Lydia Street Strings
Allene Chomyn - violin Ian Whitman - bass
providing beautiful string duo, trio, or quartet music for weddings and other special events
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A native of Western Canada, violinist Allene Chomyn holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto (2007), and a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the University of Victoria (2005). In addition to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, of which she has been a member since 2007, Allene maintains a busy freelance career with various ensembles in Southern Ontario, and is the conductor of the KWS Youth Sinfonia, the Youth Orchestra Program's senior string ensemble. Allene is also passionate about historical performance practice. She has studied privately with Jeanne Lamon, attended Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Institutes (2011, 2013 and 2013, 2014 respectively), has performed and recorded with Tafelmusik and Aradia Ensemble in Toronto, and has performed locally with Nota Bene Baroque Players and Musica Viva Orchestra.
Allene has been a featured soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (2011, 2015) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra (2012) and performs chamber music recitals frequently on both Baroque and modern violin.
"...thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day so special. Everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations. You are the best :) "
-Melissa and Scott
-Melissa and Scott
Ian Whitman has served as Principal Bassist for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 2008 and joined the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012. Following two years of study in jazz and popular styles culminating in a performance degree at Grant MacEwan College, he received a Bachelor of Music Degree from McGill University and a Master of Music Degree from Yale University. Thanks to his diverse educational and performance background, he is fluent in many styles of music on electric and double bass. Beyond the KW Symphony, Mr. Whitman performs regularly in Waterloo, Hamilton, Toronto, and across Ontario with orchestras and chamber ensembles while committing intensively to solo repertoire and pedagogy.
"Lydia Street Strings were the perfect accompaniment to our wedding ceremony! Allene went out of her way to learn specifically requested songs, and we could not have been more thrilled with the soundtrack they provided for our wedding. Wonderful to work with and attentive to detail from day one! Thank you, Lydia Street Strings for making our wedding day so special."
[if you listen closely to this one, you'll hear our baby singing along... we recorded these at home during her nap, but she woke up before we finished!] :)