Team

Sylvie Rosenthal

Sylvie Rosenthal

Executive director and administrator

Sylvie Rosenthal has over 25 years of experience as a director and producer in film and television. She has directed and produced short fiction films awarded at film festivals and broadcast in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. She directed episodes of the Canadian drama TV series Bliss. She has directed documentary films broadcast on CBC, Canal Vie, Global TV and Unis TV, and directed and produced documentary films broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada, ICI RDI and Canal D.

As a coordinator, she has worked for film and classical music festivals, in film production and for cultural projects.

Sylvie graduated from Law School at Université de Sherbrooke and studied one year in film production at Concordia University.

Pace Sturdevant

Douglas (Pace) Sturdevant

Director of pedagogy

Douglas (Pace) Sturdevant graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan and began his professional orchestral career with the Toledo (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, becoming Principal Trumpet at 22.

In 1975 he was appointed Principal Trumpet of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, a position he held for 23 years. He was often featured as soloist with the Orchestra, both in Ottawa and on its national tours, and with noted conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Trevor Pinnock, Mario Bernardi, Roger Norrington, Helmut Rilling, Alexander Schneider, Eduoardo Mata and Charles Dutoit.

Pace then became Manager of Arts Training and Outreach for NACO, he also serves as Director of Pedagogy with the Orchestre de la francophonie.

Rosemonde Gingras

Rosemonde Gingras

Media relations

Basée au cœur de Montréal, j’accompagne depuis plus de 15 ans les entrepreneurs, les créateurs et les artistes dans la réalisation de leur mission et l’accomplissements de leurs objectifs via l’utilisation sur mesure des différents outils de communication.

Une vie professionnelle consacrée aux médias à titre d’attachée de presse et de stratège, ça s’appelle une passion !

Chris Lawson

Website producer

Based in Ottawa, Lawson has been producing websites since 1996, mostly for non-profit and civil society organizations. He has a background in communications and journalism as well as significant experience in adult education.

Lyndsay Bryden

Lyndsay Bryden

Artistic and pedagogical coordinator

Lindsay Bryden is a freelance flutist from Ottawa, recently returned from a decade in the UK. Comfortable in a wide range of genres and settings, Lindsay has a great depth of repertoire as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is active in collaborating in the performance and recording of new music projects and is particularly passionate about bringing forward to audiences music which is seldom heard or which has fallen into obscurity.

Jean-Philippe Tremblay

Jean-Philippe Tremblay

Artistic and creative director

Jean-Philippe Tremblay is artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre de la francophonie, which he co-founded in 2001. Under his leadership, the OF has given more than 350 concerts across Canada, in China, Germany and in the USA. In recent seasons, he has conducted in Europe: l’Orchestre National de France, the Rotterdam Philarmonic, the Wiener Kammer Orchester, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestre National d’Asturias. Following his debuts with the Netherlands Radio Philarmonic Orchestra in Utrecht, live on the national radio, critic Renée Reitsma wrote: « Conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay was a last-minute replacement of Serge Baudo, but he more than held his own. Conducting the orchestra with an energy that reminded me of fellow French-Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tremblay had contagious enthusiasm while still being in full control. The orchestra obviously responded well to him. »

In Asia, Tremblay has conducted the Macao Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the China Philarmonic Orchestra.

At home, he has been guest conductor with the Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax, Quebec, Kitchener, Hamilton orchestras as well as the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa, the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra ad the Philharmonie Orchestra of the Americas and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.

Jean-Philippe Tremblay studied viola, composition and conducting at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Chicoutimi, at the Université de Montréal, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Pierre Monteux School, and at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Alexandra Dunlop

Alexandra Dunlop

Production coordinator

Alexandra Dunlop is a second-year Film Studies student at Ryerson University in Toronto. Originally from Ottawa, she loves Toronto’s art scene and fast-paced lifestyle.

She was recently considered for the Isolation Short Film Festival (ISFF) for her short film The Secret Life of a QuaranTeen. Her short film Ma Chère Clementine was filmed on 16mm film and screened with live musical accompaniment. It was chosen to open the Festival Objectif Cinéma, MIFO (Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans) and won First Prize in the student short film category.

She loves to edit movies and is very excited to work with music again as a part of the Orchestre de la Francophonie team!

Maurizio Ortolani - Digital strategy and development

Maurizio Ortolani

Director, Digital strategy and development

Maurizio is a consultant and digital strategist working at the confluence of technology, arts and education. 

For more than 20 years Maurizio led the digital team at Canada’s National Arts Centre, first as the NAC’s New Media Producer, then as the Senior Director of Digital Engagement.

In 2002, Maurizio founded the NAC’s Hexagon Studio. This next-generation studio, now in its third iteration, allows the NAC to produce high-fidelity, high-definition interactive videoconferences using research and education networks.

Maurizio has produced network-connected events across Canada, the US, Middle East, Europe and China.

Maurizio is frequently asked to speak on the subject of digital outreach, distance learning and telematic programming in the performing arts.