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Community Engagement

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra contributes to classical music development in our community through a number of exciting initiatives aimed toward young and emerging musicians.

Clifford Poole Vocal Competition

This competition draws emerging vocalists from throughout Canada for the opportunity to perform with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra during the concert season.   Mezzo soprano Danielle MacMillan was the most recent winner of the competition, and performed Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer in the Spring of 2022 with the orchestra to resounding praise. 

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Commemorate Canada Concert

The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra was recently chosen by Heritage Canada to present a free public concert to commemorate the third anniversary of the onset of COVID.  Front line and public health workers in the community with be our special guests for an evening of exceptional music and remembrance. 

We are working out the details of this performance, so return here for more information in the Fall of 2022, sign up for our newsletter here.

North York Music Festival

Cathedral Bluffs has a long history of supporting this festival, which showcases some of the finest young talent in Canada.  Our Music Director, Martin MacDonald, participates as a judge and mentor in the competition, and winners are often invited to participate in the Cathedral Bluffs concert season. 

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