Principal Second Violin: Anne Harris


Anne Harris grew up in England and studied music first at Trinity College of Music, and later at the University of Birmingham, where she took violin lessons with Christopher Hirons and majored in composition. She went on to complete a Masters of Music at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, focusing on electroacoustic composition under the supervision of Professor Denis Smalley. During this time she composed a variety of pieces for electroacoustic sounds, as well as combining them with violin, and created electronic soundscapes for dance and theatre. While studying at UEA, she continued to play the violin with the University Symphony Orchestra, the University's Contemporary Music Ensemble. and other local chamber ensembles.

After graduation, Anne moved to Canada and played with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra for three seasons before moving north to Whitehorse, Yukon. While living in Whitehorse, she played with the Whitehorse String Ensemble and the Borealis Strings professional string quartet. She also received several commissions from Yukon-based music ensembles to create new compositions. Since returning to Prince George, Anne has been a regular member of the PGSO string section and has been Acting Principal Second Violin for the past four seasons. During the past couple of years she has written new works for the faculty of the Prince George Conservatory of Music and the Casse-Tête Festival of Experimental Music. She is very happy to have the opportunity to join the professional core as Principal Second Violin.