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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.

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
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