Born in Markdale, Ontario, Rosanne Wieringa began playing the flute at the age of twelve. She pursued formal training at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould Professional School, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Rosanne has held the position of Second Flute with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Before moving to Vancouver, Rosanne lived in Saskatchewan where she was the Principal Flute with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and taught at the Conservatory of Performing Arts and the University of Regina.
An active solo and chamber musician, Rosanne has appeared as a soloist with the Regina Symphony, the Georgian Bay Symphony and, most recently, with the Vancouver Symphony. She has also participated in the Sweetwater Music Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario and the Gros Morne Summer Festival in Newfoundland. Rosanne has been a member of the Admare Wind Quintet since 2007.
Marea Chernoff is an active freelance musician based out of Vancouver. She is currently principal oboe with the Kamloops Symphony and Lions Gate Sinfonia while also playing frequently with various groups in British Columbia. Marea has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Broadway Across Canada, Ballet B.C., CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra.
Marea is an avid chamber musician, involved in several chamber groups: Vancouver based Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Ad Mare Reed Trio, Trincomali Trio, Cascadia Reed Quintet and regularly performs in recitals and school shows in the lower mainland and around the province.
As a dedicated educator, Marea is on faculty at several schools, colleges and universities, including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, the Vancouver Symphony School of Music and University of British Columbia Summer Music Institute, teaching private oboe and chamber music. She is frequently called upon as a clinician and coach.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Marea holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music, and completed her formal education with a Master of Music degree in Performance from Boston University. Recently Marea has taken up the Baroque oboe to pursue her love of Baroque music and historical performance.
Ben has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and was appointed to the position of Second Horn in 2011.
Prior to moving to Vancouver from his home town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Ben completed a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance at Acadia University studying with Mary Lee and Robert McCosh. Ben proceeded to Boston where he did a year of post-graduate studies at the New England Conservatory under James Sommerville.
In addition to his symphony position, Ben is a member of the Turning Point Ensemble, the Touch of Brass Quintet, and the Vancouver Symphony Brass Quintet.
Ben has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony for their 2005 and 2009 productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen, the San Antonio Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Film Orchestra and played solo horn for Vancouver productions of The Lion King, Wicked, Mary Poppins, and Billy Elliot.
Ben has enjoyed orchestra fellowships with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Spoleto USA and the Tanglewood Music Centre and is on the faculty of music at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.
Clarinetist AK Coope has performance degrees from both UBC and Northwestern University in Chicago. She performs frequently with the Vancouver and Victoria Symphonies, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, the Vancouver New Music Ensemble, and Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble. She has recorded for many artists including a CD with her own contemporary music ensemble, Standing Wave. Other projects also include a 5 week musical collaboration with traditional musicians in Bali, Indonesia.
As composer, lyricist and script writer, AK’s first full-length musical, “How I Became Queen” was produced in the fall of 2006 at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre to great acclaim. She also has had several collaborative works performed at Dancing on the Edge Festival and at Vancouver’s 12 Minutes Max series.
Born in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Sophie Dansereau discovered the bassoon after several years of work at the piano and the flute. She obtained the highest honor of the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec, the “Prix avec Grande Distinction a l’unanimite” in bassoon and chamber music, as well as a Master of Music from Yale University.
Sophie is currently contrabassoonist and assistant principal bassoonist of the Vancouver Symphony. Sophie has performed with, among others, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra (New Zealand), New World Symphony, the Quebec Symphony, as well as several festivals, competitions, and as a featured soloist. She is a founding member of the Ad Mare Wind Quintet. Sophie has served on the faculty of the University of B.C., West Coast Amateur Music Society, and she now teaches privately and at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Sophie is an active athlete, competing in running races and triathalons. In 2009 she completed the Boston Marathon and is planning for the grueling Ironman Triathalon in the near future.