Orillia Vocal Ensemble

Who We Are

The Orillia Vocal Ensemble is a full voice (SATB) community choir that raises money for local charities through its concerts. In the last fifteen years, the ensemble has raised more than $175,000. Some of our charities are the Mariposa Hospice, Orillia Community Foundation, Jubilee House, the Sharing Place food bank, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Hillcrest Lodge, Greenhaven Women's Shelter, and Information Orillia. We also sing at retirement homes at Christmas, and we participate in concerts with other Orillia performing arts groups all year round.

What's New?

The OVE is a guest at the Orillia Silver Band Concert
on behalf of the Green Haven Shelter for Women
on Sunday March 24th at 2pm at St. Paul's Centre




2024 The OVE Spring Concert
on behalf of the Barrie-Orillia Quota Club
on May 22nd, at 7:30pm at St. Paul's Centre



Memory Lane...

Christmas Programs!

December 2, 2023 at 7:30pm at St. Paul's CentreEvening Poster - OCB+OVE

with the Orillia Concert Band - see the poster!

See the Calendar for details


OVE Christmas Concert on December 16th at 2pm at St. Paul's Centre.Poster for Christmas Prelude

"The Wonder of Christmas in Script and Song" - A concert of Christmas Music with the Orillia Children's Choir

Stay Tuned for details..














2023 Fall Term - Orillia Culture Days on Sept 23 at 11:00 amFall Season - Culture Days


Our new 2023 fall term will begin with an appearance at "Culture Days" at the Downtown Orillia Farmers Market.  

Click or Tap on the poster image to get a printable version. 



For more information about this term or about the choir in general, please contact Carol at info@orilliavocalensemble.com 

2023 Winter Term - Concert May 17th at 7:30pm

The Concert was entitled "Let Your Imagination Soar! - Songs of Hope, Vision, and Aspiration". Presenting Guest performers "The Orillia Community Children's Choir", Julia Johnston Director and "The Orillia Recorder Consort."

                                                                                     May 17 Concert


Christmas Concert 2022

Saturday Dec 3 @ 7:30pm
Christmas Concert with the Orillia Concert Band


Tickets available at the door for $15Orillia Concert Band Christmas Prelude                   

Fall Concert 2022

Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30pm

"Song for the Land"


A Freewill Concert in support of the Couchiching Conservancy

Admission is by Freewill Donation

Song for the Land


First post-COVID concert held on May 25th, 2022

Here's to SongOur first post-COVID19 concert took place on Wednesday, May 25.  Entitled "Here's to Song, Here's to Freedom, Here's to Home", it celebrated several things.  Firstly, it was a celebration of Roy Menagh's retirement from the OVE after 10 years as its founder and first musical director, albeit two years after the actual event.  Secondly, it was a farewell to Mary-Jo Rosenquist who had been our splendid accompanist for several years, and who had decided to move away from Orillia.  And thirdly it was a welcome to Blair Bailey as our new musical director and to our new accompanist, Katie Pergau.

Donations by the audience were donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal in recognition of the human suffering caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Accordingly, various pieces were chosen to reflect the emotions generated by that conflict, including the Ukrainian national anthem and A Ukrainian Prayer.  A cheque for the $7,210 in proceeds was presented to a representative of the Red Cross.

Some of Roy's favorite pieces were included in the programme, and Roy himself conducted three of them accompanied by Mary-Jo.  Soloists included a guest performer, Anna Trubashnik, and several of the OVE's own members.

Overall, a very successful and memorable event after the strictures of the past two years, despite the fact that the choir wore masks throughout and still managed to entertain superbly.

Cheque for Red Cross

June 17, 2022

On November 24, 2021
Blair Bailey awarded
the 2021 Qennefer Browne Achievement Award 
by ORAH (Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage)

2021 ORAH Awards


Qennefer Browne Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of their community. It was named in honour of Qennefer Browne, who gave much of herself to support both arts and heritage organizations within the region.

On November 24, 2021, the community came together in-person and virtually for the third annual Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage (ORAH) Awards, to celebrate the achievements of the sector and honour this year’s nominees. 

The OVE congratulates Blair for his achievement!




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Our Sponsors and Donors...

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Thor Motors


Individual Donors:

Friends of the OVE:
Kathleen Andrews
Doug & Barb Christie

Jim Ferry
Fred & Lois Larsen

Julie Parna & Clive Algie

Joanna Pesaro

Gareth & Maureen Thomas
Bruce & Susan Waite

Music Sponsors:
Brian Adams
Kathleen Andrews 
Blair Bailey
Carol Benedetti
Heather & Chris Decker  
Irene Green
Nancy Harris
Mike & Jackie Heptinstall
Fred & Lois Larsen 

Richard McDonald
Mary-Jo Rosenquist
Margrethe & David Ruddock
Mel Sojak
Anne South
Liz Stenson

Concert Sponsors:

Thor Motors (2023-2024)

Adam Chambers, MP (2022-2023)

Manticore Books (2022-2023)

Julie Parna & Clive Algie (2021-2022)

Brian Adams (2019-2020)
Julie Parna & Clive Algie (2019-2020)
Kathleen Andrews (2019-2020


Roger Andrews Memorial Scholarship:
Kathleen Andrews