Symphony Orchestra

  • Musicians between the ages of 14 and 25
  • Conducted by a professional conductor
  • Classical repertoire
  • Rehearsals on Sunday afternoons
  • Music camp at the beginning of the season
  • Workshops led by professional musicians
  • Dynamic and welcoming

Musicians, 2017-2018 Season

Violin 1
Violet Webster ***
Luc Truong *
Gabrielle Post
Emei Yang-Larochelle
Sandrine Ladouceur
Sonia Wu
Shu Yin Han
Alexina Choma
Deborah Kim

Violin 2
Cai Mitchell **
Emma Tomiuk
Martin Choquette
Selena Ruiz
Benjamin Sew
Évangeline Joron
Timothy Hum

Irene Toro
Sean Hall
Michael Fazio

Nicholas Gallant **
Emily Cayer
Lucia Diaz-Fino
Kelly Cooper
Bryanna Pilkington


Maude Prévost **
Isaac Lefebvre
Félicia Lévesque – piccolo *

Nathan Ng **
Robert Louette **
Leah Suissa
Ally Yu – Clarinette Basse **

Liana Starnino
Hannah Randolph

Sarah Cayer **
Marie-Christine Gagné
Louis-Philippe Beauchamp

Maryka Talbot **
Morganne Carroll
Lily Jast

David Vallée-Cherrier **
Marc-Antoine Searles
Alexander Brady - trombone basse

Maxime Lepage

Ariane Prévost
William Barbieri


Section Coaches
Sylvie Allaire - Violin 1
Jean Ai Seow - Violin 2
Peter Purich - Viola
Joanne Grant - Cello
Zaven Zakarian - Woodwinds
Michael Wilson - Brass
Robert Slapcoff - Percussion

*** Concertmaster
** Principal
* Associate

David Russell Martin, Artistic Director and Conductor

David Martin has led an interesting and varied career in music. A graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal in orchestral conducting under maestro Raffi Armenian, he has gone on to conduct orchestras all across Canada. At the same time, David has led a career as a trombonist, including more than three seasons (and several recordings) as principal trombone with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM). In 1986, he became principal trombone of Orchestra London Canada, a post he held for ten years.

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In the 90s, David was the resident conductor of Orchestra London where he conducted concerts in all series. In his career as a guest conductor, he has worked with the orchestras of the National Arts Centre, the Quebec Symphony, Calgary, Edmonton, Windsor, Victoria and Symphony Nova Scotia, among others.

In addition to his other occupations, David has made a side career as an arranger, having written for the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony and many more. His collaborations include work for Gregory Charles, (StarAcadémie Noël, Isabella Perron), Robert Charlebois, Isabelle Boulay, Corneille, Sylvain Cossette, Lara Fabian among others. In his spare time, he composes choral music.

A former member of the renowned Quintette de cuivres de Montréal, he was more recently featured as trombonist on two Canadian Brass CDs: Stars and Stripes and Spirit Dance. In 2014, he released his own CD of trombone solos: “Fleurs et Épines” featuring his classical and jazz playing.

In 2012, David was appointed Associate Professor and head of Brass at the Université de Montréal, where he teaches trombone and euphonium, and conducts the brass ensembles. He is the founding music director of the Griffon Brass Band, whose first recording, “Beyond the Dragon” was released in May 2013.

David is married to OSM trombonist Vivian Lee, and they have two grown children who work in the arts.