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.

Students and highly-qualified amateurs, volunteer players of all ages and walks of life, work with a core of professional musicians under the leadership of Maestro Vena to learn challenging orchestral repertoire and perform concerts of beautiful music the whole community can enjoy.

Symphony on the Bay is considered one of the finest orchestras of its kind in Canada.

For more information, please contact info@symphonyonthebay.ca.

Claudio Vena

James R. McKay, Music Director Emeritus