Rock Larochelle, Flutist, Membership
Rock Larochelle, originally from St. Paul in Alberta, has been teaching in the Francophone and Immersion schools in Edmonton for the past 29 years. He now works as an educational consultant in integration of technology for the Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord. Rock is president and co-founder of the Opus@12 Chamber Concert Society, a network of almost 100 amateur musicians offering free chamber concerts in the community. Rock loves to play flute, piccolo and alto flute in musicals when his schedule permits. He has been studying with Liz Koch (Principal Flutist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra) for the past 12 years. He has also had the opportunity to study with Sir James Galway for 10 days in 2013 at the International Galway Festival held yearly in Switzerland. He is married to cellist Sharon Toronchuk, they have a daughter (Caroline) and a well rounded cat named Luigi.
Alan Dunn, Viola
Violist Alan Dunn recently retired from a long career in professional engineering and public service to concentrate on music. He is cofounder, treasurer and past president of the Wye String Ensemble where plays ‘cello. He played baroque viola in the La Folia early baroque ensemble, viola in the original Concordia Symphony Orchestra and is an active French-Canadian/Celtic fiddler. Alan has studied under Josephine van Lier, Gillian Caldwell, and various other local string pedagogues as well as having regularly attended the WCAMS, and Wye music camps.
Julia Dolman, Cello
Born in St. Albert, Julia Dolman began playing cello at age 6. She grew up in a house filled with music and started playing chamber music with her three sisters at an early age. She studied with Grazyna Sobieraj and Diana Nuttall and was an active member of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra and the Kamara Quartet.
Julia received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta in 2011, under the direction of cellist Tanya Prochazka. During this time, she discovered a new passion for music history and decided to continue her studies with a Master of Arts in Musicology at the University of Toronto. Her research focused on depictions of music in fiction literature and issues of gender representation in contemporary string quartet performance.
After graduating in 2013, Julia returned to Edmonton, where she now works as a grant writer for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music. In addition to her day job, Julia teaches cello and performs as a solo cellist, with the Bel Suono Quartet and Kitka Quartet, and as part of various other chamber ensembles in the Edmonton area.
Frances Elgaard, Cello
Growing up in Vancouver, Frances began her musical studies on the piano, oboe and recorder family. However, she was always taken by the rich sound of the cello and, after moving to Edmonton, began study of the instrument with Gillian Caldwell and, currently, with Josephine van Lier. She has been involved in a number of local orchestras, string ensembles and music camps. Maintaining a keen interest in music of the Renaissance and Baroque, she also devotes time to the study of the viola da gamba family. She is currently playing the bass and treble gambas and, with other players, is dedicated to historically informed performance. Frances has recently retired from an active life in clinical psychology, with a focus on brain injury rehabilitation.
Mitchel Rees, Bass
Mitchel Rees is a born and raised Edmontonian, who currently has finished his Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. His love of music began when he was 13, when he first began playing the electric bass in the local heavy metal scene. At the age of 17, he made the switch to the double bass and hasn’t looked back since. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Alberta.
Mitchel has been the principal bass of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, Orbis Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He studied under Ioan Tetel and is currently studying under Jan Urke. He has taught clinics in and around Edmonton, and hopes to spread his love of music to the youth of Edmonton.