GST Orchestra

The Guitar Society of Toronto Orchestra is supported by a generous grant from
The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation

A message from the director:

After a very difficult year that obliged us to modify our plans in significant ways, the 2021-22 season of the GST-Orchestra will resume its activities with a renewed hope and optimism in sharing our love for music making. Guitarists of any level and age are welcome to join our ensemble with the aim of improving their performance abilities in a guitar-orchestra setting. Practical strategies for developing technical and musical proficiency will be addressed in our rehearsals through the cultivation of listening skills, coordination exercises, and communication tactics that will facilitate an integral approach to the selected repertoire. Furthermore, any interested member of the GST Orchestra will also have the opportunity to perform as a soloist in the Winter and Spring recitals.

I really hope that we can generate a meaningful experience working together and contribute to a positive impact in our community.

Who is the Guitar Orchestra for and when can I get started?

The orchestra is geared towards guitarists of all levels and we’re all set to begin again this Fall.

All rehearsals take place conveniently at St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe St., across from Roy Thomson Hall.  Enter through Simcoe St. door, take elevator to the second floor, room 207.  Accessible from the St. Andrew’s subway station.

Rehearsal dates below.

Participation is $200 for the year for both the Fall & Spring terms. To join the group simply email the director, Carmine Coccimiglio, at with your name, email address, mailing address, playing level, and teacher if applicable. Then make your registration payment here. Payment is made through Canada Helps.   Payment can also be made in cash or by cheque at the first rehearsal.

For all other inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Important Information

Orchestra Director:  Carmine Coccimiglio – email
Rehearsal location:  St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe St. map
Rehearsals:  A total of 16 two-hour rehearsals, plus two recitals and a performance at the Toronto Guitar Weekend. Time: All rehearsals at 2 – 4 pm

  • September 12, 2021
  • September 26
  • October 3
  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 14
  • November 21
  • December 5
  • Christmas Concert: TBA
  • January 9, 2022
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • April 17
  • Participation in the Toronto Guitar Weekend (April 29 – May 1): TBD
  • Spring Concert: TBA

About Director Carmine Coccimiglio


Carmine Coccimiglio was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada.  He graduated with honours from the University of Toronto in 2018 during which he studied music education and was taught by Rob Macdonald.  While under scholarship, Carmine has recently completed his Master’s in performance studying under Dr. Jeffrey McFadden.  He is currently funded by the University of Toronto and continuing to complete his DMA under Dr. Jeffrey McFadden’s guidance.  Throughout his studies, Carmine has performed in various competitions including the Shield Competition, and Kiwanis Music Festival Provincial competition and has performed in masterclasses held by Lucas Harris and Jorge Caballero.  He is currently a teaching assistant for the Guitar-Flute Masterclass at the Faculty of Music.