Douglas Umana is currently an active freelance musician and clinician in Calgary, where he performs regularly as a substitute/extra horn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and as 2nd Horn of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. Douglas is also the Instructor of Horn at the University of Lethbridge. Before coming to Calgary, Douglas was based in Dallas TX, where he maintained a private teaching studio and performed regularly with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Plano Symphony Orchestras.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Douglas received his Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers include Gregory Hustis, former Principal horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and William Purvis, horn soloist and chamber musician.
Heather has been a member of the horn section of the Calgary Philharmonic since 1993. Before coming to Calgary, she was a member the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Stratford Festival Orchestra, and maintained an active free-lance career about southern Ontario.
Born in Provost, Alberta and raised largely in Ottawa, Ontario, Heather received a Bachelor of Musical Arts and an Artists’ Diploma in Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and continued her studies with the Orchestral Training Program of the Royal Conservatory and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Her main teachers at that time included Robert Creech, former Principal horn of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Rittich, former Principal horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Further studies included summers at the Keystone Brass Institute in Colorado, the Kent/Blossom Festival studying with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and performing
as principal horn of the Festival Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Heather enjoyed studying with such artists as Richard Solis, Gail
Williams, Bill Klingelhoffer and Phillip Farkas. From 2001 - 2008, Heather was guest soloist and horn instructor at the “Summer Music on the Shannon” music festival then based in Limerick, Ireland. .
Heather is an avid chamber musician and was a founding member of the chamber ensembles, Rosa Selvatica, and Altius Brass. She is increasingly busy as a teacher and
clinician and finds great joy in helping students of all ages discover music and the horn.
She is Mum to Liam, a busy teenager and enjoys being involved in her close-knit community of Wildwood, gardening and spending time at the family cottage in Ontario, her “little piece of heaven”.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Frank-Umana is the Associate Principal horn of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Before coming to the CPO, Jennifer was a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and an active freelance musician in the Greater Boston and New England Area where she was finishing her graduate studies. She has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Portland Symphony, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic and has participated in several music festivals, including the National Repertory Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Gregory Hustis, former Principal horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and James Sommerville, Principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Outside of her musical life, Jennifer enjoys chasing after her two little boys, and spending time with her family. Other activities she enjoys include volunteering for animal rescue, baking and gardening.
Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Laurie is currently Third Horn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She began her professional career in 1978 as second horn of the Atlantic Symphony, and has been a member of the CPO since 1983.
Laurie received a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in Performance at Brandon University, and later continued her studies in Chicago, Banff, and Arizona. Some of her teachers have included, William Gordon, Dale Clevenger, and Thomas Bacon.
In addition to her orchestral duties, Laurie is a passionate teacher. She conducts workshops and clinics, and is teacher of horn at the University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University Conservatory, where she is also the Brass Coordinator of General Programs and the Academy Program.
In her down time, Laurie loves to cook and garden, and can often be seen walking her dogs or hiking in the mountains!