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The mission of the Sudbury Symphony is to increase the awareness and appreciation of music in the Sudbury Region and surrounding area by providing the opportunity for the public to attend a stimulating program of concerts and by encouraging artistic excellence, commitment and education.
Our vision is to promote a culture of creativity in the City of Greater Sudbury and aspire to foster a community in which children and adults are exposed to the extraordinary personal benefits that come from participation in music and the arts.Our Values and Value Statements
- Excellence in Artistry by providing high-quality, live orchestral performances to our community.
- Commitment to Our Community by providing continuing opportunities for classical music education and outreach
- Professionalism in all we do; responding to the needs of our employees, students, patrons, musicians, volunteers and stakeholders so that they can continue to support and contribute to the ongoing success of the SSO.
- Teamwork, Collaboration and Partnerships to bring musicians and members of our community together to enrich the lives of all residents of the City of Greater Sudbury through music.
- Accountability through open, honest, ethical communication and decision making, as well as the wise use of our resources and responsibility for our decisions and actions.
Founded in the fall of 1953, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit performing arts organization in 1975, with the objectives of education and entertainment. Maestro Dr. Victor Sawa, a professional conductor, was hired in 1997 as the orchestra made a move towards providing professional leadership to the growing musical community.
Consistently selling out performances with a wait-list for subscriptions, the SSO moved from a 677-seat hall in the fall of 2007 to a 1,337 seat hall at Glad Tidings Church; an increase of 97%, allowing ample space for subscription and single ticket buyers to attend concerts.
Today, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 40+ musicians from the Sudbury Region, both paid professionals and volunteers. Our activities are centered around an annual season of six concerts, plus a Family Matinée. During its six-concert season, the SSO performs for approximately 5 000 individuals in the concert hall. In the 2013.2014 season, the SSO expanded its performance activities outside of the "traditional" format through a special, off-subscription series concert combining music and film, and an interview/chamber series in a local Fromagerie/Cheese shop- both of which were warmly received, with the chamber series selling out. Over 3,000 young people were reached during the SSO's six signature education and outreach properties within both the school system and the community during the 2013.2014 season (a new record). This number is expected to increase in 2014.2015 as the SSO expands and enhances its outreach and education programmes to include an adult and young professional component.
Additionally, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Association Inc., manages the Sudbury Symphony Conservatory of Music, a high-quality training facility that currently employs four teachers, with students enrolled in violin, viola and cello lessons. Since 2001, the Conservatory of Music has assisted the SSO by training future generations of musicians while assisting in the SSO’s mandate to expose individuals to the personal benefits that come from participation in music.
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