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CCO Announcements Sep 22nd 2023

SEPTEMBER 22, 2023 


When: Monday September 25, 2023, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and Mondays thereafter unless changed in the “Important CCO Dates” section, below.

Where: the ballroom at the 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto (except on November 6)

Required: musicians must bring their own music and music stand. 

(i) BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY #3 For September 25 Rehearsal - URGENT: 

If you have looked at the Sheet Music portal for the link to the Beethoven 3 parts, it’s confusing. Accordingly, our Music Director and Programme Chair have confirmed we’ll be playing the Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel/Kalmus edition. Direct link:,_Op.55_(Beethoven,_Ludwig_van). The second edition noted on our website. 

Use your account on, Musicians Only portal, and click on Sheet Music, find Beethoven #3 in the March programme, then: 

"Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel/Kalmus edition can be accessed as follows:

2. scroll down a long way (past all the "Performances") until you reach "Sheet Music"

3. select the "Parts" tab

4 open the second edition: Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel/Kalmus and download your part

Although we are not performing this work until the March 23 concert, our Music Director wants to preview it so we can appreciate the symphony, and the degree of commitment it will require to be ready.

Music Links: Pdf’s for all of the music in the December concert programme are also available in the Musicians Only portal on the CCO website. 


If you really cannot print your part, please contact the CCO’s Librarian, Bob Mitchell, and ask him to bring one for you:


The rehearsal on October 2 will be for strings only. Same place, same time. Winds and brass can enjoy a week off. 

If you have suggestions for particular passages in December’s concert music that you would like guidance about, or help with, please email Gemma Donn at

(iii) YouTube and “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

A musician made the following recommendation as an aid to how our narrated holiday story will work: 

"I found this uploaded performance of ‘Twas the Night to be quite helpful for learning all the time changes and cues in Bill Holcombe’s score.

Happy to share the below Youtube link with all the CCO players:


Our version will be even more fun than this with our narration by drag star Fay Slift. 


The CCO is a not-for-profit, charitable corporation, and holds an Annual General Meeting every year. 

The Agenda for the AGM will be circulated in advance. Likely the most important function there will be the election of the members of the Board of Directors. Only members can vote at the AGM, and only members can run to become a Director. Members are also entitled, under the By-Laws, to attend Board meetings. 

Volunteers: The Board Directors is made up of between 5 and 9 members, all of whom are volunteers. There are 4 Officers: a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary, and up to five Members at Large. 

The work of the CCO is done primarily in Committees that report to the monthly Board meetings. The By-Laws establish the following Standing Committees:

                                                Concert and Front of House

                                                Finance and Fundraising

                                                Marketing and Promotion

                                                Membership, Volunteers and Community Engagement


                                                Personnel and Human Resources

                                                Programme Planning.

In addition, this year, we have a Treasurer’s Committee and a 40th Anniversary Planning Committee. 

The Board does the work of the CCO and ensures the viability and continuation of our long-standing organization. 

Please consider running for the Board and/or joining a Committee. There is lots of interesting work, requiring lots of different skills and differing amounts of time. There are projects that can be done from home and over time - being squeezed for time is not a barrier. If you really can’t, do you know someone you think is interested in the CCO and would be a good volunteer? 

Any of the current Directors would be pleased to discuss Board positions and Volunteer opportunities with you, or the person you want to recommend. The current Board members are:

Liz Mitchell, Chairperson

Daniel Payne, Vice Chair

John Todd, Treasurer

Holly Price, Secretary

Andrew B.Q. Lam

David Brownstone,

Tetsuya Kobayashi,


Thanks to everyone who has completed their membership forms and fee payments. 

If you have not already done so, to join or renew, please complete an application for membership and a Media Consent form  (both attached) and pay fees.

Other things you need to know:

(i) Potential new musician members can attend two trial rehearsals; fees become due and payable at the beginning of the third rehearsal attended, and you will be asked about your fee payment. 

(ii) Membership fees:  $120 before the December concert (for the full year of 3 concerts), $80 between January and the March concert (2 concerts), and $40 from March 24 to the June concert (1 concert). Students pay one half of this amount. Financial hardship should never interfere with being welcomed into the CCO community - please email or speak to the Chair who, in the appropriate circumstances, can reduce or waive fee payments:

(iii) Paying fees - first choice: pay your fees by e-transfer to treasurer@ccorchestra.orgPlease include a note with your e-transfer saying “Membership fees for _______________(your name)”.  Fees can also be paid by cheque or cash to the Door Volunteer or to any Director you see at the rehearsals. 

(iv) COVID - The CCO’s Vaccination Policy and its COVID Safety Policy are currently in abeyance. For now, the Door Volunteers will not check vaccination status and  face masks are strongly recommended, not required. The Door Volunteers have masks available at rehearsals. COVID is expected to make a resurgence this fall. Musicians and volunteers are expected to self-monitor and not attend rehearsals if they are ill or have symptoms. 



One way to advertise the CCO is the old-fashioned way: posting CCO posters around your neighbourhood coffee shops and notice boards, and circulating them to your friends, families and contacts by email. 

The first of the four CCO’s posters for this season will be ready for musicians to pick-up on Monday, September 25. This is the general “who we are” poster, inviting readers to get involved with the CCO as musicians, volunteers, and/or donors. No need to wait for the hard copy though - please start distributing this general poster describing the CCO by email as soon as you can. 


Monday September 25 and Mondays thereafter unless noted below - Rehearsals from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, The 519  Community Centre 

Monday October 2 - String sectional rehearsal. (Winds and brass have the week off.)
Monday October 9 - no rehearsal, Thanksgiving

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19 - ZOOM Meeting of the Board of Directors. If you want to attend, please request a Zoom invitation at 

 Monday November 6 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm - AGM + Rehearsal. Location: Holy Name Parish, 71 Gough Ave. (on the Danforth at Gough), 1 block west of Pape Station. (The 519 is not available) 

Monday November 13 - rehearsals resume at The 519, 7:30pm. 

Friday December 8 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm Dress Rehearsal, East End United Church (formerly Eastminster United), 310 Danforth (Chester Station) 

Saturday December 9 - 7:30pm Concert, East End United Church 

(No rehearsals Dec. 11, 18, 25, or Jan. 1)

Monday January 8, 2024 - Rehearsals resume Mondays, 7:30pm at The 519 

Friday March 22 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm Dress Rehearsal, East End United 

Saturday March 23 - 7:30pm Concert, East End United

Monday March 25 - no rehearsal 

Monday April 1 - Easter Monday. Discussion required re rehearsal or not.

Monday April 8, 7:30pm - rehearsals resume at The 519 

Monday May 20 - no rehearsal, Victoria Day.

Friday June 14 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm Dress Rehearsal, East End United 

Saturday, June 15 - 7:30pm 40th Anniversary Concert, Eastminster United

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