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Rosemary Thomson

A highly skilled musician experienced in conducting a wide variety of repertoire with an innovative audience presentation, Rosemary Thomson is currently in her ninth season as Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.  Under her leadership the orchestra has blossomed and the OSO audiences have grown to unprecedented levels.

Previous positions include Conductor in Residence and Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where she conducted on all series and worked closely with Maestro Hans Graf.  Highlights included performances of Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation as well as massive outdoor concert experiences Mozart on the Mountain and Beethoven in the Badlands.  Previously she was Conductor in Residence for the Winnipeg Symphony where she made her debut on the New Music Festival and worked closely with Maestro Bramwell Tovey.  Ms Thomson also held the position of Assistant Conductor for the Canadian Opera Company, working with General Director Richard Bradshaw on such productions as Othello, Boris Gudonov, Salome, Billy Budd, Der Fliegende Höllander and the world premiere of Randolph Peters’ The Golden Ass. For fourteen seasons, she conducted the Toronto based new music ensemble Continuum touring Canada and Europe and recording three CDs.

Ms. Thomson has been active as a guest conductor and clinician including the symphonies of Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria and Kingston.  She has conducted Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte and Onegin for the Opera Garden in Scotland, La Bohème for Highlands Opera and many productions as a regular faculty member for eight seasons at Opera Nuova, most recently, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.  She has also assisted at Vancouver Opera on Peter Grimes and Calgary Opera for the world premiere of Filumena.  Recently she was the clinician for Chorfest run by the BC Choral Federation and conducted Manon for UBC Opera. 

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