About Us

Mission

The mission of the Brockville Concert Association is to offer a variety of quality musical experiences for all ages and to expand community participation and appreciation of musical excellence.

About Us

We are a registered charity; tax receipts are provided.
Charitable registration #118819622RR0001.

Although the Brockville Concert Association is called an “association”, it’s not a private club of any kind; it is made up of a small group of music enthusiast volunteers who do what is needed behind the scenes to make a series of concerts happen in Brockville every year. Volunteers join the board at the annual general meeting in January, agree to take on roles according to their skills and interests, attend planning meetings throughout the year, invite performers to be part of the upcoming slate of concerts and build networks in the music community. Please consider volunteering with us.

2021 will again be a challenging but rewarding year for the Concert Association because of ongoing COVID 19. The Association decided to again shift our traditional in-person concerts to an online format so that we would again be able to showcase some wonderful performers. Holding concerts this way also extends our reach beyond the Brockville area using the power of the Internet. We hope you have enjoyed our concerts in the past, will join us online this year and that you will continue to attend our concerts in the future.

Getting the message out about the BCA’s concerts is one of the Association’s most important ongoing tasks. Often we have received generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council and from our local sponsors to pay artists and create materials to advertise the concerts. Culture Days are growing into a bigger Fall presence in Ontario communities and the BCA concerts will again be part of the lineup in 2021.

We always rely on well-connected local media reporters with the Brockville Recorder and Times, Snap’d and the Mural to interview us for the newspapers, chat with us on Brockville’s community TV channel  and take photographs of the performers. Local politicians are always enthusiastic about sharing messages from the BCA. Brockville businesspeople happily put up our flyers and posters in their establishments.

The BCA introduced a Jazz Festival in 2001 and over the years we have been privileged to have such artists as John Pizzarelli, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard, The Climax Jazz Band and Michael Kaeshammer perform for us.

Every year’s performers bring their best to our stages.

The Brockville Concert Association’s mandate has always included a music education component, carried out in a variety of formats. In 2020, two talented youth musicians from Brockville performed as part of the year’s streamed concert series. In the past, May Court Children’s Concerts provided free highly interactive concerts for young students in Brockville area schools; pre-concert master classes for teachers, students and the public and an outreach project that sent professional musicians into Brockville schools to perform and listen to student performers. The Association encourages youth to attend concerts with free or reduced ticket prices.

Board of Directors

  • President – Samia O’Day
  • Vice-President – Brenda Taylor
  • Secretary – Trudy Kennell
  • Treasurer – Gail Stopfel
  • Marketing – Loretta Corbeil

Past Performances

The Brockville Concert Association has been bringing extraordinary Canadian and international musical performers to Brockville since 1948. The roster of world- famous artists over 73 years of the classical series has included:

  • Glen Gould
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Elizabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • The National Arts Orchestra
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Anna Russell
  • Anton Kuerti
  • Louis Quilico
  • The Canadian Brass
  •  I Musici de Montreal
  • Quartango
  • Adam Han-Gorski
  • The Chicago Brass Quintet
  • Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

70th Anniversary

For our 70th anniversary we were proud to host the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists, Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Richard Roberts with Judy Hung, Juno Award winning acappella vocal group, Cadence, as well as the extremely popular classical crossover string orchestra, Collectif9 which performs with mesmerizing energy and lights to sold out audiences around the world!

65th Anniversary

These are some some messages we received from some very special artists for our 65th Anniversary.

Fine Arts Quartet

Performed in Brockville on January 10, 1988

The members of the Fine Arts Quartet would like to congratulate the Brockville Concert Association on its 65th birthday. It is wonderful organizations like yours which have kept the gift of high quality classical music alive for thousands of people who otherwise might not have the privilege of hearing live classical concerts in person. Especially in this day and age, when classical musical education for young people has sadly diminished in many schools, the value of concert societies like yours can never be underestimated. As performing artists, we are most grateful for all you have accomplished – that coming from an ensemble that has you beat by one year in the age department. Our congratulations and thanks.

Ralph Evans

Quartetto Gelato

Performed for our 50th anniversary and in 2007

Congratulations on your 65th anniversary! It has been a while since we have performed in Brockville and must say that I hope to come back soon. This is a special hall with “old world charm”. Halls of this quality are becoming rarer as people unfortunately keep looking for ‘new and improved” over tradition. As a violin grows older its sound and value increases. The same applies to a great hall. Personally it was a privilege to perform in such a wonderful space to a wonderful Brockville audience.

Peter DeSotto
Quartetto Gelato

The National Arts Centre Orchestra

Performed in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994 and 2007

The National Arts Centre Orchestra is delighted to salute the Brockville Concert Association on their 65th anniversary! We have been thrilled to collaborate with your organization many times over the years, and look forward to many more opportunities in the future. Your dedication and passion for music is wonderful to behold and six and a half decades of success is truly inspiring.

Here’s to at least 65 more years of sensational concerts. Happy Anniversary!

Gerald Morris

Anton Kuerti

Performed in 1966

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Brockville Concert Association on the 65th anniversary of its founding.  This long period traverses many difficult years during which so many smaller centers have given up their cultural events series, so it is admirable that you in Brockville have been able to keep yours thriving.  I have enjoyed playing for your audience in the past, and hope it will be possible to do so again in the future.”

Anton Kuerti

Chicago Brass Quintet

Performed in Brockville on January 26, 1988

I had the great pleasure of performing with The Chicago Brass Quintet for the Brockville Concert Association in 1988. That performance was one of the first international tour dates the quintet performed.  Since then we have embarked on four tours of South America,  three in Asia performed all over North America and  bit in Europe and released 4 more CDs.

Yet , Brockville stills  hold a special place in our memory.  The hall was terrific but the audience and the people in the organization were even better. From the time we arrived to the time we left to return home we were greeted with great warmth and enthusiasm. Congratulations on your  65th Anniversary.  We wish you many more to come and hope that we can return to show you what the CBQ sounds like in the 21st century.

All the best,
Ross Beacraft
Chicago Brass Quintet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Performed in 1964,  1969 and 1988

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has fond memories of performing in Brockville for a warm and receptive audience. On behalf of all of us here at the RWB, I would like to offer sincere congratulations on the impressive milestone of your 65th anniversary.

Andre Lewis,
Artistic Director

Adam Han-Gorski

Performed in 1969

Congratulations, and Happy Anniversary. I fondly recall my late-Autumn concert on the Brockville stage 43 years ago. The audience was warm, knowledgeable and appreciative and the review had one of the best headlines in my career.

There are not too many things in life which get better as they grow older without taking the beating of time. Experience is one the very few. Now, after 65 years of professional life, we both have gained a “little” of it under our belts!

It’s wonderful that such devoted commitment to the legacy and life of great music continues at Brockville.

I wish you further success as you bring a diverse range of extraordinary performances to all the deserving members of your community.

Sincerely,
Adam Han-Gorski