Velma Ko is a recent enthusiastic member. She has been warmly received by members she has met at Tuesday dinners, meetings, art shows and music events.
She began violin studies and orchestral playing in Victoria, British Columbia under the tutelage of Dorothy Francis, Harry Gomez, Samuel Spinak and Dorothy Evans. Later she received her BMus from Brandon University and her BEd from University of Western Ontario. Her orchestral experience started during elementary school and continued through high school. Through a Kiwanis Festival award she played with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra during her senior year. As a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada she gained further orchestral experience in projects located in Montreal and Toronto. Her studies continued with Margaret Pardee at Meadowmount School of Music on Long Island, NY and with David Zafer in Toronto.
As a freelance musician, Velma played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Prince George Symphony and Southern Tier Symphony Orchestras. She continues as a violist with community orchestras and recently has been engaged in chamber music opportunities.
As a school strings, contract and supply teacher, Velma has taught for North York, Scarborough, Toronto, Edmonton Public School Boards and for Kitchener-Waterloo Separate School Board. She has been affiliated with Suzuki Schools of Music in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Etobicoke and Hamilton. She maintained private teaching careers in Ontario, Alberta and at many US summer music programs. Velma has also participated as session presenter at various conferences of the American String Teachers Association.