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Mesmerized by the sound of the orchestra as a child, Maddie Davis has pursued her love of music from a young age. Maddie is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia where she studied horn with Dr. Valerie Whitney. Her time at UBC allowed her to discover new passions including a love for performing solo recitals. She is an active freelancer in the Vancouver area and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Symphony 21 and Vancouver Brass Collective. Maddie is passionate about equity in brass playing and plays in the UBC Women’s Brass Ensemble, which aims to promote women brass players. Maddie loves sharing music with others and always plays from the heart with conviction.
Maggie Umanetz-Lertprasopsak is a flutist based in Toronto. She is currently pursuing a BM in flute performance from the University of Toronto, where she is the recipient of the UofT Scholars Award, the Howard F. Andrews Memorial Prize and the Percy Faith Award.
As an avid performer of contrasting styles, Maggie has performed with the University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble under Wallace Halladay, Jeff Reynolds and Gillian MacKay.
In addition to performing in large ensembles, Maggie has worked in several chamber ensembles including woodwind quintet, flute-guitar duet and flute ensemble as a member of the Star of Sea flute choir.
Maggie currently studies with Leslie Newman and has studied with Stephen Tam and Karen Shakespeare. She has performed with notable musicians such as Measha Brueggergosman, Jackie Richardson, Shakura S’Aida, and Barbra Lica.
As well as playing flute, Maggie enjoys painting, reading and drinking bubble tea!
Toronto native Matt Moore is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a sought after percussionist for orchestras across Ontario. During the 2021/22 season, Matt performed regularly in the percussion sections of the National Arts Centre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestras as well as making his debuts with the National Ballet of Canada and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestras.
Matt’s summers have been spent playing with various summer orchestras including the National Academy Orchestra of Canada (‘20, ‘21, ‘22), National Repertory Orchestra in Breckinridge, CO (‘17), and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (‘15, ‘16) with whom he had the opportunity to tour across Canada and Portugal. Matt has had the privilege of studying with many amazing teachers including Marc Damoulakis, Charles Settle, Aiyun Huang, Paul Yancich, John Rudolph, Beverley Johnston, and Russell Hartenberger.
Originally from Winnipeg, Micah Kroeker started his classical trombone studies at the Conservatoire d’Orléans (France) in 2014 and recently finished a bachelor’s degree at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University under the tutelage of James Box. He was a semi-finalist in the 2020 Symphonique de Montréal Competition and twice a finalist in the McGill Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion Concerto Competition (2020,2022). He placed second in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition (2016) and won third place in the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra’s annual Scholarship Competition both in 2016 and 2017. He has participated in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2021), the National Youth Band of Canada (2018), and is excited for his third summer with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
Michael Quigley is a passionate, Montreal-born bassoonist currently studying toward his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). He began learning the bassoon in high school, and was eventually inspired by his band director, Brian Vincent, to continue with the instrument after graduation. He started his undergraduate degree in 2016 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, studying with Eric Hall, principal bassoon of the Canadian Opera Company; he transferred to the University of Toronto in 2018 to continue his studies with the same teacher. In 2021, Michael began his Master’s degree at MSM in New York, and currently studies with the principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera, William Short. He has freelanced with a number of orchestras in the Greater Toronto Area and has done studio recordings at Loud Mouse Studios and Revolution Studios, both based in Toronto.