Alumni

Alumni of Note (In score order)

Many alumni of the HMYO now have careers in music.

Misha Rohac – conductor – University of Toronto
– Music Director, West Bohemian Symphony In the Czech
Republic

Laura Chambers – flute  –  University of Southern California
– Principal Flute, Orchestras Toronto
– teacher , Cawthra Park Secondary School

Megan Belluz Barrett – oboe
– teacher, Cawthra Park Secondary School

Robert Burston – trumpet – United States Navy

Laura Bending-Jack – horn –Laurier University
– member Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
– music teacher PDSB

Tina Shapiro – horn –University of Toronto
– professional musician

Bryan Allen – percussion – McGill University
– principal percussion, Saskatoon Symphony

Dr. Jamie Drake – percussion – University of Toronto
– professional musician

Caroline DeBono – harp – University of Toronto
– professional musician

Suhashini Aulanandam –violin
– Hamilton Philharmonic
– professional musician

Praise Lam –violin – University of Toronto
        – Beijing Conservatory, Sinfonia Toronto
– professional musician

Akemi Mercer – violin – University of Toronto
– Beijing Conservatory, Sinfonia Toronto
– professional musician
– permanent member Frankfurt Radio Orchestra
– guest concertmaster National Ballet Orchestra
– member Alighieri Quartet
– professional musician

Ali McGregor Raney – violin/fiddle  – York University, Randolph            Academy for the Performing Arts
– member of Canadian Country Music Award winning roots
country band “The Lovelocks”
– tours with Terri Clark’s band as fulltime fiddle player and
background vocalist

Vilija Hakala – viola –University of Western Ontario
– University of Toronto
– music teacher TDSB
– member Oakville Symphony Orchestra

Madeline Spence – viola – University of Toronto
– member Oakville Symphony Orchestra
– member Oakville Chamber Orchestra

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Dr. Nadia Klein – cello – University of Toronto, San Francisco            Conservatory, Arizona State University School of Music
Osgoode Law School

Rachel Mercer – cello – New England Conservatory of Music
– guest principal with National Arts Centre Orchestra,
Canadian Opera Company, Munich Orchestra
– plays the 1769 Joannes Guiiani Filius cello on loan from
the Canadian Council for the Arts
– named one of “80 Women to Watch” in the 80th
anniversary edition of Chataleine Magazine.

Tyler Belluz – Bass – Indiana University Jacob School of Music
– former Calgary Philharmonic member
– juror for Juno Awards, Ontario Arts Council
– film composer- writing music for films premiering at
international film festivals eg TIFF
– Principal in Del Bel recording group