Our membership brings together music educators, high school and university students and amateur and professional musicians from the National Capital Region with a wide range of musical education, experience, and age. Our youngest is in his teens and our oldest, an octogenarian. We are united by our passion for performing some of the world's great classical music as well as contemporary works by international and Canadian composers and arrangers. Under the qualified leadership of our music director, we continually strive to reach new levels of artistic expression.
John Kraus - Music Director
Originally from northern Ontario, John Kraus is an alumnus of Western University, London, where he studied Music Education. He studied clarinet with Jerome Summers, Robert Riesling and Robert Sheffield and conducting with Jerome Summers and William Gordon.
As the founding music director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra (1996-2007), the Lakeridge Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (1998-1999), and the Music Director of the Clarington Concert Band (2011-2013) and the current music director of the Northumberland Orchestra & Choir (2013 to present), John has worked in many different genres and with many local and international talents.