Brief History

Now in its 36th season, Symphony New Brunswick has evolved from a strong community desire for classical music to a fully professional quality orchestra.
The orchestra roots go back to 1950, with the latest iteration founded in 1983. The first “Series Concerts” were presented in Saint John in the season of 1985-1986. In the autumn of 1987, the orchestra began its transformation and obtained the status of a regional professional orchestra under the direction of Nurhan Armin. At this time also, the orchestra members chose to join the AFof M and the Saint John String Quartet was hired as principal strings in the orchestra and as the basis of the popular Virtuoso Series.
In 1990, the organization changed its name to Symphony New Brunswick to better represent its mission to serve the whole province. As the only fully professional orchestra in the province, SNB serves Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John equally in both official languages. After an extensive search, Michael Newnham became the Music Director for 8 years until 2018 and led the orchestra through a period of strong artistic improvement. Since this time, SNB has had a season of guest conductors and a major conductor search and hopes to see a new SNB Music for the 2020-2021 season.

The eight core musicians of the orchestra offer chamber music concerts in Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, Sussex and surrounding areas. In various groups, the core also presents at least 40 free school and community outreach concerts each season, reaching close to 12,000 students. As individual groups, our musicians have musically traversed Canada, the US, Europe, China and South America.

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
second chair First Violin:
Dr Tom Condon Memorial Chair

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

Principal Viola:Christopher Buckley
The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair
second chair Viola:
The Reid & Jacqueline Parker Endowed Chair

Principal Cello:Sonja Adams
BMO Financial Group Endowed Chair

Acting Principal Oboe:Christie Goodwin

Principal Bassoon:Patrick Bolduc

Principal Bass: Andrew Reed Miller

Principal Timpani:Joël Cormier
Philip W. Oland Memorial Chair
Per-Service Members

Section Violins (5 positions)

  1. Ali Leonard
  2. Hrvoje Tisler
  3. Aaron McFarlane
  4. Nadia Francavilla
  5. Sara Liptay
  6. Aida Tisler
  7. Katherine Moller

Section Viola (2 positions)

1.Eric Ring
2.Robin Streb
Reid and Jacqueline Parker Endowed Chair

Section Cello (3 positions)

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

Principal Double Bass

Core Position

Section Double Bass (1 position) vacant

Second Oboe: Vacant

Principal Clarinet: Vacant

Second Clarinet: Jennifer Shea

Second Bassoon: Yvonne Kershaw

Principal Horn: Ulises Aragon

Second Horn:  (Acting): Jonathan Fisher

Third Horn: Vacant

Fourth Horn: Vacant

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

Second Trumpet: Vacant

Principal Trombone: Vacant

Second Trombone: Ernest Brown

Bass Trombone: Richard Kidd

Principal Percussion: George Garrett

Regular Extras:

Jonathan Fisher, horn
Danielle Girard, violin
Dmitry Myzdrikov, violin
Hok Kwan, violin
Karen Graves, violin
Timi Levy, violin
Andrew George, clarinet
James Kalyn, clarinet
Jeffery Bazett-Jones, viola
Stephen Mott, viola