David Adams - Violin

David Adams, a native of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada, completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto and went on to pursue his career as a professional violinist. With many scholarships and first prizes to his credit, Adams has gained critical acclaim as a soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician. Along with his active performing schedule, Adams teaches privately, performs in school concerts and coaches youth orchestras. David Adams received the New Brunswick Merit Award and The Queen Elizabeth The II Golden and Silver Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Music in Canada.

Danielle Sametz

Danielle Sametz grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where she began her musical studies on both violin and piano.  During her time in Regina Danielle was a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and also completed her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto certification studying with Dr.Jamie Syer. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University (BU) in 2009, studying with Kerry DuWors and Mark Rudoff. Danielle was a member of the string quartet-in-residence at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy, has collaborated with Winnipeg rock band 'From the Moon' on their album The Cyclist, was a Saskatchewan representative at the National Arts Program of Canada during the 2009 Summer Games and travelled to Palestine and Israel for a concert series and tour with faculty of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. After finishing her Masters degree at the Aaron Copland school in New York City she spent 18 months in South Africa playing with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Danielle is currently second violinist with the Saint John String Quartet and Symphony New Brunswick.

Mylène Dubé - Violin II

Mylène Dubé began her musical education with violin lessons in Isabell Monssarat's class at the age of six. She attended a musical vocation elementary school where every student received string, piano and choir lessons. In addition, she participated in numerous summer camps including the " Camp musical des Laurentides".

Ms. Dubé discovered her passion for teaching music after completing training in Claude Létourneau's violin pedagogy method. At age 15, she had a class of fifteen students in individual lessons and gave beginner and intermediate group orchestral lessons with "Les Cordes de l'Estrie".

She was part of Sherbrooke's Symphonic Youth Orchestra and Sherbrook's Film Music Orchestra.

In 2008, Ms. Dubé had an internship with FESNOJIV: System of National Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela known as EL SISTEMA.

Upon her return, Ms. Dubé began a double baccalaureate. The first was in music at Sherbrooke's University where she was part of Marcelle Mallette's class. The second was in musical education at the University of Laval in Quebec City. She also became a member of the Lévis Symphonic Orchestra and the Edwin-Bélanger ensemble.

Mylène Dubé is now a Teaching Artist with Sistema New Brunswick where she teaches violin. She is also a member of the orchestra Tutta Musica. 

Christopher Buckley - Viola

Christopher Buckley grew up in Quispamsis and has been a member of the Saint John String Quartet (SJSQ) and Symphony New Brunswick for 25 years and a Musician-in-Residence UNB Saint John for over twenty years. Chris is also a member of Atlantic Sinfonia and a coach with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. 

SJSQ has recorded four CD’s, with two nominations and one East Coast Music Association Award win. Their latest CD received a Juno nomination in the Classical Composition of the Year category. SJSQ has toured in Japan, China and are heading back to France and Belgium in September 2012. One of the highlights of last season for us was receiving the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's NBYO Award!

Sonja Adams - cello

Before earning her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto in 1985, Sonja Adams was actively involved in the flourishing Vancouver music scene. She has incorporated the same interest in her new home in New Brunswick with an impressive private studio province wide, coaching youth orchestras, faculty at summer music camps and extensive in-school concert programs.

Her current activities include artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, playing cello with the Saint John String Quartet and Principal for Symphony New Brunswick and Atlantic Sinfonia.

Sonja is often heard on regional and national CBC radio programs as a chamber musician and has released three compact discs with the Saint John String Quartet the second of which won “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the East Coast Music Awards. The Saint John String Quartet has toured Canada, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and China.
Along with her active performing schedule Adams teaches privately, performs in school concerts, and coaches youth orchestras. Mrs. Adams has received the New Brunswick Merit Award for her contribution to Arts and Culture.

Lydia Mainville - Cello

A versatile performer, cellist Lydia Mainville fearlessly brings her cello into new and unusual spaces. She can be found sharing music anywhere from the farmers’ market to the poetry slam to the concert hall. A lover of both the old-fashioned and new-fangled, Lydia’s own compositions blend new technology with classical sensibilities to create layered soundscapes that evoke the beauty of Canada’s east coast.


Driven by her first love of orchestral music, Lydia completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Paul Pulford and Katie Shlaikjer. While in Ontario, she immersed herself in the local music scene and performed as principal cellist with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. Lydia is currently based in Moncton, where she teaches the next generation of creative cellists with Sistema NB.

Andrew Miller, double bass

Andrew Reed Miller, born in New York and living in Saint John NB, is principal bass and a core member of Symphony NB. For 15 years he was the founder of Motion Ensemble, who performed at Sound Symposium (NF), Western Front (BC), the Music Gallery (ON) the legendary Tonic (NYC) and recorded on Mode Records. He is an active teacher and curator of Open Arts, a series of experimental and improvised music events around NB.

Miller has written music for orchestra, dance, chamber music, film, television, theatre and has been heard on numerous CBC broadcasts and has been invited as guest artist by Open Ears (Kitchener), Open Waters (Halifax), NB Summer Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, Ensemble Kore (Montreal) and Earshot concerts (Toronto). 

In years past he toured with Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. . 

“Miller is a superb player, a master and a creative inventor......” -Stephen Pedersen The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) Jan 17 2011

Louis Garson - Double bass

Louis Garson, grew up in Saskatchewan. He began his music studies in Regina.

He later received his BMus in double bass performance from the

University of Toronto. His principal teachers included: Thomas Monohan, principal bass Toronto Symphony, Stuart  Knussen, principal bass London Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Stehn, Professor, Guildhall School of Music. London, UK


Upon completion of his formal studies, Louis joined The Windsor Symphony. After leaving the WSO, he went on to work for the Hamilton Philharmonic and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestras. As well, he was also performed in the “Phantom of the Opera” orchestra in Toronto.

Never far from teaching, Louis also taught Double Bass at Glenview secondary school, in Toronto and North Toronto and Oakwood Colligates in Toronto.


In 1991 he moved to the UK where he performed full time for twenty years working with the following:

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1991 – 2003, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2003 -2009, The London Philharmonic, 2009 – 2011.


Some of the conductors he worked with included  Valery Gergiev, Yuri Termirkanov, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Andre Previn, Neemi Jarvi, Simon Rattle, Yehudi Menuhin and Danielle Gatti and Charles Dutoit.


During this time he was also invited to work with The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The English National Ballet Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, “Holland Park”, (summer) Opera Orchestra, English Touring Opera Orchestra, Ballet Rambert Orchestra, London Musici (chamber orchestra),  London Concertante (chamber ensemble)

Louis also worked in London’s West End performing in a number of shows including: “Phantom of the Opera, “Carmen Jones”, “Carousel”,” My Fair Lady”.

Other commercial work included TV, film and radio. He also worked and recorded with Shirley Bassey and  the “Moody Blues”. Louis has toured extensively throughout Europe, as well as South Korea and the US.

Since returning to Canada,. He has worked for Sistema New Brunswick and The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. He currently resides on Prince Edward Island and has an on line coaching and teaching presence. He performs with Symphony Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Symphony and is a founding member of the Atlantic String Machine.

Mike Brough, Double bass

Mike Brough grew up in rural Ontario where he had the opportunity to play with the Georgian Bay Symphony, Georgian Sound Big Band, and the rock project Stranger than Fiction which kindled a love of diverse musical experiences.

That continued in Toronto where Mike pursued a Bachelors of Music Performance on double bass at UofT playing with the UTSO, 7:00 Big Band, Early Music Ensemble, and Viol Consort as well as several musical theater productions. Mike became a founding member of Blast Strings: a contemporary string chamber orchestra and Crazy Voda: an Afro-Latin Polka project along with commissioning works for double bass in 5ths, all of which further expanded his musical horizons.

Mike is currently based in Moncton New Brunswick where he continues to grow musically while fostering a love for music as a teaching artist with Sistema NB, and as faculty for the Moncton Youth Orchestra and NBYO.

Karin Aurell - Flute

Flutist Karin Aurell is originally from Sweden, where she spent close to 20 years as a full time symphony orchestra musician, playing for the most part in the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. She moved to Sackville NB in 2001, and has enjoyed life as a freelancing musician in the Maritimes ever since. She loves recording, and her latest Trio Arkaède CD, Tour de France, was released on Leaf Music in June 2014. She has two previous solo and chamber CD’s to her name - Nightingales for Katy, for solo flute, and Trio Arkaède's first self-titled album (released in June 2008).

Since her arrival in Atlantic Canada, Karin has played regularly with the orchestras in the region and in the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra each summer. She is an active chamber music performer, mainly as a member of woodwind quintet Ventus Machina, but also with NB new music group Motion Ensemble and Trio Arkaède together with Isabelle Fournier and Julien LeBlanc. She has collaborated in several projects with her sister Gerd Aurell, a visual artist based in Sweden, and the sisters’ work has toured in Sweden, Canada and Iceland. Karin teaches flute at Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University, and is the coach for the flute section of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. An avid traveller, Karin occasionally takes time away from her New Brunswick home to visit the far reaches of the planet.

Chelsey Hiebert, Oboe

Chelsey Hiebert is currently the Centre Director and oboe Teaching Artist at Sistema New Brunswick’s Moncton Centre.  She holds a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Richard Dorsey, and a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from Brandon University where she studied with Robin MacMillan and Douglas Bairstow.  


Chelsey has played in ensembles across Canada including Symphony New Brunswick, The Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, The National Youth Band of Canada and a wide range of ensembles at both WLU and BU. Her summer studies include programs at The Banff Centre, Domaine Forget, and The Orford Arts Centre. As a passionate teacher Chelsey has been a clinician across Manitoba, taught the oboe portion of Woodwind Techniques at Brandon University, and has taught private students at a variety of different levels. 

Rodrigo Cortina, Clarinet


Mr. Cortina studied music at the Music Conservatory of the State of Mexico. He also has a Bachelor in classical music interpretation from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Masters in Classical interpretation from Université Laval in Quebec.

He has followed courses, amongst others, with Joaquin Valdepeñas, Michael Collins, Martin Scalona, Woodwind Quintet of Mexico and Woodwind Quintet of Denmark.

He is the founder of the Toluca Woodwind Quintet in Mexico and was part of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the Woodwind Ensemble of Sherbrooke and The Woodwind and Percussion Ensemble of Quebec.

Since 2013, he is a teaching artist with Sistema New-Brunswick in Richibucto, besides being member with Tutta Musica Ensemble. 

Kate Clarke, Trumpet

Born and raised in northern Alberta, Kate Clarke now resides in Saint John, New Brunswick where she is the Trumpet Teaching Artist for Sistema New Brunswick’s Saint John Center.  She has received a Masters of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors of Music at the University of Victoria.  Kate has performed with a number of orchestras and chamber groups including Symphony New Brunswick, Tutta Musica, the Youth Orchestras of the Americans, and The National Academy Orchestra of Canada.   

Linda Pearse - Low Brass and Brass Group Sectionals

Canadian Linda Pearse is Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University and Lecturer on Baroque Trombone at Indiana University Bloomington. Following studies at McGill University and the Schola Cantorum (Basel), her career in Europe included regular performances with the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, the Stuttgart Opera House, the Basel Symphony, La Cetrapiano possibile, and the Stuttgart Musical Theater. Pearse is Artistic Director of the San Francisco Early Music Baroque Workshop, the Sackville Festival of Early Music, and the ensemble ¡Sacabuche! She holds a Doctor of Music Degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Her extensive touring includes performances in Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau (China), Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco, Bloomington (IN), Madison, Kansas City, and Houston. In addition to music-only programs, Pearse’s interdisciplinary projects engage new music, early music, texts, soundscapes, and images in conversations that explore cultural contacts and collisions in the early modern period. Her critical edition of Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombone is published by A-R Editions (April 2014). Pearse has recorded for broadcast with Harmonia and WFIU, recorded with Cappella Artemisia, and appears on the ATMA label.

Peter Bye - Low Brass

Originally from Boston, Peter Bye's interest in orchestral trombone playing developed when he began playing with a local orchestra while in high school. He began university studying engineering before changing his focus to study music full-time at the University of Toronto, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Performance with honours. Peter is now teaching in Saint John as a teaching artist at Sistema New Brunswick and active in the local orchestral and chamber music scenes, performing with such groups as Symphony New Brunswick and Lighthouse Brass.

Joel Cormier - Percussion

Joel first studied percussion under Michel Deschenes at the Université de Moncton where he finished his BA. Mus in music performance.  Afterwards, he moved to Toronto to study percussion at the University of Toronto under Beverly Johnston, John Rudolph and Russell Hartenberger where he finished his M. Mus and DMA.

During his time in Toronto, Joel played with various orchestras including the Kingston Symphony, Peterborough Symphony, Brampton Symphony and the Esprit Orchestra.  He also participated in many music festivals including the New Music Festival and Nuit Blanche.

Joel released his first solo percussion CD, “Les voiles blanches” in 2012.  The album features two well known New Brunswick composers: Richard Gibson and Christian Hébert.

Joel is also a founding member of the Sonore Percussion Trio, which made its debut in 2009.  The Toronto based ensemble is dedicated to new sounds and new music having commissioned two new percussion pieces since its creation.

Along with teaching percussion at Mount Allison, Joel is also timpanist for Symphony New Brunswick.

Étienne Lévesque - percussion

NBYO alumni (2004-2008) and Charlo New-Brunswick native Etienne Levesque is known for his versatility as a performer. Etienne has been sought after to perform in orchestras, opera companies and musicals in Toronto and surrounding areas. He has performed with groups such as with Esprit Orchestra, Peterborough Symphony, Rose Orchestra, Huronia Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, Kingston Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra; as well as alongside renowned percussionist Beverley Johnston. Etienne is also a member of many cultural music groups such as Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Iranian Orchestra and Samba and Maracatu Brazilian music groups. Outside of his percussion persona, Etienne studied the art of clowning and miming. This interest of music and movement has informed his collaborative work with many Toronto dance and theatre companies. Etienne is very pleased to be joining the NBYO faculty as a percussion coach.