About Quinte Symphony
Founded in 1960 as the Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra by Stephen Choma in conjunction with local businessman Thomas Bata, the Quinte Symphony has become one of Quinte's most significant and highly acclaimed performing arts organizations. For over fifty years the symphony has been performing live orchestral music in the Quinte region with world-class performers such as Mary Lou Fallis, Eduard Minevich and Anton Kuerti. The symphony has also featured home-grown talent such as pianist Greg Butler, the Belleville Choral Society, Donna Bennett, Marilyn Woolven and Steven Belanger to name a few.
Charity Registration Number: 118890797RR001.
A Community Achievement
Quinte's cultural treasure, Quinte Symphony, encourages a sense of ownership in the community. To have a symphony orchestra in a community the size of Belleville is a remarkable achievement. Quinte Symphony's long life is ensured by the dedication of passionate musicians and volunteers who provide leadership on the Board of Directors, by motivated and enthusiastic volunteers who work on committees and by generous corporate sponsorships and private donations.
"Music making in smaller centres is the backbone of our orchestral culture. My earliest experiences of an orchestra were as a boy in the audience of The Quinte Symphony and later as a member of the orchestra (The Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra). Every piece they played was my favourite and the annual concert at BCI auditorium was always over far too quickly to suit me. I can tell you that I actually dreamed of conducting it in those days and I got my wish. I can only express my inadequate gratitude and affection to those wonderful musicians of my youth."
Kerry Stratton, Internationally renowned Canadian conductor