Sonya Parkin, Principal Viola
Sonya has loved music ever since she discovered Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik at the age of 5. She played piano throughout her school years but started playing violin after hearing a live performance of a string orchestra (consisting of local school children) performing Vivaldi. It seemed like so much fun that she decided to try and participate. She’s been playing--and loving every minute of it! -- with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra since 2006.
Barbara has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her first instrument was the piano. Barbara took up the violin in high school and thoroughly enjoyed playing in its orchestra. She attributes her passion for music to the enthusiastic approach taken by her high school orchestra director, John MacDougall. After a 30-year hiatus, Barbara picked up the violin again but quickly switched to viola. She has been a member of the NCO since 2008 and continues to work on her viola skills under the tutelage of Karl Rainer.
Christine has always had a love for music, playing violin in school orchestras and community orchestras. A couple of years after coming to Canada she decided to study music at the University of Victoria. That's where she discovered her new "love": the viola. Her most influential teacher was Jaroslav Karlovsky, former violist of the Prague String Quartet. Christine moved to Alberta where she taught viola and violin for over 20 years and also played with numerous groups and orchestras. Since she has now moved back to the island, you can find her on the water, either sailing with her husband or rowing her little dinghy - unless she is playing viola with NCO.