Meet the Orchestra


Music Director

Mélanie Léonard

Known for her youthful vibrancy and dynamic versatility with musical genres and styles, Mélanie Léonard is increasingly sought after as a guest conductor. She served as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Resident Conductor from 2009 to 2012 and as Associate Conductor for the 2012-2013 season.

A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard illustrates her virtuosity on the classical and jazz scenes. 2007 marked her first of several collaborations with the Montréal International Jazz Festival. She has served as Artistic Director of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Classical Choir and was also the founder, Artistic Director and conductor of Ensemble Prima, a Montréal based chamber ensemble devoted to 20th and 21st century music.

Ms. Léonard has guest conducted with a number of Canadian orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, I Musici, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with acclaimed artists, including Herbie Hancock, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jens Lindemann, Colin James, Nikki Yanofsky, The Tenors, Oscar Lopez, Pink Martini and Chris Botti. In 2012 she was honoured with the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2014, she founded the Wild West New Music Ensemble in Calgary, for which she acts as Music Director and Conductor. She also serves as Artistic Director for the Calgary New Music Festival to launch in May 2015. In addition to her conducting career, Ms. Léonard joined the team of La Croisée des Chemins on ICI Radio-Canada Première in Calgary as music correspondent.

Ms. Léonard holds a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Montréal. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from the same university, and completed her Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music.



Members of the Orchestra

1st ViolinFlute
Beth Schneider-Gould, Concertmaster*Rachel Gibson*
Angela GarwoodKarly Schofield
Martha Kashap____________________
Katarina KinClarinet
Geoff McCauslandRebecca Danard^*
Sebastian SallansMeghan Saaremets^*
Natalie Wong____________________
2nd ViolinHeather MacDonald*
Emily Chung*Christine Bouffard^
Yunona Anders^____________________
Philip KashapBassoon
Kathryn Martin^Catherine Magowan*
Anne-Marie Perron-Jutras^Graham Martin
Kenneth Sikio^____________________
Susan Urquhart-Pandolfo^French Horn
____________________Gilles Thibodeau*
ViolaJim Boland^
Jamie Arrowsmith*^Lynne Smythe
Nathan SmithMaggie Niro^
Emily Yun Wang____________________
CelloGeoffrey Tiller*
Dobrochna Zubek*Tracy Mark^
Evan LambertonPeter Scherzinger^
Tommi Leinala^____________________
Dick van RaadshoovenTrombone
____________________Charlotte Leonard*^
Double BassBlair MacNally^
Thomas Jones*Catherine Valiaho^
Peter Evans____________________
Brittany Goldsborough^Tuba
Arianna VerbreeMichael Guillemette^
Yoo Young ParkIan Gibson*
* Denotes PrincipalJack Broumpton
^ Denotes Volunteer MusicianSally Lesk~