2018 Faculty


Chris Anstey

One of Canada’s most versatile violinists, Chris Anstey is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He plays first violin with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Gwen Hoebig

Recognized as one of Canada's most outstanding violinists, Gwen Hoebig is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. Concertmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 1987,  she was honoured by the Government of Canada in 1993 when she received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, in recognition of her contribution to the Arts.

Rodica Filipoi Jeffrey, Mini Rosie Program

Violinist Rodica Filipoi Jeffrey has been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2010. She has held positions in orchestras in Canada and the United States, including Assistant and acting Concertmaster of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, acting Section Violin of the Oregon Symphony, and First Violin in the Eugene Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestras.

Simon MacDonald

Simon MacDonald began playing the violin at age seven in Victoria, British Columbia. He earned his AVCM Teacher and Performance Diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory in Boston, and Master’s degree from McGill, in Montreal.

Véronique Mathieu

Described as a violinist with "chops to burn, and rock solid musicianship", Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator.

Elation Pauls

Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy and Festival, Elation Pauls has served as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2009.

Karl Stobbe

Karl Stobbe is recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished and diverse violinists, noted for his generous, rich sound, and long, poignant phrasing. As an orchestra director, concertmaster, soloist, or chamber musician, he has been an audience favorite in small settings and large venues.


Elise Lavallée

French-Canadian violist Elise Lavallée received her early musical training as well as her Bachelor of Music from Le Conservatoire de Musique de Québec.

Daniel Scholz

Originally from Regina, Daniel Scholz studied at the University of Regina, McGill University and at the University of British Columbia. He was a prize winner at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind, held on the Isle of Mann. Mr. Scholz is the Principal Viola of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, and the Rembrandt String Quartet.


Desiree Abbey

Desiree Abbey has appeared as a cello soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. She has performed, recorded and toured with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as Principal Cellist since 2012, toured Europe with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestral Academy, played at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar and served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season.

Andrea Bell

Born in Winnipeg, Andrea Bell holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of British Columbia. Andrea is the manager and cellist of the Rembrandt String Quartet, performing for concerts, weddings and events in Winnipeg.

Dr. Minna Rose Chung: CelloMind Seminar!

Dr. Chung will be joining us for half a day to present a seminar on her pedagogy method book with Hans Jørgen Jensen, CelloMind: Intonation and Technique!

Yuri Hooker

Principal Cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Yuri Hooker is well-known for his passionate and soulful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. His frequent solo appearances have met with critical and audience acclaim.

Double Bass

Daniel Perry

Daniel Perry joined the WSO and the Winnipeg community in 2014; he enjoys both the people and nature that Manitoba has to offer. After starting with voice and piano, Daniel picked up a bass at age 11.

Collaborative Pianists

Darryl Friesen

He holds the position of Assistant Professor at Providence University College, as well as Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music.

Madeline Hildebrand

Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Madeline Hildebrand as “an extraordinary young artist whose communicative skills convey the essence of all that she plays. Her pianism is of the highest level, and she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.”

Leanne Regehr Lee

Leanne has loved playing the piano for as long as she can remember and particularly enjoys collaborating with other musicians. Leanne earned Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba, specializing in piano and choral music.

Herb Pauls

Herbert Pauls grew up in Northern Saskatchewan. He began studying with British pianist Robin Harrison at 14 and by the end of his undergraduate years in Saskatoon he had mastered a large literature including the 24 Etudes of Chopin.


Michelle Mourre

Canadian conductor Michelle Mourre is an engaging and elegant presence on the podium. As the Artistic Director of the Brandon Chamber Players from 2006-2010, she distinguished herself as a conductor of artistic vision and integrity.

New this summer: Percussion!

Victoria Sparks

Rosamunde is excited to offer percussion sessions with Victoria Sparks for Mini Rosie students! Victoria Sparks grew up in Selkirk, Manitoba and began studying music from a young age, first learning piano from her grandmother before deciding to study percussion.

New this summer: Feldenkrais® group classes!

Rosamunde is excited to offer Feldenkrais® group classes with Colin Mehmel for Core students!

Colin Mehmel, Feldenkrais®

Colin Mehmel is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™ and professional clarinettist who currently teaches at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art, the University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies program and the Rady Jewish Centre.

Managing Director

Reid Harrison

Reid Harrison has been active in Winnipeg’s arts community for many years as an instrumentalist, a singer and actor, a theatre director, an educator and as an arts administrator and board member.