Our Story

Rosedale Valley String Orchestra founded, in 2002 by Naomi Delafield is a Christian organization consisting of string students from across central Alberta, Canada. Many RVSO graduates have gone on to play in the Burman University Chamber Orchestra and several have chosen to pursue professional careers in music.

The orchestra is committed to making a difference with each note they play, not only in their local community, but also in the lives of children around the world. Thanks to local aid organization, 'A Better World Canada' directed by Eric Rajah, they have completed 10 years of fund-raising partnership to benefit orphans and mothers in Afghanistan and Africa, providing funds for schools, medical needs and food.

The orchestra enjoys collaborating with local youth choirs and orchestras, including the Central Alberta Home School Choir, Red Deer Youth and Community Orchestra, 'Ihana' youth choir and the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011 a small group from RVSO traveled to Kenya where they shared concerts and taught music in several communities.

The greatest success of RVSO to date has been in preparing young citizens to go out and make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Read this Red Deer Advocate article about RVSO

Photo by JERRY GERLING/Advocate staff
(for Lana's story)
Practice Makes Perfect - Under the guidance of Naomi Delafield the Rosedale Valley Strings Orchestra make their way though a rehearsal at Canadian Union College.

Meet our Director

Naomi Delafield, Concertmaster, 2006

Naomi Delafield

Naomi Delafield, a violinist, freelance performer, and conductor in Alberta, Canada, also maintains a private studio in Lacombe, Canada. She was a lecturer in music from 2005 to 2010 at Canadian University College, where she taught violin and viola, directed the university chamber orchestra, and coordinated chamber music activity. She serves as the concertmaster in the nearby Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, a position she first held beginning in 2004.

Born and raised in Australia, Delafield attended Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, in Maryland, where she completed a B.Mus. in 1998. From 1994 to 2001, she was concertmaster in and a soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse.  Following graduation from college she worked as her assistant and tour manager.

In her time with the NEYS, they toured throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, and the Middle East. She performed as a soloist with the group in concerts at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Cape Town City Hall in South Africa.

In 2001 she married David T. Delafield, a violist in the orchestra, and they moved to Canada when he accepted a teaching position in biology at CUC. In 2005 she completed a master's degree in violin performance at the University of Calgary and began teaching at CUC, where she organized a small chamber orchestra of seven. By the end of the group's second year, it had grown to include 27 members. The ensemble, which was recognized as an enhancement to the university music program, continued to increase in size until she resigned in 2010.

In 2002 she founded the Rosedale Valley String Orchestra, a group of young string students from Central Alberta, which she continues to conduct.  In addition to providing an orchestral experience for young string players, members of the group are committed to making a difference with each note they play, both in their local community and in the lives of children around the world.