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



2018-2019 Auditions will be held August 27th and September 10th.

Please contact us for more information. summerhillorchestra@gmail.com



We’ve added another date for auditions!

Contact us for details and to sign up!


All positions available: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, timpani and percussion

Please prepare 2 short selections of contrasting styles (i.e. lyrical and technical). Both selections together should total no more than 3-5 minutes of music

We are looking for players who are:

  • willing to commit to attending all rehearsals
  • committed to practice and learn the repertoire on their own
  • interested in creating a strong musical community

Audition dates:  August 28th and September 11th, 2017

Successful applicants will be required to pay a small yearly fee for participation in rehearsals/performances.
Rehearsals will take place Monday evenings starting in September 2017 at The Church of the Messiah in downtown Toronto. (Corner of Dupont and Avenue Rd.)
In this first year of working together the ensemble will perform a minimum of two concerts.

For more information or to book an audition please contact us at summerhillorchestra@gmail.com

Summerhill Orchestra is a volunteer community ensemble sponsored by The Church of the Messiah and administered as part of the music program at the church by Director of Music, Sarah John. Sarah John is also Artistic Director and Conductor of Summerhill Orchestra.
Sarah John’s Bio