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. Concerts are conducted by Guest Conductors by invitation. 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

Our Leader is Yvonne Holley.  Yvonne has been a member of the BSO for over 15 years and was formally appointed to the position in 2016, although she had led the orchestra on many occasions previously.  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. 

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.  List of BSO musician services

Orchestra Policies and Procedures

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

BSO Occupation Health & Safety Policy (Feb '18)

Complaints Procedure (Feb '18)