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About the SOTK


  • Founding members were:  Wendy N. Panattoni, H. Miles, Don MacDonald, Michael Fenwick, C. Sawchuk

  • The original name was The Kootenay Chamber Orchestra Association, later to be renamed The Symphony of the Kootenays.

  • The Symphony of the Kootenays, through the efforts of our artistic and musical director, participates in an active educational outreach program, bringing classical orchestra music to the classroom.

  • The orchestra has entertained more than 80,000 audience members, employed more than 5,500 musicians playing more than 600 pieces in more than 225 concerts.

  • We are the smallest community in Canada to host a professional symphony orchestra.

  • Musicians are paid professional fees for service.  Students are given an honorarium.

  • Each concert costs approximately $25,000.  We strive to cover 45 percent of costs via ticket sales.

  • The remainder is through funding bodies, sponsors, donors, advertisers and memberships

How can you support us?

1. Subscribe to and attend our concerts

2. Become a symphony member

3. Donate as an individual

4. Sponsor as a business or group

5. Bequest and endowment

6. Advertise in our program

7. Volunteer

SOTK Music & Artistic Director

Jeff Faragher

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