Urmas Soomet, Chairman and President
Mr. Soomet has served as a volunteer on the boards of several organizations over the years, including: the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton Health Sciences (Board Chair), St. Peter's Hospital (Board Chair), McMaster University Board of Governors, United Way of Burlington-Hamilton (Board Chair), United Way of Canada, Chedoke Health Foundation (President).
He retired from Dofasco in 2007 and has spent the last 8 years focused on music and environment -- playing bass in various ensembles, operating a recording studio, and working on the Soomet-Kerr wetland restoration project, a project to naturalize 40 acres to improve wildlife habitat in Flamborough.
“I am excited about the opportunity to support an orchestra that is moving beyond conventional symphonic music to embrace new technologies and to merge with other genres that are part of our global popular culture --- music for the new millennium.”
Wayne Thompson, Vice-President
Mr. Thompson is a very active volunteer role in charities. Thompson was a lead fundraiser for the Dr. Jay Foundation, a charity that raises money for palliative care and children with life threatening diseases. He also assists fundraising and sits on the Advisory Board for Unity for Autism. Thompson was an integral part of the founding of Kid’s Help Phone. He and his wife, Wendy, were founding members with Susan Bassett, following the passing of her husband John F. Bassett, in the creation and operation of the Bassett/Falk Cancer Research Foundation.
He is a skilled communicator, an innovator, and a producer of live and non-live events of enormous magnitude such as ‘Forever Plaid’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and others. He is the winner of 4 Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy Awards) and has received more than a dozen gold and platinum records worldwide.
“I like new beginnings. The Burlington New Millennium Orchestra is just that. Maestro Charles Cozens challenges the norm. That’s why I am part of BNMO.”
Joseph Macerollo O.C., Secretary
A renowned performer, teacher and arts administrator, Joseph Macerollo O.C. opened the door to acceptance of the concert accordion in Canada. He has performed with a large cross-section of major ensembles and orchestras in Canada and throughout the United States. He performed with Quartetto Gelato (1998-2002), performed for the Three Tenors on three occasions, recorded for Henry Mancini and with Teresa Stratas. In 2009, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Toronto Musicians’ Association. The most recent honour he was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 and received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto in 2015.
“I joined the board of directors of BNMO in order to support founder / artistic director Charles Cozens to realize his dream to conduct a professional orchestra in the community”
Evy Beraldo, Treasurer
Ms Beraldo grew up in Hamilton and graduated from McMaster University with an Hons BSc in psychology and earned her CMA (CPA) while working as an accountant. She retired from Nalco Canada Co. (U.S. owned multi-national corporation) in Burlington in 2011 after 21 years of service.
Current volunteer activities involve leadership roles in the Hamilton Estonian Society (vice-president) and the church council. I also sing in the Hamilton Estonian Mixed Choir.
"Although not musically particularly talented, to be on this board is the most unique opportunity ever presented to me."
Mike Stevenson, Director
Mike toured Europe's smaller venues over two years developing his repertoire and gaining valuable experience - and toured Portugal playing piano for Frank Rondell's Ray Charles show. Upon his return, he joined Judy Johnson's Thinline R&B revue and Clarksdale with Sam Carothers (The Allman Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins) and Rob Quail (The Jeff Healey Band).
“ Representing Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, it is an honour to support this unique and innovative orchestra and to have the opportunity to give back to the local musical arts community and its respected patrons. It is truly exciting to be involved with world class talent such as the maestro, the board members and - of course - the orchestra's musicians.”