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Rosemary Thomson, Music Director

A highly skilled musician experienced in a wide variety of repertoire with an innovative audience presentation, Rosemary Thomson is currently in her twelfth season as Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Under her leadership the orchestra has blossomed and OSO audiences have grown to unprecedented levels.

Ms. Thomson came to the Okanagan from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where she was Resident Conductor and Chorus Master. For four seasons she was Assistant Conductor to Richard Bradshaw for the Canadian Opera Company, working on such productions as Billy Budd, Der Fliegende, and Otello. She also served as Conductor in Residence for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra where she conducted rehearsals and concerts on all series including the New Music Festival and worked closely with Maestro Bramwell Tovey. For fourteen seasons she conducted Toronto’s new music ensemble Continuum and can be heard on their debut CD Continuum 1. Ms. Thomson has been active as a guest conductor and has led a number of Canadian orchestras including those of Vancouver, Kingston, Toronto, Thunder Bay and Victoria. Operatically she has conducted Opera Nuova (Edmonton), Highlands Opera (Haliburton, Ontario), Opera Garden (Aberdeen, Scotland) and UBC Opera.

 

Performers & Speakers

 
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Thomas Budd, Speaker

Thomas Alan Budd was in the investment industry from 1981 to 2009 where he held various investment banking roles. Mr. Budd’s last position was when he joined Griffiths McBurney & Partners as President and took the Company public to form GMP Securities which is currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.  

During his Investment Banking career, spanning 30 years, Mr. Budd was involved in over 1000 financial deals and was well known for his command of the boardroom and his ability to structure complicated transactions.  

Currently, Thomas Budd is a well-known community leader, philanthropist and founder of the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation.  He generously supports a variety of charitable organizations predominantly in his community of Kelowna.  

Mr. Budd has survived the tragic suicide of both his sons, Dillon and Payton Budd. His painful loss has been the advent of a new journey and purpose - to share his story, to give people hope, and help get them through the hardest times in their lives by speaking out.   He is an advocate for awareness surrounding mental and emotional health issues and suicide prevention initiatives.  

Mr. Budd has embraced his community.  He is a leader, a listener and a speaker.  He strives to inspire others to do their best.  He is a passionate sports enthusiast, tennis player and car racer but most of all values the quality time he spends with his family and friends or people in need.  He is a man who chooses to make a difference in our community and around the world.

Awards and Recognition
2008 Recipient - Paul Harris Fellowship Award
2011 Recipient - Man of the Year, Kelowna Civic Awards
2013 Recipient - Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award
2015 Recipient - The British Columbia Community Achievement Award
2018 Recipient - Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award

 
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Anna Jacyszyn, Jazz Vocalist

Anna Jacyszyn is an award winning jazz singer who has travelled extensively throughout England, Europe, Asia, Emirates and South America - touring with various musicians performing jazz music. Having settled back to her home town of Kelowna she founded Jazz Café Kelowna, which promotes Live Jazz Music of the highest quality and pairing the talent with an attractive venue.  Anna has recently opened herself up to other genres of music from Musical Theatre productions through Kelowna Actors Studio (Mrs. Bank/Mary Poppins,  The Great Gatsby, Betty/White Christmas. And Donna/Mama Mia), A country music show “Songs Of The Southern Belles”, as well as worked with some Rock acts but her first love is Jazz.  

 
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Eeva Maria Kopp, Soprano

Eeva-Maria Kopp has been teaching voice and piano to both children and adults in a wide range of musical styles for over 20 years. She studied in her country of origin, Finland, and graduated with a Master's degree in Music Education, a Bachelor's degree in Voice Pedagogy, and a Diploma in Opera Singing. She is a prizewinner of several Finnish singing competitions. Eeva-Maria has worked as an opera soloist/recitalist at the most important Finnish opera companies and festivals, including the Finnish National Opera and Helsinki Festival, and after relocating to Canada in 2013, she has cooperated with such organizations as the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Opera Kelowna. In addition to her work as a voice teacher and Artistic Director of the Kelowna Community Music School, Eeva-Maria is also the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Kelowna.

 
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Loni Moger, Guitar

Loni Moger is a talented and versatile musician who played his first professional gig at the age of fourteen and began teaching at the age of sixteen. After spending four years on the East Coast of the U.S. he received his bachelor’s degree from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, studying Guitar, Voice and arranging. 

Loni has performed along side such international artists as “Bo Didley” and San Francisco’s “Tuck and Patti“; "Senator Tommy Banks" as well as local Calgary favorites “ The Swinging Bovines”, “Karl Roth” and former host CBC radio’s “Tonic”,“Tim Tamashiro”.

He moved to Kelowna, BC in September of 2008. Loni shares, " I've played night clubs, concerts, weddings, political rallies, live radio and television, bowling alleys, country clubs, street corners (otherwise known as Busking), churches and living rooms, all of which were equally fun!" He enjoys interpreting the works of others and performing his own material as well.

Loni is equally at home in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Blues to Jazz to Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Pop and Country. He also harbors a secret passion for Classical music, having had several opportunities to work with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra , including Pops concerts and most recently on the Operatic work  "Ainadamar, Fountain of Tears" and "The Lord of the Rings Symphony". 

 
 

Graham Vink, Piano

 
 

Krystal Withakay, Vocalist

 
 

String players from the
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Violins - Sarah Anderson, Narumi Higuchi, Nicole Shaver, John Suderman, Sandra Wilmot
Violas - Ashley Kroecher, Jim Oliver
Cellos - Morna Howie, Martin Kratky, Olivia Walsh

 
 

String players from the
Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra

Violins - Marcus Coetzee, Molly Shea, Elise Wiesinger
Cellos - David Harker, Holly McCallum, Samuel Shea, Corbin Tangermann

 
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Thank you to University of British Columbia for their continued support and encouragement.

We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which this concert is performed is the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples.

 

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