The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has been active in Mississauga since 1972. It has been a resident tenant inside the Living Arts Centre since 1997. The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has grown significantly in both membership and profile, and is now proudly designated as one of Mississauga's six pillar institutions of arts, culture, and heritage.
Under the direction of Maestro Denis Mastromonaco since 2013, the orchestra continues to offer entertaining and increasingly sophisticated programs from classical and popular repertoires of symphonic music performed to the highest artistic standards. With the inclusion of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2013, the organization has become the centre of classical music in Mississauga, built around the pillars of music education, performance and entertainment.
The MSO continues to serve its original mandate to provide performance opportunities and personal development to talented amateurs while combining the strands of excellence and education through solo performance opportunities, commissions and mentoring.
The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to present its eighth season under the direction of Maestro Denis Mastromonaco.
Her Worship Mayor Bonnie Crombie
J. Anne Milochik, President
Cathy Easton, Treasurer
Marie Carnihan, Secretary, Chair Players Committee
George Brant, Lawyer
Paul Eck, Fundraising Advisor
Pieter Kool, Rotarian
Timothy Whitehead, Community Relations
Trishia Kluge, Book Sale Chair
Teresa Lam, MSYO Chair
Cllr. Chris Fonseca
Denis Mastromonaco, Music Director & Conductor
Eileen Keown, Executive Director
Ryan Tobin, Director of Marketing & Outreach
Jennifer Tung, Assistant Conductor
Claudine LaRochelle, Director of Fundraising & Development
Susan Grohmann, Administrator & Coordinator - MSYO
Orchestras Mississauga, which includes the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO), is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors have been drawn from the local community, and from the orchestra. The Music Director, Executive Director, and paid professional musicians sit Ex Officio. Both the Music Director and the Executive Director also sit on the Executive Committee. Both report directly to the Board at large. The Board also includes appointed representation from Mississauga City Council.
Carol Ann Savage *
Karen Rotenberg *
Colin Savage *
Ondrej Golias *
James MacDonald *
Sam Cancellara *
Bill Beecroft *
Kevin Anderson *
Jin Sul Doh
Corey Gemmell CM
Peggy Hills *
Yong Mei Jiang
Yun Kyo Kim
Jonathan Craig *
Jin Sul Doh
Mary-Katherine Finch *
Natalie Kemerer *
With a combination of community musicians and professional section leaders, the MSO has earned a reputation as the best hybrid orchestra in Canada.
The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to enter its eighth season under the direction of Maestro Denis Mastromonaco. Mastromonaco brings with him over 20 years of experience in conducting and teaching both symphonic and operatic groups. He has worked with orchestras nationally and internationally including New York’s Orchard Park Orchestra, Czech Republic’s West Bohemian National Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Maestro Mastromonaco went on to obtain a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of New York, attaining summa cum laude honours. With extensive international training, he also holds diplomas in conducting from the Wiener Konservatorium, the Salzburg Mozarteum and from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. His work with distinguished conductors and orchestras include Salvador mas Conde, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Hans Zender, Lothar Zagrosek, Vancouver Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Windsor Symphony and the Vidin State Philharmonic.
As an advocate for music in the community, Maestro Mastromonaco has been Music Director for numerous ensembles and has taught, adjudicated and served as clinician for schools, arts festivals and competitions all while promoting the importance of music in local communities. Mastromonaco has been the recipient of prestigious awards including the Emme Contestabile Prize in Orchestral Conducting from Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the City of Vaughan 2005 Outstanding Citizen Award and in 2013 the Ontario Service Medal for contribution to the arts.
Currently the Executive Director of Orchestras Mississauga, Eileen Keown has a wide range of experience in the music profession. Ms Keown is the former General Manager and a performing member of the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga. She has been an administrator at Mount Royal University, Dean of the Royal Conservatory of Music Community Schools, General Manager of the Kiwanis Music Festival, Executive Director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Executive Director of the Oakville Children’s Choir. Ms. Keown is a senior examiner in piano for RCM examinations in Canada and the US, and is active as a teacher, clinician, adjudicator and performer. In 2015, Eileen was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for community service by the Rotary Clubs of Mississauga. Ms Keown received her musical training at the University of Alberta, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as a completed artist residency at the Banff Centre.
Anne Milochik is a 30-year resident of Mississauga who strongly believes that Mississauga, a city with nearly 1 million residents, deserves a high quality symphony orchestra, and welcomes the orchestra’s designation as one of the Six Pillars of Arts, Culture and Heritage, as conferred by the City’s Culture Division. Anne is delighted to see the evolution in the quality of the MSO over the years, especially under the direction of Maestro Mastromonaco. Anne sees the establishment of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra as a positive influence to provide music education and training to the next generation of musicians with a goal of sustaining the symphonic art form in Mississauga.
A longtime subscriber to multiple renowned arts organizations in the GTA, Anne’s primary source of entertainment and extra-curricular interest has been music, including continuing as an adult piano student.
A pharmacist by training and a professional project manager by trade, Anne Milochik has been a member of several committees and boards of professional organizations throughout her career, including: the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (Education Committee), the Medical Information Group of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada (founding President), and the Project Management Institute (Pharmaceutical Special Interest Group; Lakeshore Chapter, Director of Programs; Southern Ontario Chapter, Marketing Committee, Nominations Committee).
Anne’s enthusiasm to promote awareness of the MSO in the community, to build the base of individual and corporate donors, and to grow interest in classical music with youth of various backgrounds, is a most welcome benefit to the board of directors.