About Us

The Northumberland Orchestra and Choir is a not-for-profit organization that is the county’s first and foremost purveyor of beautiful orchestral and choral music.

Our History

The Northumberland Orchestra was founded under the guiding vision of Dr. Phillip Schaus in 1978 when enthusiastic local musicians united to form a symphony orchestra. A year later the local choral society joined with the orchestra as the newly constituted Northumberland Philharmonic Choir. Throughout its history, the Northumberland Orchestra and choir has included and encouraged young local musicians, many of whom are now pursuing professional musical careers.

Our Musical Team

Music Director

We are currently auditioning candidates for the position of Music Director

Photo of Concertmaster Victoria Yeh at Meaford Hall

Victoria Yeh

Victoria Yeh is a Canadian violinist who has performed across the country from coast-to-coast-to-coast, and has been lauded by music critics internationally. Classically trained, Victoria has served as Concertmaster for various orchestras, in addition to her active performance career as a contemporary electric violinist. Today, her unique style combines classical purity with the edginess of prog fusion, heavily influenced by the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty and Joe Satriani.

When not on stage, Victoria can be found recording on countless film, television and music projects in genres ranging from atmospheric avant-garde to hip-hop and electronica; folk and fiddle to ethno-world and rock. As a devoted teacher, Victoria also works extensively with adults who are either returning to their instruments after a long absence, or advanced players seeking to improve their technical foundations and/or explore contemporary music and improv. Victoria has been recognized with the 2021 Platinum and 2022 Gold Awards for Best Music Lessons in Grey County.

New to Peterborough, Victoria is honoured to be serving as the new Concertmaster for the NOC.

Board Members



Marie Narini


Deirdre Bryant

Vice President

Brad Aylott


Diana Storen


Joan Chalovich

Director Emeritus

Board Members

Glenn Bailey

Ray Moore

Peter Thomas



Music Director


Choral Director

Stephanie Allen

Concierge/Stage Manager




The Ford Professional Group and Postings


Marie Narini

Bingo Fundraiser Lead

Doug Haskell

Concert Photography

David Kuhnke

Development Outreach

Susan Irwin


Lorna Miller

Front of House / Publicity

Alexander Scanlon


Cliff Bell-Smith, Pam Haskell, Eileen O’Connor


Francine Nesbitt


Janina Kraus, Suzanne Routh


Esther Dermenjian, Susan Nakamichi, Jennifer Raggers

Performing Member Liaisons

Nicolett Jakab

Promotional Photography

Cam Christie, Francine Nesbitt, Jim Yates

Public Relations / Social Media

Lynne Ferguson, Suzanne Routh

Special Events

Ken Noronha


Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting in August. If you are interested in putting your name forward to the Nominating Committee to be considered for Board membership, please fill out our Join Us form.





284 Division Street
Cobourg, ON

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