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.  

Angus Armstrong - Music Director

In 1981 Angus began his professional career in the Nations Capital by accepting  the post of trombonist in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Band. From 1981 - 1986 he was a member of the large Concert Band, and after that, he became the solo trombonist, keyboardist, vocalist, and principal arranger for the very successful Bison Band, an 8 member group, which he worked with until 1993.

Since living in Ottawa, he has performed  with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is the Principal Trombonist of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with the Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau.


Prior to Angus’ career in Ottawa he had previously performed with orchestras in Vancouver, Montréal, Kitchener-Waterloo, Quebec, London, Kamloops, and Toronto, and at the time of accepting his position in the RCMP Band, was pursuing a successful freelance career in Toronto.


Angus is an active member of the freelance community in Ottawa, where he enjoys playing in groups of different musical genres, as well as being active in education in the National Capital Region. He has taught privately for  two of Ottawa’s leading arts schools , has many private students, and has recently retired as the trombone instructor at the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec in Hull, a post he held for over 25 years,

Angus has recently retired from leading the Pembroke Symphony for the last 15 years. He was also musical director of the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra from 1997 to 2018.

Photo of Angus Armstrong,conductor
Photo of Adam Nelson, concertmaster
Adam Nelson - Concertmaster

Concert violinist and teacher Adam Nelson studied violin from the age of 5 in the small town of Port Elgin where he grew up. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, and his Masters in Violin Performance at University of Ottawa, he settled with his wife and daughter in the Barrhaven area.
Aside from performing with major ensembles such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Adam runs a large private violin studio, with many of his students winning top honours at major Canadian music festivals.

Section Leaders

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Natasha MacDonald
Principal Second
Danielle Migeon
Principal Viola
Louise Mortimer
Principal Cello
Tony Jarrett
Principal Bass
Nadia Lemaire
Principal Flute
Lisa Hurst
Principal Bassoon
Marc Larocque
Principal Trombone
Paul Carron
Principal Clarinet
Yvo  de Jong
Principal Oboe
Brad Booth
Principal French Horn
Anne Shea
Principal Trumpet
Javor Frajkor
Principal Tuba