Our Story

We’re a community orchestra, dedicated to enriching your life through high-quality musical performances. We’re committed to offering you an affordable, fulfilling, and convenient live entertainment experience. We’re also dedicated to supporting, encouraging and mentoring young musicians. Our concerts feature professional soloists, soloists drawn from our community and young artists.

We have a long and rich history.

Conductor Clifford Poole founded the SPO in 1980. In 1985, he left to form Scarborough’s second orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony. The orchestra grew and revitalized under the leadership of Christopher Kitts. Christopher was succeeded by Véronique Lacroix, Jerome Summers and John Barnum.

Three of the SPO’s former Music Directors led the orchestra as guest conductors for the 30th anniversary season in 2009/2010. That same season, the orchestra welcomed Ronald Royer as its new Music Director. We have a long-standing tradition of commissioning original Canadian work. In 1994, we introduced our very successful Composer-in-Residence (CIR) program. This has enable us to commission new Canadian compositions form Donald Coakley, BarbaraCroall, Chan Ka Nin, John Estacio, Omar Daniel, Ronald Royer, Vince Gassi, Alex Eddington, and Jim McGrath.

Clifford Poole

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