Our Musicians

First Violins


Harwood (Woody) Reimer
  grew up surrounded by the sounds of piano and violin in his parents' home music studio.  Classically trained in piano he departed from music studies in favour of athletic endeavors in high school.  More than two decades later he started taking violin lessons along with his daughter.  For him the pursuit of sports, vocation in medicine and Christian family life are all enriched by music, which is a source of both listening and recreational pleasure. He has enjoyed playing in the Cowichan Camerata string orchestra since its formation.  

Eileen Curtis 
began playing the violin at age 7. Her parents drove her 90 miles a Saturday to take lessons until she was 13 when she decided that she didn't want lessons any more. Eileen played with her school dance band until she graduated,
then two seasons with the Port Alberni Orchestra. As she raised her family the violin was parked in the closet for 25 years. During that time she took 5 years of piano lessons, sang with and led the church choir and was music leader for the Girl Guides.  When her husband died she took up the violin again as away to keep busy and to deal with grief. She has now been actively playing for more than 10 years, taking lessons and playing with the Cowichan Camerata since its inception. I love music.

Ian Evans
 was introduced to the violin by his dad who convinced him to begin playing at age 43. He has more recently been studying with Garth Williams for several years and enjoys playing in his orchestra.  After many years as a carpenter and boat builder he now enjoys building and restoring violins.

Pam Goshorn

Barbra Mohan (on study leave Jan. 2018--)

Second Violins

Gillian Pearce
 has spent many years of her life travelling the world. She feels fortunate to have been a Waldorf teacher for 33 years. Teaching through the arts, and bringing music to young people has been a lifetime gift. She retired a few years ago to start a garden maintenance business. Now she enjoys playing music with other people and spending time with her family.



Donna He
 is a mother of four grown children and a happy grandmother to four delightful grandchildren.  All of her children played various instruments; the youngest playing violin for many years.  When he left home and left the violin behind, she began “fiddling around” with it.  She began lessons with Garth in 2010 and he finally convinced her to join the orchestra in 2011.  She is immensely glad to be part of this fun, challenging and rewarding musical experience.

Helga Knight (photo not available).

Eric Desaulniers

Harry Williams


Eleanor Montour
  is a retired teacher-librarian who enjoyed playing the piano and singing in choirs in her youth.  For her 60th birthday project she started learning to play her grandfather's 100-year-old violin, and for her 65th birthday she switched to the viola.  She loves playing in the Camerata orchestra, making new friends and learning different types of music.

Toni Smith

Judith Appleby

Judy has a long musical history including piano, oboe and singing in the church choir. She had long wanted to take up a string instrument, and fell in love with the viola after hearing it played in a duet recital with piano. She has been taking lessons with Garth Williams since September 2014, and joined the Cowichan Camerata in 2015. 

Erin Arrowsmith (on sabbatical Fall 2018 term)

Erin Arrowsmith started playing viola with the Cowichan Camerata string orchestra in January 2016 after a lengthy hiatus since playing viola as a teenager with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra (VYSO) and the Summer Pops Youth Orchestra (SPYO) in Vancouver. She is thoroughly enjoying playing under the direction of her father, Garth Williams, again and making music with a great group of musicians!

Valorie Masuda

Valorie has been playing piano since early years.  She focused on voice training for 15 years and continued piano lessons.  After learning to play viola with her family, she enjoyed playing trios with her two sons (one on violin and one cello).  The three played in the Camerata 10 years ago but the boys are now off to university.  The family tradition continues with her husband taking up the double bass and her youngest daughter joining in with cello.  There's nothing better than getting together every week and playing with others!


Madelaine McLeod
 has played with the Camerata orchestra for several years, renewing her love of the cello after a 20 year hiatus.  Currently teaching "on-call", she is busy compiling her family's history, raising two teenagers and four chickens, and volunteering at the Community Centre.  "My favorite time of the week is when I can reconnect with my musical background - a gift that goes back to my great great grandparents.  I love this opportunity to again play with an orchestra."



Judy Holmes grew up playing the piano (Grade 10) and has been taking cello lessons for a few years.  "I love playing in the orchestra!  I also love playing golf, quilting, and hiking.  Why are there not more hours in the day for all my interests?"


Danielle Bellefleur

Elizabeth Cunningham

Heather Brewster (photo not available)

Patricia Duguid





Geoff Arrowsmith (on Sabbatical Fall 2018 term)

Geoff Arrowsmith started off playing percussion in the Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra, then moved to Keyboard Bass and Piano in 2015.  He has played the piano for 10 years and is currently studying Grade 8 piano with Ruth Williams.  Geoff particularly enjoys playing Baroque music, as well as themes from movies and video games like Battlefield 1. 


Alan J. Moore

Alan joined the orchestra in 2015, having taken up the upright bass a year before. A life-long lover of music of many kinds, he was always drawn to the underpinnings of music, including percussion and bass and was a longtime fan of Geddy Lee, the bassist of the rock band Rush. Prodded on by his very musical wife, and with distinct wifely direction of 'nothing electric' Alan started lessons in the upright bass and now works hard at keeping up with the very talented musicians of the orchestra.