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

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Young Artists’ Competition

Symphony on the Bay announces the 2016 Young Artists’ Competition

Symphony on the Bay announces the 2016 Young Artists’ Competition

Symphony on the Bay is excited to announce its 2016 competition for Young Artists. The annual competition is part of the Symphony’s ongoing efforts to connect with and provide opportunities for young musicians in our community. The winners of the Young Artists’ Competition are invited to perform with the orchestra during the upcoming season. The competition is open to orchestral instruments (woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings), harp, piano, and voice. The 2016 competition will select two outstanding competitors, one junior and one senior, to perform as soloists with the orchestra in a special concert presentation in late March or early April 2017

Contestants must submit an application form and fee along with a recording of themselves playing the selected music with piano accompaniment. The finalists and their accompanists will be invited to perform before a panel of judges on Saturday, October 29, 2016, in Burlington, Ontario. The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30, 2016. Please see the Young Artists’ Competition page for more information.


Manager, Orchestra Operations

Symphony on the Bay seeks candidates for the position of Manager, Orchestra Operations

Symphony on the Bay seeks candidates for the position of Manager, Orchestra Operations, for the 2016/2017 Season 

Symphony on the Bay (SOTB) is currently in its 43nd season. The name of the orchestra reflects our connection to both the Hamilton and Burlington communities. SOTB is a community orchestra comprised of professional players, semi-professional and amateur players. We perform six concerts per year, mostly in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. This schedule includes a four-concert subscription series, a concerto concert featuring local young artists and a Canada Day concert at the Burlington waterfront.

SOTB is governed by a Board of Directors and led by our Music Director, Claudio Vena. The Manager, Orchestra Operations reports to the Board and, as such, may be required to attend Board meetings when appropriate. We also have a librarian, personnel manager, equipment manager and several volunteer committees. Please visit www.symphonyonthebay.ca for more details.

The successful candidate will demonstrate skill and experience in the following areas:

• Contract Negotiations. Includes negotiation of fees for venues and performing guest artists for approval by the Board of Directors.
• Sales and Marketing. Includes production of web marketing, media communications, concert press releases and coordination of interviews with local media. Promoting sales, receiving and processing ticket orders in cooperation with the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and accounting for both. Recommending sales promotions to meet concert sales targets.
• Communications. Developing and maintaining personal relationships with Symphony on the Bay member, donors, subscribers and supporters. Developing and growing relationships with key community patrons and advocates. Designing and managing community outreach programs.
• Administration. Production of programs and brochures, including coordinating with graphic designers and printers.

Key Attributes and skills:

• Enthusiasm for the Arts
• Able to work to tight deadlines
• Flexible – able to adapt to changing priorities and available outside core business hours for rehearsals and performances
• Attention to detail
• Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors

This is a contract position. The contract will run to coincide with the fiscal year of the Symphony ending July 31, 2017 with opportunity for annual renewal for subsequent years. Proposed start date to be August – negotiable at time of interview. Symphony on the Bay thanks all candidates for their application. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Qualified individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to SOTB’s director of development, Milan Sanader, at milan_sanader@outlook.com.

The deadline for applications is July 8, 2016.


Young Artists

Winners of the 2015 Young Artists Competition

Winners of the Symphony on the Bay 2015 Young Artists Competition Announced

Symphony on the Bay is pleased to announce the winners of our 2015 Young Artists Competion. Both winners will perform with the orchestra at our “Talent, Toys and Treats” concert at Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline Street, Burlington at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 6.

The junior winner is Sarah Ning, 13 years old, piano. She will be playing the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto #24, KV 491.

The senior winner is Marina Davis, 23 years old, mezzo soprano.  She will be singing Mozart’s aria “Alma grande e nobil core”, KV 578.


Claudio Vena

Claudio Vena appointed Conductor and Music Director

Claudio Vena appointed Conductor and Music Director of Symphony on the Bay

Symphony on the Bay is pleased to announce that Claudio Vena has been appointed Conductor and Music Director, effective December 2015, after an exhaustive search of highly-qualified candidates, following on his wonderful collaboration with Symphony on the Bay at our November 2014 and March 2015 concerts last season.


Board of Directors

Symphony on the Bay seeks applications for the Board of Directors

Symphony on the Bay seeks applications for the Board of Directors

Symphony on the Bay (SOTB) is currently in its 42nd season. The name of the orchestra reflects our connection to both the Hamilton and Burlington communities. SOTB is a community orchestra comprised of professional players, semi-professional and amateur players. We perform six concerts per year, mostly in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. This schedule includes a four-concert subscription series, a concerto concert featuring local young artists and a Canada Day concert at the Burlington waterfront.

Our growing and progressive Board of Directors has a few openings for additional members. We are particularly interested in individuals with the following skill sets or background:

  • Legal (not-for-profit experience preferred)
  • Marketing and social media skills
  • Fund-raising
  • Governance
  • Leadership and project management

If you have a passion for supporting the arts in your community, please consider joining our dynamic Board. All those interested may apply to symphonyonthebay@gmail.com.

 




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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