Stratford Symphony Orchestra

William Rowson, our
principal conductor,
welcomes you to
Season 15



April 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm

Two Russian composers: Tchaikovsky and Glinka. Two totally different styles. Both the pure music of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony 4, and the programmatic The Life of the Tsar by Glinka, take us from the depths to the peaks of our emotions. The SSO looks forward to welcoming our 2019 Emerging Artist Concerto Competition winner, trombonist Hillary Simms, to this exciting musical collaboration.

Principal Conductor: William Rowson

Guest Artist: Hillary Simms

Hillary Simms is a young, dynamic trombonist from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Hillary holds a Bachelors in Music Performance from McGill University, a Masters in Music Performance from Yale University and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School as a Temerty Fellow studying with Gordon Wolfe, the principal trombonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

At the start of 2019, Hillary hit the ground running and performed among Canadian female brass giants in the first ever Canadian Women’s Brass Conference held in Toronto in January. Not long before this, Hillary was a finalist in the LÄTZSCH Trombone Festival Competition in Germany, competing against trombone players from all over the world. In 2018, Hillary was awarded the Sylva Gelber Foundation Performance Grant and competed in the prestigious Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Concours Manuvie where Hillary was awarded the 2nd place prize for Brass along with a full scholarship to attend The Aspen Summer Music Festival and The Banff Center for the Arts. Prior to this, Hillary won the 2017 Division II Tenor Trombone Solo Competition at the American Trombone Workshop and was a finalist in the 2017 International Trombone Festival Marstellar tenor trombone Solo Competition.

Hillary has performed all over the world, notably Russia, Australia, Italy, the US and Canada performing as a soloist, chamber artist and orchestral musician. Hillary has also enjoyed traveling to work and study with the current top trombonists in the world from orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, L.A Philharmonic, and the Toronto and Montreal Symphonies. Though, one of Hillary’s favourite appearances to date was as a featured guest artist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Trombone weekend “Paddiversary Extravaganza” teaching and workshopping with young trombonists in her home province giving her the opportunity to give back to the community that started her musical journey.



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  Overture to A Life for the Tsar
  Ferdinand David

   Trombone Concertino Op. 4, No. 4
   Performed by 2019 Concerto Competition Winner - Hillary Simms
  Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36