The SPOGreatMusic Podcast Series: S01E16
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Host: Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh | A look at the diverse world of orchestras in the province of Ontario. Besides the major orchestras like the Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, there are exciting orchestral activities throughout the province. Featuring Part 2 interviewees Artistic Director Joyce Lai (Canadian Sinfonietta), Music Services Manager Ana-Maria Lipóczi (Canadian Music Centre), Vice-President Christine Fong (Cathedral Bluffs Symphony), and Executive Director Devin Scott (Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra).
Here’s some additional information and pictures on our special guest interviewees for this episode:
Joyce Lai, Artistic Director & Concertmaster, Canadian Sinfonietta
Joyce Lai enjoys a career as a violin soloist and chamber musician. She has been featured as a guest artist with orchestras around the world, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra of Hungary, the Canadian Chamber Academy, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Locally, Joyce has been guest soloist with, among others, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Etobicoke Philharmonic, Scarborough Philharmonic, as well as the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Joyce performs regularly in chamber settings and has been participated at various festivals including the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival in Manitoba, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Festival and the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival in B.C. In 2017, Joyce, along with pianist Erika Crino, presented a series of duo recitals featuring all Canadian works in Croatia, Serbia and Italy. These concerts were hosted by the Canadian Embassy in celebration of Canada’s 150th.
Joyce was first violinist in the Riverdale Ensemble, a chamber group that specialized in performing rare and unique works, as well as premiering new Canadian works. The Riverdale Ensemble’s highly praised CD, Twelve by the Moon-dial, was released in 2008. In addition to her performing career, Joyce is also an enthusiastic educator as well as a pianist and has a private studio of violin and piano students ranging from ages 3 to 73. She has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University, in addition to giving violin clinics in the Ontario area. She is currently the conductor for the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra (CSYO) Junior Strings. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Music Degree and Performer Diploma from the Indiana University.
You can learn more about Joyce and the Canadian Sinfonietta here.
Ana-Maria Lipóczi, Music Services Manager, Canadian Music Centre
Ana-Maria plays a vital role with the Canadian Music Centre. Canadian Music Centre is a Community Partner with Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Learn more about Ana-Maria here. Learn more about the Canadian Music Centre here. Learn about the CMC “Beckwith Award”, presented to the SPO in March 2021, here. This is the first time the SPO has won this prestigious recognition, not only for our efforts during this difficult season, but for our ongoing support and promotion of Canadian composers.
Christine Fong, Vice-President, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra
Christine Fong has served the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra for many years and in many ways. The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra is a Community Partners with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Learn more about the CBSO here.
na-Maria plays a vital role with the Canadian Music Centre. Canadian Music Centre is a Community Partner with Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Learn more about Ana-Maria here. Learn more about the Canadian Music Centre here. Learn about the CMC “Beckwith Award”, presented to the SPO in March 2021, here. This is the first time the SPO has won this prestigious recognition, not only for our efforts during this difficult season, but for our ongoing support and promotion of Canadian composers.
Devin Scott, Executive Director, The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra | Executive Producer/Editor, SPOGreatMusic Digital Content
Devin stops in to thank all of our musicians, guests, and special interviewees for their participation in this season’s epic journey of providing extremely high quality, free music and podcast content to our community and to our community partners. He also provides updates on SPO Summer activities and events, and plans for the coming season — including a return to the stage, when it is safe for everyone to do so.