Executive Team (2021-2022)

Keith Reid Musical Director/Conductor

Keith Reid is very active as a conductor and educator in Toronto. He has a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Toronto and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Victor Feldbrill National Graduate Fellowship in Orchestral Conducting.

As a conductor, Keith has led ensembles comprised of members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted at the University of Toronto's Walter Hall and MacMillan Theatre, and also at Massey Hall.

Currently, Keith is the conductor of the Hart House Chamber Strings and is the Artistic Director of the Festival Wind Orchestra. Previously, he was Music Director of the Hart House Symphonic Band and the Hart House Summer Orchestra. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Cambridge Community Orchestra, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, and Conductor of the Settlement Singers chamber choir at the University Settlement Music and Arts School.

Ting President

Pronouns: She/Her

Program/year of study: Molecular Genetics and Music Major/5th year

Instrument: Violin II

Favourite music/piece: Tchaikovsky‘s “Winter Dreams“ symphony.

My next instrument: If I were to learn a new instrument, it would be the harp cuz it's cool.

A fun fact about me: I love going on food adventures!

Jacob Vice President

Pronouns: He/Him

Program/year of study: Economics (Major) and Public Policy (Major), Second Year

Instrument: Violin

Favourite music/piece: The Moldau by Bedřich Smetana – it's very pretty :)

My next instrument: If I were to learn a new instrument, it would be the Cello.

A fun fact about me: In addition to playing the violin, Jacob enjoys amateur astrophotography, reading sci-fi novels, and debating as part of the Hart House Debate Club.

Vincent Violin I Section Head

Pronouns: He/Him

Program/year of study: Physics (Major) & Immunology (Major), 3rd Year

Instrument: Violin I

Favourite music/piece: Minimalist Classical Music; it's succinct and emotive

My next instrument: If I were to learn a new instrument, it would be the saxophone.

A fun fact about me: Astrophotography is one of my favourite hobbies (though it's quite hard to do that in Toronto…)!

Isabelle Violin II/Viola Section Head

Pronouns: She/Her

Program/year of study: Cognitive Science, Psychology/3rd year

Instrument: Violin II

Favourite music/piece: I have two favourite pieces - Thomas Canning's "Fantasy on a Hymn Tune by Justin Morgan", and Vaughan Williams's "Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'". I have fond memories of playing both with my high school orchestra and they always gave me goosebumps (the good kind!) to listen to while playing.

My next instrument: I wish I knew how to play the guitar, because it's so versatile for playing all kinds of genres.

A fun fact about me: I used to act for commercials and magazines when I was little!

Stephen Cello Section Head

Pronouns: He/Him

Program/year of study: PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University

Instrument: Cello

Favourite music/piece: One of my favourite pieces is the string quartet version of "Fratres" by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, composed in the 20th century. It's simple in terms of tonality and texture, but the resulting sound is something ethereal and hauntingly beautiful.

My next instrument: I wish I knew how to play the flute! I like both classical and folk music, and the flute is suitable for both.

A fun fact about me: I used to do competitive cheerleading. It's really fun, but I 'retired' after one year due to injuries... it's a surprisingly violent sport!

Kevin Librarian

Pronouns: He/Him

Program/year of study: 2nd Year

Instrument: Violin II

Favourite music/piece: I don’t have any favourites, but genres of music I’ve been into recently are 80s, metal, classical, hip hop/R&B, and jazz/soul/funk!

My next instrument: I have a few instruments I would like to learn: Cello, saxophone, guitar (acoustic and electric), and drums/percussion!.

A fun fact about me: I have two pets (you probably won’t guess them correctly :P) and I’m growing several plants.

Anita Treasurer

Pronouns: She/Her

Program/year of study: Third year, Economics Specialist and Statistics Major

Favourite music/piece: Tchaikovsky violin concerto (specifically the first movement)! It's just very beautiful and emotional

My next instrument: If I were to learn a new instrument, it would be the cello or guitar.

A fun fact about me: When I was in high school, I toured China with my violin group!

Tessa Events Coordinator

Pronouns: She/her

Program/year of study: Faculty of Music, Comprehensive Classical Piano (with a major in History), 5th Year

Favourite music/piece: One of my recent favourite pieces is Rachmaninoff's Elegie Op. 3 No. 1. This was one of my final jury pieces last year, and I love the amount of intensity and emotion it conveys and the shift in moods between the different sections.

My next instrument: If I were to learn a new instrument, it would be the harp.

A fun fact about me: I love houseplants and currently have over 30.

Ayane Communications Officer

Pronouns: She/Her

Program/year of study: Health and Disease Major, Pharmacology Major, 3rd Year Undergraduate

Instrument: Viola

Favourite music/piece: One of my favorite pieces to play is Pour le Piano: Sarabande by Debussy. It’s short but calming and the techniques are fun. My go to chamber-piece to listen to is the “Trout” quintet. It is a classic, and has a beautiful bright but deep texture.

My next instrument: If I were to learn a new instrument, it would be classical guitar.

A fun fact about me: I also have a love for language-learning, and my life goal is to be able to speak fluently in 10 languages!

Aidan Webmaster

Pronouns: He/Him

Program/year of study: Second Year Engineering Science

Instrument: Violin

Favourite music/piece: Jalousie by Jacob Gade

My next instrument: If I were to learn a new instrument, it would be the Accordion.

A fun fact about me: My favorite orchestra moment was when I snapped a string during a solo and had to swap violin with the the second chair. Makes you feel rather important to the orchestra.