Meet our members

This is the orchestra rehearsing an excerpt from Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov, Murray Vaasjo conducting.  

And this is an excerpt from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Symphonic Reflections, also in rehearsal with Murray. 

Come Play with Us as our Music Director!

Murray Vaasjo, who has been our Music Director and conductor for 7 years, is stepping down, so we’re looking for someone to fill the position. 

The orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, September to May, at Ross Sheppard High School. We typically perform three or four free concerts before Christmas and one in March. Our season finale is in May or June. At this final concert, we host the winner of the orchestra’s Kiwanis Music Festival scholarship. Our Music Director and the winner’s teacher select the piece we perform together. Last June, Jacques Forestier was our guest.

We’re looking for someone with training and experience conducting an orchestra, who enjoys working with adults, and who loves music. You should have a range of musician contacts in the Edmonton area and a close connection to the Edmonton music community.

Duties include 

  • conducting weekly rehearsals
  • selecting music that’s appropriate to players’ skills
  • planning music programs for the concerts
  • promoting our musicians’ musical development by arranging for annual sectionals
  • assigning parts and seats in sections as necessary
  • participating at board meetings (non-voting); we have four or five per year
  • participating in planning sessions for enterprises such as joint ventures and workshops

Please check out our web site at On the site, you can see examples of our programs and listen to some of our recordings. If you need more information, please call our President, Mike, at 780-436-5873. 

We’re accepting resumes until December 31, 2017. Please send your information to We will hold rehearsal auditions for interested and qualified applicants starting in January. You will be paid $175 for a rehearsal audition.

After the auditions, each of our members will select his or her preferred candidate. The final selection will be based on these results.

If you know of someone who may be interested in this opportunity, please pass this information on. Thank you.

Who we are

We are a community orchestra of about 45 amateur musicians. We rehearse every Monday evening from September to May and give four to eight concerts each season. One of our goals is to perform for people who might not otherwise hear a live orchestral performance. The concerts we give at local hospitals and seniors’ residences support this goal. Another goal is to feature local soloists by performing with them at our May concert. We fund a Kiwanis Music Festival scholarship for this. Over the years, we’ve invited quite a number of emerging musicians as our soloists for this concert.

Each of our performances includes classical and popular music. The music covers a wide range: we play symphonies, operettas, waltzes, traditional and modern Christmas selections, and music from shows. Here’s our brochure.

The musicians of the Edmonton Philharmonic are committed to providing enjoyable performances for audiences and musicians alike. We are musicians at play.

Musicians wanted for the 2017-2018 season

We want you if you play violin, bass, viola, or bassoon. Please contact our Music Director, Murray, at 780 449 6848, or our Membership Director, Judy, at, if you’re interested in joining one of these sections. You may want to come to a rehearsal to see what we’re all about before you decide to join us.

We also keep a list of people who are willing to sub for short periods for regular musicians (usually winds and brass).

Make a donation

Is the tax man asking for your money?

Please consider donating to the Edmonton Philharmonic Society. On the first $200 donated to registered charities annually, taxpaying Albertans are eligible to receive a combined federal/provincial, non-refundable tax credit of 25% of the donation. On amounts over $200, the tax credit increases to 50% of the donated amount. 

First-time donors (neither you nor your partner made an allowable donation to a charity since 2007) are eligible for a first-time donor super credit of an additional 25% to a maximum of an additional $1,000.

Here’s an example: If you haven’t donated to a charity since 2007, you’re a first-time donor. If you contribute $500 in total this year to charities, on the first $200, you’re eligible for a tax credit at 25% ($50). On the next $300, the tax credit is 50% ($150). There's a 25% credit on the full $500 for being a first-time donor ($125). The total tax credit is $325, so your net cost is $175.

We are a registered charitable organization, and we’ll send you an income tax receipt for your donation—but we won’t send stickers, calendars, cards, or requests for more money.

When organizations like ours receive at least $1000 in cash donations during the year, the Canadian government contributes an additional portion. So when you’re looking at year-end tax planning, reduce your taxes and support the Edmonton Philharmonic!

Cheques can be made out to The Edmonton Philharmonic Society and mailed to
8808 160 Street
Edmonton, AB T5R 2H7

Thank you

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