North Bay Symphony
The North Bay Symphony, directed by Thomas Jones, entertains, enriches, and educates the community through musical performances and music education programs. Founded in 1976, the NBSO currently presents a four-concert main series at North Bay's Capitol Centre, a two-concert chamber music matinee series at Calvin Presbyterian Church, and several outreach performances throughout the community. In-school music education programs annually reach over 1,000 students across the region, the Symphony String School provides violin, viola, cello, and guitar lessons to students of all ages and all abilities, and the NBS Youth Orchestra provides ensemble learning and performing experience to young musicians. NBSO is a mature, vibrant, and growing not for-profit charitable organization managed and operated by a committed and skilled volunteer Board of Directors and two part-time staff members. The orchestra itself is comprised of 2/3 volunteer musicians and 1/3 semi-professional or professional musicians. NBSO is the recipient of the 2013 Vida Peene Orchestra Award, a biennial award recognizing artistic and organizational excellence of an Ontario orchestra, and is a proud 2015 inductee to the North Bay Musicians and Entertainers Hall of Recognition.