Symphony on the Bay becomes the Burlington Symphony Orchestra

The Board of Directors of Symphony on the Bay is delighted to announce that in 2019-2020 we will be returning as the Burlington Symphony Orchestra.

From our deep roots at McMaster University we have continued to grow and change as our audience and community have continued to grow. We are thrilled, therefore, that after many years of expanding our roots into Burlington – from St. Christopher’s Anglican Church to the Royal Botanical Gardens to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre – we are taking the next logical step and coming back next season as the Burlington Symphony Orchestra.

We will have more news on the brand and on our 2019-2020 season in the coming weeks. For now, however, we will operate under both names until the official change takes place.

The Burlington Symphony Orchestra is a community-based orchestra, proudly serving the artistic needs of Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding region.


Music Director Denis Mastromonaco

Music Director Denis Mastromonaco

It is with great pleasure that the Burlington Symphony Orchestra announces the appointment of Denis Mastromonaco as Music Director and Conductor.

Maestro Mastromonaco brings a wealth of experience to his role, having worked with Royal Opera Canada, the National Academy Orchestra, the State University of New York, the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic) and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

A passionate advocate for music in the community, he is much in demand as a clinician and adjudicator. Widely recognized for his ability to inspire and mentor, he was awarded the Ontario Service Medal for contribution to the arts in 2013.

In noting how honoured he was to accept the position, Maestro Mastromonaco said “It is a privilege for me to work with such talented individuals who dedicate their time to making music and sharing their passion for the symphonic art form. The season ahead will be filled with an array of talented soloists and some of the finest orchestral music in the repertoire. I am confident our patrons will enjoy our performances and share memorable experiences with us in the wonderful Burlington Performing Arts Centre.”

The Burlington Symphony Orchestra is a community-based orchestra, proudly serving the artistic needs of Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding region.

Symphony on the Bay announces the winners of the 2018-2019 Young Artists’ Competition

Symphony on the Bay is delighted to announce the winners of our 2018-2019 Young Artists’ Competition! They will perform at our American Proms concert at 3 pm on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Eena Yoon, cello
Dvořák | Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
i. Allegro

Katelyn Emery, violin
Brahms | Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
i. Allegro non troppo

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