The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra brings to life the power, emotion and dynamism of the classical symphonic repertoire for an engaged audience of supportive listeners. Our members are drawn from the local community and we champion the performance of some of the greatest music ever written to inspire new and existing audiences. Cathedral Bluffs is proud of its long-standing role in the development of young artists and furthering the musical growth of its members.
Founded in 1985, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra is one of Toronto’s leading community orchestras. Led by Artistic Director Norman Reintamm, Cathedral Bluffs is known for its musicianship, diverse repertoire, and engaging programs. Cathedral Bluffs presents a dynamic five-concert subscription series and a gala Annual Fundraising Concert, along with a variety of additional performances in the community.
Cathedral Bluffs is committed to providing high-quality and engaging musical performances of great works from the orchestral repertoire and much more to its audiences. Recent featured guest performers have included All’Amore Ensemble, Canadian Jazz Quartet, Peter Longworth, Jack McFadden Trio, Arthur Ozolins, Pax Christi, Valerie Tryon, Tryptych Concert & Opera, and the YOU dance artists of the National Ballet of Canada.
Cathedral Bluffs prides itself on nurturing aspiring young artists. The annual Young Artists Concert has given many young and pre-professional musicians their first opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra. In addition to rehearsing and performing with the orchestra, these young artists also receive coaching and training in advance of the performance. Cathedral Bluffs hosts the biennial Clifford Poole Competition, which is organized in the style of large European classical music competitions. The Competition is named after Clifford Poole, the famous Canadian pianist, composer and music teacher who was the founding Conductor of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. The Competition provides young Canadian musicians an invaluable opportunity to work with a full symphony orchestra and gives them a taste of what to expect on the international stage. Recent winners include Coral Solomon who won the 2011 Clifford Poole Piano Concerto Competition and Margo LeVae who won the 2013 Clifford Poole Vocal Competition. Competition winners are invited to be featured as soloists during one of the orchestra’s subscription concerts the following season. The biennial Clifford Poole Competitions are just part of Cathedral Bluffs’ history of championing rising Canadian stars and providing orchestral debuts for emerging young soloists, including: soprano Jenavieve Moore, who now performs in Europe and recently made her BBC debut; pianist Annie Zhou, who has appeared with the Montreal, Minnesota, and Toronto symphonies; and soprano Chantale Nurse, who has recently returned from solo engagements in the Far East and sings with the Atelier Lyrique of Opéra de Montréal.
Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra is a member of Orchestras Canada, PineRidge Arts Council and the Scarborough Arts Council.
Vera Alekseeva, Concertmaster
Sona Kaltagian, Principal
Henry Janzen, Principal
Oleg Volkov, Principal
Mary Kay Winter
Jennifer Macdonald, Principal
Christine Fong, Principal
Murray Finkelstein, Principal
Samir Abd-Elmessih, Principal
Serge Adler, Principal