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

Young Artists Competition


Bassoonist Jayyne Kao, YAC Junior Winner

Posted on August 26th, by Peter Macdonald in Community, Soloist, Written Articles. No Comments

Bassoonist Jayyne Kao is co-winner in the Junior category of our 2013 Young Artists Competition. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Jayyne was accepted into the Taipei Municipal Dun-Hua Primary School’s Program for Gifted Young Musicians at the age of eight. She majored in piano and later chose bassoon as her primary instrument.

Jayyne started competing extensively as a pianist at age six. In 2007, Jayyne moved to Calgary with her family and in 2009 she joined the Music Academy for Gifted Youth at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. She was a laureate of the 27th Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and had the privilege to perform with the orchestra as a soloist. She also had the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra. Early in 2012, she represented the K-W region to compete in the Ontario Music Festival … Read More »



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 »






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...