Rusty Musicians

Are you a musician who hasn't picked up their instrument in a while? Or maybe you play with a community group, but you'd like a chance to play with the pros? The Rusty Musicians programs are your chance to hone your skills and play alongside a professional orchestra.


The Rusty Musicians Virtual Orchestra Project is now available for viewing!

In a time of not being able to gather, the Rusty Musicians Virtual Orchestra project aspired to fulfill the human need to make and share music through creating a virtual community of musicians. Our Rusty Musicians programs have always been about connecting through making music together to grow and learn, and this year, we had to get creative to achieve that. Working with mentors from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO), players from across Canada put in weeks of hard work and practice to culminate in this performance of M. Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain.

Congratulations to all the musicians on your performance "together"! Your ambition and courage to try this new way of music-making is very admirable. Bravo! Thank you for participating.

Many thanks to our wonderful ESO mentors: Conducted by: Cosette Justo Valdés
Violin I - Aiyana Anderson-Howatt
Violin II - Neda Yamach
Viola - Clayton Leung
Cello - Rafael Hoekman
Bass - Max Cardilli
Oboe - Dan Waldron
Flute - Elizabeth Koch
Clarinet - Echo Mazur
Bassoon - Bianca Chambul
Trumpet - Frédéric Payant
Horn - Megan Evans
Trombone - Kathryn Macintosh
Tuba - Scott Whetham
Harp - Nora Bumanis
Percussion - Brian Jones
(Timpani performed by Barry Nemish)

It was exciting to work with participants from across Canada! Whitehorse, YT; Vancouver, BC; La Glace, AB; Grande Prairie, AB; Fort McMurray, AB; Fort Saskatchewan, AB; Edmonton, AB; Sherwood Park, AB; Red Deer County, AB; Calgary, AB; North Battleford, SK; Kamsack, SK; Toronto, ON; Ottawa, ON

  • Please note under trombone Dan Friesen should be listed as Isaac Friesen

Production Team: Graham Fast - Audio Engineer & Producer
TAMS Studio - Audio Support
Cosette Justo Valdés - Musical Director
Steven Brese (Riverford Productions) - Video Editor
Musical Creativity Department - Project Lead

Video and performance © Edmonton Symphony Society 2020