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Music for the Love of It

Orchestra Toronto is a charitable organization. Since its inception as the Bennington Heights Community Orchestra in 1954, Orchestra Toronto (we changed our name in 2000 to reflect our cross-city membership) has been operating as a community- based orchestra in the GTA. It remains one of Canada’s oldest and largest community-based volunteer orchestras.

The cost to offer our concerts in a superb concert hall creates financial demands on our volunteer-based organization. Our annual budget is about $190,000. Orchestra Toronto is funded by a combination of the sale of tickets to our concerts (favourably priced relative to downtown comparable entertainment), some government grant funding (limited due to demand from other arts organizations), annual fundraising events and of course sponsors. Part of this funding also is directed towards a new initiative we started a few years ago, which involves reaching out into our community and offering to bring children (as well as a parent/guardian) to our concerts who otherwise could not afford to attend. In addition, we also offer an annual competition for young adults between the age of 13 and 23 in a different musical instrument each year for the chance to win a scholarship and more importantly have the chance to play on stage with our full orchestra.

Your donation helps us keep making music.

Here's what your donation will support:

  • Five annual concerts in the George Weston Recital Hall

  • Weekly rehearsals at the Meridian Arts Centre

  • Up to 15 Student Fellows: Young musicians who join the orchestra for one concert cycle, and receive mentoring and coaching from a senior orchestra member, as well as a tuition waiver and a transit subsidy

  • Welcome Seats: Free attendance at concerts for Newcomers to Canada arriving as asylum seekers.

  • Five conducting apprenticeships each season for emerging conductors to receive podium time with the orchestra and coaching from the Music Director

  • The Marta Hidy Concerto Competition at which young soloists compete for a cash prize and for an invitation to perform a concerto of their choosing with Orchestra Toronto

We're grateful to our supporters

2020-21 Presenting Sponsor

Partners in Music

Triumvirate: Corey Gemmell, Tom Mueller, Richard Herriott

Individual Donors


Melissa Cavelti, Fern Reinhartz, Craig Saunders, Rory J. Taylor, Scotiabank on behalf of Tom Kelimbet

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