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Peterborough Symphony Orchestra

Members of the orchestra are all based in the Peterborough & Kawarthas region and come from all walks of life, from retired lawyer to internationally-renowned bassoon builder!  Membership in the Peterborough Symphony requires a short audition process, usually scheduled in the spring and fall, but the orchestra also accepts new members throughout the season.

Musician candidates should be able to play at a Royal Conservatory of Music grade 7 or the equivalent, and be available to rehearse and perform throughout the season. At the audition, candidates should be ready to play two contrasting pieces or three to four orchestral excerpts that demonstrate their skill, and be prepared to play some scales and do some sight-reading.

Contact the office at (705) 742-1992 or email info@thepso.org to arrange an audition time.

Visit highlighted names below to learn more about our talented musicians, whose time and talents bring music to life!


Violin I

  • Phoebe Tsang, concertmaster
  • Michael Hughes
  • Joan Sutherland
  • Gerry Haywood
  • Sarah Thomson
  • Alice Sharpe
  • Luba Cargill
  • Alona Rudenko

Violin II

  • Sona Kaltagian, principal
  • Luba Berezuk-Klama
  • Ian VanZyl
  • Rheanna Leckie
  • Jana Farell
  • Pat Wade
  • Sam Coxwell


  • Elizabeth Morris, principal
  • Kathleen Mackenzie


  • Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham, principal
  • Hilary Hodgins
  • Peter Harris
  • Odette Burgess
  • Jennifer VanLeeuwen
  • Joy Simmonds
  • Amanda Motyer


  • Calum MacLeod, principal


  • Jaye Marsh, principal
  • Sarah Thomson
  • Tyler Evans-Knott (PSO-KYO Apprentice)


  • Tori Owen, principal
  • Chris Brown


  • Scott Wight, principal
  • Lisa Quackenbush


  • Ben Bell, principal
  • Gabriella Newnham

French Horn

  • Jane Cook, principal
  • Leah Bell
  • Liz Spang
  • Ann Millen


  • Doug Sutherland


  • Peter Hanmore
  • Ruth Alton


  • Lorne Grossman


  • Eric Smeaton