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 an active musician and teacher in Kingston. Currently he performs with The Kingston Symphony, The Kingston Baroque Consort, The Melos Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra Kingston where he serves as concertmaster, and with The Kingston Piano Trio. 

In addition to his performing career, Andrew is a passionate educator. He offers private violin lessons at his home studio. Through his teaching, Andrew shares his expertise to students of all ages and proficiency levels. He received his Master of Music degree from Boston University and his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto. 

Principal Second Violin – Deirdre Carr

Deirdre Carr is a dedicated and enthusiastic violinist with a strong passion for pedagogy and performance. She holds a Bachelor degree in music from Memorial University in St. John’s, NL and a Masters degree in music from the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC.

Deirdre studied and performed at numerous summer music festivals and institutes throughout her career such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Institute, the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, the Tsilumos Salt New Music Festival and the Domaine Forget String Summer Seminar.

Deirdre is currently an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces and serves at CFB Kingston.

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.