About The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.

Who We Are, What We Do, Why We Do It

About Us

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.

Mission

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

simply CSO

Your Professional Orchestra in the Valley. ​Bringing awareness and appreciation for music of the highest calibre.

Our amazing musicans.

The People Who Make Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra

Team

Orchestra

Orchestra

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is one of the only professional orchestras in the Fraser Valley and east of the Port Mann Bridge.  We also have a Baroque ensemble that performs on period instruments.

Chorus

Chorus

The Chilliwack Symphony Chorus is an auditioned 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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What the Messiah means to me.

What the Messiah means to me.

I am a “Rocker” by heart. I grew up listening and playing classic rock music. It wasn’t until I joined the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in 2018 where my mind was immediately blown by the intricate beauty and message of Handel’s Messiah. During my first...

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What the Messiah means to me!

I have been involved with the Chilliwack Symphony Chorus for 5 years. It’s wonderful being part of a choir of happy people who love singing and bringing the beauty of music to others. Also, I greatly appreciate the finesse, expertise and enthusiasm of our director,...

What the Messiah means to me!

For me, the Christmas season doesn't feel complete without Handel's Messiah. Growing up, it was the background music to every Christmas car ride, the ultimate favorite parts of every Christmas concert, and the music that will forever fill my heart with emotions of the...

What the Messiah means to me!

I fell in love with music at a very early age. I have a vivid memory of 4-year-old Nikki sitting listening to beautiful harmonies and thinking that I just might be in heaven. My grade 2 music teacher soon let me know that I could not sing and that I was tone deaf....

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