Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Scholarship Winners 2009/2010

Rachel O'Connor started her trumpet career in grade six with Les Dobbin at John G Althouse. She continued pursuing music throughout high school, attending Etobicoke School of the Arts and playing in many groups around Toronto such as the Mississauga Youth Orchestra, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and the Hannaford Youth Band. Rachel has also been featured as a soloist, having won the Etobicoke School of the Arts 2009 concerto competition and placing third in the Hannaford "Rising Stars" 2010 solo competition. Rachel is currently a music student at the University of Toronto where she studies with Barton Woomert.

Dayoung Seo began playing cello in the instrumental music program at John G. Althouse Middle School. Dayoung advanced quickly and she appointed as the principal cellist of the school orchestras all through grade 6 to 12. While in Martingrove Collegiate Institute, she performed as a member of the String Quartet, Joanda Piano Trio, and the Cello Quartet at various gigs. Since Grade 10, she has played with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. She is the winner of the Bernie Reuben Music Award and the Toronto Secondary School Music Teachers' Association scholarship. She will be studying music at the University of Toronto beginning in September 2010.

Scholarship Winner 2008/2009

Rachel Kim is a violinist and an International Baccalaureate student at Weston Collegiate Institute. At the age of nine, she started studying piano and Suzuki violin in her home country, South Korea, until she was thirteen. A former John G. Althouse student, she was a principal violinist for Honour Orchestra and a vice principal for Chamber Strings. She has participated in several Kiwanis Festivals. She also volunteered at John G. Althouse for its music camp throughout her highschool years. Ever since 2007, she has been a violinist at EPO.

Scholarship Winner 2006/2007

Matthew Perkins is a new violinist with EPO this season but is an accomplished performer who has studied Suzuki violin with the Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music. We are pleased to hear he will be joining us again this season.

Scholarship Winners 2004/2005

Maia Broido violinist,was born at May 16, 1986 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. As a "victim" of a Russian idea of the early beginning of music studies she began to play violin and piano at the age of 5. It was really wonderful that she was feeling herself very lucky to play music so much. At the age of 14 years, Maia came to Canada just after graduation a Music School and has performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Maia is a winner of Toronto Music Competition 2003, she took second place in the Kiwanis Festival 2003.

James Woomert violist,is a graduating student from Martingrove Collegiate. Jamie won a position in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra where he was Principal Viola this past season. A highlight for him last summer was he acceptance into the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. James will be studying for a Bachelor of Music at Indiana University in 2004/2005.

Steven Lundy is a talented young trombonist studying at The Etobicoke School for the Arts. Steven performs in The Etobicoke Youth Band and the Hannaford Street Youth Band and plans to continue education in music. Steven enjoys working with other young performers and enjoyed teaching at Albion Hills Music Camp this past summer under the Direction of Les Dobbin. Steven plays regularily with EPO and also works behind the scenes at the box office and on the web site.

Suzanne Ruttan, a cellist and student at ESA enjoys performing the cello in various community groups. She will continue cello in Grade 11 this year and has also been awarded a scholarship to Interprovincial Music Camp. Suzanne performed in the cello section with EPO for the 2003/2004 season developing her skills as a symphony player.