About The CSO.
First class concerts from the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
About The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.
Who We Are, What We Do, Why We Do It
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is a touring orchestra consisting of professional musicians and a chorus. The CSO has developed an enviable reputation for putting on concerts. throughout the lower mainland and has formed countless collaborations with artists of both local and international renown. In addition the CSO’s programs bring opportunities to young musicians and artists starting their professional career in music. The CSO’s mission is to bring the highest calibre of music to people on their own doorstep so that they don’t need to travel into the centre of Vancouver to access the highest quality shows. The 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 & chorus.
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The CSO is the Fraser Valley’s finest and most prestigious cultural and music asset. To hear the world’s finest music masterpieces played by musicians and sung by singers from the Fraser Valley is an exhilarating and profound experience. Concerts leave patrons singing and humming our music on their way home.
The CSO is a touring orchestra consisting of professional musicians and a chorus. The CSO has developed an enviable reputation for putting on concerts. throughout the lower mainland and has formed countless collaborations with artists of both local and international renown. In addition the CSO’s programs bring opportunities to young musicians and artists starting their professional career in music. The CSO’s mission is to bring the highest calibre of music to people on their own doorstep so that they don’t need to travel into the centre of Vancouver to access the highest quality shows.
The CSO is the hub for musical artistic life in the Fraser Valley. The orchestra & chorus, in addition to formal concerts, also perform at our annual fund raising gala, The Note-able Feast. Members of the CSO also perform as small ensembles at various functions.
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus designs its performances to meet the musical tastes of the Fraser Valley and lower mainland communities. Our concerts will include a variety of musical genres, such as Classical, Light Classical, Popular, Broadway and Jazz. The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus frequently consists of a 25-piece orchestra, 45-member chorus, 8 voice a cappella group, as well as the CSO Starlets.
CSO Mission Statement.
Our Core Mission When Performing Music.
Our objective is to foster an awareness and appreciation for orchestral and choral music through concerts, education and opportunities for the residents of Chilliwack and the surrounding communities. We are committed to providing music of the highest caliber including local, national, and international guest artists. Hope.Healing.Music
Our amazing musicans.
The People Who Make Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra
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.
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.
The CSO News.
Your Source of News about The Chiliwack Symphony Orchestra
Keyboardist Stephen van de Burgt has presented recitals in Canada, the United States and Europe, both solo and with various ensembles. He has obtained a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Washington under the direction of Carole Terry, and has...
As a classically trained violinist with a strong traditional folk background from her Slovak heritage, Majka Demcak performs music from the Baroque and Classical eras with zest and an improvisational freedom, compelled by a search for enchantment and magic in all the...
As one of Vancouver’s more active and versatile organists, Michael Dirk is equally at home offering solo concerts, accompanying the many fine choirs/ensembles of the region, improvising an entertaining accompaniment to a silent film, or serving liturgically in various...
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...