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Rosemary Thomson, Chorusmaster

Rosemary Thomson was appointed to the artistic staff of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2001 and was the CPO's Resident Conductor for three seasons. A highly skilled musician experienced in conducting a wide variety of repertoires with an innovative audience presentation, Ms. Thomson is in her second season as Chorusmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus.

Rosemary Thomson is also Assistant Conductor for the Canadian Opera Company and has worked on such productions as The Golden Ass, Der Fliegende Hollander, and Otello. She also served Conductor in Residence for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra where she conducted rehearsals and concerts on various series including the New Music Festival and worked closely with Maestro Bramwell Tovey. She has also conducted Toronto's New Music Ensemble since 1994 and appears on their debut CD Continuum 1.

Most recently, Ms. Thomson has been active as a guest conductor and has led a number of Canadian orchestras including those of Vancouver, Kingston, Toronto, Thunder Bay, London and Victoria.

Rosemary Thomson received a Bachelor of Music degree (piano) from the University of Toronto and is also a graduate of their Advanced Graduate Conducting Programme. She is also the recipient of the London Music Foundation Rosie Robinow Prize for promising pianist (1986) and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award for Orchestral Conductors (1998).

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