About the Orchestra

Formed in 1987, the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra is a well-established community orchestra with a long and proud history of performance in Ballarat.  The Orchestra is managed by a Committee of Management and we will be recruiting to our Principal Conductor position for commencement in 2023. Guest conductors for 2022 are Mark Shiell and Hugh McKelvey. Orchestra members are all volunteers, who give their time freely. We have some minimum standards for all playing members and welcome expressions of interest for new players. Get in touch!

We present three concerts each year at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, as well as performing at occasional community or other events.

The orchestra plays a wide repertoire and features a range of soloists throughout each year.

Principal Conductor

Vacant – BSO Committee will be recruiting for commencement of this role in 2023. Until then Mark Sheill and Hugh McKelvey will be sharing conducting of concerts across 2022. 

Orchestra Leader

Our Leader is Yvonne Holley.  Yvonne has been a member of the BSO for over 18 years and was formally appointed to the position in 2016, although she had led the orchestra on many occasions previously.  She enjoys playing in the pit orchestras for theatre companies in Ballarat, along with the Klemantyne Ensemble – a local chamber string ensemble. Yvonne is also the founder of The Eureka Strings and a well regarded classroom music teacher and string specialist at several schools in Ballarat.

Orchestra Members

Our members are the music teachers and skilled amateurs of the Ballarat area.  We are pleased to be able to promote their private musical services.  Click HERE for a list of our musicians and the services they provide.

Orchestra Policies and Procedures

The orchestra has developed formal policies and procedures below, for the reference of members and associates of the orchestra.

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