side-by-side orchestra program

August 13th - 18th, 2019

For intermediate or above string student & amateur musicians

Are you a string player who wants to play together with some of Canada’s leading chamber and orchestral musicians? Belfountain Music Festival Orchestra’s Side-by-Side experience is designed for string players from various different backgrounds to make music together, get to know each other, and perform together. The mentors of the program are highly sought-after string players who are inspiring leaders and warm people.

Rehearsals will take place at a location downtown Toronto (TBA), and the concert will take place on Sunday, August 18 at 2pm at Alton Mill Arts Centre in Caledon, ON.  

Apply by June 1st, 2019.



  • Must be a string player (violin, viola, cello, and double bass)

  • RCM Level 8 or higher equivalent

  • There is no age limit.


Repertoire: complete Grieg Holberg Suite (Link to a recording; Link to parts




  • Aaron Schwebel, Concertmaster of National Ballet Orchestra; Associate Concertmaster of Canadian Opera Company Orchestra

  • Sheila Jaffé, Violist of Canadian Opera Company Orchestra



  • Alex McLeod, Centre Director for Sistema Toronto in Parkdale

  • Keith Hamm, Principal Viola of Canadian Opera Company

  • Rory McLeod, Co-director of Pocket Concerts



  • Julie Hereish, Assistant Principal Cello of Québec Symphony

  • Leana Rutt, Assistant Principal Cello of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra




Rehearsal and Performance Schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 13th 4pm - 6pm

  • Thursday, August 15th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Friday, August 16th 12:30pm - 2pm
  • Sunday, August 18th 1pm Soundcheck; 2pm Concert

*rehearsals will take place at a location downtown Toronto (TBA), and soundcheck and concert will be at Alton Mill Arts Centre in Caledon, ON. 


Application Fee: $30. Please check the bottom of this page for payment instructions.


Tuition Fee: $80


Application Deadline: July 1st, 2019 


If you have further questions, please contact General and Artistic Director Emily Rho at



Application fee is $30, and is non-refundable. 

Options for paying the application fee:

                    Belfountain Music Festival 

                    c/o Emily Rho

                    308-210 Simcoe Street Toronto, ON

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