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Symphony New Brunswick is the largest classical music organization in New Brunswick, Canada[citation needed]. The orchestra was founded in 1983 following the demise of the Halifax-based Atlantic Symphony Orchestra ("ASO") which performed in several New Brunswick cities from 1969 to 1982. From 1950 to 1962, the Saint John Symphony Orchestra, founded by Kelsey Jones, played in Saint John[1][2] and from 1953-1962, the Fredericton Civic Orchestra served the Province's capital city. The two New Brunswick orchestras merged in 1962 to form the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra which was itself replaced in 1969 by the ASO.

Symphony New Brunswick presents concerts in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre,[3] in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre,[4] and in Fredericton at several venues including the Playhouse.

The Symphony sponsors two chamber groups, the Saint John String Quartet and a woodwind quintet, Ventus Machina, founded in 2013 which is based in Dieppe, New Brunswick. The Saint John String Quartet has been performing since 1987 and has been an East Coast Music Award winner and has been nominated for a Juno award. The members of the Quartet and two members of Ventus Machina are principals in the orchestra. Both the Quartet and the Quintet perform in the Symphony's chamber music series and, under the Symphony's auspices, perform numerous school concerts in many parts of New Brunswick. In May 2013, the organization launched a new chamber orchestra named Camerata New Brunswick, with the goal of reaching smaller New Brunswick communities throughout New Brunswick. Camerata has performed in Saint Andrews, Rothesay, Dieppe, Woodstock, Florenceville-Bristol, Shediac, Bouctouche, Miramichi and Sackville.

Symphony New Brunswick announced in May 2013 a new long-term partnership with the Moncton-based choral group, the Louisbourg Choir which is under the direction of Monique Richard at the Université de Moncton.

On October 23, 2018, the Symphony announced a search for a new Music Director to replace Michael Newnham who left the position in May 2018. The search is expected to take two seasons. Newnham was appointed Principal Guest Conductor and will conduct the Symphony;s presentation of "Messiah" in December 2018. Mélanie Léonard conducted the Symphony's tour in October 2018. Other guest conductors to appear with the Symphony in 2018-2019 include Gordon Gerrard, Bernhard Gueller, Martin MacDonald and Andrew Creeggan.

In addition to the Symphony's many government and private sector supporters, it is financed in part by its own endowment fund hosted by an independent charity, Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc. based in Saint John, New Brunswick.


  1. ^ "Music in Saint John". The Canadian Encyclopedia, Irfôna Larkin, Philip M. Wults, Ellen M. Drewery. February 7, 2006
  2. ^ "Counting down to Christmas". Telegraph Journal, Dec 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Andrew Hempstead (13 June 2017). Moon Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island. Avalon Publishing. p. 385. ISBN 978-1-63121-488-2.
  4. ^ Andrew Hempstead (3 July 2012). Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-470-68079-7.