Jacob Clewell, Outreach Coordinator

Jacob Clewell, Outreach Coordinator

American violinist/violist Jacob Clewell stands in the vanguard of musicians of his generation. Gold Medalist of the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition, he leads a multifaceted career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber player, and educator.

Standout moments from recent performance activities include solo and chamber performances at the Scotia Festival, Green Lake Chamber Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Lake District Summer Music, Northern Lights Festival de Febrero in Ajijic, Mexico, and Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, France. Jacob has appeared alongside members of the Escher, Emerson, Endellion, Cypress, and Penderecki quartets, Gryphon Trio, Berlin Philharmonic, Seattle and Toronto Symphonies, and with pianists Pedja Muzijevic and Andrew Armstrong. Alongside his duo partner, pianist Sasha Bult-Ito (The Ezra Duo), he has appeared as a guest artist with numerous orchestras and chamber series, toured in the US and Canada, and performed in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Weill Recital Hall in New York, and as a guest at a G7 Summit event held at the Royal Ontario Museum.

As an outspoken advocate for outreach in classical music, Jacob has presented outreach events everywhere from schools and retirement communities to a federal prison. He is the outreach coordinator for the Scarborough Philharmonic and Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival, and has led performances and educational events at Toronto’s Baycrest Hospital, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, and Toronto Public Library.

Jacob holds degrees from the Cornish College of the Arts, Stony Brook University, and The Glenn Gould School, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, where he was a teaching assistant in violin, viola, and chamber music. He is Co-Artistic Director and Artist-Faculty of Viola at the annual Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival in Florida, and directs the Mosbacher Salon Collective in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is currently a violist with the JUNO-winning chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto, and serves as principal second violin with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is also a member of the NextGen Performance Program.

Special Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for support of a two year Outreach program, funded through the Resilient Communities Program

Linda Rogers, Executive Director

Linda Rogers is a seasoned professional arts manager who has worn many hats during her  more than two decades of arts leadership experience in roles such as Artistic Coordinator at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Interim General Director and Director of Artistic Operations at Opera Ontario, General Manager at Soundstreams Canada, Executive Director of the Toronto Philharmonia, Company Manager at Puppetmongers Theatre, Development and Financial Manager at VIBE Arts, and most recently as Manager of External Relations at Tapestry Opera.

As an arts consultant, Linda has also contributed to developing grassroots arts organizations in southern Ontario  through her independent arts consulting business
Arts Cubed, primarily assisting companies with fund development, communications strategy and digital project implementation. She has served on the boards of several arts organizations including Puppetmongers Theatre and Opera Canada.

A passionate evangelist for the use of digital technology in arts education and outreach, Linda has been creating web sites for artists and others since the mid-1990’s and has been a WordPress Developer for more than a decade. She pioneered a virtual reality live music series  in 2007 and, as a result, has published articles on the subject and presented at conferences such as Technology in the Arts, SoundX Symposium, Virtual Praxis. and Virtual Worlds: Best practices in Education where she was awarded for the Best Interactive Exhibit. She has been invited as a guest lecturer on VR arts at Open University and at the University of Lincoln and also served as a Teaching Assistant for Vanderbilt University’s New Media Studies Program,  Online Games, Literature, New Media, and Narrative.

Linda holds a BA, Hons in Applied Theatre, a certificate in Management Accounting and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Devin Scott, Operations Manager

Devin joined the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018. With his diverse background in music, performance, composition, technology, business, publishing, and graphic work, Devin has been a great part of our team. He’s also a longtime resident of Scarborough, Ontario — and very personable, which is appreciated by our musicians, audiences, and community partners.

As a musician, Devin has played percussion in community orchestras in London, Ontario, as well as with several top Ontario Drum & Bugle Corps. He has also taught percussion, including with military ensembles (Elgin Regiment) in the London area. He studied percussion at U.W.O. under Bob Hughes. In his earlier years, he also did some theatre, including his high school production of “The Pirates of Penzance” (Major General Stanley) and “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” with the London Community Players. His pop rock band, “Twice Shy” also was a winner of an amateur band contest (when he was just 16) sponsored by Labatts, a local radio station, and the Western Fair Association.

Devin was also a celebrated organist and teacher with the local London Yamaha Music Centre from 1986-1991, which led to his moving to Toronto, hired to work as a national product specialist for Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. Head Office, in the early 1990s.

From 1989 through most of 1991, before moving to Toronto, Devin was Music Director of the Second City Cornerstage Comedy Theatre in London, Ontario. There he worked with emerging talent like Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Kathryn Greenwood (Women Fully Clothed), and many more. He also did a few Fringe Festival shows with friends like Jonathan Wilson (.34 Calibre Testing, My Own Private Oshawa). After moving to Toronto to work with Yamaha, Devin continued performing with local comedy groups, including 500 Miles Off Broadway, the Random Few, and the Second City Toronto Training Centre. He has also done a few Second City Alumni Shows, including as the main act at a Canadian Comedy Awards celebrations (London, Ontario).

From 1991-1999, Devin’s work with Yamaha also included concert performances, product training clinics, and working with Yamaha’s education team. Digital organs (Electone), digital pianos (Clavinova), and digital portable keyboards and workstations were his responsibility. Devin also produced the Canadian version of the Yamaha Electone Festival, including teaching masterclasses alongside international artists.

Through the first decade of the 2000s, Devin did technical and visual work with the Canadian Stage, including shows like “The Shape of Things” with Allan Hawco and Amy Redford, “The Overcoat” (CanStage production, all international tours), and “Hair: A Tribal Rock Musical“. Devin has also composed and performed music for independent feature film soundtracks and shorts, including “Solid Cover”, “Thrillmasters: Behind Enemy Lines” (which he helped create, edited, and did all the audio production on), and the still-popular Star Wars Fan Film, “Death Star Repairmen“. During the 2000s, Devin also became a publisher of a small monthly magazine, which sadly came to an end when COVID showed up.

During the pandemic, Devin was able to bring his skills to bear to lead our #SPOGreatMusic Digital Content team to many successes. As Executive Producer, he has managed ambitious weekly content production schedules. He has also been the audio editor of all SPOGreatMusic Podcast episodes released to date, and personally edited almost 50% of the total video content released by the SPO. During the 2020/2021 virtual season, SPO released 92 videos and 16 podcast episodes. The 2021/2022 season is expected to offer as many performance videos, an international online Flute Festival, 4 audio podcasts, and at least one video podcast (produced for the Stratford Symphony Orchestra). Devin’s ideas have been quoted in recent Orchestras Canada materials (and here, page 21), and together with our Ronald Royer, was invited to represent SPO and Canada as part of a case study project, based in the U.K., on digital content and efforts during the pandemic crisis. This report will be available in the near future.