ROSEMARY THOMSON, Music Director

A highly skilled musician experienced in conducting a wide variety of repertoire with an innovative audience presentation, Rosemary Thomson is currently in her twelfth season as Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Under her leadership the orchestra has blossomed and OSO audiences have grown to unprecedented levels. She has also led the OSO in creating multiple outreach and education programs throughout the valley. 

Ms. Thomson came to the Okanagan from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was Resident Conductor and Chorus Master. For four seasons she was Assistant Conductor to Richard Bradshaw for the Canadian Opera Company, working on such productions as Billy Budd, Der Fliegende Hollander, and Othello. She also served as Conductor in Residence for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchesta, where she conducted rehearsals and concerts on all series including the New Music Festival and worked closely with Maestro Bramwell Tovey. For fourteen seasons she conducted Toronto’s new music ensemble Continuum and can be heard on their debut CD, Continuum 1. 

Ms. Thomson has been active as a guest conductor and has led a number of Canadian orchestras including those of Vancouver, Kingston, Toronto, Thunder Bay and Victoria. Operatically, she has conducted Opera Nuova (Edmonton), Highlands Opera (Haliburton, Ontario), Opera Garden (Aberdeen, Scotland) and UBC Opera. Ms. Thomson has recently conducted workshops for Calgary Opera and Handel’s Messiah with Regina Symphony.