Smaller Ensembles

Several of our orchestra members also play in smaller groups in addition to the orchestra. These groups often play at weddings, church services, community dances and private parties and functions. If you are interested in having one of these groups perform at your event, contact the group's leader.

Pictou County String Quartet

The Pictou County String Quartet has been playing together since 1990, learning a wide repertoire for their own pleasure and that of audiences at gatherings large and small. They can often be heard at weddings and receptions in the Truro, New Glasgow and Antigonish area. For more information on the Pictou County String Quartet, please contact Doris Hiltz (752-3433) or Allister Fraser (752-0754).

Goin' for Baroque Ensemble

Pictou County Community Orchestra oboeist Marty Alpert, flutist Jennifer Carter and pianist Aaron Padolsky form this trio which plays music from mostly the baroque and classical repertoires. Often joined by special musical guests, they perform concerts and weddings. For more information on the Goin' For Baroque Ensemble, please contact Marty (

Antigonish Brass Quartet

The Antigonish Brass Quartet was founded in 2004 by the orchestra's French Horn player, Steven Holloway. He is joined by trumpeters Tammy Duggan and Andy Hirt with trombonist Fred Davison. They play arrangements from all musical periods, often borrowing from the choral repertoire. The quartet has appeared at university functions, in the Antigonish Town Gazebo, and at church services in Antigonish. For more information, contact Steve (

Good Times Orchestra

The Good Times Orchestra is a swing/dance band featuring nine instrumentalists and two vocalists. Three PCCO members also play in this group, which plays arrangements of jazz standards from Cole Porter, Glen Miller and Jerome Kern, as well as pop favourites from the Beatles and more recent tunes. Polkas, Dixieland jazz and waltzes are thrown in to insure everyone gets on their feet dancing. The group is available for wedding receptions, dinner dances, and private parties. For information on the Good Times Orchestra, contact the group's leader, Fred Davison (