Before pursing her career in accounting, Regan Toews was the assistant principal violist of l'Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres and sat third chair in l'Orchestre Symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. She was also a member of Appassionata and played regularly with l'Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal. Regan simultaneously maintained a large teaching studio.
Regan has extensive experience performing with many professional orchestras including the Knowlton Festival Orchestra, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville, Enemble Prima, l'Orchestre Leonardo DaVinci, Saskatoon Symphony and the Saskatoon Summer Players Orchestra. She has performed at a number of music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival Lanaudiere, and the Knowlton Festival. She studied oboe and saxophone as well and performed with wind ensembles and jazz bands.
Regan taught violin and viola for a decade and is a Suzuki-certified instructor. She taught at Vanier College, the McGill Conservatory, and her own private studio.
Regan has won numerous musical prizes and honours. She was an award winner at the Canadian Viola Music Competition during the Congrès international d’alto in 2006. As a member of the Stadler Quintet, she was recorded for CBC’s Espace Musique, awarded the John D. Schlichting Scholarship at the Banff Chamber Music Program, and won first place at the Classical Music Festival of Bas-Richelieu in 2005. She has twice been a national level competitior in the Canadian National Music Festival.
Regan regularly wrote reviews and articles for the Canadian Viola Society Journal.
Regan spent two years teaching in Japan and has a passion for the Japanese language and culture.
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