Bio: Rhiannon

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Originally self-taught on the violin and viola in her native San Diego, Rhiannon has played many styles from classical violin to country fiddle, celtic to rock, metal to jazz and is a versatile and well-rounded performer.  She was the very first Selkirk Professional Music College (now Selkirk College Contemporary Music Program) graduate with honours in Violin Performance (Nelson, BC 1997).

Her playing has earned her distinctions such as "Classical Artist of the Year" two times with the BC Interior Music Awards (2006, 2007), the "1995 Bank of America Achievement Award in the Field of Music" and many "Superior" marks in SCSBOA Festivals in California as a youth (1992-1995).

Rhiannon is featured on several albums and an interactive mixed media installation by respected artists Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. She adds a touch of vibrance and elegance when she plays classical music as a soloist and duo for hire.


Second Violin, Kamloops Symphony (2011 – Present)

Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Scheherazade, Strauss Waltzes, Nutcracker Suite, various overtures, Pops Concerts, etc


Principal Second Violin/Sectionleader and now Concertmaster, Brandenburg Orchestra (2012 - Present)

Handel Water Music and Royal Fireworks Suite, Mozart Mass in C minor and Symphony 40, Haydn Creation, Brandenburg Concerti, Schubert Symphony 8, Grieg Peer Gynt, etc


First Violin, Kamloops Symphony (1999-2000)

Rhiannon had to take time away from the symphony when she had her first child but returned a couple times over the next few years on a casual basis.


Rhiannon's business: Fiddleheads Violin Studio

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Founding President, Shuswap Violin Society (2003 – 2008)

In 2001 Rhiannon saw need for fiddle workshops in her tiny town. Typical of Rhiannon, the idea ballooned into "Strings Alive,"​ two days of workshops, fiddle contests, concerts and jam sessions. It was hosted, unpaid, annually by Rhiannon. The tasks of organizer, promoter, emcee, janitor and nursing a baby were too much to handle on top of adjudicating and performing both days.

In 2003 Rhiannon sought assistance to continue hosting Strings Alive with a committee of fellow teachers and musicians. Yet again, this simple concept took on a life of its own and the idea developed into a non-profit group. Thus was the beginning of the Shuswap Violin Society under the BC Societies Act.

The group supported violinists & fiddlers by means of scholarships ($4000 over 3 years), instrument banks, concerts, workshops with master musicians, music teacher registry and a website (built and managed by Rhiannon, including all graphics and content).

Honourary members to the society included Pinchas Zukerman of the National Arts Orchestra of Canada and iconic Canadian fiddlers Natalie McMaster and April Verch. Of the society, Maestro Zukerman said, "Music education is an integral component of a young person's development. The work that the Shuswap Violin Society does is so important in nurturing the next generation of fiddle players in Canada."

Though she intended to get the group established then retire after the first year, she served five years as Founding President. No other professional musicians or teachers could spare the time or energy, so the board consisted only of her own adult violin students and parents. As Rhiannon gave birth to her second son, she was physically and mentally forced to retire her position. It was fully understood no one could possibly fill her energetic and highly skilled shoes. The directors' only action was to close the growing society completely. Rremaining funds and instruments were donated to other arts groups where the legacy will live on.

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