Chamber Music Orillia

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 Ensemble/
Orillia Vocal Ensemble

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

Blair Bailey
from Orillia

It is so wonderful to hear children actually singing instead of shouting!

A patron from England

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
internationally recognized composer and choral clinician

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

Evelyn Liang, piano Anna Trubashnik, mezzo soprano Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer, piano

Past Guests

Anna Antropova, viola / violin Suhashini Arulanandam, violin Michael Barth, trumpet Tim Beattie, guitar Alejandro Céspedes, percussion Pamela Cioroch, piano / composer Tim Francom, percussion Albert Greer, conductor / tenor Christine Gale Harrison, violin Christina Heppelle, soprano James Hilts, clarinet David Jones, piano Valerie Kuinka, viola Susan Kutertan, flute Janelle Laarakker, soprano 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 Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer, piano

Upcoming Events

April 2: 3rd-annual “Music in the Museum” @ OMAH with CMO Youth Choirs and instrumentalists April 30: Spring Concert - CMO Youth Choirs

Past Concerts

2015-2016 Season - COMING SOON 2014-2015 Season - COMING SOON 2013-2014 Season - COMING SOON 2012-2013 Season 2011-2012 Season
About Past Performances
CMO Youth Choirs CMO Chamber Choir

Performances from our 2012-2013 Season

Memorable Mallets

Sunday, October 21, 3:00pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia

Tim Francom, percussion
Alejandro Céspedes, percussion
Jeffrey Moellman, piano

Our audience enjoyed an exciting programme featuring two virtuosic percussionists and CMO’s Artistic Director performing works for xylophone, marimba, steel pan, vibraphone, drum set and piano. Ragtime, contemporary, classical and popular styles were showcased in works by Fritz Kreisler, Ben Wahlund, Michael Burritt, Jens Schliecker and Nils Rohwer, Linda Catlin Smith, Floyd Werle and Randall Eyles. Audience members were invited to see the assortment of instruments up-close following the performance.

Audience members learn about the percussion instruments up-close following our performance!
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Audience members learn about the percussion instruments up-close following our performance!

Audience members (including children) learn about the percussion instruments up-close following our performance!

Musician visits Park Street Collegiate for percussion workshop!

On Thursday, October 11, percussionist Tim Francom led two workshops for music students at Park Street Collegiate Secondary School in Orillia. Thank you to music teacher Laura Lee Matthie for hosting this dynamic learning opportunity!

Percussionist Tim Francom works with students from Park Street Collegiate Institute. Percussionist Tim Francom works with students from Park Street Collegiate Institute.

CMO at the Muskoka Concert Association

Children will join Chamber Music Orillia in a performance of Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony.

Review of CMO’s performance in Gravenhurst

Smiling faces and bright laughter represented the joy and enthusiasm of the audience following Chamber Music Orillia’s wonderful performance at the Gravenhurst Opera House this past Friday evening. Five young people, ages 6 to 15, had just proven that classical music is neither stuffy nor boring, nor is it just for adults to play or to enjoy. Clara and Jonathan Moellman, Rebecca, Roberta and Nicholas Heppelle, ages 6 to 15, joined with six professional string players in a performance of Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony much to the delight of all instrumentalists and listeners. The cuckoo, duck, nightingale, ratchet, triangle and toy drum playfully allowed everyone’s imaginations to run wild in fun. Each of the three movements, although different in mood, kept the audience wondering what was coming next!

Two other works preceded the Toy Symphony. Wolfgang Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, a well-known, soothing work, was effortlessly executed by the string quartet showing beautiful contrasts in dynamics. One of Bach’s best-known string compositions, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, followed, again showcasing the beautiful tones and dynamics of the artists. The last number on the programme was the chamber group’s crowning performance of the three. Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, a typical Vivaldi composition full of his signature lilting phrases and harmonic progressions, was wonderfully portrayed with excellent colourful dynamics, intonation, rhythm, and unity of the group. Jeffrey Moellman expertly served as emcee, conductor, and piano accompanist whenever the full or chamber orchestra normally supported.

Beginning this season, the Muskoka Concert Association decided to promote young Muskoka talent and so invited up-and-coming local artists to open each of their concerts. Friday evening, Janelle and Christy Laaraker, vocalists from Severn Bridge, were to entertain the audience with a selection of traditional folk and Broadway songs. Unfortunately, Christy was ill, and, as Janelle indicated in her introduction, “the show must go on”, so she performed very beautiful solos and some duets with her accompanist, Deb Tilson, singing Christy’s parts.

This concert was the second in a series of four this season sponsored by the Muskoka Concert Association. The third will feature Glissandi, a harp/flute/violin trio, on Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. The fourth, Six Vocal Ensemble, is coming up on Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Gravenhurst Opera House Box Office.

Friday, November 30, 7:30pm
Gravenhurst Opera House, Gravenhurst

We have the pleasure of sharing the music of Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi with the audiences in Muskoka!

Hear a group of children play the toy instruments along with the orchestra in the famous and charming “Toy Symphony” by Mozart’s father, Leopold. Bach’s much-loved Concerto for Two Violins in D minor will bring you to the edge of your seat, and an exciting performance of Vivaldi’s thrilling Concerto for Four Violins will conclude the programme.

Our intimate and relaxed concert of uplifting music is sure to delight young and old alike!

As an added treat, Janelle and Christy Laarakker, excellent music students from Severn Bridge, will perform one half-hour before our concert!

For more information, visit the Muskoka Concert Association’s website:

Learn about our musicians for this performance:

Music in March

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3:00pm

CMO partners with Albert Greer and the Choir of St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia, to present choral and instrumental works for various combinations of choir, soloists, strings, oboe and organ.

Featuring G. F. Handel’s Chandos Anthem, “O Praise the Lord with One Consent” and works by Albinoni, Naji Hakim, Morten Lauridsen, Morricone, Suk, and Nancy Telfer.

St. James’ Anglican Church
Peter and Coldwater Streets, Orillia

St. James’ Choir
Tracy Montgomery, soprano
Mel Hinch, mezzo-soprano
Charles Fowler, tenor
John Dodington, bass
Marie-Caroline Bourque, violin
Valerie Selander, violin
Peter Voisey, oboe
Jeffrey Moellman, organ
Albert Greer, conductor

Admission (at the door): Adults $20, Students (16 years and under) $10

Sound the Trumpet

Music for trumpet, piano and organ

Sunday, June 9, 3:00pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia

Trumpeter Michael Barth joins CMO Artistic Director Jeffrey Moellman to showcase the many colours of the trumpet!

This program will feature lyrical, ceremonial, contemporary and exciting music by:

  • Calixa Lavalée, composer of O Canada!
  • Flor Peeters
  • David German
  • Richard Peaslee
  • and more...!

Did you know?
There are many instruments in the trumpet family!
Learn about the many varieties of “trumpets” with a demonstration during the program.

As a special treat, this concert will feature the wonderful young pianist Tabitha Johnson in a performance of Chopin you won’t want to miss!

Admission (at the door): Adults $20, Students (16 years and under) $10

The perfect concert to kick-start your summer with your friends and whole family!

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