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

Musician Profile

Valerie Kuinka

Innovative and instinctive, Canadian violist/director VALERIE KUINKA is a dynamic member of the international arts community and brings a wealth of experience and unique creativity to her work. The list of highly accomplished artists with whom she has collaborated is extensive: Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Richard Margison, Jose Cura, Veronica Tennant, Rex Harrington, Quartetto Gelato, Measha Brueggergosman, Shauna Rolston, Susan Hoeppner, and Beverley Johnston, to name but a few.

Beginning her career as a classical violist, Valerie continues to be active as a chamber, orchestral, studio, and performance artist, although she has established herself as an opera stage director of international repute. Since her graduation in 1984 from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a Master of Music in Performance, she has been a member of the orchestras of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada for over twenty years, playing every position from section to principal and, although taking her retirement from the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra in June 2005, still continues to play as section/acting principal/acting assistant principal with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and extra with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Prior to that, Valerie played with the Esprit orchestra (1984-2003; assistant principal/principal), The Amadeus Ensemble (1984-89; assistant principal), The CJRT Orchestra (1984-95; assistant principal/principal), The Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra (1982-84; assistant principal), The Jackson (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra (1982-84; principal), and the Saskatoon Symphony (1980-82; principal). During these years she was also extremely active as a chamber musician, touring extensively with several groups.

In 1997, Valerie established her own Toronto-based multi-disciplinary theatre company, COLLABORATIONS, and during its eight-year existence wrote, produced, directed, and often performed in 14 productions. “Kuinka has achieved no small reputation for creating exciting and innovative theatrical collage.’ (Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star, 2003)

A stage director at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for four seasons (2004-08), Valerie was on the stage directing team of Roméo et Juliette (200506) which was the Met’s first live-to-air HD broadcast, and its revival (200708), as well as the revivals of Samson et Dalilah (200405, 200506), Idomeneo (200607) and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (200607).

In September 2008, Valerie completed the design and direction of a demo stage vignette for Quartetto Gelato combining music and grand illusion executed by the performers themselves (; Quartetto Gelato, ‘Music and Magic’). Valerie has also directed full productions for Manitoba Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria (Canada), Opera Hamilton (Canada), International Vocal Arts Festival (Tel-Aviv), The Glenn Gould School (Toronto), Opera Mississauga (Canada), The Canadian Childrens’ Opera Chorus (Toronto), Opera York (Toronto), and has assisted at the New York City Opera and the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp. Upcoming engagements include directing for Edmonton Opera and Highlands Opera Studio (2011), and Opera Lyra Ottawa (2012).

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