Oakville Chamber Orchestra: Entertaining Burlington, Mississauga & Oakville
For over 30 years, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra has presented ensemble music in intimate settings featuring rare gems, favourite classics, and contemporary music. Founded in 1984 as a group of amateur string players, the OCO has steadily grown in size, aspiration, and quality to become a well-loved and exquisite community orchestra with its home base in Oakville.
The purpose of the Orchestra is to enrich the cultural landscape of Oakville by creating a passion for intimate & immersive chamber music concerts, developing local amateur musicians of all ages, and promoting Canadian soloists. The OCO brings exceptional Chamber music to the doorstep of Oakvillians, and is proud to support partnerships with ArtHouse, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Oakville Arts Council and Oakville Arts Society. Under the baton of Artistic Director Charles Demuynck, our audiences and critics resoundedly agree that our musical quality has never been better.
Support for all of this progress has come from a volunteer Board of Directors first set up in 1997 under its then President, Chuck Havill, who has been ardently involved in the Oakville arts scene for many years. Other Board members have donated their many business, organizational, financial, creative and musical talents to the behind-the-scenes running of the Orchestra.
In recent years, benefactor Gerry Wilson has been instrumental to our continued growth through numerous individual donations and through the Community Foundation of Oakville. Her contributions allow the OCO to continue striving for excellence.
In 2012 & 2013, the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo and Tracy Powell allowed the OCO to organize 2 fundraisers at Chelster Hall, the largest home in Canada, on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oakville. The 2013 Chelster Hall Community Festival, chaired by Mr. Powell, was attended by 500 people, partnered with 10 local restaurants and helped raise $120,000 for 5 Oakville charities: The Oakville Hospital Foundation, the Oakville Public Library, the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, and the Oakville Chamber Orchestra.
In 2013, a Platinum Season sponsor partnership was born with Manulife Securities.
The assistance of Manulife Securities, The Powells and Ms. Wilson have allowed us to expand our youth programs under the banner Youth Inspiring Youth with our concerto competition and Oakville Public Library Children’s Cushion Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo – all sellout events. The concerto competition enables young people with experience of playing with an orchestra as a soloist, receiving top quality coaching and provides a forum where young musicians can inspire audiences of other young people.
Above all else, we thank our valued audience members from Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Milton, Toronto and beyond. Our audience fuels our passion for presenting great music in intimate settings.