2015 Honour in the Arts Award Recipient
Since becoming one of the first woman music director of a Canadian orchestra eight years ago, Rosemary Thomson has made it her goal to raise awareness and passion for the arts.
Her Okanagan Symphony pre-concert lectures, program notes and the anecdotes shared on stage have helped educate the general public and her endeavour to promote local talent whenever she can has led to many memorable performances. But where she is making the biggest difference is with our youth.
She brought Symphony Storytime to the library and the Musicians in the Making to the theatre’s lobby to perform for the pre-symphony crowd. She launched Your Story at the Symphony encouraging kids to write stories that could be set to music. She also worked with 90 violin and cello students at String the Thing in April 2015.
She’s promoted other arts organizations through collaborations with Bumbershoot Theatre, Opera Kelowna, Ballet Kelowna, Kelowna Community Music School and more.
Also renowned for her choral work, Rosemary started the Okanagan Symphony Youth Chorus as well as the Okanagan Symphony Chorus while continuing to co-conduct the Youth Symphony.
Rosemary’s guest appearances ranged from singing at the Rockets game to conducting the Vancouver Symphony and UBC Opera and Opera Orchestra.