The Return To Love

Featuring Guest Soprano Soloist Siobhan Raupach
The CMO Presents The Return To Love

Love’s Epic Journey Throughout The Human Condition.

Can you recall the heady intoxicating sensation of love’s first beginning? The terrifying lows of separation’s abyss? Join us on love’s epic journey throughout the human condition. Featuring such romantic masterworks as Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman, and more!

With guest Soprano soloist: Siobhan Raupach.

The CMO Presents a Hallowe’en Symphony Spooktacular!

Join us on October 27 as we return to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s HUB International Theatre for a Hallowe’en Symphony Spooktacular. There’s something for everybody, from Chopin’s Funeral March, to Grieg’s classic In The Hall of The Mountain King, to Han’s Zimmer’s Dark Knight.

Come dressed up in your favourite costume!

Looking For Musicians!

IMG_3144The “Met” is looking for some skilled musicians to join our ranks. We have wrapped up our tenth season and are taking a break for the summer, but are looking for musicians to join us as we prepare to enter our eleventh season. If you are a talented musician and are looking for a challenging experience producing beautiful music in a fun, supportive environment, please consider playing with the CMO.

The CMO is dedicated to performing quality Classical music in our local community of Chilliwack, B.C. We strive to provide our outstanding patrons with the very best in programming, and we endeavour to make each and every concert unique and inspirational. Our goals include having a fun time making wonderful music, and fostering a love and appreciation for the arts and especially music.

Our rehearsals our held weekly on Wednesday evenings.

We are generally open to any orchestral instruments, but we especially have need of players of the following instruments:


All Strings


Second Trumpet


If you are interested in joining the CMO, we encourage you to connect with us via email at

The CMO performs “A Galaxy Far, Far Away”

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Who amongst us hasn’t been whisked away by the delights of John Williams’ music? The preeminent movie composer of our time has been active in composing for over six decades. In our 11th season finale, get whisked away into another land with some of the most iconic movie music of all time, including:

-Star Wars

-Theme from Schindler’s List

-Harry Potter


-Indiana Jones

-Lord of the Rings …… and more!

We hope to see you at our 2018-19 Season finale concert!

2019 Rising Stars Soloists

We are pleased to announce the soloists for our Inaugural Rising Stars Concert! A solo competition was held by the CMO and judged by Maestro Gregory Johnson, in which several young competitors auditioned their pieces for a chance to perform with the CMO at our Rising Stars Concert on Sunday, Mar. 31. These four young musicians are the ones who made the cut, and we could hardly be any more excited to announce them to you!

You can get tickets from to see these wonderful young soloists!

Jonah Kassel

Jonah is a grade 5 student at Unsworth Elementary School in Chilliwack. He has been taking violin lessons from Karin Fehlauer for 5 1/2 years. He has won several awards and accolades at the Lions Club Music and Dance Festival, including being named Chilliwack’s representative to the Provincial Music Festival in violin in 2018. Jonah participated in the 2018 UBC Strings Camp, where he actually was asked to play Viola for their Gala Concert. He not only learned the larger stringed instrument and how to read alto clef in a matter of four days, but he also still played violin in the Gala Concert. To read his full bio, head over to our Facebook page here.

Jonah is a fabulous musician who we can’t wait to perform with! He will be playing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, accompanied by the CMO’s string section as well as continuo harpsichord.

Jonah Kassel


Jackson Howard

Our next soloist… Well, you could say that he has a little bit of experience with the CMO. Actually, he is our regular Bass Trombone player. He has some serious skill on this instrument, and now he will have his chance at his own solo appearance with the CMO.

A little information about Jackson:

Jackson Howard began his musical studies at the age of three, starting piano at 5 and trombone at 13 years. He studies piano with Nita Pelletier, and completed his RCM Grade 10 with First Class Honours this past summer (2018). His trombone studies have been with Ellen Marple, Brian Wendel and have also been frequent with Gordon Cherry. In 2018, Jackson earned the Top Intermediate Brass award at the Performing Arts BC Festival, and he was selected for the BCMEA Honour Concert Band as well as the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Jackson is a member of the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. His bio is also available on our Facebook page here.

Jackson will be performing Concertino for Trombone by Ferdinand David.

Jackson Howard


Sarah Anderson-Caulfield

Next up, we have Sarah Anderson-Caulfield. Sarah is a very accomplished opera singer, and we’re very excited to have her perform with the CMO. Here’s a little bit about Sarah:

Sarah Anderson-Caulfield is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Opera under the tutelage of Rhoslyn Jones. In addition to debuting with the CMO, she will also be debuting with UBC opera in 2019. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra And Chorus, as well as at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. As a part of the trio Erdenlied (with Andrea Pedro on piano and Benjamin MacRae on clarinet), she won the Senior Canadian Chamber category at the 2017 BC Provincial music festival. She is a recipient of multiple scholarships from the Faculties of Music at UBC as well as KPU, including the Jill and Mike Yonchak Scholarship. Her full bio is available on our Facebook page here.

It’s almost needless to say, but Sarah is a fabulous musician who is sure to impress! She will be performing “Je marche sur tous les chemins,” an aria from the opera Manon, composed by Jules Massenet.

Sarah Anderson-Caulfield


Solchan Kim

Finally, but certainly not least, we have our very own concertmaster, Solchan Kim, performing as a violin soloist with the CMO. There’s a very good reason for this, as you will witness at the Rising Stars Concert. Solchan is very accomplished on the violin, and we’re very excited to have him perform solo with us.

A bit of background on Solchan:

Solchan Kim is 17 years old and studies violin with Taras Gabora. He took violin lessons from the age of 9 with Karin Fehlauer until recently when he changed teachers to Mr. Gabora. In addition to the violin, Solchan also plays trombone, piano, drums and banjo in various music groups such as his school’s jazz band, concert band, and Dixieland band. He has won numerous awards from the Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival and the Performing Arts BC Provincial Music and Dance Festival. Solchan has vast experience playing in many different musical settings, such as musicals, jazz bands, concert bands, and string quartets. His full bio is also located on our Facebook page here

We are very excited to give Solchan this opportunity to perform solo with the CMO, and we are looking forward to him performing the 1st Movement of Symphonie Espagnole by Édouard Lalo.

Solchan Kim

Rising Stars Concert

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Join us on March 31 for a concert packed with young talent, as we present the winners of the CMO’s inaugural Rising Stars competition. Sarah Anderson-Caulfield – soprano, Jackson Howard – trombone, Jonah Kassel – violin, and Solchan Kim – violin, will be performing alongside the CMO, with pieces such as Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G minor and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. We hope to see you there!

Thank You!

16427541_1411720202180717_4045634531290335381_nThank you to everyone who came out today to see us perform Tchaikovsky in America. Your support of the CMO is very much appreciated!

We hope to see you at our next concert on March 31: Rising Stars, featuring the young winners of our Solo Competition.

Tchaikovsky in America – in the Newspaper

Our Tchaikovsky in America concert is this Sunday, Jan. 27. The Chilliwack Progress wrote an article for us highlighting the concert. Go check it out here.

One note regarding the article if you have read it in the print edition of the Chilliwack Progress, is that it states that “Returning to perform… is Nancy DiNovo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.” What was intended by that is that Nancy DiNovo is a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It could be mistakenly taken to mean that the the VSO is performing with us at our concert, which is incorrect. The online version of the article has been re-worded, but the print edition will still have that mis-wording in there.

Thank you for your continued support of the CMO!

Featured Soloist: Nancy DiNovo

_0PO8271We are very excited to present violinist Nancy DiNovo as our featured soloist at our Jan. 27th Tchaikovsky In America concert. Here is her biography:

“A former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, violinist Nancy DiNovo is comfortable in styles ranging from period to contemporary.  Her playing has been described as “stunning – a superlative mix of virtuosity and earthy vigour” (Victoria Times Colonist), and “simply astonishing……her sheer joy of revelling in the music left me dazzled.” (Hamilton Spectator- Brott Festival, June, 2015)

“In a career spanning decades, Nancy has performed in the world’s major concert halls on three continents, working with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Karel Ancerl, James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, and Christopher Hogwood.

“Concerto credits include the Banff and Victoria premières of the Kurt Weill Concerto, and she has premièred a number of Canadian works written especially for her, including the Barnes Violin Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner conducting, Walter Buczynski’s Sonata (1975) for CBC Arts National, and Frykberg’s “Astonishing Sense….” (1998) for solo violin and tape.  In 2015, she made her debut at the Brott Festival to critical acclaim.

“As guest concertmaster, she has appeared with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton and Victoria Symphonies, CBC Radio Orchestra, “Music of the Night” cross-Canada tour, and Pacific Opera Victoria where she has led operas in styles ranging from period instrument Handel to Berg’s “Wozzeck”.  As a Baroque violinist, she is a popular leader with several of BC’s finest choral conductors, including Lars Kaario (Laudate Singers and Capilano University) and Leroy Wiens of the Okanagan Festival Singers.

“In demand as a pedagogue, Nancy has taught at Tanglewood, the Marrowstone Festival, Western Washington University, UBC, U Vic, Capilano University, and for the National Academy Orchestra. Her many recording credits include work for CBC Radio, Earsay Records, the Elektra Women’s Choir, Disney Films, and the 2010 Olympics.   

“An iconic photo of Nancy can be seen on The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience.   

“Her violin was made in 1770 by J. B. Guadagnini.”


Tickets to see Nancy perform with the CMO can be purchased from King’s Music, Long&McQuade, The Book Man, as well as at

Tchaikovsky In America – Featuring Violin Soloist Nancy DiNovo

Tchaikovsky in America Poster

Imagine the glitz, the glamour, the reporters! In the year 1891 Tchaikovsky was one of the most famous composers of the day. Naturally, it was Tchaikovsky who was invited to lead his own works during the opening festival of the Carnegie Hall. Come experience the excitement of the journey to New York with famous works of the great master along with beautiful renditions of American folk songs. Returning to our stage is the hugely popular Nancy DiNovo performing Tchaikovsky’s legendary Violin Concerto in D.

Tickets are on sale at King’s Music, Long & McQuade, and The Book Man, as well as on

Mozart Everywhere

Book your calendars, because this is a concert you won’t want to miss! Join us on Sunday, November 4 for an afternoon of Mozart. We will have pianist Jane Hayes playing Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, in addition to many other classic Mozart pieces. Click “Ticket Sales Information” above to find out where to get tickets. Hope to see you there!