Board & Staff

The PEISO is overseen by a volunteer board of directors of no less than six directors who serve without compensation for a two year term. We are always looking for new members for our Board of Directors.  If you have the time, inclination and drive to actively work to advance the mission of the PEISO please contact us via email!

2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

Bruce Craig, President

Will Hobbs, Vice President

Jenna Brown, Secretary

Richard Baldwin, Treasurer

Maggie Lillo, Orchestra Liaison

Yuqin Gong, Community Outreach

Gary Evans, Chair – Corporate Fundraising Committee

Jen Clement, Director

Wraychel Horne, Director

Natalie Williams-Calhoun, Director

Mark Shapiro, Music Director (non-voting member of the board)

Board of Advisors

David Cyrus MacDonald
Darragh Mogan
Richard Deaton
William Costin
Maria Pochylski
Darcy Campbell
John Barrett


Mark Shapiro, Music Director

Morgan Saulnier, Personnel Manager and Librarian

Marlee Saulnier, Executive Director

Maggie Wright, Social Media & Marketing Manager


PEI Symphony Seeking Musicians

The island’s community-based symphony orchestra is composed of union members and non-union performers, including talented amateurs and young musicians. As such, we are always looking for talented island musicians who wish to join our orchestra!

Individuals should have demonstrated orchestral performance experience and familiarity with the classical repertoire.

Our four concerts each season are held on Sunday afternoons. The orchestra rehearses on the Friday evening prior to the concert as well as all day Saturday; a brief dress rehearsal is often held on Sunday morning, shortly before the concert performance. All performers receive an honoraria and/or travel reimbursement and (if necessary) lodging.

Please submit brief resume and statements of interest to:


Tired of having the same performers for your convention, meeting or special occasion? Why not consider hiring the PEI Symphony Orchestra or one of our affiliated chamber groups for your next event? We’re pretty flexible and will do our best to suit your needs. You can book the entire orchestra, a smaller chamber orchestra or other small ensemble for your event.  It’s perfect for your upcoming wedding, large scale corporate event or fundraising activity!

In 2015 the internationally renowned Dream Lotus Choir hired the PEI Symphony Orchestra to accompany them for a performance at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Our musicians also play in a number of small ensembles that cover a wide variety of genres and styles. The cost per ensemble varies, but a good rule of thumb is to estimate $100-125 per musician per hour. See below to contact these small ensembles directly.

How do I book the full orchestra for my event? To learn more about hiring the orchestra for your event, please contact us by email here or call (902) 892-4333

How much will it cost? The cost for your event depends on a number of factors, including the size of the event, its location, its duration, the kind of music you’d like performed, and the amount of rehearsal time that would be required. Here again, please contact us for a quote.

What if I only want a small group of musicians? Our PEISO musicians play in a number of small ensembles that cover a wide variety of genres and styles. The cost per ensemble varies, but a good rule of thumb is to estimate a minimum of about $100-125 per musician.




Mark Shapiro, PEISO Conductor

shapiro-round-bioThe versatile conductor Mark Shapiro

is at home with orchestras, choruses, and opera.  He is unique among North American conductors for having won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award five times, at the helm of three different ensembles. The New York Times has praised his conducting as “insightful,” citing its “virtuosity and assurance” as well as its “uncommon polish.”

Maestro Shapiro is Music Director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and The Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra of New York, which performs an annual series in Carnegie Hall, and Artistic Director of the award-winning chamber chorus Cantori New York.  He has led operas on multiple occasions for Juilliard Vocal Arts, American Opera Projects, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Underworld Opera, and The Opera Company of Middlebury, and is a frequent guest conductor of the Nova Sinfonia chamber orchestra in Halifax.

Maestro Shapiro has conducted nearly two hundred national, local and world premieres by an impressive roster of international composers.  Under his leadership, Cantori New York has been presented at the Metropolitan Opera by American Ballet Theater, at Avery Fisher Hall by Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and at Le Poisson Rouge by Gotham Early Music Festival and Music at the Anthology.   Maestro Shapiro and Cantori have released four commercial recordings, one of which was chosen an Opera News Editor’sChoice.

Maestro Shapiro has collaborated with many distinguished artistic partners including Michael Tilson Thomas, Metropolitan Opera singers Angela Meade and Sasha Cooke, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Tony Award winners Maryann Plunkett and Stephen

Spinella, and Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant.  He has been heard on PBS, conducting the soundtrack for Ric Burns’s special on New York City, as well as on radio stations WQXR and WNYC and Sirius Satellite Radio.   His recording of Michael Dellaira’s opera Chéri, featuring Marni Nixon, was released on Albany Records.

Maestro Shapiro teaches instrumental conducting at the Juilliard School (Evening Division) and has been a long-time faculty member of Mannes College the New School for Music.  Each summer he serves as Director of Conducting Studies for the European American Musical Alliance, a training institute in Paris.



James Mark is Conductor Emeritus of the PEI Symphony. An ECMA winning conductor, clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger and educator, James Mark received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, the Master of Music degree from the Hartt College of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. He is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, England, where he twice won the Arthur Somervell Prize for Winds which was presented by the Queen Mother. Dr. Mark was conductor and music director of the PEI Symphony from 2001 to 2013.

Dr. Mark is also Professor Emeritus for the music department at Mount Allison University, and is an active clinician and adjudicator.

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