Victoria Symphony

Victoria Symphony and Maestro Timothy Vernon in POV's Macbeth, 2012

The Opera Orchestra for Pacific Opera Victoria is the Victoria Symphony. The Symphony musicians are an essential – and acclaimed – part of every POV production.

POV's founding Artistic Director Timothy Vernon conducts the Symphony for our 2016/17 opera productions.

Victoria Symphony Musicians

First Violins

  1. Terence Tam, Concertmaster
  2. Christi Meyers, Assistant Concertmaster
  3. Christopher Taber
  4. Müge Büyükçelen-Badel
  5. Courtney Cameron
  6. Tina Park +

Second Violins

  1. Victoria Lindsay, Principal
  2. Emily Salmon
  3. Julian Vitek *
  4. Tyson Doknjas


  1. Kenji Fuse, Principal
  2. Stacey Boal
  3. Kay Cochran
  4. Mieka Michaux


  1. Brian Yoon, Principal *
  2. Joyce Ellwood, Acting Principal
  3. Martin Bonham
  4. Perry Foster
  5. Alasdair Money


  1. Mary Rannie, Principal
  2. Darren Buhr


  1. Richard Volet, Principal
  2. Sally Harvey


  1. Sally Harvey


  1. Michael Byrne, Principal
  2. Russell Bajer


  1. Keith MacLeod, Principal
  2. Jennifer Christensen

Bass Clarinet

  1. Jennifer Christensen


  1. Jennifer Gunter, Principal *
  2. Anne Marie Power, Acting Principal
  3. Nancy van Oort


  1. Alana Despins, Principal *
  2. Michael Oswald, Acting Principal
  3. Dan Moses, Acting 2nd Horn
  4. Janet Parker
  5. Darrell LInwood, Acting 4th Horn


  1. Ryan Cole, Principal
  2. David Michaux


  1. Brad Howland
  2. Marcus Hissen

Bass Trombone

  1. Bob Fraser


  1. Paul Beauchesne, Principal


  1. William Linwood, Principal


  1. Corey Rae, Principal *
  2. Aaron Mattock, Acting Principal


  1. Annabelle Stanley, Principal

Orchestra Manager

  1. Peter Burris

Stage Manager

  1. Eric Gallipo


  1. Ronald Comber
  2. Russell Bajer, Assistant

* on leave
+ half year appointment

Victoria Symphony

Selected Reviews

The orchestra, beautifully balanced under the baton of the inimitable Timothy Vernon, played out without reservation for the storm, softened to delicate accompaniment in "Già nella notte densa," and constantly maintained the tension which lurks in every scene.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, 2015, Otello

The strength of the orchestra made itself apparent immediately with the magical opening to the opera... the sequence had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, 2014, Das Rheingold

Of all the fine orchestral performances I have heard Timothy Vernon draw from the Victoria Symphony ... his account of Ariadne auf Naxos must be ranked the finest ... this was an authentic and ravishing realization of Strauss's most delicate operatic score.
Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International, 2014, Ariadne auf Naxos

Also stunning was the Victoria Symphony ... conductor Timothy Vernon ... must have been very pleased to mark POV's landmark 100th production with an ensemble capable of such tight, controlled and yet exuberant playing.
Robin Miller, Opera Canada, 2013, Falstaff

The Victoria Symphony sounds tight and articulate ... an impressive feat in this quicksilver, subtle score, which demands an uncommon degree of alertness and concentration from an orchestra ... the pit sparkles with colour and nuance.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, 2013, Falstaff

The Victoria Symphony ... moved through this score like a well-maintained Bugatti.
Ian Cochran, Monday Magazine (2010, Rodelinda)

Perhaps the single most impressive aspect was the orchestral contribution of the Victoria Symphony ... Timothy Vernon, the company's gifted and dedicated artistic director, contrived to elicit a sound that rivaled the incisiveness and clarity of period-instrument performance.
Bernard Jacobson, Music Web International (2010, Rodelinda)