March 2017 - Marta Hidy Prize Low Strings Winner
We are proud to announce that the 2017 Orchestra Toronto Marta Hidy Concerto Competition Prize has been awarded to violist Lynn Sue-A-Quan. In 2011, Orchestra Toronto established The Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition in memory of Marta Hidy, one of Canada’s foremost violinists.
The competition is an annual event for Canadian virtuosos aged 23 and younger that focuses on a different instrument every year. It offers a scholarship of $1,000 and an opportunity to perform as a soloist with Orchestra Toronto at its popular December youth-oriented concert at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The 2011 prize was for violin, the 2012 prize for cello, the 2013 prize for piano, the 2014 prize for brass, the 2015 prize for woodwind, and the 2016 prize was for percussion.
March 2017 - Orchestra Toronto Welcomes New Executive Director
TORONTO, ON – March 17, 2017 Orchestra Toronto is delighted to announce our next Executive Director, Jennie Worden. Ms Worden was selected from a wide field of very qualified candidates and will formally take over at the end of this season after a transition period with outgoing Executive Director Samantha Little.
Community music enthusiast, singer, and sometime-flutist Jennie Worden knows first-hand the joy of making excellent Classical music as part of a community of devoted and talented musicians. She grew up singing in the Toronto Children's Chorus, attending rehearsals and performing excellent classical music under the batons of Jean Ashworth Bartle, Sir Andrew Davis, Dr. Elmer Iseler; performing Mahler’s 8th Symphony a dozen times before she graduated from high school. She worked her way through university as a church-choir soloist, and was an enthusiastic flutist and recorder player in a variety of chamber ensembles. A degree in Classics from Queen’s University, in Kingston, led to a first career in publishing, where she honed her organizational skills and her love of communication, while continuing to perform in choirs and wind ensembles in her spare time. More recently, she brought her background in communication and her passion for music to the role of Marketing and Development Coordinator for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, where she continues to sing. A zealous community builder, capable arts administrator, and effective organizer, Jennie is delighted to be bringing her flair for music and arts to the role of Executive Director for Orchestra Toronto.
January 2017 - A fond farewell to Samantha Little, Executive Director
Orchestra Toronto is sad to announce that our Executive Director, Samantha Little is leaving us. Samantha has been presented with an opportunity that will allow her to further develop her professional skills and interests in the arts community.
Under her administrative stewardship, Orchestra Toronto has re-asserted itself as ‘the crown jewel’ of Canadian community orchestras – driven by passion and excellence.
“Samantha has been a key driving force behind the success we’ve enjoyed at Orchestra Toronto over the past number of years. We will miss her energy and insights and wish her all the best in her new adventure, ”says Orchestra Toronto’s Board Chair, Sharyn Goldberg. “Now, we must turn our attention to finding the right person who can build on Samantha’s achievements.”
Samantha will support a committee of the Board in the search for a new Executive Director. She will stay on through a transition period until the end of the 2016-17 season at the end of June.
2015-16 Concert Master Selection
We are delighted to announce Corey Gemmell as our new concertmaster!
We are proud to announce that after two rounds of auditions, numerous applicants and five wonderful finalists who each performed a concert with us this past season we have selected Corey Gemmell as our new permanent Concertmaster!
Corey Lyle Gemmell, violinist, has distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada, Germany, the United States and China. Mr. Gemmell is concertmaster of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Symphony on the Bay and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed in this role with the Boris Brott National Academy Orchestra, Elora Festival Orchestra and Esprit Orchestra. An avid chamber musician Mr. Gemmell has toured and recorded extensively as a member of Ensemble Vivant. He is also a member of the Elgin String Quartet and the National Piano Trio. He often performs with New Music Concerts, including their 2016 tour to Beijing, and Array Music. Mr. Gemmell taught at the University of Western Ontario, the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a member of the Royal College of Examiners. He is on faculty at the National Music Camp of Canada. Corey Gemmell can be heard in recordings of Brahms, Ravel, Robert A. Baker and works by David Eagle and Hope Lee. He was one of the contributing artists to record the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2013 release of their Violin Syllabus on compact disc.
In celebration of his appointment, Mr. Gemmell will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8 “Winter” at our December 11th, 2016 season concert; “Youth at the Holidays”.
We are delighted to have Corey on board and look forward to our upcoming season with him.
For the Press Release;
OT New Concertmaster Announcement 2016 PR
Orchestra Toronto's Maestro Kevin Mallon and the Orchestra Toronto Brass Quartet appeared on Rogers TV Daytime Toronto May 26th, 2015
Maestro Kevin Mallon-Music Director