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


Pianist Johann Derecho, YAC Junior Winner

Posted on August 22nd, by Peter Macdonald in Community, Soloist, Written Articles. No Comments

Pianist Johann Derecho is co-winner in the Junior category of our 2013 Young Artists Competition. Johann is a winner at provincial and national competitions. He graduated this year from Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton, where he enjoyed playing the piano as an accompanist for choirs and as a soloist for special occasions. He was also a trombonist for the school band. Johann also finds time to play piano as a volunteer for the elderly at local retirement residences.

At the age of five, his extraordinary gift in music became apparent as he could name notes and chords by ear after just a few sessions with his piano teacher. An examiner called him a prodigy at the age of seven. He learns music very quickly he needed only four weeks to learn a 16-minute concerto for last year’s national finals. His love for … Read More »

Leslie Kinton is soloist at our May 5 concert, “Music in the Movies”

Posted on October 10th, by ChrisC in Soloist, Written Articles. No Comments

On May 5, 2013, Leslie Kinton will join Symphony on the Bay for a performance of W.A. Mozart:’s Concerto for Piano No. 21, K.467, the Adagio of which is familiar to many as a theme from the 1967 movie Elvira Madigan.

Leslie Kinton was born in Toronto and studied the piano with Pierre Souvairan and Boris Berlin as well as composition with Samuel Dolin. He also studied the piano in New York City with Jeaneane Dowis and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. He has a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Schenkerian analysis; his dissertation was an exhaustive study of Dvořák’s Symphony # 7 with two of the world’s most renowned Schenkerian theorists, David Beach and Edward Laufer.

A well-known pedagogue, Leslie Kinton is a professor of piano performance at the University of Western Ontario.

From 1976 to the … Read More »

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...