In Memoriam

The Orchestra dedicates the Spring Concert 2023 to the memory of its founding Music Director, Maestro William “Bill” Phillips.

Bill Phillips

Maestro Phillips passed away on February 17, 2023 at the age of 85 at his home in Plattsburgh, NY with his family by his side. A trumpeter, conductor, and composer, Bill’s contributions to musical life around Toronto, across Canada and beyond are bountiful. The HHO is fortunate to be one among them, founded under Bill’s baton almost half a century ago, and still going strong. The Orchestra continues to provide challenging and enriching opportunities for musical fellowship and performance among University of Toronto students, alumni and community members.

Rest in peace Maestro. We are eternally grateful. 

Globe & Mail: “Trumpet player Bill Phillips was a fierce advocate for the arts”


Concert Programs

Spring 1981

Fall 1981