Our Current Members

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.  














E
ileen 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
(playing viola in the 2019 Spring semester.)











Ruth Kasper comes from a musical family, took violin lessons as a child, and was given a treasured violin by her grandmother at age 14. After putting it away for years, except for family Christmas caroling, she picked it up again and has been playing with the Cowichan Camerata for 4 years, grateful for the opportunity to make music with other string players.  When not working as a nurse, one will find me spending time with my family and appreciating this beautiful Island hiking, camping, in the garden or at the beach!













Carol de la Haye













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
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  is mother to four grown children and a growing number of delightful grandchildren.  She took up the violin as an empty nest project when the youngest child left home and left his violin behind.  She is grateful for her husband’s support in her musical endeavors.  Although she feels she does not have much natural musical talent she makes up for it with enthusiasm and dedication.  








Helga Knight (photo not available)




Eric Desaulniers














Rose Spivack











Violas 



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.













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. 











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!










Ali Hounsome











Cellos



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?"






 
 
 







Heather Brewster (photo not available)




Patricia Duguid












Kenna Botterell g
rew up in Vancouver where she was classically trained in piano and voice.  She has sung in church and community choirs and continues to teach voice and piano privately.  In 2012 Kenna began taking cello lessons at Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.  2018-19 is her first year with the Cowichan Camerata Orchestra and she remarks, "I am enjoying it."


















Nancy Fagan 
 started playing stringed instruments as a child and has continued within the string family except for a couple of years at age 14-15 when she tried out the tenor sax, played in a marching band, and took skydiving lessons.  She started with the violin and moved on to the viola and graduated from the music program at Vancouver Community College as a violist in the 1980s. Having wanted to try the cello for some time the opportunity finally arose in 2016 when in Saskatoon while caring for her father, whose life revolved around music. She has been playing cello ever since. Nancy joined the Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra in 2018 and has remarked, "I’ve played in orchestras since childhood, and I must say that my time in the CCSO has been one of the most satisfying to date." She credits director Chris Redsell for giving the orchestra so much of his time in fun and educational ways.














Basses


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.












Tom Underwood









Dom Redsell (photo not available)



(last updated on April 10, 2019)
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