A weekly series of short videos featuring our musicians

The recent restrictions on gatherings and venues have created new challenges for recording performances to share with you, but stay tuned — our staff is busy working on new virtual concert experiences that meet the new Alberta Health Services guidelines. Like you, our musicians are anxious for performances to resume, but in the meantime, they’re keeping busy at home, playing music and pursuing their other interests. While we wait for the next series of online concerts, we’re checking in with a different musician each week to find out what they’re up to in a series of short videos called Notes from Home.

2 March 2021

Matthew Heller


This week in our Notes from Home series, Matt Heller talks about how he discovered the double bass (it’s hard to miss), the importance of music to his personal well-being, his affectionate cat Tucker, and what he’s looking forward to now that the polar vortex is behind us.

23 February 2021

Diana Cohen


Concertmaster Diana Cohen talks about making the most of her time at home — from playing solo works for violin, to spending time with her musician husband and their sweet daughter Noa (she says hi!), and the joy they all found in presenting outdoor garden concerts for Calgarians last year.

Adam Zinatelli Headshot

16 February 2021

Adam Zinatelli

Principal Trumpet

Principal Trumpet Adam Zinatelli talks about practising his music and being at home with his young family, reveals some of his favourite gadgets (including the ones that make other trumpeters jealous), and shares an excerpt from his recent arrangement for six trumpets.

9 February 2021

Jocelyn Colquhoun

Assistant Principal Clarinet

Assistant Principal Clarinet Jocelyn Colquhoun tells us about the music she’s playing at home, her new quilting hobby, and the latest addition to her family — an energetic Sheepadoodle.

Assistant Principal Bassoon Michael Hope

2 February 2021

Michael Hope

Assistant Principal Bassoon

Our first instalment features a virtual visit with Michael Hope, Assistant Principal Bassoon, a longtime Orchestra member who many of you already know from pre-concert chats in the lobby and performances onstage. Michael talks about music, his 101-year-old bassoon, and his passion for hockey (Go Flames Go!).