Courtney Cameron has been a violinist in the Victoria Symphony since 2012. Prior to her VS appointment, she played for several years throughout the Chicago area as a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Lawrence University, where her primary teacher was Anton Miller, and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Illinois, studying under Sibbi Bernhardsson of the Pacifica Quartet.
Honours have included performing at the Fox Valley International Community Partnership Conference where Mikhail Gorbachev was a guest, receiving the Kimberly-Clark Foundation Grant to present educational performances to school children, and traveling to Vietnam under the Freeman Grant to perform at the Hanoi Conservatory with her quartet.
When not playing violin, Courtney can be found running the trails of Victoria or birding with her pilot & trombonist husband Matt.
Hometown: Rochester, New York.
First season with the VS: 2012/13
Most memorable VS experience: When David Danzmayr guest-conducted Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. There was a wonderful collective musical expression coming from the orchestra.
My first Symphony Splash in 2013 was also exciting – the size of the crowd, the beautiful harbour, support for the musicians, fireworks, and the row of bagpipers set against the lights of parliament at night.
Hobbies and interests: Running, especially on trails. And since moving to Victoria, birding and bird photography!
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