String Principals

Orchestra Kingston employs professional musicians to lead our string sections. Throughout each season they lead and prepare our members to deliver a high standard of performance.

Concertmaster – Andrew Dicker

Andrew Dicker is a violinist and teacher based in Kingston ON. He currently performs with The Kingston Symphony Orchestra, The Kingston Baroque Consort, The Melos Baroque Orchestra, The Kingston Piano Trio, and Orchestra Kingston.

He teaches violin at his home studio and as a violin coach with The Kingston Youth Orchestra. He received his Master of Music from Boston University and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.

Principal 2nd Violin – Shakoor Henson

Shakoor Henson is the principal second violinist of Orchestra Kingston, and a music teacher from Gananoque Ontario.

He studied Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, under the instruction of Jerzy Kaplanek and has performed with The Performance Ensemble of Canada, the Montreal Suzuki String Orchestra, the Laurier Symphony Orchestra, and is an alumni of The Canta Arya School for strings. 

Principal Viola – Caroline Reiss

Caroline is an avid violist who is passionate about classical music and bringing music to everyone, especially youth. 

Caroline is currently the principal violist with Orchestra Kingston and plays with Queens Symphony. She has also played with Quinte Symphony, Orchestra Toronto, and the PSO. Most recently she played the Alpine Symphony with NYCO which had 100 players, including 4 Wagner horns and a wind machine! She also plays in a Baroque quartet featuring spinet and viola de gamba. 

In her day job, Caroline runs a wedding venue in Prince Edward County and has 2 year-old twin boys. 

Principal Cello – Jennifer Tindale

Jennifer graduated from Queens University with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education. She plays with Kingston Symphony Orchestra , Orchestra Kingston, Queens Cello Orchestra and Accord Trio. Previously she played with Quinte Symphony Orchestra and Kingston Community Strings. She taught music with Limestone School Board, Sistema and privately. She enjoys sharing her cello knowledge with others.

Principal Double Bass – Roger Finlay

Roger Finlay graduated from the B.Mus. program at Queen’s U. back when the earth was cooling. He was a high school Music and Drama teacher for 32 years and retired a short while ago. While living in northern Ontario, he was principal double bassist for the Sudbury S.O., the Sault Ste. Marie, S.O. and the North Bay S.O. Now that he’s living in Kingston, he’s playing with Orchestra Kingston, the Queen’s Orchestra, and various other groups in the community.