SSO Timeline Highlights


Few North American cities of Stratford's size can boast a professional symphony orchestra as accomplished as the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. Founded by Stratford oboist Yootha Neller in 2004, the SSO has presented live performances of the classical repertoire and a wide range of other genres, with special attention to the works of Canadian composers. It has become an integral part of the region's arts community.



2019 Season 15

  • Featured presentation: Celtic Concert with Natalie MacMaster at the Avon Theatre

2016 Season 12

  • William Rowson becomes permanent Music Director
  • New Year’s Day concert tradition begins
  • Featured presentation: Celtic Concert with Loreena McKennit

2014 Season 10

  • Feature presentation: The Mikado, stage direction by Barbara Young, conducted by Bert Carriere

2012 Season 8

  • Celtic Concert conducted by guest conductor Nigel Evans
  • Christmas Sing-along tradition began
  • Feature presentation: Howard Cable Big Band Show with saxophone soloist Harvey Kogen

2011  Season 7

  • Barbara Young, Bert Carriere became Co-Music Directors
  • Michael Purves-Smith Guest Conductor
  • Featured presentations: Shostakovich 5th Symphony and HMS Pinafore, stage managed by Nora Polley from the Stratford Festival

2010 Season 6

  • Jerome Summers’ last season as Music Director

2009 Season 5

  • Featured presentation: Lara St. John performed the Korngold Violin Concerto 

2005 Inaugural Season

  • Jerome Summers Music Director
  • The annual Celtic Concerts began
  • First Emerging Artist Concerto Competition won by Drew Santini, now an internationally recognized singer


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