Quinte Symphony: The music you love…played by the people you know.
Quinte Symphony was founded by prominent Batawa musician, the late Stephen Choma, in 1960. The original name, the Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra, was changed to Quinte Symphony in 2000. Over the years the orchestra has grown under the leadership of talented music directors including Clifford Crawley, Kerry Stratton and Gordon Craig and our new Music Director, Dan Tremblay.
Today our 45 musicians range in age from teenagers to senior citizens – all with one thing in common : making beautiful music together! The players hail mostly Quinte area, from Cobourg to Kingston and many points in between. Having a local orchestra offers a golden opportunity for amateur and professional musicians to hone their skills, making Quinte Symphony a key member of the area’s cultural community. Our audiences enjoy listening to a wide variety of musical genres.
Exciting partnerships with other arts organizations continue to be developed, including the very well-attended collaboration last year with the 8 Wing Concert Band and Pipes and Drums at the National Air Force Museum. We enjoyed performing with the Northumberland Orchestra and Chorus and the Kidstock children’s festival in May.
Our primary sources of funding are concert sponsorships, donations, Ontario Arts Council and city funding, and of course, audience support! Quinte Symphony is eligible to issue tax receipts for donations. Donations or offers of assistance are always welcome! They may be left at the Quinte Arts Council office or mailed to the Quinte Symphony, c/o Quinte Arts Council, P.O. Box 22113, Belleville, ON K8N 4Z5.