Since its inception in 1995, the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra has become an integral part of the music scene in St. John’s. The orchestra has been involved with a number of major collaborations within the School of Music including fully staged opera productions of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and The Magic Flute, Menotti’s The Medium, Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel and Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. They have also performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the festival choir as well as the Canadian premiere of Arvo Part’s In Principio with Lady Cove and Newman Sound choirs. Recently, the orchestra gave a special co-production with the Toronto Symphony, and presented renowned Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker in Gershwin’s Concerto in F.
The Chamber Orchestra provides its members with the opportunity to study and perform a wide range of standard repertory that has recently included works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg Sibelius, Shostakovich and Schnittke as well as contemporary Canadian composers. Each year the orchestra proudly presents the winner of the annual student concerto competition and looks forward to upcoming performances of works by Beethoven and Dittersdorf. This coming season the orchestra looks forward to joining forces with the Newfoundland Sinfonia on their first subscription concert.
The Memorial University Chamber Orchestra is open to any members of the community, so if you are an experienced string player, in particular, we’d love to hear from you! If you would like to audition please contact Dr. Vernon Regehr at firstname.lastname@example.org.