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 one of POV's mainstage productions.

POV's founding Artistic Director Timothy Vernon conducts the Symphony for our 2017/18 season productions of Jenůfa and Rinaldo. Associate Conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia conducts this season's production of La Bohème.

Victoria Symphony Musicians

First Violins

  1. Terence Tam, Concertmaster
  2. Christi Meyers, Assistant Concertmaster
  3. Courtney Cameron
  4. Phillip Manning
  5. Müge Büyükçelen-Badel
  6. Cory Balzer
  7. Michele Kwon *

Second Violins

  1. Victoria Lindsay, Principal
  2. Julian Vitek
  3. Emily Salmon
  4. Christopher Taber


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


  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. Stephanie Bell


  1. Stephanie Bell


  1. Michael Byrne, Principal
  2. Russell Bajer

English Horn

  1. Russell Bajer


  1. Keith MacLeod, Principal
  2. Jennifer Christensen

Bass Clarinet

  1. Jennifer Christensen


  1. Jennifer Gunter, Principal /li>
  2. Anne Marie Power


  1. Alana Despins, Principal *
  2. Michael Oswald, Acting Principal


  1. Ryan Cole, Principal
  2. David Michaux


  1. Brad Howland


  1. William Linwood, Principal


  1. Corey Rae, Principal *
  2. Julian Jeun, Acting Principal


  1. Annabelle Stanley, Principal

Orchestra Manager

  1. Peter Burris

Operations Manager

  1. Eric Gallipo


  1. Christopher Reiche Boucher
  2. Russell Bajer, Assistant

* on leave


Selected Reviews

The orchestra, beautifully balanced under the baton of the inimitable Timothy Vernon, played out without reservation for the storm, softened to delicate accompaniment in "Già nella notte densa," and constantly maintained the tension which lurks in every scene.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, 2015, Otello

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 ... 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)