Stacey Boal has been part of the Victoria Symphony for a long, long time. She joined in 1975, expecting to stay for a short time, but found it hard to leave. The place and the people have an undeniable attraction. Stacey remembers playing for conductor Lazlo Gati in his living room, touring to Alaska and the American Southwest under Paul Freeman and accompanying artists like Kiri Te Kanawha, Yehudi Menuhin and Yo-Yo Ma. She also remembers controversy and financial adversity.
Stacey came to Victoria after taking her degree at UBC. It was her intention to teach recorder at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and continue to study viola with Gerald Stanick, but a lack of students made it imperative to get into the VS. One of the first players she met was violinist Ronald Comber, who later became her husband. He has been the programme annotator for many years and also served as Librarian after retiring from playing.
Stacey and Ronald were both founding members of the the full time core of the Victoria Symphony. They saw the VS go from a semi professional community orchestra to being a well run, artistically acclaimed professional symphony. Stacey has a long held wish for the orchestra’s continued artistic growth: a new theatre. She hopes to play on the stage of a beautiful new performance hall before she becomes too ancient to get away with it.
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