Carlos Foggin (FRCCO, BMus with Distinction) is an award-winning keyboardist, conductor, and recording artist with over 20 major scholarships, and prizes to his credit. He has been involved in a number of major recording projects, including two solo albums available on iTunes.
Mr. Foggin has been the Music Director of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra since 2016, and has worked with the Calgary Community Orchestra since 2014. Notable European solo performances venues include concert halls and Cathedrals in Germany, Spain, France, Canada, USA, and the British Isles.
Mr. Foggin is a Fellow (by examination) of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Carlos was recently named one of Calgary's '20 Compelling Calgarians'
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Eileen Kosasih is a pianist, violinist, artist, conductor, and concert presenter. She has a B.A. Music (violin) from Ambrose University, M.Music (orchestral conducting) from Azusa Pacific University, and a piano diploma from the American College of Musicians.
Eileen is principle 2nd violin of Symphony of the Kootenays and concertmaster of Rocky Mountain Symphony and St. David's United Orchestras. As a crossover musician, she has performed with various music scenes around the U.S. and Canada. Eileen directed the orchestra for Front Row Centre Theatre's "Mystery of Edwin Drood" and Calgary Arts Orchestra, a two-year creative project. She is resident accompanist for Calgary Multicultural Choir and was a resident accompanist for Suzuki Talent Education Society and Calgary Girls Choir.
Eileen is a host and programmer for "Casual Classical" at the King Eddy and hosts concerts around Southern Alberta and the Kootenays.
Matthew Bruce’s passion for the performing arts inspired him to study voice, acting, and movement at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC.
Upon graduating, Mr. Bruce continued his vocal training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, advancing his studies in the Opera Studio program while studying privately with internationally-renowned soprano and oratorio specialist, Nancy Argenta.
Mr. Bruce is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program and has performed the roles of Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Candide (Calgary Opera in the Village), Jonathan Dale (Silent Night), Le Dancaïre (Carmen), Roderigo (Otello), and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus).
ROSS A. LEMON
Ross Lemon - Cello/Double Bass
A native Calgarian, Ross has been performing on bass for over 25 years. He is the current Co-Founder, Personnel Manager, and Principal Bassist for the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed with groups such as Red Deer Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, Symphony of the Kootenayes(Cranbrook B.C.), Calgary Civic Symphony, New West Symphony, several church orchestras.
Ross also teaches bass and music theory privately and with the International Ave School of Music.
Little known fact about Ross, he also performs on Cello. Ross has been caught playing cello from time to time with several church orchestras when needed.
When he does have free time, Ross likes to spend time at him with his two boys (cats) Phillipe and Sebastien and practicing his bass (and cello).
DUARTE DA SILVA
Viola and music teacher living in Calgary since 1999.
BA in Music, MA in Musicology and BA in Eduction.
Love playing orchestral and chamber music. Member of the SOTK orchestra, RMSO and Civic.
Appreciate the power of music in culture and people's lives. Composer and arranger in my spare time.
Professional Accompanist Grace King received her L.R.S.M in pianoforte teaching from the Royal Schools of Music in London, England and was the winner of the Franz Schubert pianoforte competition in 1961. Grace was Resident Music Mistress at Bishops High School for girls in Jamaica and taught piano and languages for many years. Since 2011, Mrs. King has been the rehearsal and occasional performance accompanist for Calgary Concert Opera Company.
MAGDALENA VON ECCHER
Magdalena von Eccher, is being recognized as one of Canada’s finest musicians. Her performances as solo pianist, with orchestra, collaborating with singers, and in chamber music are earning the highest praise from fellow musicians and are loved by audiences. She has taught privately, in master class, and on faculty at the University of Lethbridge and McGill University. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Lethbridge (recipient of the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal) with Glen Montgomery, and a Master of Music at the University of British Columbia studying with Jane Coop. Since 2007 Magdalena has been a favourite at the Festival of the Sound in solo performances and in collaboration with artists such as James Campbell, Denis Brott, Marion Newman, Cameron Crozman, Glen Montgomery and visual artist, Alan Stein. Magdalena is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music at McGill University under the guidance of Dr. Stéphane Lemelin. She is a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
This season’s engagements include performances at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto with soprano, Anna-Sophie Neher, McGill University, and concerto appearances with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiastic and engaging teacher and adjudicator, Magdalena resides in Calgary with her husband, Glen.
Tokie (Satoko) Brideaux has been involved in the Calgary music scene for more than 15 years. She moved to Calgary after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with emphasis in Marketing and a minor degree in Music from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has performed with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra (Jackson, MS), the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (Hattiesburg, MS), Calgary Civic Symphony, the University of Calgary Orchestra, the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, and the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Tokie also plays the piano and is a member of the string quartet.
Tokie has worked for various music and arts organizations including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Calgary Department of Music and the Faculty of Fine Arts. She is now a freelance publicist specializing in promoting music and working for other non-profit organizations in Calgary.
Twitter: @misstokie (personal) / @CalMusicEvents (business)
Alberta based operatic soprano, Cindy MacDonald, calls Okotoks her home where she teaches and performs Classical music. Cindy grew up and studied music in Winnipeg, MB where she participated in many local productions including work for Rainbow Stage and the Winnipeg Gilbert and Sullivan Society, where she began her operatic career.
Currently she can be found on stage as part of the Calgary Opera Chorus. She has appeared in their recent productions of Tosca, Romeo et Juliette, the Canadian premier of Everest and as a featured role, Nurse Genevieve, in their production of South Pacific.
Cindy made her operatic debut with Calgary Concert Opera Company as Annina in CCOC’s La Traviata. She has been a featured soloist with the Foothills Philharmonic Chorus, most notably as the second soprano soloist in their rendition of Mozart’s Mass in C minor.
As a founding member of the Foothills Philharmonic Society, Cindy directs the Foothills Philharmonic Opera Chorus as well as participating with them. She and the chorus can be heard in the upcoming production of Samson et Dalila this coming September in collaboration with the Calgary Concert Opera Company.