Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra Association Files for Bankruptcy

By Francisco Salazar

The KitchenerWaterloo Symphony Orchestra Association has filed for rankruptcy.

The news comes days after it had announced it was canceling its 2023-24 season.

In a statement, Rachel Smith-Spencer, Chair of the Board of Directors said “We are absolutely devastated about this outcome. In the last three days, we have appealed to all of our major stakeholders and have exhausted all available avenues to secure the $2M required immediately to continue operations.”

As a result of this Musicians of the Symphony have organized a GoFundMe page and the use of those funds will be made by the musicians.

You can donate here.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded in 1945, while the Youth Orchestra was formed in 1966. The symphony has toured across Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. It has also seen such recognized conductor as Yannick Nezet-Seguin lead the orchestra. The conductor recently released a statement noting, “I am heartbroken for the musicians of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. The sudden loss of one of Canada’s finest orchestras leaves a deep hole in what was once a vibrant cultural center. I know and have worked with this orchestra as a guest conductor and they are a treasure to Canada’s musical life. Sending the KWSO musicians strength as they deal with the reality that lies ahead. Music matters. Orchestras Matter. Please rally these great musicians to save this jewel of Canada.”