Victoria Symphony

Victoria Symphony and Maestro Timothy Vernon in POV's Macbeth, 2012

The Opera Orchestra for Pacific Opera Victoria is the Victoria Symphony. The Symphony musicians are an essential – and acclaimed – part of every POV production.

POV's founding Artistic Director Timothy Vernon conducts the Symphony for our 2014/15 productions of Das Rheingold and Lucia di Lammermoor. Giuseppe Pietraroia, Conductor in Residence for both POV and the Victoria Symphony, is the conductor for the 2014/15 productions of Camelot in Concert and Madama Butterfly.

Victoria Symphony Musicians, 2014/15 Season

First Violins

  1. Terence Tam, Concertmaster
  2. Christi Meyers, Assistant Concertmaster
  3. Cory Balzer
  4. Müge Büyükçelen-Badel, Acting Assistant Concertmaster
  5. Emily Salmon
  6. Michelle Kwon

Second Violins

  1. Victoria Lindsay, Principal
  2. Courtney Cameron
  3. Christopher Taber
  4. Julian Vitek


  1. Kenji Fuse, Principal
  2. Mieka Michaux
  3. Stacey Boal
  4. Kay Cochran


  1. Brian Yoon, Principal
  2. Joyce Ellwood
  3. Martin Bonham
  4. Perry Foster


  1. Mary Rannie, Principal
  2. Darren Buhr


  1. Richard Volet, Principal
  2. Sally Harvey
  3. Mary Byrne


  1. Sally Harvey


  1. Michael Byrne, Principal
  2. Russell Bajer

English Horn

  1. Russell Bajer


  1. Keith MacLeod, Principal
  2. Jennifer Christensen


  1. Jennifer Gunter, Principal
  2. Anne Marie Power


  1. Alana Despins, Principal
  2. Michael Oswald, Acting Principal
  3. Janet Parker
  4. Dan Moses
  5. Darrell Linwood


  1. Ryan Cole, Principal
  2. David Michaux


  1. Brad Howland
  2. Marcus Hissen
  3. Paul Beauchesne

Bass Trombone

  1. Bob Fraser


  1. Paul Beauchesne, Principal


  1. William Linwood, Principal


  1. Corey Rae, Principal
  2. Rob Pearce


  1. Annabelle Stanley, Principal

Orchestra Manager

  1. Peter Burris

Stage Manager

  1. Eric Gallipo


  1. Ronald Comber
  2. Russell Bajer, Assistant

* on leave

Victoria Symphony

Selected Reviews

The strength of the orchestra made itself apparent immediately with the magical opening to the opera... the sequence had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, 2014, Das Rheingold

Of all the fine orchestral performances I have heard Timothy Vernon draw from the Victoria Symphony ... his account of Ariadne auf Naxos must be ranked the finest ... this was an authentic and ravishing realization of Strauss's most delicate operatic score.
Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International, 2014, Ariadne auf Naxos

Also stunning was the Victoria Symphony ... conductor Timothy Vernon ... must have been very pleased to mark POV's landmark 100th production with an ensemble capable of such tight, controlled and yet exuberant playing.
Robin Miller, Opera Canada, 2013, Falstaff

The Victoria Symphony sounds tight and articulate ... an impressive feat in this quicksilver, subtle score, which demands an uncommon degree of alertness and concentration from an orchestra ... the pit sparkles with colour and nuance.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, 2013, Falstaff

The Victoria Symphony is right at home with this kind of material ... The orchestra moved through this score like a well-maintained Bugatti.
Ian Cochran, Monday Magazine (2010, Rodelinda)

Perhaps the single most impressive aspect was the orchestral contribution of the Victoria Symphony ... Timothy Vernon, the company's gifted and dedicated artistic director, contrived to elicit a sound that rivaled the incisiveness and clarity of period-instrument performance.
Bernard Jacobson, Music Web International (2010, Rodelinda)