Chamber Strings

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Hart House Chamber Strings

Hart House Chamber Strings is a student-run ensemble at Hart House, University of Toronto. Conducted by Keith Reid, Chamber Strings performs three concerts each year—fall, spring and a pops concert in the winter.

Hart House Chamber Strings is a student-run music ensemble that is made up of students and alumni from various programs and departments at the University of Toronto who all share a love for music. We currently have about forty members, more than most chamber groups, which enables us to occasionally divert from the realm of “standard” chamber music and take on an eclectic repertoire.

Current U of T students and Hart House alumni members may join Hart House Chamber Strings. During the course of the year rehearsals take place on Monday nights from 7:30–10 pm. As this is a non-audition ensemble, there is an annual open rehearsal in mid-September, where interested players are welcome to come out with their instrument.

If you missed the open rehearsals but would still like to join the group, please contact us at For more information, please visit us on out website,

Our Musical Director

Keith Reid is very active as a conductor and educator in Toronto. He has a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Toronto and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Victor Feldbrill National Graduate Fellowship in Orchestral Conducting.

As a conductor, Keith has led ensembles comprised of members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted at the University of Toronto’s Walter Hall and MacMillan Theatre, and also at Massey Hall.

Currently, Keith is the conductor of the Hart House Chamber Strings and is the Artistic Director of the Festival Wind Orchestra. Previously, he was Music Director of the Hart House Symphonic Band and the Hart House Summer Orchestra. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Cambridge Community Orchestra, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, and Conductor of the Settlement Singers chamber choir at the University Settlement Music and Arts School.

Keith has also been active as a music director, conductor, and performer for many musical theatre productions including How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Once On This Island, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and A Chorus Line. With No Strings Theatre he has been an Associate Music Director in charge of the Orchestra Training program for Sweeney Todd, Curtains, and Anne of Green Gables.

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