The Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra
Conductor – Kimberley McMann
Kimberley, originally from Riverview, New Brunswick, began her musical career as a celtic musician. After releasing 2 recordings, performing at the Canada Winter Games, and touring with the late John Allan Cameron, she pursued her classical music education, first at Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and then with a Masters degree in music at the University of Alberta, in choral conducting.
As a singer, Kimberley has performed multiple operatic roles with several different companies including Opera Nova Scotia, and most recently, as ‘Lola’ in Pop Goes the Opera’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana
As a conductor, she has been the Assistant conductor of Accord Ensemble, Vocal Alchemy, and she is currently the Assistant conductor of the National Award winning chamber choir, i Coristi. She has also been the Musical Director/ Conductor for several different shows in Edmonton, including Trinity Players production of Fiddler on the Roof, and Two One-Way Tickets to Broadway’s production of Into the Woods, at the Winspear.
Currently, in addition to the MET and i Coristi, Kimberley is the Director of Music at McDougall United Church, as well as a private voice and piano teacher.
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Guest Conductor 2016
Brazilian-born conductor Danielle Lisboa has a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music. A Heinz Unger Award for Emerging Canadian Conductors’s Nominee, she has built a solid reputation in Canada since arriving as a permanent resident while serving as Music Director and Conductor of Orchestra Toronto. During her tenure, Lisboa became known for her innovative programming and public engagement, resulting in a steep rise in audience numbers. Her vision and dynamic leadership took Orchestra Toronto into new paths for outreach and youth initiatives, including the Marta Hidy Concerto Competition for emerging musicians and popular annual children’s concerts.
Before moving to the U.S. in 2004, Lisboa held appointments with some of the major orchestras in Brazil, featuring the Orquestra do Teatro Nacional in Brasilia, while also working as Professor of Music at the Candido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro. She championed the necessity of reaching out to the Community and to inspire and inform music lovers by delivering lectures and seminars in Music Appreciation across the country. This mission continues today in her many appearances as guest speaker for audiences of all ages.
Lisboa received her master’s degree in orchestral conducting, with a special emphasis on opera conducting, from the University of Houston. In 1997, Lisboa was appointed assistant conductor to Peter Jacoby at the Moores Opera House. In this capacity, she was credited with distinguished operatic performances including the production of Il matrimonio segreto, The Medium, Dialogues of the Carmélites, La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi, and The Ghost of Versailles. She studied with Franz Anton Krager (Orchestral Conducting), Charles Hausmann (Choral Conducting), Peter Jacoby (Opera Conducting) and Larry Rachleff at Rice University.
Lisboa began her professional career as a concert pianist. She studied and later taught piano at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música in Brazil and in the United States at the Kingwood Music School in Kingwood, Texas. Her academic studies began at Brazil’s largest university, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where she founded a chamber orchestra dedicated to promoting the music of emerging Brazilian composers. Lisboa is a pioneer of numerous premieres of orchestral works. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Concordia University College of Alberta.
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Warren Finlay has had the pleasure of performing on the oboe for more than 40 years. He has recorded two albums and played in amateur orchestras across western North America. He is an alumni of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. By day, he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Music provides Warren with a rejuvenating break from the rigors of science and engineering. When not playing classical music, he hesitates to admit that he also enjoys playing bagpipes in a local pipe band.
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Dr. Valerie Sim joined the University of Alberta in January, 2009, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology. My interests in prion disease include prion disease pathogenesis, the role of infectious oligomers in this process, and how the abnormal structure of prion protein relates to the infectious properties of these diseases.
“I’m a scientist who practices medicine to support my music habit. The science? Mad cow disease. The medicine? Neurology. The music? Violin, piano, or whatever is in style!”