Cowichan's Community String Orchestra

**New Season starting Sept. 18, 2021!
After a short and successful early summer outdoor season of music making, the CCSO members are looking forward to returning to the HUB Heritage Room for indoor rehearsals in the fall, winter and spring.  The board has revised our policy statement (see orchestra policy document under rehearsals tab) to comply with new PHO orders requiring all participants to wear masks while gathering indoors.  Also starting Sept. 13th PHO requires that proof of COVID-19 vaccination be shown by all participants--musicians and audience members alike.
Any string players interested in joining our orchestra please review the policy statement and then feel free to contact us.

Announcement June 2021--PHO gathering restrictions in response to the pandemic have been relaxed allowing for our outdoor rehearsals to resume May 29, 2021 with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Photo taken May 29, 2021--our first in person rehearsal in more than 6 months!

Previous PHO orders had shut down our rehearsals and performances from March--June, 2020 and then again from November 2020 through to the May 2021.  Many of our members were meeting virtually on Zoom for monthly learning sessions lead by our director which have helped us as we try to keep practicing on our own at home.  We are happy to be back rehearsing in person together again and looking forward to performing small private outdoor concerts on July 10, 2021.  

Our PRIVACY POLICY can be reviewed by clicking on the following link:

History About Us: The Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra is a registered non-profit society consisting of mostly amateur musician members of all ages who enjoy making beautiful music together. 

The orchestra began in 2006 under the musical direction of professional violinist, teacher, composer and conductor Mr. Garth Williams and has gathered musicians from across the south island community, including all ages between 10 - 90 years.  It has been a great inter-generational community group which enjoys playing with each other and performing in the community.  We are grateful for all the time and energy that Garth has poured into developing the orchestra over the years.  He has adapted and arranged numerous pieces for us and also contributed original compositions for us to play, leading us for eleven seasons until his retirement from this conducting work in April 2018.

We enjoy playing a variety of music including baroque and classic as well as arrangements of popular and celtic style pieces plus some favorite movie music with broad appeal.  Our aim is to make live orchestral music more accessible to the community.  We have performed at local Island Health facilities including the Cowichan District Hospital, Cairnsmore Place, Cerwydden Care Center and the Lodge on 4th.  In addition to our annual Spring and Christmas concerts we have played on the outdoor stage at the Downtown Duncan Farmer's Market, the Deck The Hall Christmas Craft Market and the Cobble Hill Variety Show.

(photo taken c. Nov. 2018)

Our orchestra continues to welcome new members!  Why not come to a rehearsal and check us out?  Interested musicians may send inquiries to: 

Rehearsals are typically held from 9:30-12:30 on most Saturday mornings in September through December and January through April. 

Our financial sponsors/donors for the 2019-20 orchestra season:

Anonymous Donor

Maple Bay Yacht Club

Duncan Violin Shop - Ph: 250-701-2035

Outlooks Menswear Duncan Ltd.

Reid Hudson Bowmaker  

Don Holmes
  1. E&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Ladysmith

 **If you would like to become a sponsor and be added to the above list please contact any orchestra member or **

Enjoy some excerpts from our past concerts!  (Special thanks to Evan Reimer for his assistance in recording, editing and publishing CCSO concert videos from 2014-2019).

Video playlist of past performances: