Community-based orchestra consisting of professional and highly skilled amateur players from the Hamilton and Burlington areas.

Support Symphony On The Bay

If you love music, especially symphonic  music, and you love the arts scene and are passionate about supporting it, please consider joining Symphony on the Bay as a supporter through your personal donations. Symphony on the Bay is the only community volunteer symphony orchestra serving Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford and surrounding area. It doesn’t matter how big or small your donation, you can make a huge difference and help us keep playing our beautiful music.

If you have the gift of time, we would welcome you as a volunteer to help with our many special events.   Regardless of your age or experience, if you want to be involved, we would love to talk to you. Please contact us, we would be happy to connect you to our wonderful world of music.

You can make a donation or set up a recurring donation using the form on the right sidebar, and we will issue you a tax receipt at the end of the calendar year. Or you can use the button below to donate through Canada Helps and receive a tax receipt immediately by e-mail.

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Symphony on the Bay

Symphony on the Bay is a community-based symphony orchestra serving Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas. We began in 1973 as the McMaster Symphony Orchestra, left the university to become Symphony Hamilton in 1988, and rebranded as Symphony on the Bay in 2011 to reflect our role in the wider Hamilton-Burlington community. We made our new home in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2011. Maestro Claudio Vena was appointed Conductor and Music Director in December 2015, succeeding Maestro James R. McKay who was our Conductor and Music Director for 19 years and now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus. Our orchestra, comprised of students, highly skilled amateurs and a core of professional players, is looking forward to this new chapter in the life of Symphony on the Bay. We hope you will be part of this new chapter!

Trio Blundell — 2016 YAC Junior Winners

Trumpeters Matisse, Aled, and Maslin Blundell started playing trumpet when they were 7, 6, and 5 respectively, and have been playing together ever since!...

Joanna Gorska — 2016 YAC Senior Winner

Joanna Gorska is a graduate of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and a current student of The University of...

Hannah Corbett — 2016 YAC Junior Runner-Up

Hannah Corbett is a 16 year old violinist from Maple, Ontario. She is the recipient of the Mercier-Hantho scholarship at the Phil and Eli...