Maestro Gregory Parra's career as a clarinetist and saxophonist have led him across Europe and the Americas as a soloist and orchestral performer. Originally from Venezuala, Gregory was a member of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, principal clarinet in the National Typical Orchestra, the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, the Camerata Criolla Gurrufío Ensemble, and the Onkora Group. He has also participated in many recordings including the Grammy Award winning album by Ilan Chester, Tesoros De La Musica Venezolana – Caracas (2009).
Gregory maintains a teaching career in music and is regularly invited to give lectures and play concerts inside and outside Venezuela. In 2016 Gregory was one of 200 clarinetists from around the world selected to audition for the principal position in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The following year Gregory won a national audition for Assistant Principal Clarinet with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and remained with them for two seasons while commuting from Moncton to Saskatchewan every month. During this time, he received praises from colleagues, conductors, and the school boards in Regina for his participation as a coach for Link Up, an integrated children’s music program maintained by the RSO.
Gregory currently resides in Moncton and participates in cultural activities around the province as a performer. He is a member of Tutta Musica Orchestra and a teacher/conductor for Sistema NB Moncton Centre.
Trombonist Jim Tranquilla is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician who travels throughout Canada and abroad with chamber music ensembles, bands, stage shows and orchestras. His affable approach to collaboration has earned requests to participate in major events including the Juno Awards, East Coast Music Awards and 2010 Winter Olympics and he has shared the stage with a wide range of stars including rock legend Sting, Weird Al Yankovic, Canadian icons Michael Bublé, Dianna Krall and Fred Penner, trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann and opera diva Measha Bruggergosman. As co-founder of the trombone quintet iTromboni, Jim tours extensively and performs at several of Canada’s finest concert halls and prominent festivals.
Jim is also a sought-after educator, adjudicator, clinician and arranger, having led workshops and masterclasses at schools and universities from coast to coast. He has worked as a Development Agent with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada (Montreal, QC) and as brass instructor/ensemble director at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John’s, NL) and Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB). While living in Newfoundland, he was Director of Education & Outreach for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director, Conductor & Orchestra Manager of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra. Now living back in his home province of New Brunswick, Jim is the Director of Community Engagement with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and trombonist with Tutta Musica Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick and Vancouver Opera.
Victor Vivas was born in Venezuela and began his music studies with El Sistema, where he was able to develop both his individual and ensemble playing skills from a very early age. Victor completed his violin studies at the Academia Latinoamericana de Violin in Venezuela with Jose Francisco Del Castillo, then later at the Kayaleh Violin Academy in Switzerland with Habib Kayaleh. He has participated in masterclasses with many acclaimed pedagogues, including Viktor Pikaisen, Laurence Kayaleh, Virginie Robilliard, Aaron Rosand and Olivier Charlier.
As an orchestral violinist, Victor has performed with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, Soloistes de Genève, and was a member of the Orquestra do Algarve and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, Benjamin Zander, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Sergiu Comissiona, Placido Domingo, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Alexander Shelley, among others.
Victor has ten years of teaching experience with the main El Sistema violin academy: Academia Latinoamericana de Violin. Many of his former students are currently professional musicians in France, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina.
Victor Vivas joined Sistema New Brunswick in January 2018, as the Fredericton Centre Director.
Lucía Rodríguez was born and raised in Monterrey, N.L. México where she began her musical studies in the Orquestas, Coros y Bandas Juveniles de Nuevo León program. In 2002 she continued her violin studies at the Escuela Superior De Música y Danza de Monterrey conservatory of music under the tutelage of Mercedes Cisneros. In 2009, she co-founded and performed as soloist with an orchestral project called “Proyecto Sinfónico con Brio”. She continued her studies in Canada in 2009 and completed her bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2012 at the University of Western Ontario under the tutelage of Annette-Barbara Vogel and Jamie Weisenblum. An avid orchestral player, she has spent several summers performing with renowned youth orchestras in Canada and South America, including l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (2011-2014) and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (2012), and had the opportunity to work with conductors Carlos Miguel Prieto, Benjamin Zanders and Jean Phillipe Tremblay. In 2014 she graduated with a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Montreal where she had the opportunity to study with Vladimir Landsman. She is currently a member of the NBYO / Sistema New Brunswick faculty, and working as a Teaching Artist in the Moncton Center.
Dalia Garcia grew up in Venezuela and studied viola at the world renowned El Sistema youth music programme. She later earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1989 Dalia won a position in the acclaimed Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, the professional and touring orchestra of El Sistema, and performed with them until moving to the United States in 1996. There, Dalia earned her master’s degree in Viola Performance at the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and taught at the Michigan State University Community Music School until 2009. That year, Dalia returned to Venezuela and continued to teach viola in the El Sistema program for eight years.
Dalia has years of experience teaching youth and children of all ages through Suzuki, traditional, and El Sistema methods. She is happy to have had the opportunity to teach in numerous countries including Venezuela, Colombia, United States, and Canada. Currently Dalia lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, and works as a Viola Teaching Artist at the Sistema NB Saint John Centre.
A recent master’s graduate from Rice University, Jaeyoung Chong is an established cellist and a passionate musician in many artistic mediums such as improvisation, live performance, composition, audio technology and music production.
Born in South Korea, Jaeyoung began studying at the age of 8 and quickly reached an advanced level when he moved to Canada with his family in 2005. Under the direction of Shimon Walt, a renowned cello professor at Dalhousie University, Jaeyoung has continued to develop his musical abilities leading to many awards and distinctions from local, provincial, and national levels. Jaeyong regularly participates in summer music camps and festivals such as Domaine Forget, the NAC Pre-college program, the Orford Music Festival Academy Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and has had the opportunity to work with renowned cellists such as Steve Doane, Matt Haimovitz, Blair Lofgren, Richard Aaron, Phillipe Muller, Laurence Lesser, and Collin Carr.
Jaeyoung’s involvement with NBYO goes all the way back to 2007 when he was accepted as a member of the cello section. His many years of training and involvement with NBYO and Sistema NB has contributed greatly to his cello playing and deeper perspectives for the world of music. Jaeyoung was the principal cellist for NBYO for four consecutive years and was also the featured soloist with the orchestra in the 2012-2013 season. Jaeyoung continues to be involved with Sistema NB as an occasional teaching artist, and he is excited to return to the NBYO this year, now as cello coach.
Byrann Gowan was born in Hampton, New Brunswick. Since an early age, Byrann’s love of music stemmed from his love of entertaining people; he started playing piano at age 5 before discovering his love for the Double Bass at age 10 and later transforming that passion into a career. Byrann earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance at Memorial University of Newfoundland and his Master of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto.
Over the course of his music career, Byrann has had the privilege of performing with multiple orchestras and in concert halls around the world. An alumnus of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra himself, Byrann travelled twice with the NBYO to the Summa Cum Laude International Festival in Europe, where the orchestra received first place in the Orchestra category in 2011. During his university studies, Byrann was a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and later the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and he performed with the latter alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Roy Thompson Hall in 2015. Byrann has also had the privilege of being taught by multiple teachers, including Matthew McDonald of the Berlin Philharmonic, Joel Quarrington of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Tim Dawson of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Byrann lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, and works as the Double Bass Teaching Artist at the Sistema NB Saint John Centre and the Saint John Youth Orchestra. He performs regularly with Tutta Musica Orchestra and the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra.
Louis Garson grew up in Saskatchewan and earned his BMus in Double Bass Performance from the University of Toronto. His principal teachers have included Thomas Monohan, principal bass Toronto Symphony; Stuart Knussen, principal bass London Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Stehn, Professor at Guildhall School of Music in London, England. Louis joined the Windsor Symphony upon completion of his formal studies, and later went on to work for the Hamilton Philharmonic and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestras as well as the “Phantom of the Opera” orchestra in Toronto. Never far from teaching, Louis also taught double bass at Glenview Secondary School and Oakwood Colligates in Toronto.
In 1991 Garson moved to the UK, where he performed full time for twenty years and worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and The London Philharmonic. During this time, Garson was also invited to work with The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The English National Ballet Orchestra, and many others. He has performed with renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Termirkanov, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Andre Previn, Neemi Jarvi, Simon Rattle, Yehudi Menuhin and Danielle Gatti and Charles Dutoit, and has toured extensively throughout Europe, as well as South Korea and the United States.
Since returning to Canada, Louis has worked for Sistema New Brunswick and The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. He currently resides on Prince Edward Island and retains an online coaching and teaching presence. He performs with Symphony Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Symphony and is a founding member of the Atlantic String Machine.
Angela Mosher Phi is thrilled to be coaching the NBYO flute section this year. She has been working with the NBYO organization for the last 8 years as the Flute Teaching Artist in Moncton's Sistema Program. Originally from Nova Scotia, where she started playing flute in Grade 9, Angela has lived in Moncton and raised her 3 boys there for the last 17 years. Her primary flute teachers were Sandra Britten, Bindy Code, Carolyn Christie and Philippa Fullerton-Finch. She completed her M.Mus. in Flute Performance at the University of Calgary in 2000.
Originally from Miscouche, Prince Edward Island, Marc DesRoches started playing oboe in high school, and later joined the UPEI Wind Symphony in his 11th year. Marc earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2018 and throughout his studies worked with oboists Belinda Code, clarinettist Dr. Karem Simon, and oboist Christie Goodwin. In addition to the UPEI Wind Symphony, Marc has performed with the PEI Symphony Orchestra, Tutta Musica Orchestra and various extracurricular ensembles and recitals.
Currently Marc lives in Moncton and works as the Sistema NB Moncton Centre Oboe Teaching Artist. He is thrilled to be a part of the NBYO coaching team this year.
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Ismael Vitriago began his musical career in the El Sistema program. He later studied at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory and the National University of Arts where he earned his degree in Music Education.
Ismael has performed with the Caracas Symphonic Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Band, and the Venezuela National Philharmonic. In 2016 he founded the bassoon ensemble Los Fagotes which aims to be able to perform any musical genre in any setting.
Ismael taught within the El Sistema program for almost 10 years in Venezuela before moving to New Brunswick in 2019. He is currently the bassoon teaching artist at the Sistema NB Moncton Centre and the bassoon coach for the Moncton Youth Orchestra as well as the NBYO.
Since situating himself in the city and musical community of Saint John, New Brunswick, Jon Fisher has built a rich and fulfilling musical life. Jon is active across the province as a horn player, teacher, and band conductor. His diverse interests in music, both old and new, have landed him in a variety of performance settings. He is equally at home performing from the middle of a lake or in an old parking garage as he is on stage at a concert hall.
Jon is an experienced orchestral musician, having performed in many orchestral settings over the course of his career. He can currently be found performing with Symphony New Brunswick where he is Acting Second Horn, a position he has held since 2013.
Most notably, though, Jon is the newest member of the Ventus Machina Woodwind Quintet, one the province’s foremost chamber ensembles. His playing can be heard on their upcoming album, entitled Folklore.
In addition to his work on the horn, Jon dabbles in wind band conducting. He is the music director of Saint Mary’s Band, one of Canada’s oldest and longest running concert bands, and is thrilled to see the accomplishments of the band under his baton.
Jon is committed to the field of music education. He is on faculty at Sistema New Brunswick in Saint John, where he teaches horn, and also manages the Saint John Youth Orchestra. His students mean the world to him, and he is very proud of their many accomplishments.
Jon grew up in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC. He worked his way eastward across Canada as he pursued degrees in horn performance at the University of Calgary, The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, and the University of Toronto.
When Jon is not performing on or teaching the horn, he enjoys… practicing the horn.
David Parker is Principal French Hornist of Symphony Nova Scotia. He has been a member of orchestras in Kitchener-Waterloo, Barcelona, Quebec City, Israel, and Mexico City. He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Pops, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy. He is a graduate of Boston University, the University of Toronto, and Acadia University. Mr. Parker is a member of the Canadian National Brass Project, and has appeared in numerous chamber music festivals, including Scotia Festival of Music, the Toronto Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound, and the Bathurst Chamber Festival.
Mr. Parker teaches French horn and brass performance at the Fountain School of the Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.
Brian McAuley completed his Bachelor and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Anita McAlister with an undergraduate Teaching Assistant position in music history & musicology with Dr. Ellen Lockhart. He has performed in solo trumpet masterclasses with Philip Smith, Jens Lindemann, Paul Merkelo, Stephane Beaulac, Paul Duffy, Karen Donnelly, Jose Sibaja, and James Thompson. Brian worked closely with the Boston Brass in 2017 and the Canadian Brass numerous times during their residency at UofT between 2013-2016.
As a cornet/soprano cornet soloist and British brass band fanatic, Brian has performed with the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Weston Silver Band, and the Hannaford Youth Band, winning contest titles with the Weston Silver Band across North America and Europe. Outside of brass band, Brian has performed in ensembles including Symphony New Brunswick, Tutta Musica Orchestra, the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto Theatre of Early Music. As a pit/theatre musician, he has extensive experience with lead and section roles throughout his home province of Ontario, and more recently in New Brunswick.
Brian joined the Sistema NB team in 2019 as a teaching artist at the Saint John centre, and is excited to work with 2020-21 NBYO trumpet section.
Originally from Hammonds Plains, NS, Kimberley (Shields) Conway is a driven and passionate trombonist, teaching artist and manager. As a trombonist in solo, chamber, jazz and orchestra, she currently performs most frequently with East Coast Brass and with Tutta Musica. Kim earned for Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University and a master's in Trombone Performance from the University of Ottawa. As a teaching artist, Kim's experience ranges from elementary to university ages in individual, small groups, orchestra and classroom settings. She currently teaches over a dozen trombonists from Sistema NB, Moncton Youth Orchestra (MYO) and NBYO. As a manager in the arts, Kim has experience in coordinating tours, recruitment, auditions, stage managing, sound and video recording, grant writing, music libraries, social media, and general management of young musicians, their families and faculty. Kim is currently managing and performing with East Coast Brass and was orchestra manager of the NBYO from 2014-2018.
Ian Gibson is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he earned both his BMus and MMus in Percussion Performance. After graduation, Ian went on to become the Head of Percussion at Cambrian College and the Classical Percussion Instructor at Laurentian University from 2005-2017. During this time, he also served as the Principal Percussionist/Timpanist with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
Ian has presented numerous solo and chamber performance during his career; some performance highlights include Drumming by Steve Reich with Nexus at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, soloist for both the world premiere of Rosewood Dreaming (full orchestra version) for Solo Marimba and Orchestra by Bill Cahn, and the Canadian premiere of Concerto for Marimba and Choir (with Percussion) by Gene Koshinski.
Ian is currently the Percussion Teaching Artist for Sistema NB in Saint John, New Brunswick and is proud to be an sponsored artist for both Innovative Percussion and Pearl Drums/Adams Concert Percussion.