Board of Directors

Jim Ritchie - Chair 

Jim Ritchie is a native of Ottawa who divides his time between his home in Kanata, his cottage in Norway Bay- family owned since 1916, and winter retreats to Florida.  Jim has had careers in banking, taxation and real estate.  He has enjoyed his years of singing in various choirs and is active in his church.


Jim has been involved with Ottawa Little Theatre and especially Kanata Theatre where, apart from time on stage, he and his wife Joan, have managed Box Office and Front of House for many years. He can still be seen in cloak and Russian fur hat greeting audiences at the door as they arrive for a performance at Kanata Theatre on the coldest of winter nights.


Jim is in the process of having his 1851 Chickering Square Grand Piano rebuilt which will encourage him to get back to playing and enhance his love of classical music.


As President of the Norway Bay Historical Society, Jim is fascinated with the great history of the Pontiac. He feels honoured at being asked to serve on the Board of Directors for Under the Pines Music Festival, and looks forward with excitement to the 2013 season.



Vacant - Vice Chair

Carol Bretzloff-Holmes - Secretary


Carol Bretzloff-Holmes is a professional artist and retired visual arts teacher who developed and taught the Fine Arts Program at Pontiac High School for 35 years.


She has conducted workshops in visual arts for elementary and secondary teachers for the Western Quebec School Board and has held summer classes for children at her farm in Clarendon.  Carol exhibits her sculpture extensively and has curated two exhibitions of her father, Gilbert Bretzloff’s, World War II watercolours.  She is currently working on the book, Gilbert Bretzloff: A Soldier’s Sketchbook from Normandy to the Rhineland, 1944-1945.


Carol was one of the founding members of the Pontiac Artist Studio Tour and remains
a life long promoter and supporter of the arts. 


She and her husband David Holmes live on Netherleigh Farm in Clarendon, Quebec.