OP Update: The Ontario Classical Music Network

Ontario Presents is an active network of members who are engaged both in their own unique projects and in Ontario Presents programs. As a network, we are focused on connecting and sharing information with each other, but we are not always aware of what our fellow members are up to. That’s why we’re launching the OP Update blog series, which will provide periodic check-ins with an OP member or program.

First up… the Ontario Classical Music Network (OCMN).

The OCMN began as an idea in 2007; in 2015, the Department of Canadian Heritage funded a series of meetings in Ottawa which enabled the organization of the network. The network was formed to facilitate information sharing and mutual support among volunteer presenters with a shared commitment to bringing high-quality classical music to their communities.

As stated in their mission, “The Ontario Classical Music Network exists to help each other survive and thrive in a respectful, caring and sharing environment.”

As well as keeping in touch via email, the OCMN holds frequent conference calls, which provide an opportunity for members to ask questions, air concerns, and share information freely.

OCMN Group Photo- Ottawa 2015

The OCMN currently includes:

  • Brockville Concert Association
  • Cornwall Concert Association
  • Haliburton Concert Series
  • Muskoka Concert Association
  • Orillia Concert Association
  • Port Hope Friends of Music
  • Sarnia Concert Association
  • Welland-Port Colborne Concert Association

All members are volunteer-run and deeply committed to supporting the presentation of classical music in Ontario.

In 2015, with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Presents began to provide digital marketing support to five members of the OCMN. This work, originally coordinated by Robyn Chan-Kent, has enhanced the member’s ticket sales through new social media, email marketing, and web-based ticketing solutions. 

OCMN Digital Marketing MeetingThe OCMN encourages anyone with an interest in presenting classical music to get in touch with them. The network is happy to support dedicated classical music groups, as well as anyone looking to present classical music, whether through a dedicated series, a one-off concert, or as part of a multi-disciplinary series.

New members and questions are warmly welcomed. Inquiries can be directed to Stan Passfield at stanpassfield@gmail.com.