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
Mozart  – Regina Coeli for Soprano, Choir and Orchestra K108
March 8, 2019
Wagner  – Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan Und Isolde
Hue – Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra
Rachmaninoff  – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra
May 17, 2019
Beethoven – Symphony #7
Brahms – Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello Op. 102
(Programs are subject to change without notice)
More information to follow! Thanks for your support!

Audition for our 2018-2019 Season!

Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held August 27 and September 10. If you are interested in playing with us this season please contact us at summerhillorchestra@gmail.com  for more information.  🙂


Dvorak in Summerhill April 6th!

Toronto’s Summerhill Orchestra proudly presents “Dvořák in Summerhill” on Friday April 6, 8pm at the Church of the Messiah.

Our second concert of the season features the grande Dvořák Symphony No. 7 and Romance for Violin, along with Rossini’s classic Overture to the Barber of Seville and Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto in D.

The evening features conductor Sarah John and soloists Victoria Yeh (violin) and Eric Adelman (trumpet).

Tickets are Pay What You Can: $5, $10 or $20 each.

Tickets available at Eventbrite here:  Dvorak in Summerhill TICKETS!

This concert is generously supported by The Church of the Messiah and D’Addario Canada.

We are also having a SILENT AUCTION!
Silent Auction fundraising items will be available including a Dreadnought Guitar and a Soprano Ulina Ukulele along with many other items

Concert Time!

We are launched and rehearsing for our first ever concert! Won’t you join us?

Carnival of the Animals & Beethoven 8


Summerhill Orchestra concert debut!
Featuring piano soloist Richard Herriott
Sarah John, Conductor
Victoria Yeh, Concertmaster

Saint-Saëns – Carnival of the Animals
R. Strauss – Serenade for Winds in Eb
R. Herriott – Dance Rhapsody Canadian
Beethoven – Symphony No. 8

Friday, December 1st, 2017
8:00 pm
Tickets $10 (at the door)
Location: The Church of the Messiah
240 Avenue Rd (corner of Dupont and Avenue Rd)
Limited street parking

Purchase tickets at Eventbrite here

For more information please contact us!



A new orchestra is born!

Dear Friends!

We are at the beginning of a great new adventure!!

All auditions have been completed and we have chosen our orchestra!
The rehearsals are set and so is our concert (December 1, 2017. Concert details coming soon!)  We are  looking forward to presenting many inspiring concerts for you in the coming seasons!
We are also starting to raise funds to help us with basic expenses for performances this season.
If you are interested in supporting us this way then we invite you to make a donation through our main sponsor The Church of the Messiah’s website here:

Donate to Summerhill Orchestra!

***Please include a note indicating that you’d like your contribution to go to SUMMERHILL ORCHESTRA. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.

We so appreciate your help and look forward to meeting you at our concerts! Please help us make this happen! Many thanks!

Sarah John
Conductor, Artistic Director


Victoria Yeh – Concertmaster!

We are very pleased to introduce the new concertmaster of the Summerhill Orchestra, Victoria Yeh!

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Victoria Yeh is a Toronto-based acoustic and electric violinist, having performed across Canada from coast to coast to coast. Classically trained, Victoria studied under many teachers including the late Ranald Shean (founding member ESO), Broderyck Olson (Assistant Concertmaster, ESO), Frank Ho (Grant MacEwen College), Martin Riseley (former Concertmaster, ESO), Christian Howes (former Asst Professor, Berklee College of Music), and the late Jacques Israelievitch (former Concertmaster, TSO).

In her youth, she had the honour of performing across the City of Edmonton as Concertmaster for the Singing Strings youth orchestra, as well as with her own professional chamber group, Quintessence. Her early musical endeavours helped her pay her way through University, eventually leading her to move to Toronto in 2003.

But classical music was not enough, and through various collaborations with jazz, rock and prog artists, Victoria eventually came to create a unique sound blending the classical purity of the violin with the edginess of prog fusion.

In addition to a full-time performance and recording career, Victoria has spoken and performed for kids from Canada, the US and Costa Rica about the joys and magic of music, while also serving as the Chair on the Board of Directors for Brazil Strings, a not-for-profit that aims to bring teachers and instruments to underprivileged youth in Brazil.

Victoria is deeply honoured to be serving as Concertmaster for the new Summerhill Orchestra and looks forward to sharing and creating music and joy with her fellow musicians and the greater community.


Summerhill Fundraiser – Open Mic Night at The Church of the Messiah!

Hey everyone, why not come out and share some of your talents with us?  The Church of the Messiah is holding its next open mic night on August 25th and all p.w.y.c./donations will go to helping set up the newly formed Summerhill Orchestra!

Details are below…I hope you’ll join us!

Open Mic Night for Summerhill Orchestra!
Friday, August 25th, 2017
7:30 pm
The Church of the Messiah – 240 Avenue Rd
(corner of Dupont and Avenue Rd)
Kayt Lucas hosting!

Our Bell Tower Cafe will be open for all your coffee and sweet treats needs!

Bell Tower Cafe on Twitter

Open Mic Facebook event page