Since its inception in 1995, the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra has become an integral part of the music scene in St. John’s. Since the arrival of its current director Vernon Regehr, the orchestra has been involved with a number of exciting collaborations within the School of Music including productions of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, La Cantarina and scenes from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with the opera workshop ensemble, as well as performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the festival choir. In the past few seasons the orchestra and opera workshop have presented fully staged productions of two Mozart operatic masterpieces, The Magic Flute and Cosi fan Tutte. In 2009 the orchestra was invited to perform at the International Festival of Ensembles at the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The chamber orchestra provides its members with the opportunity to study and perform a wide range of standard repertory that have recently included works by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Schoenberg, Ibert and Copland as well as contemporary Canadian and American composers. Each year the orchestra proudly presents the winner of the annual student concerto competition and looks forward to upcoming performances of works by Shostakovich and Stravinsky as well as a collaborative concert with two internationally renowned local choirs, Lady Cove and Newman Sound.
The Memorial University Chamber Orchestra is open to any members of the community and the orchestra would encourage experienced string players, in particular, to join! We are still accepting new members this fall, so if you would like to audition please contact Vernon Regehr at firstname.lastname@example.org.