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The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO)

RCO Program
The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO)

The Glenn Gould School’s Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO) is widely regarded as one of the best training orchestras in North America.

Part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, the RCO consists of instrumental students in the undergraduate and graduate programs of The Glenn Gould School.

Through the RBC Guest Conductor Program, four renowned conductors work with the RCO each season, allowing GGS students to gain experience through professional rehearsal and performance conditions. The week culminates in a Koerner Hall performance under the batons of such distinguished guest conductors as Tania Miller, Andrei Feher, Johannes Debus, and Gábor Takács-Nagy, who lead the RCO this season.

Livestream of the RCO concerts, sponsored by TELUS, make RCO performances accessible to international audiences.

Members of the RCO also accompany the GGS Spring Opera, presented in Koerner Hall and featuring GGS voice students.

Alumni of the RCO continue to join the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

Mariko Anraku, harp – Associate Principal Harp, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Benjamin Bowman, violin – Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
David Burns, percussion – Principal Timpani and Percussion, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Japan
Cecilia String Quartet – winners of the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition
Alasdair Eng, cello – Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Keith Hamm, viola – Principal Viola, Canadian Opera Company
Darren Hicks, bassoon – Associate Principal Bassoon, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Annabelle Meare, violin – The Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Vertavo String Quartet
Britton Riley, cello – Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Rolston String Quartet – winners of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition
St. Lawrence String Quartet – winners of 1992 Banff International String Quartet Competition
Sonia Sielaff, clarinet – E-flat and Sub-principal Clarinet, Royal Philharmonia Orchestra
Steven Woomert, trumpet – Associate Principal Trumpet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Afendi Yusuf, clarinet – Principal Clarinet, Cleveland Orchestra