Welcome to the home of Ballarat Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra was formed in 1987 and has provided music lovers with a wonderful selection of music ever since.

2019 Youth Concerto Concert applications now open!

Ballarat Symphony Orchestra are continuing our tradition of holding a youth concerto concert in 2019.  Applications close on Wed 13th March, and auditions will be held in Ballarat on Sat 23rd March. The Youth Concerto Concert will take place on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

Applications are now open. Terms & conditions and application form.


Ballarat Symphony Orchestra appoints new Principal Conductor!

The Ballarat Symphony Orchestra has appointed new Principal Conductor, Gyula (Jules) Cseszko.

Mr Csesko’s career highlights include appointments with the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne University Biomedical Orchestra, Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Lawyer's Orchestra, Monash University Medical Orchestra and orchestras for Melbourne Youth Music.  He founded the Melbourne-based, professional chamber orchestra, La Fraternita di Solisti and was their Artistic Director for five years. 

With an interest in choral music, Mr Cseszko has also conducted the Box Hill Chorale, the Ballarat Choral Society, the Monash Chorale, Southeastern Philharmonia choir, Peninsula Chorale and the Maroondah singers.  He studied with Professor John Hopkins OBE, Carl Crossin, Nicholas Braithwaite.

In accepting the appointment, Jules described his high expectations for the Orchestra.  "I feel privileged to conduct the Ballarat Symphony, and am keen to see it develop to be the region's flagship ensemble, as well as a significant regional attraction, integral to the cultural life of Ballarat" he said.

The Ballarat Symphony Orchestra has operated continuously in Ballarat since it was founded in 1987.  It comprises more than 60 members, drawn from the local region.  The orchestra gives three concerts a year at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, as well as special events performances and tours.

Further contacts

Vice, President, Ballarat Symphony Orchestra – Janice Ballinger

E: bsovp18@gmail.com

Principal Conductor - Mr Jules Cseszko

E: gyula.cseszko@gmail.com

Calling for String Players to join BSO

Call for string players

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