Our Orchestra

First Violins
José Molina, Concertmaster
Malgorzata Zak
Carol Sammut
Jay Samuel
Paul Macnaughton
Yonhee Chang
Jef ten Kortenaar
Bridget Walsh

Second Violins
Paule Barsalou
Elayne Ras
Carmen Evans
Alison Feuerwerker
Anne-Louise Flynn
Veronica Kroess
Janine Smith

Catherine Molina
Laura Deakin
Ron Dolynchuk
Sheila Smyth

Jeremy Cook
Andrea Cook
Noah Schuster
Marlena Tureski

Double Basses
Brian Baty
Janet Auger
Art Lang
Ralph Blackman

Casey Granofsky
Christoph Kessel
Margaret Robinson

David Vanbiesbrouck
Principal Oboe sponsored in memory of Ellen Hardacre
David Free

English Horn
David Free

Larry Moser
Fiona McCairley

Bass Clarinet
Tilly Kooyman

Simion Ciobanu

Andras Molnar
Dorothy Vreeswyk- Kidd

Tony Snyder
Emma Wolfe
Courtney Prizrenac
Jeryl Phillips

Bob Phillips
Leila Mehkeri

David Knight

Alex Lank

Sharlene Wallace

Guelph Symphony Orchestra was founded as the Guelph Chamber Orchestra in 2001, through the passion and vision of Simon Irving, and the commitment of dedicated Guelph Community arts supporters. The GSO gave its first concert in March 2001 under the baton of Simon Irving. The name of the orchestra was changed to Guelph Symphony Orchestra in May 2003 to reflect the symphonic repertoire performed.
In 2012 Judith Yan was appointed GSO Artistic Director and Conductor and thrived under her eight year tenure.

GSO provides performances of major symphonic repertoire to audiences in the City of Guelph and surrounding area. Comprised of musicians from the city and region, the orchestra performs regularly in the superb Mainstage Concert Hall of Guelph’s River Run Centre.

The orchestra is a strong supporter of Canadian Artists and has developed creative partnerships with Canadian performing arts organizations as well the GSO has also engaged in important partnerships with musical organizations within the community and regularly engages in Community Outreach events.

Since the inception of the orchestra, GSO has always placed a significant focus on youth. The annual GSO Under-23 Concerto Competition was initiated in 2002, and in 2011 a partnership with GYMC established the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. Other youth initiatives include the popular GSOKIds “symphony club” for children between the ages of 6 and 13 and our participation in River Run Centre’s Kinderconcert Series, three 30-minute, interactive concerts, created especially for audiences aged 5 and under.

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