Seeking Principal 2nd Violin!

The Summerhill Orchestra invites violinists to audition for the position of Principal 2nd violin for the 2021-2022 season.

We are a community orchestra entering our fourth season, and are committed to performing challenging repertoire in a fun and supportive environment where professionals can engage with amateur players to support mutual growth.

We are looking for advanced players interested in helping lead this unique community ensemble.  Rehearsals are Monday evenings 7:30-10:00 pm at The Church of the Messiah in downtown Toronto.  Our regular season includes three concert performances in the church space.  Knowledge of orchestral repertoire and experience leading a string section is preferred.

Auditions will start the week of July 5th. Candidates are asked to prepare the following audition material:

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume to  as soon as possible. 

Compensation: This position receives a small honorarium for each concert. The position will be open until filled.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Summerhill Orchestra is now accepting applications for Assistant Conductor (volunteer)

Position:     Assistant Conductor (volunteer)
Reports to:    Music Director

Starting Date:   TBD-Fall 2021
Deadline for applications:  Friday, July 16, 2021

This position was created to offer students of conducting more opportunity to work with a full orchestra in all aspects of preparing performances. In addition to these conducting opportunities the AC will receive a small honorarium.


  • Serve as cover conductor for rehearsals and concerts as assigned for 2021-2022 season.
    • This includes personal preparation of all scores and providing feedback on artistic matters relating to repertory (balance, intonation, dynamics, ensemble issues, etc.).  May be asked to coach sectional rehearsals.
  • Administration: Participate in planning and administrative meetings as needed.
  • Library: Preparation, distribution and maintenance of performance materials for the orchestra.
  • Performance: Rehearse and conduct a short piece in each of two concerts with Summerhill Orchestra as part of their regular season. Concert dates and repertoire to be decided by Music Director and Concertmaster.
  • Recordings: The Assistant conductor will be offered an opportunity to rehearse Summerhill Orchestra in two short reading/rehearsal sessions during the season in order to obtain video recordings for use in grants and school/employment applications.


  • Candidates should possess meaningful conducting experience and broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire and concert programming.
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in orchestral/instrumental or choral conducting preferred.
  • Fluent in English and able to communicate effectively to musicians, staff and a wide range of audience members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills that engage audiences of all ages.
  • Highly effective organizational skills and self-motivating drive to consistently meet deadlines
  • Provide assistance to the Production/Artistic staff with various projects such as program/music research and auditions as needed.
  • Possess a deep appreciation for, understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of community musicians.  

Individuals should submit a cover letter describing what they hope to receive from the experience, current résumé with repertoire list, and contact information for three professional references. Candidates will be contacted for an interview as well as conducting audition: Dates/times TBD

All applications must be received by Friday, July 16, 2021

Applications should be sent to  

About our orchestra

Summerhill Orchestra will soon embark on its fourth season under the direction of conductor and artistic director, Sarah John.  The orchestra meets to rehearse Monday evenings 7:30-10pm at The Church of the Messiah in downtown Toronto.  The orchestra performs concerts three times a season.

The Summerhill Orchestra is a not-for-profit community organization that operates thanks to financial and in-kind contributions. ALL proceeds from ticket sales, membership contributions and sponsorships directly benefit the orchestra. Our community orchestra is comprised of musicians of all backgrounds, both professional and amateur, who gather weekly in a journey to explore rich and varied musical works.

It’s Our Third Season!

Friday, November 29, 2019
Mozart  – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra with Noru Gogovita, Clarinet
Dvorak  – Symphony No. 8
Dvorak – Festival March – Carlos Vasquez, Guest Conductor
Monday, March 9, 2020
Wagner  – Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven  – Symphony No. 5
Beethoven  – Coriolan Overture – Carlos Vasquez, Guest Conductor
Tickets available at Eventbrite: TICKETS
Friday, May 8, 2020
Unfortunately, we will be postponing this concert until November due to the current COVID19 outbreak. Please check back for details.
Verdi – Overture to La Forza del Destino
Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte – Carlos Vasquez, Guest Conductor
Sibelius – Violin Concerto – Victoria Yeh soloist
All concerts take place at The Church of the Messiah in Toronto.
Programs are subject to change without notice.
We look forward to sharing this music with you in the coming season!


AUDITION!  If you are interested in auditioning for the Summerhill Orchestra please contact us at  to book an audition at the end of August.

Rachmaninoff and The Lark

Our last concert of the season features three great works with two wonderful soloists.

Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Kathleen Chang on piano.
Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending featuring Victoria Yeh on violin.
Mozart – Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio

Sarah John, Conductor
Victoria Yeh, Concertmaster

MONDAY, May 13, 2019
8:00 pm
Tickets $5/$15/$25
Cash bar

Location:  The Church of the Messiah
240 Avenue Road at Dupont, Toronto

Tickets available on Eventbrite

For more information please contact us at

Beethoven 7 in March!

Tickets are now available for our March 8th concert featuring three wonderful works!

Summerhill Orchestra plays Beethoven!

Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92
Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C Major Op. 48
Hüe – Fantasie for Flute and Orchestra

Jaye Marsh, Flute Soloist
Sarah John, Conductor
Victoria Yeh, Concertmaster

Friday, March 8, 2018
8:00 p.m.
The Church of the Messiah
240 Avenue Rd (at Dupont)
Toronto, Ontario
Admission: $5/$15/$25 Tickets available soon through Eventbrite or from orchestra musicians

Silent auction
Cash bar

We hope to see you there!

Welcome to our Second Season!

November 30, 2018
Mendelssohn – Symphony #4
Sibelius – Romanze in C for Strings Op. 42
Mozart  – Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Elizabeth Raum – Halifax Harbour
March 8, 2019
Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings
Hue – Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra
Beethoven – Symphony #7
May 17, 2019
Rachmaninoff  – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra
Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
(Programs are subject to change without notice)
More information to follow! Thanks for your support!