Orchestre de chambre de Montréal

An Orchestra of discovery whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of Montrealers, founded in 1974.

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Attention to detail . . . unusual warmth and spaciousness . . . impressive control . . . a wide range of nuance and expressive details -- these are comments one hears again and again about Wanda Kaluzny and the Orchestre de chambre de Montréal.

The OCM was founded in 1974 by Wanda Kaluzny. Kaluzny brings a wealth of experience to the Orchesra: she began her conducting career at the age of 11 when she assumed the position of organist and choir director at the Holy Cross Parish in Montreal, Canada. Nine years later, at the age of twenty, she founded the Orchestre de chambre de Montréal making her the youngest and only woman conductor of a professional orchestra in Canada. Under her leadership the OCM has earned a reputation for excellence and has achieved international recognition.

August, 2020

We need your support!

During this pandemic crisis, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra needs your support more than ever. We are a registered charity (119024404RR0001) and a charitable receipt will be issued for all donations.

You can make your donation in several ways:

  • Cheque: please send your cheque to the Montreal Chamber Orchestra’s office at: 5821 avenue de l’Esplanade, Montreal, QC H2T 3A2
  • Credit card: please call us at 514 871-1224 and we can process your donation by credit card
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The Orchestre de chambre de Montréal has a unique mission of DISCOVERY. The OCM’s goals are:

  • to make classical music accessible to everyone by providing a programming mix that combines well-known compositions with classical composers that are rarely played thereby ensuring that everyone in the OCM’s audience, be they neophytes or seasoned concert-goers, will leave the concert enriched by having discovered music that is new to them;
  • to seek out and spotlight new talent by introducing exciting young artists to its public. The OCM prides itself on its track record of discovering exciting new soloists who have gone on to achieve international recognition;
  • to enrich Canada’s contemporary musical tapestry by performing works by Canadian composers. The OCM has premiered over three dozen Canadian works, many of which were written for, and dedicated to, the OCM. to provide a programming mix that combines well-known compositions with classical composers that are rarely played thereby ensuring that everyone in the OCM’s audience, be they neophytes or seasoned concert-goers, will leave the concert enriched by having discovered music that is new to them.

And More

The OCM has toured in Asia and the U.S. and is featured in three CDs: a fusion jazz piece called Visions on the Justin Time label; a main-stream classical recording entitled Suites for Strings on the SNE label; and Cinématique, a CD of works by Canada’s Gemini award-winning composer, Jim McGrath. The OCM is currently working on a second CD of McGrath’s compositions. In 2003, the OCM was honoured to be the first Canadian orchestra to be featured in two PBS programmes produced by Vermont Public Television, one of which was the memorial concert Requiem for September 11th. The second was a half-hour programme featuring works by L. Hofmann, J.C. Bach and W.O. Forsyth.