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HPYO Faculty

The HPYO is proud to have a faculty of dedicated, professional coaches from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. They provide professional instruction and mentorship to HPYO musicians, culminating in top-level musical education.

Michael Fedyshyn

Michael Fedyshyn is Principal Trumpet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and can also be heard regularly in concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, G27 and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. As a soloist he has performed with the Toronto Sinfonietta, 13 Strings, G27, Silverthorn Symphonic Winds and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent recordings include the Juno Award-nominated Palej: The Poet and the War (2013) with G27, Brahms on Brass (2011) with the Canadian Brass, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad) (2010) with the TSO and Owen Pallett’s Heartland (2009). 

Cecilia Chang

Originally born in Seoul, Korea, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Cecilia Chang is thrilled with her role as coach and mentor with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Cecilia earned her Honours Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto and graduated from the studio of David Zafer. As an orchestral player, she has worked with orchestras throughout Canada and Europe including the Barcelona Sinfonietta, Orchestra London, Thunder Bay Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Stratford Festival Orchestra, Talisker Players, Korean Canadian Symphony, Symphony on the Bay, and the National Academy Orchestra. An alumnus of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Cecilia has been a sectional coach for the Thunder Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga Youth Orchestra, and taught privately.

Elspeth Thomson

Elspeth Thomson has played the viola with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for over ten years. She is also a busy freelancer in Southern Ontario, and has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, and the Talisker Players. She has played with the Canadian Tenors, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall, and Led Zeppelin.

Elspeth did her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and has also studied at the Banff Centre and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She received her Masters of Music at the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with Karen Ritscher and has also played with the Secord String Quartet and the Trius String Quartet.

Marsha Moffitt

Cellist Marsha Moffitt has been a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for over twenty-five years. In addition, she has worked as a freelance musician with numerous orchestras throughout Southern Ontario and performs regularly in chamber music ensembles.  Marsha was a member of the quartet in residence at the Shaw Festival for two seasons and has performed with chamberWORKS! and the Talisker Players (Toronto), among others. Currently she is a member of the piano trio Amis Musicaux, in resident at Redeemer University College. Marsha is a passionate educator and keeps busy teaching at Redeemer University college, conducting an adult amateur string orchestra, coaches chamber music groups, and maintains a busy private cello studio in Hamilton. Marsha is delighted to be working with the members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In 2011, Marsha was honoured to receive the Betty Webster Award from Orchestras Canada in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Canadian orchestral community.

Leslie Newman

Leslie has been a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. Following studies at the University of Toronto, Yale and Juilliard, she settled in the UK. She has performed live solo Radio Three broadcasts from almost every major centre in Great Britain, including Wigmore Hall, where she appeared in recital three times. With Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, she toured Japan, South America, the United States and Europe.