Symphony New Brunswick consists of professional musicians, with a limited number of auditioned apprentice positions.

There are 40 members under a CBA between the NB local of the Canadian Federation of Musicians ( aka AFM) and SNB.

The average concert also uses from 5 to 15 extra musicians who are, as much as possible, drawn from within the province. A few musicians join the orchestra with regularity from PEI and Nova Scotia.

The Forty contracted Members of the Orchestra as defined in the 2015-2018 Collective Agreement between Local 815 and Symphony New Brunswick:

Core Members

Concertmaster: David Adams

Principal Second Violin: Danielle Sametz
Miles and Eunice Kierstead Memorial Chair

Principal Viola: Chris Buckley
The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair

Principal Cello: Sonja Adams
BMO Financial Group Endowed Chair

Acting Principal Oboe: Christie Goodwin

Principal Bassoon: Patrick Bolduc

Principal Horn: Ulises Aragón


Per-Service Members

Section Violin I (5 positions)

  1. Ali Leonard
  2. Robert McCausland
  3. Hrvoje Tisler
  4. Aaron McFarlane
  5. Nadia Francavilla

Section Violin II (4 positions)

  1. Christine Chase
  2. Sara Liptay
  3. Aida Tisler
  4. Katherine Moller

Section Viola (3 positions)

1. Eric Ring
2. Robin Streb
Reid and Jacqueline Parker Endowed Chair
3. Jeffery Bazett-Jones

Section Cello (3 positions)

  1. Ellen Buckley
  2. Katie Bestvater
  3. John Buckley

Principal Double Bass

Andrew Miller

Section Double Bass (1 position)


Principal Flute: Sally Wright

Second Flute: Helen Gollings

Second Oboe: Vacant

Principal Clarinet: Vacant

Second Clarinet: Jenifer Shea

Second Bassoon: Yvonne Kershaw

Second Horn: Cynthia Munn

Third Horn: Vacant

Fourth Horn: Vacant

Principal Trumpet: Rob Dutton
Wallace, Norma and John MacMurray Memorial Chair

Second Trumpet: Vacant

Principal Trombone: Ashley Robinson

Second Trombone: Ernest Brown

Bass Trombone: Richard Kidd

Acting Principal Timpani: Joël Cormier
Philip W. Oland Memorial Chair

Principal Percussion: George Garrett