Symphony on the Bay depends on the following group of gifted and devoted individuals to look after the musical direction and the day-to-day operations of this organization.

Music Director Position Open

Position Open

Conductor and Music Director

We are delighted to introduce the following candidates for the position of Music Director. Please join us for each of their concerts and tell us who you would like to hear more of!

Liz Delaney

Liz Delaney

Manager Orchestra Operations

Liz Delaney has worked in the not-for-profit sector as a coordinator of volunteers and as a regional manager. She is also a professional editor and enjoys supporting the big picture with thoughtful attention to detail. As a musician, Liz has been involved in community orchestras and chamber groups most of her life. While she has flirted with the oboe, trombone, and cello, strings have always been her true passion (look for her in the viola section on concert day!). She is currently studying viola with renowned violin and viola player, Michael Schulte

Sheba Thibideau

Sheba Thibideau

Personnel Manager

Sheba Thibideau holds a B.Mus. in Bassoon Performance from The University of British Columbia and M.Mus. from the University of Toronto. She is active in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond as a freelance bassoon performer, instructor and clinician. 

Graham Young

Graham Young


Graham Young maintains an active schedule as a performer, volunteer and businessman. Completing a Bachelor of Music at McMaster University in 1974, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Victoria and earned a B.Ed. at the University of Western Ontario. Graham is the principal trumpet of Symphony on the Bay and the McMaster University Chamber Orchestra where he is also the personnel manager. He is the leader and founder of the Celebration Brass quintet and plays soprano cornet with the Weston Silver Band. He is also in demand as a soloist with choirs and churches in the Hamilton area.

James R. McKay

Our Music Director Emeritus

Prof. James R. McKay was appointed Music Director and Conductor in 1995. He retired at the beginning of the 2014-15 season and was granted the title of Music Director Emeritus in recognition of his 19 years in that position. Prof McKay maintains an active schedule as a bassoonist, conductor, acoustic researcher, university teacher and adjudicator. He appears on over a dozen commercial recordings with artists including James Campbell, Anton Kuerti and Steven Staryk, and with ensembles including the Festival of the Sound, the Amadeus Ensemble and the Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago. He is frequently featured as a soloist or conductor in broadcast concerts on the CBC and NPR networks and in many North American, Japanese and European music festivals. His book, The Bassoon Reed Manual, which details Lou Skinner’s theories and practice of bassoon reed making, was published by Indiana University Press in 2000.

Formerly the Chair of the Department of Music Performance Studies in the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario and Director of the Reverberation and Acoustics in Performance Laboratory, a part of the National Centre for Audiology at Western, he carries out research on room acoustics with special attention to the perceptions and needs of musicians in relation to reverberation.