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

Volunteer Opportunities

“Friends of Symphony on the Bay”

A Community Based approach to supporting the Symphony

Symphony on the Bay is looking for volunteers to help us be the most successful Hamilton-Burlington Community Orchestra we can.  We are seeking help in many different areas (as listed below) or you can tell us your strengths and we will use those to create a task or project.  This group would meet several times throughout the season to turn its collective power into a wall of support for the orchestra.  If you would like to be involved, please contact Aaron Hutchinson, Manager of Orchestra Operations, at

Some of the areas in which you might like to help are:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Clerical work, graphic design
  • Community outreach – e.g. Promoting our orchestra in the community, mini-concert organization, children’s programming
  • Fundraising events like bake sales, silent auctions, galas; we will NOT ask you to solicit funds or do any sort of Corporate Fundraising
  • VIP reception organization, catering
  • Youth and the Symphony (a focus on getting youth connected to our orchestra)
  • Assisting the music librarian and the equipment manager
  • Consulting with the Board on special projects where you have expertise
  • Organizing special events to coincide with our concerts

Please note that high school students can volunteer as part of their 40 hour community service hours requirement for graduation


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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