A New Experience: Season 16


Conductor Bill Rowson and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce our 16th season of offerings for 2020-21. The orchestra has been busy planning the production of a series of themed videos featuring performances by SSO members. These will be rolled out starting in November as we await the return of live performances.


In addition, the SSO has formed an exciting partnership with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) that will result in even more media for our audiences to choose from. The SPO has started releasing a series of podcasts, many of which are designed to complement the upcoming SSO videos.


You can hear the first SPO podcast, which includes a feature interview with our own Bill Rowson.

John David Sterne


The SSO family has been greatly saddened by the passing of John David Sterne on August 23, 2020 in Stratford, Ontario.


John made Stratford his home ten years ago after accepting the appointment as  Executive Director of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. This followed a distinguished career in Montreal as Executive Vice President of Canadian Operations of the International Opera Festival, then in London as Executive Director of Orchestra London, and in Edmonton, serving as CEO of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Following his tenure with the SSO, John helped create the INNERchamber concert series and served as its Board President at the time of his death. He was also deeply involved with PAL Stratford (Professional Arts Lodge) and the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective.


The SSO sends its condolences to John's family and all those who had the honour of knowing him.

Cows and Classics went virtual - and global!

SSO's unique concert promises star power!


The 2020 version of Cows & Classics didn't have a live audience, but the performers were phenomenal, including Roger Honeywell, James Westman, Phillip Addis, Marcus Nance, Franklin Brasz and Barbara Fulton; pianist and composer Paul Shilton and many more! All this from the wonderful stage at the farm of David and Annamarie Murray.


For more information click here.

SSO's Virtual Concert Hall Debut!


Live Concert Rebroadcast


For a limited time, enjoy a rebroadcast of the SSO’s 2018 performance, 'Darkness Into Light'. This live SSO concert film was produced by Ballinran Entertainment.


SSO Principal Conductor and Music Director William Rowson introduces the program that features works by Beethoven along with the brilliant Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, violin soloist Ji Won Baxter performing.


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We invite you to enjoy our online offerings and virtual events until we are able to share our live music once again.


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