Rehearsing, improving our skills, and performing are the primary activities of our member musicians. To this end, our Music Director teaches and conducts us, drawing out the best we can give. Each season, we also run sectional workshops that are led by other professional musicians.
All our members bring special attributes to the ensemble. Several played in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra while other played in youth orchestras. Many members have played since they were children and enjoy the opportunity to continue this worthwhile activity.
This is the orchestra rehearsing an excerpt from Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov, former Music Director Murray Vaasjo conducting.
And this is an excerpt from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Symphonic Reflections, also in rehearsal with Murray.
Who we are
We are a community orchestra of about 45 amateur musicians. We rehearse every Monday evening from September to May and give four to eight concerts each season. One of our goals is to perform for people who might not otherwise hear a live orchestral performance. The concerts we give at local hospitals and seniors’ residences support this goal. Another goal is to feature local soloists by performing with them at our May or June concert. We fund an Edmonton Music and Speech Arts Festival (formerly the Kiwanis Music Festival) scholarship for this. Over the years, we’ve invited quite a number of emerging musicians as our soloists for this concert.
Each of our performances includes classical and popular music. The music covers a wide range: we play symphonies, operettas, waltzes, traditional and modern Christmas selections, and music from shows.
The musicians of the Edmonton Philharmonic are committed to providing enjoyable performances for audiences and musicians alike. We are musicians at play.