The COC Orchestra


The COC Orchestra—the oldest opera orchestra in Canada—comprises more than 50 permanent instrumentalists and has received worldwide acclaim for its musical versatility and range of expression. Under German-born conductor Johannes Debus, who was appointed Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company in 2009, the orchestra continues to excel in a wide variety of repertoire, achieving “almost otherworldly perfection” (Globe and Mail).


  • Violins
    • Marie Bérard*, Concertmaster
    • Aaron Schwebel, Associate Concertmaster
    • Jamie Kruspe, Assistant Concertmaster
    • Paul Zevenhuizen, Principal Second
    • Csaba Koczó, Assistant Principal Second
    • Anne Armstrong
    • James Aylesworth
    • Sandra Baron
    • Bethany Bergman
    • Terri Croft
    • Elizabeth Johnston
    • Nancy Kershaw
    • Dominique Laplante
    • Clara Lee
    • Yakov Lerner
    • Jayne Maddison
    • Aya Miyagawa
    • Louise Tardif
    • Joanna Zabrowarna

    *The Concertmaster's chair has been endowed in perpetuity by Joey and Toby Tanenbaum.
    Viola
    • Keith Hamm, Principal
    • Joshua Greenlaw, Assistant Principal
    • Catherine Gray
    • Sheila Jaffé
    • Beverley Spotton
    • Yosef Tamir
    Cello
    • Leana Rutt, Principal
    • Paul Widner, Assistant Principal
    • Maurizio Baccante
    • Olga Laktionova
    • Elaine Thompson
    Bass
    • Tony Flynt, Principal
    • Robert Speer, Assistant Principal
    • Paul Langley
    Woodwinds
    Flute
    • Douglas Stewart, Principal
    • Shelley Brown
    Piccolo
    • Shelley Brown
    Oboe
    • Mark Rogers, Principal
    • Lesley Young
    English Horn
    • Lesley Young
    Clarinet
    • Dominic Desautels, Principal
    • Colleen Cook
    Bass Clarinet
    • Colleen Cook
    Bassoon
    • Eric Hall, Principal
    • Lisa Chisolm
    Contrabassoon
    • Lisa Chisolm
    Brass
    French Horn
    • Scott Wevers, Principal
    • Gary Pattison
    • Bardhyl Gjevori
    • Janet Anderson
    Trumpet
    • Robert Weymouth, Principal
    Trombone
    • Charles Benaroya, Principal
    • Ian Cowie
    Bass Trombone
    • Herbert Poole
    Harp
    • Sarah Davidson, Principal
    Personnel Manager and Library
    Personnel Manager
    • Ian Cowie
    Music Librarian
    • Wayne Vogan
    Assistant Librarian
    • Ondrej Golias
    Stage Librarian
    • Paul Langley

Music Director Johannes Debus and the COC Orchestra (2018), photo: Gaetz Photography

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