Founded in 1997 by Norman Nelson, the full size semi-professional orchestra performed its first symphony concert in June 1998. With the subsequent introduction of the Chamber Players and the Philharmonic Chorus, the concert season has expanded to six programs (12 concerts) plus the ever-popular "Fling", an open air pops concert performed each summer. In addition, small ensembles perform regularly at community events and fund raisers.
As part of our commitment to support and encourage young musicians, the Sooke Philharmonic Society sponsors an annual Young Musicians Concerto Competition.
Each year, the week-long Chamber Music Workshop attracts musicians from Canada, the U.S. and Britain.
Since its inception, through the efforts of our Maestro and the support of many dedicated volunteers, the Sooke Philharmonic has grown to become the major musical presence it is today.