A gifted violinist, Jamie plays with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and is the associate conductor. Last February, he conducted his first SSO concert. He is the joint co-ordinator of the Cambrian College School of Music and Cambrian Academy, the only classical music program held within an Ontario community college. He is the music director for the Sudbury Youth Orchestra.
Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: There is every amenity here, numerous outlets for year-round recreation, and a vibrant and diverse arts and culture scene. Being based in Sudbury has allowed me the opportunity to work with many great students, talented local musicians and fantastic colleagues while pursuing projects at home and abroad with relative ease. But most importantly, I’m so happy and grateful for a community where I feel really good about raising my kids.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I have had the pleasure of working with many talented young musicians at Cambrian College and in local schools. Seeing them follow a path to success is gratifying. I’m also proud of the many achievements of the Sudbury Youth Orchestra. Those kids deserve every accolade they have received. I’m grateful for the chance to work with the wonderful and dedicated members of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: I’m still learning! I think it’s important to always stay open to new perspectives and embrace new experiences. I’m reminded of this in my daily work as a teacher and in my musical explorations as a performer.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: “Never stop trying, achieving, learning, loving, laughing, exploring, believing and living.”
Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Remember you are part of a community and if you strive to make a positive impact in your community, your community will always be behind you.