Michael Newnham, Music Director
Michael Newnham is best known for his intense and inspiring conducting style, based on a deep knowledge of the score and informed by a strong interest in languages, cultures and history. A born communicator, his open and direct contact with musicians and audiences creates performances full of expression and energy. Mr. Newnham has conducted many orchestras and opera companies throughout Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea, as well as his native Canada.
The mentoring of young musicians has always played a very important role in Michael’s life. In 2002, he became the Founding Conductor of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra. Michael is currently on the faculty of Music at Port Milford, and was a guest professor and conductor at Taegu-Hyosung University in South Korea. The RBC/Market Hall Conducting Program, which he initiated for mentoring young conductors, has met with much success.
Along with his duties with the KYO, Mr. Newnham is the Music Director of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Symphony New Brunswick.
A graduate of the conducting class of prof. Bogusaw Madey at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, Michael Newnham also studied at the Indiana University of Music and at the University of Toronto. Mr. Newnham has received the “Order of Merit” from the Republic of Poland and the “Best Conductor” Award from the East Slovakian State Opera. He has conducted concert events marking the milestones of Pope John Paul II at Air Canada Centre and twice at Roy Thomson Hall, and conducted an acclaimed production of R. Murray Schafer’s “Patria: The Enchanted Forest”, in the Haliburton Forest.
Offstage, Michael listens to all kinds of music, likes to read, and gets around town on his bike or cross-country skis. He shares his home in Peterborough with his wife Zuzanna, their two lovely daughters and two cats. Michael has a great passion for many things in life, not least of which is everything involved with roasting and brewing coffee. He hopes to get it right some day.
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Witold Swoboda, String Coach
Witold Swoboda holds a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the Cracow Academy of Music in Poland. Formerly a member of the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra and the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, Swoboda also taught at Algoma University, Mohawk College and prestigious international music camps. Swoboda is the founder and artistic director of the International Chamber Music Workshop in Pulawy, Poland and Peterborough’s Accademia Musica.
Jane Cook, Wind Coach
Jane Cook hails from Nova Scotia originally, but travels across the province to freelance and teach based in the village of Campbellcroft, Ontario. She can be seen on stage with the Peterborough Symphony, Northumberland Orchestra and Choir and other groups when she isn’t teaching music to the region’s aspiring youth.
Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham, Cello Coach
Zuzanna holds a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. She was a member of the Polish Radio Orchestra, and taught cello at the Taegu-Hyosung University in South Korea. She currently enjoys a successful career as the principal cellist of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, as an ensemble performer, and as a private cello teacher on staff at Peterborough’s Accademia Musica.