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, currently chaired by Mr Jeff Moran.  Our Principal Conductor is Mr Mark Shiell. Orchestra members are all volunteers, who give their time freely. 

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.

Orchestra Leader

The Ballarat Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its new leader, Yvonne Holly.  Yvonne replaces Tony Conolan, our respected, long term former leader who resigned after a lengthy illness.  

Yvonne has been a member of the BSO for over 15 years and has led the orchestra on many occasions.  She plays in pit orchestras for Ballarat Light Opera Company and Lyric Theatre, and is the founder and 1st violin for The Eureka Strings.  Yvonne is a well regarded classroom music teacher and string specialist in Ballarat.