Our Orchestra


Members of the orchestra are all based in the Peterborough & Kawarthas region and come from all walks of life, from retired lawyer to internationally-renowned bassoon builder!  Membership in the Peterborough Symphony requires a short audition process usually scheduled in the spring and fall. Audition times are now being booked for the evening of Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

However, the PSO also accepts new members throughout the season.  Musician candidates should be able to play at a Royal Conservatory of Music grade 7 or the equivalent, and be available to rehearse and perform throughout the season (this year September 27, 2017 through May 2018). At the audition, candidates should be ready to play two contrasting pieces that demonstrate their skill, and be prepared to play some scales and do some sight-reading.

Contact the office at (705) 742-1992 or email info@thepso.org to arrange an audition time.

Visit highlighted names below to learn more about our talented musicians, whose time and talents bring music to life!

Violin I

Michael Hughes
Joan Sutherland
Gerry Haywood
Sarah Thomson
Alice  Sharpe
Luba Cargill

Violin II

Sona Kaltagian, principal
Luba Berezuk-Klama
Ian VanZyl
Rheanna Leckie
Jana Farell
Pat Wade
Sam Coxwell
Auriel Creighton


Elizabeth Morris, principal
Blair Mackenzie
Kathleen Mackenzie


Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham, principal
Hilary Hodgins
Peter Harris
Odette Burgess
Jennifer VanLeeuwen
Joy Simmonds


Calum MacLeod, principal


Jaye Marsh, principal
Tom Regina
Sarah Thomson


Tori Owen, principal
Chris Brown


Scott Wight, principal
Lisa Quackenbush


Ben Bell, principal
Leslie Bailey

French Horn

Jane Cook, principal
Leah Bell
Liz Spang
Ann Millen


Doug Sutherland
Gratia Leitch


Peter Hanmore
Ruth Alton


Lorne Grossman


Eric Smeaton