With a contagious smile and captivating charm, trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling has ignited audiences internationally. As soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, as well as being featured soloist on the PBS television special Evening at Pops with conductors John Williams and Mr. Lockhart. Currently, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
Since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Stripling has become a pops orchestra favourite throughout North America, soloing with the National Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Toronto Symphony, to name just a few. In 2016, he made his NAC debut as soloist in the Night at the Cotton Club Pops concert, and this evening’s Pops show marks his first time conducting the NAC Orchestra. He played the lead role in the musical Satchmo and television viewers have enjoyed his work as soloist on the worldwide telecast of the GRAMMY® Awards.
Byron Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman and Dave Brubeck.
Since graduating from the National Theatre School, Manon St‑Jules has led a bilingual carreer, performing in classical and contemporary plays for big and small companies in Toronto (Canadian Stage, Festival of Classics, Theatre Direct, Pleaides), Montreal (Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Centaur Theatre, Segal Centre, Usine C) and Sudbury (Sudbury Theatre Centre, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario). In Ottawa, she’s performed for the NAC, GCTC, Arts Court, Théâtre la Catapulte and Compagnie L’Atelier, as well as regularly hosting concerts with the NAC Orchestra and contributing to events like the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala.
St‑Jules’ work on-camera includes dramatic as well as comedic parts in film, television and commercials, as well as various multimedia projects. Selected credits include Amélie et Compagnie (TFO), Noël en boîte (feature), St‑Nickel (UnisTV), Il était une fois dans le trouble (Vrak), Vies Parallèles (Canal D), Inheriting Trouble (Discovery), 20h17, rue Darling (feature), Les deux pieds dans la marge (SRC), and Les Bougons (SRC).
Along with regular voice work, Manon St‑Jules has also written and translated plays and librettos. Produced work includes Louis Riel: une bande dessinée théâtrale (RustWerk Refinery), Bourré! (Tapestry), L’hôtel (La Catapulte), Charlotte et le marchand de musique, Pierre et le loup and Presto Mambo (Platypus Theatre).Read full NAC bio ›
Tobi Hunt McCoy is enjoying another year as Season Stage Manager with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In past seasons, McCoy stage managed the Lord of the Rings Symphony, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Christopher Plummer in 2001 and Colm Feore in 2014, and much of the Orchestra’s educational and Pops programming. In 2014, she co-produced the Pops show On the Air with Jack Everly for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a show they produced in 2007 for the NAC Orchestra.
Additional professional duties have included cheering on Luke and Princess Leia with Charlie Ross, Émilie Fournier, and Erik Ochsner during the Star Wars Pops concert; dressing up in 1980’s finery for All Night Long – Music of the 80s; bracing the backstage doors against the almighty power of Richard Strauss, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the air conditioning system at Montreal’s La Maison Symphonique; providing air-guitar support during the Led Zeppelin tribute concert; and duck wrangling for the Mysterioso Pops concert.
She is excited to be back teaching English and Drama at Lisgar Collegiate.Read full NAC bio ›