Sounds and Stories

Musicians Liesel Deppe, flute, and Andrew MacDonald, principal horn


Liesel and Andrew perform "Gramophone” from the 'Two-Bit Contraptions for flute and horn' by Jan Bach.  Fun!

Meet Our Musicians | John Krisak, cello:

"Whenever I'm not making music or doing theatre, I'm either sailing or thinking about sailing. My boat is normally in the water from the first week of May until the last week of October. Every summer for the past 25 years I have spent at least 2 weeks, often more, sailing among the Greek Islands. You can see where my mind is at."

Meet Our Musicians | Kaye Royer, clarinet:

Kaye Royer, Principal Clarinet, introduces herself, and shares what's on her mind during COVID19 isolation at home.

Meet the SSO


Celebrating its 15th season in 2019-2020 the Stratford Symphony is an orchestra made up of professional musicians from across southwestern Ontario who play full concerts several times a year as well as small ensemble cushion concerts and other special events for children throughout the year.


Few North American cities of Stratford's size can boast an orchestra as accomplished as the Stratford Symphony.  The SSO is an integral player in Stratford's arts and culture scene.  Founded in 2004, the SSO presents an annual season of live performances of classical and contemporary music, with a special emphasis on Canadian composers.

Principal conductor and music director William Rowson oversees an orchestra of professional musicians drawn from across southwestern Ontario to perform Canadian and international works in front of packed houses.

Season 15 Overview

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 15th Anniversary Season in 2019-20!

The abbreviated (by COVID-19) season featured four diverse concerts as well as fundraising events like Classical Brunches at Revival House, along with the free Cushion Concert series for families in partnership with the Stratford Public Library.


This video was filmed during the SSO's March 31, 2018, concert featuring music by Beethoven, with Ji Won Baxter playing Kabalevsky's Violin Concerto.

The SSO was founded as the Stratford Civic Orchestra in 2004 by educator and arts manager Yootha Neller, whose goal was to establish a fine orchestra within the Stratford community to present excellent performances with a broad stylistic range. The orchestra draws musicians from throughout southern Ontario, including Kitchener, London and Toronto, as well as from the Stratford area, home to many musicians, actors and other artists drawn to the area by its rich and diverse cultural community. In 2009 the orchestra changed its name to Stratford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to reflect its growing reputation for musical excellence.

Classical Brunch

February 9, 2020


Syrian Serenade -  A musical experience from the Stratford Symphony Orchestra's Classical Brunch series. Enjoy this performance of Syrian folk songs with Samir Azar on oud, Jawad Azar on buzuq and percussion and Rouba Nazir Battikh on vocals. In addition to being a musician, Samir Azar is also an accomplished luthier and handcrafted all of the instruments used in this concert. Rouba is a poet and artist. Jawad is an accomplished photographer.

Cows & Classics

June 23, 2019


The Full House Brass Quintet brought the house down at SSO’s 2019 Cows & Classics Fundraiser.

Cows & Classics

June 23, 2019


Vocalist Chloe Weir charmed the audience, performing 'The Girl in 14G' in the the SSO’s 2019 Cows & Classics Concert Fundraiser.

Cows & Classics

June 23, 2019


Soprano Sydney Harvey thrilled the audience at the Stratford Symphony Orchestra’s Cows & Classics fundraising concert at the Murray farm, accompanied by pianist David Murray.

Cows & Classics

June 24, 2018


The annual Stratford Symphony Orchestra's Cows & Classics fundraising concert had a canine guest vocalist! Geisha, the dog who loves to sing, is accompanied here on piano by David Murray.

The Truth Is in the Stars

Starring William Shatner


Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan" (movement IV, Sehr Gesangvol) recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford, Ontario and featured in the William Shatner documentary "The Truth Is in the Stars". The film follows William Shatner on a quest to discover where humanity will be in the era of Star Trek, 250 years from now.


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