The Stratford Civic Orchestra was founded in 2004 by educator and arts manager Yootha Neller. Her goal was to establish a fine orchestra within the Stratford community to present excellent performances with a broad stylistic range.
The orchestra draws musicians from throughout southern Ontario, including the cities of Kitchener, London, and Toronto, as well as from the Stratford area, which is home to many musicians, actors and other artists drawn to the area by its rich and diverse cultural community.
In 2009, the orchestra changed its name to the Stratford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to reflect its growing reputation for musical excellence.
Principal Conductor William Rowson (now completing his fourth year with us) continues to guide the orchestra into our 15th Season.