currently serving as Assistant Principal Bass of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Andrew is interested in and engages with many styles of music, from historically-informed performance on original instruments to playing in rock bands. Highlights of the past and current season include performances with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, performing and recording with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and being invited to play as a substitute in his father’s bass section, who is Assistant Principal Double Bass of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Allen Harrington, bassoon

Allen Harrington is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music where he teaches saxophone, bassoon, and chamber music. As “an extremely fluid player of superb artistry” (Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal), Allen has amazed and delighted audiences with his “honest sound, …radio-active resonance,” (Halifax Chronicle Herald) “considerable virtuosity,” and “mellifluous tone,” (Winnipeg Free Press). A native of Saskatoon, he holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (B.Mus.) and Northwestern University (M.Mus.). He maintains a busy schedule outside his University teaching career as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and adjudicator. Allen has appeared as a soloist with more than a dozen orchestras in Canada, Europe, and South America. He has given countless recitals across Canada, including recital tours for Début Atlantic, Prairie Début, and Home Routes Classical. Some highlights for Allen this season include performances in France, the United States and Canada, as well as his second CD recording with duo partner Laura Loewen (piano), to be released in Spring 2016. Their first CD, Metropolis, was released in 2014 on the Ravello Records label. Allen plays second bassoon for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and is a regular extra with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Meredith Johnson, double bass

Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Meredith Johnson is the Principal Bassist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2004. Meredith began studying the double bass with Edgar Meyer at Vanderbilt University while pursuing a degree in English Literature. He received his Master's Degree in Music Performance from Boston University where he studied with Todd Seeber and Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony. He was a fellow of the New World Symphony from 1999-2002 before moving to Philadelphia to study privately with Hal Robinson, principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Meredith has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe with numerous orchestras, the Symphonies of Charleston and Atlanta, and most recently, the prestigious All Stars Orchestra in a series of television recordings for PBS. He has given masterclasses at several Universities across Canada as well as the Eastern Music Festival and Penn State University. He has appeared with many of Manitoba’s premier ensembles including Agassiz Chamber Music, Camerata Nova, and The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society. Meredith has appeared as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and with the Orchestra of the University of Manitoba, and has been featured on CBC radio’s The Signal. Along with his duties with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, he teaches at Memorial University (NL), the University of Manitoba, and the Eastern Music Festival. Meredith played Principal Bass with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra from 2004-2013 and continues to be a regular performer.

James is also involved in chamber music, having begun with the Bruce Brass Quintet, and since then having played with the TBSO Brass Quintet, the Toronto Brass Quintet, Brass Northwest, and numerous other groups.

As a teacher, James has spent five summers at the Canadian Forces School of Music as the trumpet instructor. He also gives masterclasses and maintains a private studio.

Laura MacDougall, flute

Laura MacDougall has performed with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra since 2008. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Laura furthered her musical studies at the Aspen Music Festival and the Banff Centre where she spent several summers, culminating in a Long Term Residency in the fall and winter of 1995. She went on to receive her Masters in Flute Performance with a minor in Baroque Flute from Indiana University in Bloomington. Since her return to Winnipeg she has been an active member of the flute community, performing regularly with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Opera, while maintaining a busy teaching schedule. In her spare time Laura enjoys yoga and working towards her black belt in karate with her two daughters, Lucy and Zara.

Momoko Matsumura, violin and viola

Originally from Osaka, Japan, Momoko Matsumura enjoys a varied career playing orchestra and chamber music and teaching on both violin and viola. While working in the United States, she was a member of the Hartford and New Haven Symphony Orchestras and the Plymouth Philharmonic where she held the position of principal second violin. She has also played with the New World Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Osaka Century Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony, Symphony in C. Momoko holds degrees from Kyoto City University of the Arts and Montclair State University where she was a fellowship student of the Shanghai String Quartet. During her studies she was awarded concert master positions at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, Chatauqua Music Festival and Holland’s Nationaal Jeugd Orkest. Winner of the Montclair State University concerto competition, she has been a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including first prize in the International Music Competition of Earth and Nature in Bulgaira, and second prize in the International Chamber Music Competition in Boston.

Anna Millan, French horn

Fourth horn of the Saskatoon Symphony since 2013, Anna is acting as third horn for the 2015-2016 season. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Anna went on to earn a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree from McGill University, both in classical performance. Having been a member of both L’Orchestre de la Francophonie and the National Academy Orchestra, Anna has also performed with the Winnipeg Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Regina Symphony. A two-time “Walrus Award” winner, when Anna isn’t practicing you will probably find her driving across the prairies to her next gig.

Carolyn Nagelberg, cello

Carolyn Tolson Nagelberg, cellist, has been an active player with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra since 1973 and a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 1972. She has performed with many musical groups in Winnipeg, including GroundSwell, Aurora Musicale, MusikBarock and Music Inter Alia. Her summer activities have included the Rainbow Stage Orchestra (Winnipeg), the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra (Boulder) and the Great Music West Festival Orchestra (Bear Lake, Utah). She received a Bachelor of Music degree with honours from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1965. Before coming to Winnipeg, she was a member of several orchestras: the Toledo Orchestra (Ohio), the Richmond and Norfolk Symphonies (Virginia), the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) and the St. Paul Opera Orchestra (Minnesota), among others. Her husband Paul is a bass player.

Paul Nagelberg, double bass

Bassist Paul Nagelberg was born in the city of New York and was raised in that area. He moved to Toronto at age 14 after the loss of his father. In Toronto he began learning the bass in his high school music program. Paul soon fell in love with classical music and knew he wanted to perform it as a career. He attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan School of Music, graduating with honours from the latter. Paul played principal bass in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for two summers. Paul moved to Winnipeg to accept a position with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1978. Since coming to Winnipeg, he has regularly played with both MusikBarock Ensemble and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Paul’s freelance work in Winnipeg has included the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra, in-school concerts with the Canadian Education Ensembles (Keystone String Quartet), Rainbow Stage and private teaching. He has spent summers with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Great Music West Orchestra (Utah) and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra.

Photo: Leif Norman