Conductors - Senior/Int. Orchestra

  • Roger Cole

    Roger ColeArtistic Director & Senior Orchestra Conductor

    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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  • Jin Zhang

    Jin ZhangIntermediate Orchestra Conductor

    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

  • Rick Dorfer

    Rick DorferJunior Orchestra Conductor & Guest Debut Orchestra Conductor (17-18 Season)

    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

  • Rebecca Whitling

    Rebecca WhitlingSenior Orchestra String Assistant

    Rebecca Whitling has been a member of the first violin section of the VSO since 1995. A graduate of McGill and Indiana Universities and an alumna of the New World Symphony, Rebecca has appeared as a chamber and orchestral musician at Tanglewood,

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  • Domagoj Ivanovic

    Domagoj IvanovicIntermediate Orchestra String Assistant

    Dr. 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

  • Alexandra Sia

    Alexandra SiaDebut & Junior String Assistant

    Alexandra 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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  • Billie Smith

    Billie SmithDebut & Junior String Assistant

    Billie is a violinist from Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up playing many different genres of music including fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, and early music. She earned her ARCT diploma in Violin Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2013,

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Admin Team

Holly Littleford, Executive Director
Emily Yu, Administrator
Heather Gunn, Program Coordinator
Renée le Nobel, Bookkeeper

2017-2018 Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Bettina Cenerelli, President
Kerry Chow, Vice President
Paddy MacLeod, Secretary
Shawn Streifel, Treasurer
Judith Fraser, MDC Chair

Board of Directors
Members at Large

Katherine Hearn
Kristina Lee
Blanca McGrory
Nicki Stieda
Julia Tan
Leanne Tan
Laurinla Tran


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