Anne Simons

Personnel Manager



I’m really thrilled to be taking on the position of Personnel Manager with Symphony Nova Scotia! I’ve been a violinist in the orchestra for 22 years, and I’m happy to say that I will continue playing in the second violin section.

Born and raised in a musical Montréal family, I received a Bachelor of Music from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Music at the University of British Columbia. In the early ’90s, I played in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the St. John’s-based Atlantic String Quartet. Before spending a few years on The Rock, I freelanced for regional orchestras in Québec City, Montréal, and British Columbia.

Musically, it’s hard to imagine anything more exhilarating than playing in a symphony orchestra, but for the last 21 years I’ve been doubly blessed, experiencing a more intimate side of classical music as a founding member of the Blue Engine String Quartet.

I’m proud to call Halifax home; it’s a wonderful place to live with my husband, Rod Sneddon, and our two wonderful children, Katherine and Christopher.

Q&A with Anne

How long have you worked with Symphony Nova Scotia?
22 years

What’s your favourite indulgence?

What’s your favourite sports team?
My kids’ teams. Halifax Minor Baseball and City Soccer.

What are you reading right now?
The New Yorker

What are your favourite foods?
Chocolate, Local IPAs, and more chocolate… not together though.

Who are your favourite people in the world?
My kids

What do you do to relax?
Walk, go to the beach, hang with friends.

What’s on your iPod (what are you listening to right now)?
Alison Kraus, Leonard, some classical and lots of ’70s and ’80s rock.