An artistic gem on Canada's West Coast, the Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island's largest and most active performing arts organization. The Symphony, the cultural soul of Victoria, takes enormous pride in providing quality live orchestral music for everyone.
The Victoria Symphony is a professional ensemble of 34 full-contract and 12 part-contract musicians. Each season the orchestra gives over 100 performances, including regular series performances and special concerts including opera, ballet, educational, tour and community benefit performances. With the addition of a two-week summer residency in Powell River, the orchestra is in session for 37 weeks each year.
In its history, the post of Music Director has been filled by such eminent conductors as Melvin Knudsen, Hans Gruber, Otto-Werner Mueller, Laszlo Gati and Paul Freeman. Through the last decade of this millennium Peter McCoppin, one of this country's most prominent and visible musical personalities, took the orchestra to new heights of musical excellence and audience popularity.