Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra


Residents from the Fraser Valley and Lower mainland will not need to travel to Vancouver for their concert needs. They won’t need to pay out of town high-ticket prices and parking fees; instead, they can enjoy locally produced, first class concerts from the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (CSO) is a non-profit society, incorporated in August 1999. The late Maestro John van Liempt and Maestra Paula DeWit, founded the CSO. It was initially created to offer Chilliwack music lovers their own first class symphony orchestra and chorus. Since its inception, the CSO has grown into a touring orchestra consisting of professional musicians. 

Professional Orchestra

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra.
The musicians of the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra come from varied musical backgrounds.

Chilliwack Symphony Chorus

The Chilliwack Symphony Chorus is serious about making good music in a fun environment.

Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choirs

Our vision for the Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choirs is to aspire young singers in Chilliwack by giving them the opportunity to grow and develop as musicians, performers, and members of our community.

Chilliwack Symphony 2021-2022 Season Events

2022-2022 SEASON



CSO Baroque Ensemble

Chloé Meyers
Heilwig von Koenigsloew

Caroline Olsen

Shin Jung Nam

Michael Vaughan

Christina Hutten


Soprano Sinéad White
Countertenor Shane Hanson
Tenor Thomas Lamont
Bass Dave Rosborough



Belle Voci

Sylwia Karwowska
Jaime Rene
Sonja Strimbei
Gabriella Vautour

Nicola Davies
Meghan Kotai
Veronica Roenitz
Maria Vautour
Raphaella Vautour

Thomas Bergen
Trevor Mangion
Jonny Michel
Michael Molnar
Joseph Vautour

Jim Banman
Jonathon Leung
Dave Rosborough
Chris Suen
Bevin van Liempt

Under the direction of Paula DeWit

2021-2022 SEASON

Join Belle Voci and the CSO Baroque Ensemble for selections from Messiah!

Recorded on Thursday December 9, 2021
at the
Holy Rosary Cathedral
Vancouver BC

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The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is one of the only professional orchestra’s in the Fraser Valley and east of the Port Mann Bridge.



The Chilliwack Symphony Chorus is a performance choir and we love to sing for people. We have openings in all voice types. Interested singers must be willing to make a year long commitment and must be able to read music.

CSO Starlets

CSO Starlets

The Starlets are retro style singers who will take you back to the Gatsby era (roaring twenties through to the thirties) with a mixture of authentic vintage and modern pop songs arranged to sound like songs of the times, to a 1940s wartime tribute (Andrews Sisters), to swing. 

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Messiah Singers

Messiah Singers

Bevin van Liempt was born into a musical family and has developed his own niche in the music industry. Bevin is the rehearsal pianist for the Chilliwack Symphony Chorus, Belle Voci and the Handel Society of Music. He is one of the Music directors and the rehearsal...

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Messiah Singers

Sonja Strimbei An enthusiastic singer since childhood, Sonja started with voice lessons and choir in elementary school. She went on to sing with her high school choir, and also joined the choir at a private girls’ school in Tokyo, Japan, where she studied on exchange....

Messiah Singers

Jim Banman was born and raised in Vanderhoof, BC. He started playing piano at the age of 8 and began giving piano lessons at the age of 16. At 17 he spent a summer at the Banff School of Fine Arts for gifted youth. After high school he attended Trinity Western...

CSO Baroque players

Caroline Olsen is a versatile string performer in the first year of doctoral studies in viola performance with Prof. Marina Thibeault at the University of British Columbia. Caroline first became interested in period performance through early music ensemble singing and...

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