Conductors - Senior/Int. Orchestra

  • Mr. Roger Cole

    Mr. Roger ColeArtistic Director & Senior Orchestra Conductor

    Mr. Roger Cole was appointed Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1976. At age 22, he was the youngest principal player of the VSO.

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  • Mr. Jin Zhang

    Mr. Jin ZhangIntermediate Orchestra Conductor

    Mr. Jin Zhang, fondly known as “Jack”, is an accomplished conductor and composer. Raised in Beijing, China, he completed his basic musical education at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

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Conductors - Junior/Debut Orchestra

  • Dr. Rick Dorfer

    Dr. Rick DorferDebut & Junior Orchestra Conductor

    Dr. Rick Dorfer enjoys the great variety he has developed in his career and maintains an active schedule as a violinist, conductor and educator. As a violinist, Rick is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

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String Assistants - Senior/Int. Orchestra

  • TBC

    TBCSenior Orchestra String Assistant

  • Dr.  Domagoj Ivanovic

    Dr. Domagoj IvanovicIntermediate Orchestra String Assistant

    Mr. Ivanovic moved to Canada in 2007, after graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Miami, where he held the post of  Teaching Assistant, as well as served as an Assistant Concertmaster for the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

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String Assistants - Debut/Junior Orchestra

  • Ms. Alexandra Sia

    Ms. Alexandra SiaDebut & Junior String Assistant

    Ms. Sia grew up playing with the VYSO and since then has performed with many other orchestras including the Peabody Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Performances have brought her across Canada, the United States, China, and Japan.

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  • Ms. Rose Saurette

    Ms. Rose SauretteDebut & Junior String Assistant

    Ms. Saurette has been living Vancouver, since 2010.  She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.

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Office Staff

Holly Littleford, Executive Director
Katherine Neale, Program Coordinator
Emily Yu, Administrator

2016-2017 Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Susan Neale, President
Bettina Cenerelli, Vice President
Victoria Chan, Secretary
Shawn Streifel, Treasurer
Judith Fraser, MDC Chair

Board of Directors
Members at Large

Amos Ang
Emily Chiang
Kerry Chow
George Chu
Laura Cottle
Poh-Lin Koh
Kristina Lee
Nicki Stieda
Julia Tan
Leanne Tan
Paul Thom


Honourary Life Members

Kazuyoshi Akiyama
Ross Beaty
Judith Fraser
Alan Kennedy
Adolph Koldofsky*
Gwendolyn Koldofsky*
Isobel MacKinnon
Ursula Malkin*
Ramona Mar

Alex McLeod*
Gerald Nordheimer*
Jean Russell
Mark Sachs
Colin Slim
David Spencer
Oliver J. Tangye*
Bramwell Tovey
Mary White*
Victor White*
Jony van den Bos