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What some of
our patrons
are saying...

Marie-Caroline is a world-class violinist. Together with her husband, she is a rare and superb addition to the local music scene.

Albert Greer, C.M.

Jeff and Caroline create musical magic together!

Roy Menagh, Director
Orilla Wind Emsemble/
Orillia Vocal Ensemble

A well-performed, unique, and interesting programme…such a breath of fresh air!

Blair Bailey
from Orillia

Violinist Marie-Caroline Bourque has a beautiful, full and warm sound. She posseses an excellent technique and plays with great expression.
Jeffrey Moellman is a master organist who knows his craft, and an accomplished collaborative pianist.

Anna Trubashnik,
Cantor, Temple Emanu-el, Toronto
Former member, Brussels Opera House

I was thrilled to hear the quality of music-making at the concert at St. James’ this afternoon. The Divertimento and the Vivaldi were particularly well performed and I was delighted with the way the children did so well with the Toy Symphony. It is such a treat to hear performers sounding like real chamber musicians.

I brought a carload of audience members down from Bracebridge and everyone was very excited with the entire concert. We’ll be looking forward to the rest of the series. Congratulations!

Nancy Telfer
from Bracebridge

What a marvellous concert this afternoon!... The programme was quite impressive with such vitality, clarity and perfection. It was marvellous and I thank you so much for this opportunity to hear such expertise and joy that touched my heart and made it swell with gratitude.

A patron from Orillia

Thanks again for the joyful afternoon yesterday. When our kids told their Dad about the concert, all they talked about were the kids and their instruments, so you achieved an impression! Well done.

Kristine Riedel-Fiddick from Orillia

I’m congratulating you on your stupendous presentation. You and Caroline are such unbelievable assets to Orillia’s music community. Never do I recommend anyone unless they’re stellar. You hit the jackpot! Thanks for your wonderful contributions.

Paul Gockel
from Port Carling

I must tell you what a wonderful time I had watching and listening to your chamber music concert today. I was completely blown away by the amazing talent and skill of all the musicians. The children actually brought a tear to my eye when they began playing. Thanks again, I’ll be watching for more concert announcements.

Liz Taylor from Orillia

My daughter and I were thoroughly rapt with your concert at St. James’. I would like to consider sponsoring further through my business.

Stan Hunter
from Port Carling


Jeffrey Moellman, piano / organ / conductor Marie-Caroline Bourque, violin

Upcoming Guests

Anna Trubashnik, mezzo soprano Pamela Cioroch, piano / composer Janelle Laarakker, soprano

Past Guests

Anna Antropova, viola / violin Suhashini Arulanandam, violin Michael Barth, trumpet Alejandro Céspedes, percussion Tim Francom, percussion Albert Greer, conductor / tenor Christine Gale Harrison, violin Christina Heppelle, soprano Valerie Kuinka, viola Susan Kutertan, flute Albina Molodozhan, violin Leonid Nediak, piano Sharon Prater, ’cello Mateusz Swoboda, ’cello Valerie Selander Voisey, violin Nancy Telfer, composer / piano Aleksa Toskov, violin / viola Anna Trubashnik, mezzo soprano Peter Voisey, oboe Mary-Jo Wilson, accompanist Alyssa Wright, ’cello

Upcoming Events

May 25: CMO Children’s Choir @ Stars of the Festival June 7: Inviting Voices June 8: CMO Children’s Choir @ Pan-Am Games torch relay

Past Concerts

April 26: CMO Children’s Choir @ OMAH March 8: Gloria Deo - Musical Jewels of the Season Sunday, November 30, 2015: Angelic Songs for the Season Sunday, October 5, 2015: Pianist Leonid Nediak in rectial 2013-2014 Season - COMING SOON 2012-2013 Season 2011-2012 Season
About Past Performances

Since 2011, Chamber Music Orillia (CMO) has been presenting a varied and intriguing selection of concerts in Central Ontario. Audiences are drawn to the excitement of live classical music coupled with the intimacy of works for small ensembles. Collaborations with Albert Greer, the Muskoka Concert Association, and the Barrie Concert Association have placed CMO at the centre of high-quality, classical music making in Simcoe County and Central Ontario.

CMO is committed to educational outreach! Musical youth are given unique performing opportunities through the CMO Young Performers programme, and the CMO Children’s Choir, after one year, has earned a reputation as an outstanding musical ensemble for young singers.

Inviting Voices

featuring the CMO Children’s Choir and Guests

Inviting Voices

You won’t want to miss the CMO Children’s Choir in their final performance of the season! Guests share their voices and own compositions, making this a truly delightful afternoon of music.

Anna Trubashnik, mezzo soprano
Janelle Laarakker, soprano
Pamela Cioroch, piano and composer
Jeffrey Moellman, conductor and piano

A reception will follow in Stubley Auditorium.

Sunday, June 7, 3:00pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia

Admission: $20 adults, $5 children

Pan-Am Games Torch Relay

CMO Children’s Choir to open ceremony with National Anthem

Witness the passing of the torch, on its way to Toronto for the Pan-Am Games!

Monday, June 8, 7:00pm
Couchiching Beach Park, Orillia

CMO Children’s Choir

CMO Children’s Choir at the Orillia Opera House

As part of the Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival’s annual “Stars of the Festival” concert

As a result of their Gold-standing performance at this year’s Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival, the CMO Children’s Choir will perform selections from their upcoming concert in June. This annual concert showcases some of the best performances from this year’s festival. What a treat - bring your friends and family!

Monday, May 25, 7:30pm
Orillia Opera House

Admission by donation

Past Concerts

CMO Children’s Choir @ OMAH

CMO Children’s Choir and soloists round-out “Music in the Museum” series

Sunday, April 26, 3:00-4:00pm
Orillia Museum of Art and History

Artistic Director Jeffrey Moellman led the CMO Children’s Choir, giving the large crowd on-hand a youthful blend of harmony and joy. Soloists drawn from the choir added a cheerful selection of pieces for violin and voice.

Gloria Deo poster

CMO joins
Choir of St. James’
for Gloria Deo

CMO Children’s Choir and
Jeffrey Moellman to perform

Sunday, March 8, 3:00pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia

Works by Willan, Weelkes, Philips, Bach, Caccini, Mendelssohn, Biebl, Glick, and Rutter


St. James’ Choir and friends
(Albert Greer, conductor)
CMO Children’s Choir
(Jeffrey Moellman, conductor)
Jeffrey Moellman, organist/pianist
Amy Dodington, soprano
Anna Trubashnik, mezzo soprano
John Dodington, bass
Cheryl Behan, flute

Chamber Music Orillia debuts impressive new choir

Albert Greer, submitted
Orillia Packet & Times, Monday, December 8, 2014

Chamber Music Orillia (CMO), under the guidance of Jeffrey Moellman, is a high-quality umbrella organization for great music in Orillia. That was evident from the group’s pre-Christmas concert recently at St. James’ Anglican Church, where the organization showed off its children’s choir, formed almost a year ago and now making significant progress, and introduced a new chamber choir of 17 adults. It was certainly an auspicious debut.

The concert opened with the CMO Children’s Choir directed by co-conductor Anna Trubashnik in John Rutter’s Angels’ Carol, a delightful work on any program. If the tone was a bit spread on some vowels, it was excusable as the choir later found its legs in other selections, notably when it distinguished itself by long, beautifully supported lines in Go to Sleep, O Child of My Joy by the unknown composer Rev. William Grime. Trubashnik also gave a sampling of her wonderful operatic voice during an all-too-short solo in Betelehemu, an energetic Nigerian carol.

The remainder of the program was conducted by Moellman, CMO artistic director. In addition to his deft conducting, he contributed a stunning rendition of Louis-Claude Daquin’s famous Noël X: Grand jeu et duo on the recently renovated pipe organ at St. James’. He demonstrated authentic baroque registration as well as brilliant musicianship.

Of course, the large audience waited in expectation to hear Moellman’s new adult CMO Chamber Choir, and attendees were not disappointed. Throughout the program, the 17 voices demonstrated exemplary tuning and blend. Only in Brahms’s motet O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf did the choir lose some of its otherwise luscious, pure tone, though even here, the difficult tuning held fast. It was a remarkable debut.

Using the well-disciplined Children’s Choir ensemble to perform a set of its own selections, as well as the part of the baritone soloist alongside the adults in Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, also worked out well.

Mary-Jo Wilson rounded out the impressive talent with her piano accompaniments, even playing percussion in Betelehemu. Credit must also be given to others, like Rosemarie Freeman, CMO Children's Choir co-ordinator, whose background as manager of the Couchiching Young Singers contributed much to the musical nourishment of the young and the enrichment of culture in Orillia.

It is difficult to pick highlights in this feast of good music, so well chosen and performed. Moellman is making a splendid contribution to the exceptionally fine music scene in Orillia. Furthermore, it is wonderful to see his (and wife Caroline’s) family involvement, including, in this case, young Clara Moellman (who usually excels at the violin) adding a recorder part to Patrick Wedd’s charming Carol for the Animals. There was also a lot of fun for the audience members, who were invited to participate in Rutter’s arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Any music lover should be eager to hear CMO and these engaging choirs in any of their future performances.

Recital Review:

Leonid Nediak, October 5

Can you imagine an 11-year-old boy performing a full concert of repertoire normally played by a professional concert pianist? That was the extraordinary treat offered to Orillia on Sunday, October 5, at the Chamber Music Orillia concert at St. James’ Anglican Church. From the first notes, Leonid Nediak swept the audience away with his brilliant technique.

This young performer was the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Music Competitions. Thanks to the efforts of CMO’s Artistic Director, Jeff Moellman, Leonid agreed to perform a full concert in Orillia so that local people could hear for themselves what is possible in the world of classical music performance. With a program consisting of Chopin, Bach, Haydn, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, Leonid presented a display of fine music that required not only technical prowess but also great musical sensitivity. Although he looked very young, there was no doubt from the performance that he has already spent many years of hard work and concentrated focus to build his skills.

Where are the real super-heroes of our time? Here is one young man who is already acting as a model for our young people. It was delightful to see the reaction of the children and youth in the audience. As for the adults, there was much head-shaking, many wide smiles and quiet chuckles as Leonid rippled through quick, virtuoso passages and contrasted powerful chords with quiet motifs. The second half of the concert was particularly well played. Rachmaninoff’s “Lilacs” was gorgeous and, although he had a small difficulty with the stamina needed for the Rachmaninoff Prelude in G-sharp minor, he rallied with full control for the Prelude in C-sharp minor and depth of musicality for the Prokofiev Third Sonata.

It was obvious that the people attending this concert returned home with more renewed vigour and uplifted energy than could have resulted from any Sunday afternoon snooze or leisurely puttering about the house. Life is more than just the rituals of enacting routines and dealing with problems. CMO Sunday afternoon concerts regularly set one up with a feeling of optimism for the week to come. The CMO audience will also be looking forward in anticipation to the next concert, “Angelic Songs for the Season”, which will be presented on Sunday, November 30, at 3:00 p.m. at St. James’ Anglican Church.

- Nancy Telfer is a Canadian composer and conductor
who has been a judge for local, national and international music competitions.