QUINTE SYMPHONY
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About

ABOUT QUINTE SYMPHONY

Founded in 1960 as the Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra by Stephen Choma in conjunction with local businessman Thomas Bata, Quinte Symphony has become one of Quinte's most significant and highly acclaimed performing arts organizations. For almost sixty years the symphony has been performing live orchestral music in the Quinte region with world-class performers such as the Sultans of String, Eduard Minevich and Anton Kuerti. The symphony has also featured home-grown talent such as soprano Elizabeth McDonald, the Belleville Choral Society, Donna Bennett, and Steven Belanger to name a few.

EARLY YEARS


In the early years, the orchestra travelled to different communities in the surrounding area but for the last two decades the concerts have been mostly in Belleville.  The symphony has performed at venues that include the Robert Horwood Auditorium at Centennial Secondary School, Belleville Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Eastminster United Church and the historic Bridge Street Church. With the start of the 2003-2004 season, the symphony moved to Front Street at the newly-opened Empire Theatre.  After three seasons, Quinte Symphony returned to their former home at the acoustically renowned Bridge Street Church in Belleville. 

Throughout its history, former conductors, including internationally renowned conductors Kerry Stratton and Clifford Crawley, have influenced the development and growth of the orchestra to its present tradition of a 4-concert MasterWorks Series of standard orchestral repertoire with an outstanding soloists. For many years a Pops concert, showcasing music that can entertain an entirely new audience, was also incorporated into the season.

A COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT

Quinte's cultural treasure, Quinte Symphony, encourages a sense of ownership in the community. To have a symphony orchestra in a community the size of Belleville is a remarkable achievement. Quinte Symphony's long life is ensured by the dedication of passionate musicians and volunteers who provide leadership on the Board of Directors, by motivated and enthusiastic volunteers who work on committees and by generous corporate sponsorships and private donations.

"Music making in smaller centres is the backbone of our orchestral culture. My earliest experiences of an orchestra were as a boy in the audience of The Quinte Symphony and later as a member of the orchestra (The Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra). Every piece they played was my favourite and the annual concert at BCI auditorium was always over far too quickly to suit me. I can tell you that I actually dreamed of conducting it in those days and I got my wish. I can only express my inadequate gratitude and affection to those wonderful musicians of my youth." - Kerry Stratton, Internationally renowned Canadian conductor

 

MISSION

Quinte Symphony is committed to enriching the culture of the Quinte region through presentation of classical and Canadian orchestral music. Quinte Symphony also actively promotes and encourages the musical development of youth through our educational and community outreach initiatives.

FOUNDING DATE

Established as the Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra in 1960. Date of Provincial Incorporation, Jan 31, 1977. Our name was officially changed to Quinte Symphony, February 1, 2000.

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MUSIC DIRECTOR

Dan Tremblay holds a Master of Music degree in Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Université de Montréal. He studied trumpet with Russell DeVuyst, Jean-Luc Gagnon and Guy Archambault.

Dan holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire. He is also Principal Trumpet with the Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne. Dan is an active freelance musician and private trumpet teacher in Quebec and Ontario. He plays regularly with different symphony orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and l'Orchestre Métropolitain du grand Montréal. He has been Principal trumpet with the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, and with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Alliage Brass Trio with Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. The trio performed in Maritimes provinces, Quebec and Ontario, with a show called “Mission sur la Planète Alliage”. Trio Alliages received the Ménard-Pomerleau Award in 2006.

Dan received bursaries from the Fund for Scholarly and Professional Development from Queen’s University. He used it to develop his repertoire on the piccolo trumpet, and to develop his conducting skills. He was assistant conductor of l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne in 2007.

Dan has taught trumpet at Queen’s School of Drama and Music since 2001. He is also director of the brass choir and trumpet ensemble. He holds the position of adjunct trumpet teacher, and has also coached brass chamber music groups at The Crane School of Music, State University of New-York at Potsdam since 2006.

 

 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018-2019

DEBBIE SHAW , PRESIDENT

JACK EVANS, PAST PRESIDENT

LINDA CONNELLY, TREASURER

TOM DIETZEL, SECRETARY

ASSIA NINIO, DIRECTOR

TENZIN JAMPA, DIRECTOR

BARB MCINTOSH, DIRECTOR

HONORARY PATRONS

THE HON. LYLE & SHARON VANCLIEF
THE REV. HAROLD & OLIVE WILSON