History of Whitehorse Orchestra

Hungarian-born Anthony Szakacs-Cook played wind instruments in several professional orchestras in Melbourne, and was a well-known flute teacher.

The Whitehorse Youth Orchestra was founded by Tony in 1973/74, consisting of the music students of the then Whitehorse Technical College.

This orchestra expanded and subsequently allowed older, non-student members to join, and became the forerunner of the present Whitehorse Orchestra.

The orchestra welcomed as Conductor Gerald Keuneman in 1990, and he has been with the orchestra ever since. He has introduced innovative programming and helped the orchestra to grow in size and standard and perform many exciting concerts.

We were fortunate to have as Concert Master an eminent performer and teacher, Seung Young Chung, for many years, who made a considerable contribution to the orchestra. In 2011-12 he is carrying out a two-year teaching program in Mongolia.

Since 2011 we have had the privilege of working with Concert Master Philip Carrington. Philip has had many years of commitment to community music and large experience in string teaching, as well as being a professional orchestral leader. His contributions to all sections, and in particular the string section, have helped to raise the standard of performance significantly.

Our Musical Director and Conductor, Gerald Keuneman, has celebrated 25 years in charge of the Whitehorse Orchestra.

A commemorative album to celebrate this milestone was created by our resident artist Rosalind Kentwell and presented to Gerald at the April 2014 concert.

In April 2015 a very successful visit of the orchestra to China took place.

Concert Performance 10th April 2016 at Box Hill Town Hall