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

Board of Directors

Symphony on the Bay is operated by the Greater Hamilton Symphony Association, a registered Canadian charity. The volunteer Board of Directors meets five times a year and is comprised of a good cross-section of professionals from the business, education, and social services sectors, as well as musicians from the orchestra and community.

Gerry Callaghan

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Gerry Callaghan – Acting President

Gerry Callaghan is a Manager of Commercial Services for Bank of Montreal and has more than 25 years experience in the financial services industry and Contact Centre Management. She has an Honours BA in History and French Language with a minor in Spanish Language from McMaster University.

Blessed to come from a family that always found a few extra dollars to expose their children to theater and music, she had an early start to appreciating what groups like Symphony on the Bay offer our community. In pursuit of her education she was further exposed to the arts in Northern Quebec with two summers at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi where she learned about French Canadian folklore and and improvisation.

During a year of studying in France and half a year in Spain Gerry got the opportunity to stage manage school productions, participate in improvisation groups and seek out amazing local music experiences including a chamber group in a 17th century French church.

Thanks to a chance meeting with fellow Board Member, Andrea Battista, she is grateful for the opportunity to continue her artistic adventure.


Jordan Stopciati

Jordan Stopciati – Treasurer

Jordan Stopciati is a Chartered Professional Accountant with five years of accounting experience, much of it in the not-for-profit sector. Before relocating to the Burlington area, he grew up and attended school in Sudbury, where he obtained Bachelor of Science and Honours Bachelor of Commerce degrees at Laurentian University. His most recent position was with a regional accounting firm in Kingston. He obtained his CPA designation after passing the final examination with National Honour Roll status.

In addition to his accounting expertise, Jordan also brings over a dozen years of experience as an RCM-trained piano player. He has performed at churches, weddings and other special events, in addition to other experience as a concert band, jazz and improvisation performer. He is excited to join the Board of Symphony on the Bay and contribute to the vibrant Burlington arts community.


Nancy Fadayel

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Nancy Fadayel – Assistant Treasurer

Nancy Fadayel is an independent bookkeeper with over 10 years of experience in various industries. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at York University in Toronto. Born and raised in a bilingual home in Jerusalem, she is fluent in Greek and Arabic. Her interest in classical music was sparked a few years ago after her aunt suggested she google a prominent Greek composer. Nancy is humbled and honoured to work alongside the other board members of the Symphony on the Bay.


Ed Keenleyside

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Ed Keenleyside – Secretary

Ed Keenleyside is retired after 25 years as a high school history teacher, 11 years with the City of Burlington ending up as a Supervisor in the Transportation Department, and 14 years as an electrician. He earned a “ten-year” BA in Political Science from McMaster University the hard way. Born in Hamilton, Ed moved to Aldershot in 1955 before it was part of the growing City of Burlington. He has had a life-long love affair with music ever since he witnessed his grade nine music teacher play two trumpets at once. He recognizes how important a vibrant musical program is to any city. In spite of a lack of musical talents, he has promoted large and small, professional and community orchestras for many years.

Burlington has been named one of the top places to live in Canada, and that is in part because of the dedication of The Symphony on the Bay in providing an exciting, interesting and varied repertoire of music. We are indeed fortunate that it has adopted Burlington as its home. Ed looks forward to working with the enthusiastic SOTB Board in order that an ever-widening audience can enjoy the Symphony’s music.


Patrick Copeland

Patrick Copeland – Director

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David Gerry

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David Gerry – Director

Flutist David Gerry maintains a busy schedule as a teacher, performer and clinician. David has a PhD in music cognition from the School of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University where he works with Dr. Laurel Trainor. He holds an MMus and BMus.Perf. from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, which also awarded him the gold medal in flute. David is also a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan, where he studied with Shinichi Suzuki and Toshio Takahashi. He is currently assistant professor of music education at the School of the Arts, McMaster University.

Recent appearances have included lecturing, playing and teaching in New Zealand, Alaska and Japan. David is also on the faculty of the Great Lakes Flute Centre. For many years he was the music specialist at Trail Ridge Montessori School in Grimsby, Ontario. He is a Registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association. With Dr. Laurel Trainor, David is the recipient of a 2008 award from the Grammy Foundation for excellence in the scientific study of music.


Milan Sanander

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Milan Sanander – Director

Milan is a retired science teacher, university instructor and long-time member of the SOTB bass section.  Milan brings to SOTB several years of experience working on the board of a major educational non-profit organization.   In addition to playing in the orchestra, Milan is actively involved in his church choir and a Serbian folk music band.  When he is not “gigging” Milan enjoys travel and golf.

Milan is honoured to be a member of such a dedicated board of directors and looks forward to using his creative energies to grow the presence of Symphony on the Bay in our community.


Currently we are looking for dynamic people to serve on the board. If you have expertise and are active in the financial sector, or have a strong marketing or fundraising background, please send an email to info@symphonyonthebay.ca. You may find more information in the Press Release.



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!

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