The following contains some 'legacy' blog information
for those interested in reading about the orchestras historic activities and recent past.
COVID-19 Virus Statement
Submitted by bill.duncan on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:18
We want to be pro-active to ensure that no one in our orchestra, their family members, friends and indeed our audiences are put at any risk of infection. Like many community based arts groups, we have taken the view that we will monitor how the virus progresses and to embrace 'social distancing' as a guiding principle. We will continue to look at the latest government heath advice and review the position on a regular basis.
It is important to have reliable information. The BC Centre for Disease Control has excellent up-to-date resources (updated daily) on matters such as Current Data, Symptoms, Testing, Self-isolation, Travel , Pets, Childcare and School, Event planning etc.
Similarly the latest Federal Government information is a useful and reliable source of information and can be found at
We very much wish all our members, supporters and collaborators good health and we look forward to making music with you.
WRCO featured in Peace Arch News
Submitted by bill.duncan on Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:30
WRCO featured in Peace Arch News: Thank you, Alex Browne! https://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20191129021749521/29
Submitted by bill.duncan on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 10:15
The South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce have selected White Rock Community Orchestra as a nominee for the prestigious Business Excellence Awards in the category of: Supporter of the Arts Business of the Year. This is only the second year that the awards have been opened to non Chamber members because The Chamber want the event to be a celebration of the diverse and growing business community in which we live. There has been so much enthusiasm and support for the awards that they were overwhelmed with responses.
Of all the entries received, a committee shortlisted White Rock Community Orchestra. The top 3 nominees will be selected, from which the award recipient will be chosen. The award recipient will be announced at the 21st Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala the evening of Wednesday, February 12, 2019 at the Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club.
2nd Pub Night scheduled for October 29th
Submitted by bill.duncan on Thu, 10/03/2019 - 12:01
Join us for a fun night out for a fundraiser to support WRCO. Entry fee of $20 will cover a Beef Burger or Vegetarian Burger with fries plus one beverage (basic hi-ball, Budweiser or soft drink; Wine $2 extra). The Pub Night will be held at the Village Pub, 12822 16th Ave, Ocean Park, South Surrey on October 29th from 6 - 9 PM. Come out and join the fun!
Read more about 2nd Pub Night scheduled for October 29th bill.duncan's blog
As part of Canadian Culture Days weekend (CULTUREDAYS.CA) , WRCO will participate in Peninsula Arts + Culture Alliance (PACA) “Creative Flow” event on September 29, at White Rock Community Centre, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Submitted by bill.duncan on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:27
As part of Canadian Culture Days weekend (CULTUREDAYS.CA) , WRCO will participate in Peninsula Arts + Culture Alliance (PACA) “Creative Flow” event on September 29, at White Rock Community Centre, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. For more information: https://pacawebsite.weebly.com Come visit our table, and enjoy the performances and displays of the local artistic talent in our community.
WRCO opens the new season on September 7. We are recruiting musicians now and would love to hear from you! We are a community group of all ages and abilities.
Submitted by bill.duncan on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:09
Alex Browne, Peace Arch News, has featured WRCO in the May 22 and May 17 editions. Click here to read!
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:51
Alex Browne, Peace Arch News Entertainment Editor has featured WRCO
in the May 22 and May 17 editions. Thank you Alex for your continued support of our orchestra!
Peace Arch News, May 17, 2019
Peace Arch News May 22, 2019
The Annual General Meeting was held February 16, 2019 after a rehearsal at Elks Club in White Rock, Congratulations to the new Board of officers and Directors.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:53
The Spring Season begins January 5. If you are interested in being part of the orchestra, please contact us through this website.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:00
The WRCO Holiday Concert sold out days before it began. Thank you to everyone who made this concert such a success. WRCO appreciates your support of our events.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:59
The WRCO Autumn Season began with a bang September 8 by welcoming 8 new musicians, and our long-time French horn musician, returning after leave of absence. If you play bassoon, tuba, violin, viola, we still have a spot for you.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:43
The Fiori Trio, representing White Rock Community Orchestra, will perform a Boccherini Trio at the Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance Celebrates Canada Culture Day, Sunday Sept 30th at 1PM at the White Rock Community Centre
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sun, 09/02/2018 - 14:38
On Violin I is Gillian Gjernes, A.R.C.T., Rita Buchy, Violin II and Concertmaster of White Rock Community Orchestra, and Dorle Eason, cellist with the Fraser Valley Symphony. Come and experience a beautiful musical selection.
White Rock Community Orchestra will have a table at this event providing information about the orchestra.
The Autumn Season begins September 8, at Masonic Hall, 15302 Pacific Avenue, White Rock. We have openings for musicians who play violin, viola, bassoon, clarinet, or French Horn. Please contact us through the website contact form for information
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sun, 07/29/2018 - 16:19
WRCO is in the Peace Arch News in the May 18 edition.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:48
Peace arch news, May 18 edition - thank you Peace Arch News for your continued support of the arts!
WRCO new Board of Directors were elected today at the Annual General Meeting. Please see “Our Orchestra, Board of Directors”. Many congratulations to the new Board!
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sat, 02/24/2018 - 20:42
The WRCO Annual General Meeting will be held February 24th after rehearsal. All current members are invited to attend.
Submitted by kevinklop_0 on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:39
First Rehearsal Saturday,January 6th, 9:30am at the Hall - Looking forward to seeing you all
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:01
Orchestra pays tribute to local composer Walter O’Keeffe at December 2 concert. Please click the link to see Peace Arch News article: Article by Alex Browne Peace Arch News, December 01, 2017:
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:15
Article by Alex Browne Peace Arch News, December 01, 2017: https://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20171201041925942/24
Our Music Director, Paula DeWit, presents performances of The Messiah with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra Click here for more information.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:44
Tickets available here: http://chilliwacksymphony.com/2017-2018-season/
Visit their website at http://chilliwacksymphony.com
Submitted by kevin.klop on Mon, 10/30/2017 - 06:43
Handel’s Messiah coming to White Rock Baptist Church on November 30. Early Music Vancouver mounts beloved yuletide tradition with Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and world-renown soloists.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 21:37
In recognition of fine music, Handel's Messiah is coming to White Rock November 30. Early Music Vancouver’s production of the traditional Christmas production will be held at White Rock Baptist Church.
For production and ticket information see: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/events/handels-messiah-white-rock/
For promotional video see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyJURQoy5sE
Peace Arch News features Conductor Paula De Wit’s nomination for Heinz Unger 2017 Award: Peace Arch News, October 06, 2017:
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 21:01
WRCO Conductor, Paula DeWit, has been nominated for the prestigious Canadian music award:
The 2017 Heinz Unger Award. We are very proud of her, and wish her success in achieving this award. See: http://www.arts.on.ca/awards/ontario-arts-council-awards/
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:58
The Autumn Seasoning opening welcomed new musicians on piano, cello, trumpet, and flute, and a challenging new program for our December 2 concert at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Hold on to your hats, this will be a great performance year!
Submitted by kevin.klop on Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:06
WRCO featured in Peace Arch News “This is The Life” special edition,
Submitted by kevin.klop on Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:37
We will perform May 6, and Semiahmoo Mall for a short concert.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:02
We are performing at the 60th Birthday Celebration of City of White Rock:
Submitted by kevin.klop on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 06:50
We welcome new members Marcie, playing oboe, Bill playing trumpet, and Reynhardt playing bass clarinet
Submitted by kevin.klop on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 06:49
Web site updates
Submitted by kevin.klop on Sun, 03/12/2017 - 19:10
Member page now uses the account name and password given out at the AGM. Board and AGM minutes added. Rehearsal and performance schedules updated on the member's page.
Annual General Meeting will be held February 25th after rehearsal
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:57
Welcome new musician Kevin on Tuba
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:57
First Executive meeting of 2017 was held January 28th
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:56
Thank you Alex Browne, Peace Arch News, for the fine article and photo in Dec. 9 edition
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 20:29
Christmas concert feature in the Peace Arch News
Submitted by kevin.klop on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 21:41
Online ticket ordering now available
Submitted by kevin.klop on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:30
You can now order tickets to our concerts through Brown Paper Bag. SImply click on this link to access our web ordering form.
WRCO Maestra DeWit featured in Peace Arch News, page 23, November 16.
Submitted by kevin.klop on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 05:35
Next Board Meeting is noon, October 29, White Rock Library
Submitted by kevin.klop on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 06:48
Welcome new musicians Suzanne on Viola and Jim on Violin
Submitted by kevinklop_0 on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 08:23
Welcome new members Sue and Thomas
Submitted by kevinklop_0 on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 14:59
Welcome new members: Sue, who plays cello, and Thomas, who plays alto saxophone.
Next Board Meeting
Submitted by kevinklop_0 on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 16:01
The next Board Meeting will be held on September 17, at the White Rock Library Meeting Room at 12:00 PM.
First rehearsal a success!
Submitted by kevinklop_0 on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 16:00
The first rehearsal of the year on September 10 yielded eight new members. A hearty welcome is offered to violinists Mirei and Jennifer; Greg on cello; Rose on Flute; percussionists Ann, Devin, and Nicholas; and Dani on alto saxophone.
WRCO Director in Peace Arch news
Submitted by kevinklop_0 on Fri, 08/26/2016 - 13:14
An article about our new conductor, Paula, appeared in this week's Peach Arch News
WRCO Board of Directors have approved hiring Paula DeWit as new Conductor/Music Director
Submitted by kevinklop_0 on Sat, 07/09/2016 - 15:06
June 4th concert offered a fond farewell to our conductor Stuart Martin
Submitted by kevin.klop on Tue, 06/14/2016 - 01:17