The Stratford Symphony Orchestra

A new decade, with William Rowson, 
our new principal conductor

We offer a life-enriching experience through a shared passion for live music performance.

Please note the change of date. Darkness into Light is now on March 31, 2018, not April 14 as previously announced.

Our Season

Saturday, October 28, 2017     *7:00*

     Philharmonic Phantasmagoria:

    A Hallowe'en Concert

Saturday, November 25, 2017     7:30

     Fate and Fancy

     Guest Artists: Emily Belvedere, Harp

                            Laurel Swinden, Flute

Monday, January 1, 2018      *3:00*

     New Year in Vienna

     Guest Artists: Catherine and Mark Gardner

Saturday, January 27, 2018    7:30

     Celtic Celebration

     Guest Artists: Allison Lupton Band

                            Stratford Police Pipes and 


Saturday, March 31, 2018     7:30

      Darkness Into Light

      Emerging Artist Competition Winner

      Ji Won Baxter

Saturday, May 12, 2018     7:30

     Celebrating Women

     Guest Artists: Louise Pitre

                           Sara Sobey

All concerts at Avondale United Church

Introducing our Guest Conductor for October 28, Melanie Leonard

Photo: Sergio Veranes

Melanie Leonard

Known for her youthful vibrancy and dynamic versatility with musical genres and styles, Mélanie Léonard is increasingly sought after as a guest conductor. She served as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's Resident Conductor from 2009 to 2012 and as Associate Conductor for the 2012-2013 season. Starting in the 2016-2017 season, she takes on a new role as Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.


A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard illustrates her virtuosity on the classical and jazz scenes. 2007 marked her first of several collaborations with the Montréal International Jazz Festival. 


Ms. Léonard’s impassioned love of music, her charming stage presence, and her rapport with musicians and audiences are quickly becoming known on the national music scene. She guest conducted with a number of Canadian orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and I Musici. Ms. Léonard worked with acclaimed artists, including Herbie Hancock, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, Charles Richard-Hamelin and actors John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Garrett Wang (Star Trek).


In 2014, she founded the Wild West New Music Ensemble in Calgary, for which she acted as Music Director and Conductor until 2017. From 2014 to 2016, she also served as Artistic Director for the Calgary New Music Festival. In addition to her conducting career,  Ms. Léonard joined the team of La Croisée des Chemins on ICI Radio-Canada Première in Calgary as music correspondent for the years 2013-2016. More recently, she conducted the orchestra and choir for the music recording featured in Aura, a show produced by Moment Factory and presented at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal. Mrs Leonard was also invited to give a conference about artistic leadership as part of the 2017 Festival Orford Musique.


Ms. Léonard holds a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Montréal, where she studied with Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Theory from the same university, and completed her Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT), where she studied with Maestro Christopher Zimmerman. In 2012 she was honoured with the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts.

 Our Principal Conductor, William Rowson returns for his third season with the SSO.

Learn more about Bill Rowson

Concert Tickets

Adult $40

Student $10

Children 12 and under Free

6 Concert Subscription

Adult $180

Student $50

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