About Us

The North Shore Chamber Orchestra (NSCO) is a community string orchestra, part of the North Shore Chamber Music Society, based in North Vancouver, BC.  We are a non-profit organization formed in the early 1970s, and currently have about 30 members. All intermediate to advanced string players of all ages are welcome (no auditions) to join us in the joy of ensemble playing!

Apart from providing music making opportunities to amateur musicians in the community, we perform publicly each year, and are especially honored to provide seniors and those in care facilities with enjoyable entertainment. Additionally, the NSCO is a great avenue for young soloists to share their talent, having accompanied various rising stars in the past as part of our concert series. Our own members are often featured in concerts as soloists, and are encouraged to do so.

Last but not least, our present director of music is Henry Shapard, who holds principal cello in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Henry brings a tremendous level of passion and world-class expertise to the NSCO, as well as a great sense of humor!

NSCO rehearsals are a joyous experience, and we heartily invite you to find our for yourself! If you’re not a musician, we hope to see you at one of our concerts.