About Us Staff & Board


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.

Beth Brown, Executive Director

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Beth Brown comes to Soundstreams from Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s foremost feminist theatre, where she held the Managing Director role for over seven years and was able to grow the organization, ensuring financial stability in order to further its impact and reach. Beth graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Music Degree, and went on to study Technical Theatre Production at the National Theatre School of Canada. Upon graduating, Beth worked as a Stage Manager and Production Manager on productions in Toronto and abroad for many years. In 2010, Beth became General Manager of Theatre Direct Canada where she contributed to the opening and managing of a new facility. Beth is a Board Member for the Toronto Alliance of Performing Arts (TAPA) where she chairs the Dora jury nomination committee. She is also a proud board member of the WeeFestival and Eldritch Theatre Company. 

Emma Fowler, Programs Manager

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.

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. 

Kayla Milmine, Administrative Coordinator

Kayla Milmine joined the Soundstreams administrative team in November 2022. Kayla holds a BA in jazz performance from Concordia University in Montreal, where she lived before moving to Toronto in 2014. She has toured, recorded, and performed over the past 15 years as a soprano saxophonist involved in various musical projects. Her interest in arts administration, presenting concerts and performing, inspired her to co-found the Women from Space Festival in Toronto in 2019; a festival that celebrates the musical and artistic achievements of women in the fields of avant-garde music, improvisation and new music, during International Women’s Day week (March 8).

Kirk Thomson, Audience Engagement and Marketing Manager

Kirk comes to Soundstreams as Audience Engagement and Marketing Manager being a long-standing member of Toronto’s vibrant arts industry. During the last 30 years since graduating from York University with degrees in Education and Fine Arts Kirk has held a variety of roles in the performing arts community. He has worked with companies such as the Canadian Opera Company, Soulpepper, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (T.A.P.A.) and Tarragon Theatre, where he left to join Soundstreams. He is excited to be joining Soundstreams and looks forward to turning new audiences on to the amazing experiences that Soundstreams offers.

Board of Directors

Kate Applin, President

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.

Coco Chen, Secretary

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.

Tobi Oyebola, Treasurer

Tobi is currently a Business Program Manager at Microsoft Canada. She possesses over 15 years financial and investment management experience spanning across several industries including Financial services, Retail, E-commerce and Technology. She is a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and a Certified project manager (PMP). She is passionate about empowering youths and adults alike to achieve more with what they have at their disposal. She and her family love and have a profound appreciation for arts and music.

Lawrence Smith, Past President

Larry Smith is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 40 years of 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 healthcare 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 Past President of Soundstreams.

Rebecca Cuddy

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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). 

Michael Low

Michael is a Senior Wealth Manager with Raymond James Ltd.  He is cross border licenced helping clients across North America and beyond.  He has held executive positions in banking, payroll, pension and benefits, audit and was a CFO at one of Canada’s largest institutions.  He is past Vice Chair of the Annex Residents’ Association and past Chair of the Parks and Trees Committee.  He is passionate about protecting the environment and is also an avid cyclist.  As a new Board Member, Michael is looking forward to helping Soundstreams accomplish its many missions and objectives.

Katherine Smalley

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.


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