photo by C. H. Clarke ~ April 20, 2013, Precious Blood Cathedral
Did you know???
A small group of local citizens formed the Sault Symphonette in 1956, and with support from Algoma Steel, they gave live concerts and radio broadcasts. In 1969, the group was renamed the Sault Symphony, and within four years, the group had a board of directors and joined the Ontario Federation of Symphony Orchestras as Ontario's 25th symphony orchestra. The organization emerged stronger than ever with the appointment in 1977 of the present conductor and artistic director, Dr. John Wilkinson, who continues to dedicate himself to our Orchestra to this day.
The Sault Symphony of today continues to work at providing varied and exciting programs, often with internationally recognized soloists. Its continued existence is a tribute to the hard work of board members, volunteers, musicians, and conductor.
What We Do
Of course, the Symphony is best known for its stellar programming that it brings to the community each season. For 40 years, the Symphony has maintained its international appeal of our local musicians, the amazing talent that has been brought in to our community, and the culturally diverse and significant works that have been presented.
Musicfest: Bratwurst, Beer & Beethoven
This popular community event will celebrate its 20th season in the summer of 2013. Presented at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion on the waterfront every June, this event brings together local musicians, dancers, artists, and artisans for a full day of entertainment and events that is enjoyable for all audiences. Full details coming soon!
Work in Our Communities
Each year (funding permitting), the Sault Symphony Association hosts a Young Artists’ Competition. Last held in 2012, this popular competition invites young people under the age of 21 from across the Algoma District and Tri-County area of Michigan to compete against their peers and showcase their talents to our community. The top three finishers will each receive cash prizes, with the first-place winner also having the opportunity to perform with the Sault Symphony Orchestra at a future concert.
Two out-of-town and one local professional musician/music instructor will adjudicate the performances. The competition is always open to the public, with admission at the door by silver donation.