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About Megan Hodge:
Megan Hodge is an active freelance musician who regularly plays with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London and as Principal Trombone with the Kingston Symphony. In the 2008-2009 season she served as Principal Trombone with the Victoria (BC) Symphony. Megan has also performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Hannaford Silver Street Band. She is a founding member of the Toronto Brass Quintet (torontobrass.com).
Born and raised in Edmonton, Megan grew up playing trombone with conventional classical groups, but also in a ska/punk band, big bands and a Latino dance band. After earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Alberta, she continued her studies at McGill University in Montreal, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
About Janice Owens:
Janice Owens performs extensively as a chamber and orchestral musician, appearing with the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Stratford Festival, on movie soundtracks, and in musical theatre productions. Janice toured extensively both as a recitalist and chamber musician, and performed in 48 of 50 states as a member of the Monumental Brass Quintet. As Chair of the Wind and Brass Department at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC, she built a thriving brass chamber music program. She also taught low brass at Levine, and at the Peabody Conservatory (Preparatory Division) in Baltimore, Maryland.
About Cathy Stone:
Cathy Stone is a founding member of the Toronto-based Trillium Brass Quintet (trilliumbrass.com). She has an active freelance career, performing with Orchestra London, Hamilton Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Talisker Players and numerous other groups in and around Toronto. She was previously a tenured member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York State. She teaches in Toronto, and is a faculty member at the National Music Camp of Canada. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Music degree in performance from the University of Toronto. Cathy lives in Toronto with her husband Scott, and their two sons, Karl and Neil.
About Jennifer Stephen:
Originally from Yellowknife, NT, Jennifer Stephen pursued her studies in Tuba Performance at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Bowling Green State University, and is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
An active orchestral and chamber musician, Jennifer can be heard performing with groups such as the Hannaford Street Silver Band, Hamilton Philharmonic, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others. Jennifer is a founding member of the Toronto Brass Quintet (torontobrass.com), and is a faculty member at the National Music Camp. Jen resides in Toronto where she maintains a busy freelance career and teaching studio.
Quartico brings together three trombonists and a tubist – musicians most often consigned to the back row of the orchestra. Today these four outstanding artists step forward to perform great music written for low brass quartet by Tomasi, Andresen and others, along with glorious music from the Renaissance and a delightful transcription of opera favourites.
Megan Hodge (trombone), Janice Owens (trombone), Cathy Stone (trombone), and Jennifer Stephen (tuba).