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Our heartfelt thanks to


Berthold Carrière

Barbara Steed Young 

Music Directors Emeritus 

  whose support and leadership have guided the SSO to a firm and stable position. 



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Orchestra Photo: 
Larry Folliott 

Next concert:


Celtic Celebration: The Journey
So Far

Friday, Jan. 23 
Saturday, Jan. 24
Loreena McKennitt
& Friends 


Volunteers needed for SSO activities

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Join other SSO supporters for . . .
A Festive Night
Friday, December 19

Supporters of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra are invited to a celebration of the season, A Festive Night, Friday evening, Dec. 19, at St. James' Anglican Church beginning at 7 p.m.


Music will be the order of the evening, featuring the Stratford Perth Youth Orchestra, directed by Ben Bolt-Martin, and a group of SSO musicians. There will be carol singing and readings. Special guests will include Berthold Carrière (SSO music director emeritus), the David Keeley/Laura Burton family, and a surprise guest.


Refreshments will include baked goods, hot cider and Tea Leaves tea. Take-away baked goods and some other items will also be on sale. Tickets ($25) are on sale at Fanfare Books and at the door. Proceeds will go to support the SSO.


Location: St. James' is at the corner of Mornington and Hamilton streets in Stratford, up the hill from Huron and Mornington.

Liesel Deppe named orchestra manager
Ms. Deppe will coordinate ongoing activities as well as seek new opportunities to promote the orchestra and expand its reach.

"We are very excited about having Liesel as our orchestra manager," says Nigel Howard, president of the SSO board.

More about Ms. Deppe and this new SSO position.


Meet the SSO musicians 
Devon Roulston, percussion 
Ms. Roulston, in her fourth season with the SSO, is finishing an Honours Bachelor of Percussion Performance at Laurier University.

More about Ms. Roulston.
Meet the SSO Board 
Moriah Linton 
SSO board member Moriah Linton is an active volunteer in Straftord Perth. She is Regional Vice-president, Personal Banking, Stratford Woodstock for BMO Bank of Montreal.
More about Ms. Linton.

Jan. 24 concert sold out 

Although tickets for the Saturday, Jan. 24, Celtic concert with Loreena McKennitt are sold out, a few tickets for Friday, Jan. 23, are still available from local ticket outlets (Fanfare Books, Blowes Stationery downtown, Festival Marketplace kiosk and Lyric Flowers in St. Marys).

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help with the two Celtic Celebration concerts Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24, at Knox Presbyterian Church.  

Duties may include:
- taking tickets
- handing out programs
- manning doors
- helping with crowd management
- intermission activities
- directing traffic outside
- looking after silent auction tables 


Volunteers will not need to pay for tickets on the night they are on duty. 


If you're interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, contact the SSO office by phone (519-271-0990) or email (



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