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

Join the Orchestra

What do I need to join the orchestra?

  • You must play an orchestral instrument (Strings, woodwind, brass, percussion);
  • Have several years of experience playing;
  • Orchestral experience is preferred but not required.

Symphony on the Bay currently is looking for violin, viola, cello and double bass players. Rehearsals start on September 14 and the first concert is on October 30. Contact the Personnel Manager for details.

So I meet the above criteria. What’s next?

What is involved in the audition?

  • The audition is very informal;
  • It requires performing a piece of your choice;
  • The conductor will be looking for pitch, rhythm, musicality and ability to follow instruction.


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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