About the Orchestra

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) was founded in 1979 by conductor Paul Niemisto as a program of the Northfield Arts Guild. CVRO is a diverse group of volunteer musicians performing symphonic music, drawn together by our love of rehearsing and performing this fine repertoire. Anyone with talent, experience, and motivation is welcome to join us, from exceptional twelve-year-olds to octogenarians. 

Mission: The CVRO was founded to help create and promote orchestral music culture in the Cannon Valley communities of Southeast Minnesota.

Upcoming Concerts

“40th Anniversary Concert”

November 6 and 7

Saturday, November 6, 3:00 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West, Northfield, MN

Sunday, November 7, 3:00 pm
Cathedral- Our Merciful Savior, 515 2nd Avenue NW, Faribault MN


– The Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein
– Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
– Minnesota Suite, a specially commissioned premiere by Reinaldo Moya
– Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius with Francesca Anderegg, soloist

The final, celebratory concert of CVRO’s 40th anniversary season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 40th Anniversary Celebration concert honoring CVRO’s incredible legacy is planned to feature the Candide Overture by Leonard Bernstein and the Sibelius Violin Concerto featuring soloist Francesca Anderegg as well as a specially commissioned premiere by Northfield composer Reinaldo Moya called Minnesota Suite, made possible by a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.

ADULT $15.00
SENIOR $10.00
STUDENT $10.00

Tickets at the door are cash or check only and can be purchased by credit card online or at the Northfield Arts Guild ahead of time. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

2020-21 CVRO Season Sponsor