Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director
Lawrence Cherney’s first professional engagement as oboist was under the baton of Igor Stravinsky with the CBC Symphony Orchestra. He then embarked on a career as an oboe soloist of international distinction, commissioning more than 150 works for his instrument, and recording and touring these works on three continents. Cherney became founding artistic director of Soundstreams in 1982, and in the intervening nearly 40 years, has been at the forefront of Canadian music, often referred to as Canada’s “Ambassador of New Music”. Under his leadership, Soundstream produces an eclectic annual series in Toronto featuring new music and music theatre/opera, and has become one of the leading organizations of its kind in the world.
Emma Fowler, Interim Executive Director
Emma Fowler has over a decade of experience working in the arts, including The Sydney Biennale and The Agnes Etherington Art Centre. With a background in visual arts and a composer father, Emma has always believed in the power of the arts to bring people together. She holds a BFA from Queen’s University, and Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership from UNSW. She’s also an avid Raptors fan and loves a good game of tennis.
Tim Crouch, Director – Communications, Marketing, & Operations
Tim Crouch joined Soundstreams in 2019, having previously worked at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. He is currently a member of the Digital Committee at Orchestras Canada, a Board member at Guild Festival Theatre, an associate at The Arts Firm, and digital coordinator for the Bloor St. Culture Corridor. Tim has a Masters in Flute Performance from the University of Toronto, and his favourite place to be is reading a book on a dock.
Zoe Lin, Manager of Advancement & Patron Engagement
Zoe Lin joined Soundstreams in November 2019. Her interests in Arts Administration started when she was a violinist in Taipei, Taiwan. She loves sharing the excitement of new music with patrons and seeing the sparks in their eyes. A newcomer in Toronto, Zoe enjoys running along the Lake Ontario waterfront.
Jessie Potter, Production Manager
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jessie gained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Physical Geography at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the Production program at the National Theatre School and has worked across Canada as a Production Manager, Technical Director, Lighting and Sound Designer.
Erica Ragazzino, Development & Office Coordinator
Erica Ragozzino is a recent graduate of Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management post graduate program. Her previous experience includes working primarily for not-for-profit and charitable organizations, and she has a background as an artist in film production and the performing arts.
Katie Saunoris, Communications Consultant
Katie is a Toronto-based publicist and strategy consultant. With a background in music and education, her freelance work focuses on the arts, community, and areas of social justice. She is a proud Board Member of the Paprika Theatre Festival.
Board of Directors
Daniel Weinzweig, President
Daniel’s career has spanned some 30 years as an executive in the North American and British Film, television and cinema industry. In Canada, Daniel was part of the senior management at Cineplex, Astral Films and Founder, President of Norstar Entertainment. In London, Daniel was the CEO of Mayfair Entertainment International, a publicly traded media company active in UK Cinemas, West End Theatres and film and television production and distribution. Driven by a lifelong passion for the arts, Daniel has served on numerous cultural boards and advisory committees, including the International Society of the Performing Arts (ISPA), Soundstreams as Board Chair and The Necessary Angel Theatre Company as Vice-Chair.
Lawrence Smith, Vice-President & Treasurer
Larry Smith is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 40 years experience with senior roles in many industries including retail, food services, cosmetics, entertainment, and home health care franchising in both financial and operational roles. Larry’s enthusiasm for franchising began when he co-founded a franchise system that specialized in gourmet cookies in 1993 and has never left the franchise world since then. After 15 years as Franchise Operations VP with a national home health care system, Larry opened a consulting business to help small businesses develop and launch their own franchise model. Larry has been involved as a member of the board for numerous non profit organizations including his current position as Vice President/Treasurer of Soundstreams.
Janne Duncan, Secretary
Janne Duncan practiced commercial law at leading international law firms for 30 years. Janne, who also has an M.A. in English literature and is a classically-trained pianist, has combined her legal career and her passion for the arts by serving as pro-bono legal counsel to some of Canada’s leading arts organizations, and as a board member of PEN Canada and Necessary Angel Theatre Company.
Her linked in profile is here: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/janne-duncan-a6313658
Although Kate Applin joined the board of Soundstreams in 2019, she joined the audience of the company in her childhood and is proud to continue supporting the organization in this new capacity. Kate works in business development at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. A lifelong lover and performer of music and the arts, she is a classically-trained singer and founder of MYOpera.
Daniel Bernhard is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Daniel has spent his career working to advance the public interest. Previously, he founded Mushroom Cloud, a leading edge consulting firm built to meet the strategy, operational and software needs of charities, government and social purpose business clients working in the public benefit sector. Daniel is a first generation Canadian. His parents immigrated to Canada from Chile in the 1970s, when the country was ruled by a military dictatorship. Daniel is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Coco Chen began playing the violin at the age of four. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and earned her bachelor’s in music performance at the University of Toronto. A passionate performer of Canadian music, Coco has recorded works by Canadian composers including John Weinzweig and premiered works by contemporary composers during her undergrad days at U of T. Coco also holds a JD/MBA from U of T. She previously practiced corporate law at an international law firm and is currently an M&A underwriter at AIG Canada.
Passionate about Canadian music and the performing arts, Coco is excited to combine her background in music performance and skills in her legal and business work to serve and further advance the vision and mandate of Soundstreams.
Métis/Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Cuddy is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Circle of Artists, the National Theatre School of Canada Indigenous Advisory Circle and is a Grand Council Member with The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. She is the current Indigenous Artist in Residence at the National Theatre School of Canada in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal).
Katherine Smalley is the President and Founder of Allied Capital Corporation (1990), a corporate finance boutique and Exempt Market Dealer, which provides capital markets services to private and public growth companies. Katherine began her career in investment baking as an analyst and portfolio manager at Pitfield Mackay Ross Limited. Subsequently Katherine joined the CBC and was recognized for her award-winning, investigative primetime documentary series, Man Alive and other documentary specials. She produced and directed a series on the decorative arts which was presented with full orchestral scores by Canadian composer Harry Freedman. Katherine received the Gabriel Award for Best Documentary: “So Many Miracles” (Poland), “A Glimpse of Heaven” (The Soviet Union), “Listen to the Children” (Canada); the San Francisco Jury Award: “So Many Miracles”; Columbus Documentary Award: “The Double Message” (Canada); “Against Oblivion”; The Hand & Eye Series and the New York International Film Award: “A Legacy of Hate” (Lebanon). Katherine is a graduate of McGill University and Havergal College and attended Université Laval. Katherine is a Member of the Order of St. Lazarus, a charity for Palliative Care, and Healing Hands India. She is also a member of The Friends of McGill Library and Faculty Advisory Board, as well as of the McGill University Advisory Board in Toronto, and a member of the Board of Soundstreams Canada.
If you have specific skills that you want to share, we would like to find opportunities at Soundstreams Canada for you. Enjoy volunteering in a creative, diverse and dynamic environment!