The Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 2008, to enrich the lives and the cultural climate of the community through the presentation of concerts and educational programs, liaise and collaborate with other arts organizations and community groups, and provide diverse performing opportunities for musicians from York Region. In essence, the RHPO is a community orchestra for the community. A not-for-profit organization, the orchestra depends on funding from gifts, grants, fundraising projects, and by performing concerts. Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised of professional, amateur, and talented university and high school student musicians. The age range of the musicians span 13 years old to those with significantly more life experience. The orchestra represents cultures from across the globe and its musicians practice daily professions from every area of the community.
The orchestra’s inaugural performance at the Gala Opening of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2009 was an opportunity for the orchestra to make a genuine impact on and fortify ties to the community. Since then, the RHPO has presented unique concerts regularly in the Richmond Hill community, performs a five-concert season at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, and special concerts throughout each season. The RHPO Chamber Players include harmoniemusik, string, woodwind, and brass ensembles, who are in high demand to perform at various events in Richmond Hill and beyond. They have performed for community fundraising events, ceremonies and celebrations. The RHPO has forged special partnerships with Seneca College, School of Communication Arts, the “York Region Writers,” “Writers’ Community of York Region (WCYR),” local artist Mari Nicholson, young artists from the community, and George St. Kitts, his band, and singers from the Toronto production of the Lion King. Last season, we formed new partnerships with the “Not Affiliated Big Band,” Shirley V. Ting (artist), Barbara Fris (soprano), Broadway star, Robert Pilon, and continued participation in special events and new ties to the community, including what promises to be a long-lasting partnership with “The Great Lakes’ Touring Chorus,” who joined us on our Last Night At The Proms concert.
Performances by the RHPO feature the finest orchestral repertoire (classical and pops), presented with a landscape of visual stimulation and interactive elements that celebrate music from across the ages and the globe. The RHPO is grateful for the support of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, the audience members who attend our concerts, and our growing collection of wonderful people serving as volunteers.
In addition to playing concerts with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, many RHPO musicians also provide music for special occasions and are eager to share their talents in solo, chamber, and ensemble settings.
The RHPO is continually seeking musicians to expand the orchestra and welcomes applications from musicians on our website. We also invite interested members of our community to join the RHPO organization as volunteers.