Christmas Overture, Coleridge-Taylor

Polar Express Suite, Silvestri, arr. Brubacher

Harp Concerto in Bb major, Handel

                                          Soloist Eva Gao

Selections from The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky:



Sugarplum Fairy


Waltz of the Snowflakes

Waltz of the Flowers


*Christmas Overture, Niccolai

*It’s Christmastime, arr. Custer

                          Soloist: Ryan Allen

Silent Night, arr. Bhate

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Torme, arr. Vena

You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch, arr. Brubacher

                         Soloist: Ryan Allen

Jingle Bells, Pierpont, arr. Vena

Sleigh Ride, Anderson

*with the Guelph Symphony Youth Orchestra


Claudio Vena, Conductor

Claudio Vena is a Gemini award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and musician. He has composed for film, television, and stage, penning scores for The Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage and currently at The Shaw Festival. In 2011, his score to the documentary TO in 24 won him a Gemini award for best original music. He has a feature film called Road to the Lemon Grove, available through most streaming services.

Claudio has been Music Director and Conductor with the Academy Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the Burlington Symphony, the Huronia Symphony, the Hart House Orchestra at the University of Toronto, and the original Toronto production of Miss Saigon. His guest conducting appearances include the Kamloops Symphony, Symphony Hamilton, Orchestra Toronto, Mississauga Symphony and Windsor Symphony. 


Ryan Allen, Tenor

Ryan Allen, is equally at home in Opera, Musical Theatre and on screen. Described as having a “rich tenor that gracefully glides” (CBC) and stage acumen of “admirable subtlety” (Edmonton Journal) Ryan has performed in several World Premieres of Operas including What Brought us Here (Calgary Opera), Giiwedin (Native Earth) and Pandora’s Locker (Glenn Gould School). Some of Ryan’s favourite traditional operatic roles include Rodolfo (La Boheme), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte).

As a theatre artist, Ryan made his Broadway debut as the General in the Book of Mormon. Most recently he played Jack Desmond, the husband of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond, in the story of her life, (Controlled Damage, Neptune Theatre).

On screen, Ryan can currently be found in the DC Universe playing Jack Drake on HBO MAX’S Titans. He will be featured in a recurring role in the new John Ridley series, Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV).

Eva Gao discovered her passion for the harp in the winter of 2018, studying under Dr. Teresa Suen-Campbell.

Eva has excelled at the Kiwanis Festival, securing top 3 prizes at consecutive Ontario Music Festival Provincials. She recently performed with distinction in the Oakville Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Oakville Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert in 2023.

Eva also contributed her musical expertise to the White Oaks Secondary School band at MusicFest Canada. Her dedication led her to achieve a level 10 proficiency in harp.

Beyond her musical endeavours, Eva founded a charitable organization, hosting benefit concerts to support children with special needs.

Eva is the principal harpist of the Guelph Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The Guelph Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearses weekly at the University of Guelph, under the direction of Al Carter and Catherine Molina. GSYO is open to talented and dedicated young  musicians in our community between the ages of 16 and 26.  In addition to rehearsing challenging orchestral repertoire, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the musicians of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.

Our Orchestra

First Violins

Jose Molina, Concertmaster*

Margaret Zak

Carol Sammut

Paul Macnaughton

Yonhee Chang

Roza Ushkanova

Jef ten Kortener

Bridget Walsh


Second Violins

Elayne Ras *

Philipp Samutin

Veronica Kroess

Janine Smith

Alison Feuerwerker

Jay Samuel

Janet Takata


* Principal Player



Catherine Molina  *

 Sheila Smyth

Ron Dolynchuk

Linda Umbrico

Charles Small



Jeremy Cook *

Janusz Boroiec

Marlena Tureski

Keren Canche

Stephanie Lai


Double Basses 

Mac VanDuzer*

Ralph Blackman 

Art Lang


Esther Choi*

Christoph Kessel


David Vanbiesbrouck*

Paul Goeglein



Larry Moser *

Tilly Kooyman



Simion Ciobanu *

Iulia Tiba



Andras Molnar *

Dorothy Vreeswyk- Kidd





Tony Snyder * 

Kim Christensen

Scott Clark

Jeryl Phillips


Bob Phillips *

Leila Mehkeri

Douglas Lavell


Al Carter *


David Knight *


Rich Burrows

Ryan MacKinnon

Mark Wallace


Nikki Chang


Special Thanks to our Donors!


Theresa Wall

GOLD BATON $1,000- $2499

Friends of the Guelph Symphony (FOGS)

Dorothy Bakker & Danny Lui

Peter Hannam

Marilyn Kuhn & Zoltan Petrany

Theresa Lammer

Gerry & Suzanne Meinzer

Catherine & Jose Molina

Harold & Marilyn Quinn

Stephen Salt


SILVER BATON $500-$999


June Cauthers

David & Janet Knight


BRONZE BATON $250-$499

Barbara Alderson

Ian & Carol Blain

Simon and Janice Irving

Heather Moore

Marion Steele

Janet Takata

Sylvia & Glen Tarlin

Butch & Judy Waldrum

Special Thanks to!

Dorothy & Ken Fisher

Cynthia Davis

Danny & Dorothy Bakker

Larry Walsh, photography

Carol Sammut

David Knight, production

The Guelph Concert Band (for the loan of percussion instruments) 

All of our patrons and supporters!


FRIEND  $100-$249

Heather Beecroft

Irene Berry

Aileen & John Campbell

Edwina & Neil Carson

David & Wilma Churchill

Malcolm & Marta Coutts

Jeanne Forsythe

Paul, Rebecca & Sandra Forte

Nicole deFrancesco

Dorothy & Ken Fisher

Collin & Marjorie Jutzi

Judy Kingdon

Rosanne Morris & Duncan MacKenzie

Anne Mattheson

Joe Ringhofer

Robert Tims


And to the

GSO Board of Directors

Lisa Kohlmeier, Chair
Danny Lui, Treasurer

Frank Brewster
Cynthia Davis
Shane Fernandes
Roger Garriock
Catherine Molina, ex-officio