Kingston Symphony Association

Who We Are

The Kingston Symphony Association exists to produce and promote professional quality programs of instrumental and choral music for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of audiences in the Greater Kingston area. We are dedicated to the support, development and showcasing of Canadian artists and composers.


The Kingston Symphony Association is the umbrella organization for six performing ensembles including the Kingston Symphony, the Kingston Choral Society, the Kingston Youth Orchestra, the Kingston Youth Strings, the Kingston A-Strings, and the Kingston Community Strings. We are dedicated to musical development in our community and through our ensembles we are able to present orchestral and choral concerts, and involve young people in our community in professional-level musical performances and training. 


The Kingston Symphony Association is also fortunate to have a Volunteer Committee who work on our behalf to raise funds for the operation of our organization and who provide financial awards for deserving young musicians each season. The Volunteer Committee is active in a range of annual fundraising programs including a Book Fair, Nearly New Sales, Vinyl Records Sales, House Tour, and Fashion Show.  


The Kingston Symphony Association as it is known today was established by Dr. Graham George in 1953 and incorporated in 1956. Under the direction of Edouard Bartlett and Alexander Brott, the orchestra expanded to its present supplement of approximately 55 musicians. Brian Jackson was Music Director from 1982 to 1991. Glen Fast was Music Director from 1991 to 2014 and now serves as Conductor Emeritus. Evan Mitchell is currently Music Director. 

Kingston Symphony Orchestra 

The Kingston Symphony is a professional orchestra made up of approximately 45 musicians who are actively engaged, not only in performing with the Kingston Symphony, but also in teaching privately, at Queen's University, Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College, and in elementary and high schools throughout our region. 


If you are interested in auditioning for the orchestra, please contact the Kingston Symphony Association office at 613-546-9729 or For a listing of our musicians, click here

Kingston Choral Society

The Kingston Choral Society is a mixed-voice SATB choir who rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings. New members are always welcome. Auditions are held in the spring and early fall of each year. For more information about the Kingston Choral Society, please visit

Kingston Youth Orchestra, Youth Strings, and A-Strings

The Kingston Youth Orchestra is made up of high school-aged musicians who seek a challenge, who are developing their ensemble skills, and possibly considering a career in music. The Kingston Youth Strings is a feeder ensemble for the string section of the Kingston Youth Orchestra and consists of musicians who are keen to develop their performing skills. The Kingston A-Strings is an introductory ensemble for young string musicians. All three groups benefit from professional leadership and from a range of performing opportunities throughout the season. 

Auditions are held in September. If you are interested in auditioning or would like more information, please contact the Kingston Symphony Association office at 613-546-9729 or

Kingston Community Strings

The Kingston Community Strings is a 50-member amateur string orchestra. Membership in the ensemble is available without audition to players at any level of development. This group plays a variety of string orchestral repertoire and performs concerts at various functions throughout the community. New members are always welcome. 


For more information, please click here or contact the Kingston Symphony Association office at 613-546-9729 or

Kingston Symphony Association Volunteer Committee

The Volunteer Committee of the Kingston Symphony Association is a dynamic group of approximately 200 people dedicated to the support of the Kingston Symphony Association and to music education in the community. The support of Kingston Symphony Association Volunteer Committee and its members, who organize various events throughout the year, is invaluable to the Kingston Symphony Association. 


For more information about joining the Volunteer Committee or about any of the events they hold, please contact the Kingston Symphony Association office at 613-546-9729 or  To download a copy of their membership brochure, please click here

Board of Directors 

Charles Simonds, President

Luca Andolfatto, Vice President

Harold Redekopp, Past President

Dan Kasaboski, Treasurer

Stanley Sadinsky, Secretary

Roz Bechtel

Peter Froud

Samuel Ludwin

Crawford MacIntyre

Robert Tchegus

Margaret Walker

Ross Cameron, Kingston Choral Society President

Linda Craig, Kingston Youth Orchestra, Youth Strings, and A-Strings Manager

Katie Legere, Orchestra Committee Chair

David Notman, Kingston Symphony Association Volunteer Committee President

Jennifer Tindale, Kingston Community Strings Manager  

Staff Listing

Andrea Haughton, General Manager Contact

Leslie O'Sullivan, Office Administrator Contact

Cody Chretien, Development Coordinator Contact

Linda Craig, Personnel Manager Contact

David Smith, Production Manager Contact

Kathi Toth-Switzer, LibrarianContact