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The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is a symphony orchestra which makes its home in the Canadian city of Sudbury, Ontario.

Incorporated in 1975, the orchestra is a not-for-profit registered charity which performs an annual six-concert series at Laurentian University's Fraser Auditorium.


The symphony was founded by the late Emil First in the fall of 1953, and had its first public performance on January 13, 1954. In 1957, First was succeeded by Eric Woodward, who led the orchestra during its evolution into the Sudbury Philharmonic Society, combining the orchestra and a choir.

Following Woodward's departure in 1974, the orchestra and the choir became separate entities once more. The choir became The Bel Canto Chorus.

The orchestra is currently composed of 35 local musicians. The symphony donates scholarships and bursaries to young musicians each year, and provides credit courses for qualified musicians through Laurentian University. The symphony also offers a local music education outreach program, as well as a Conservatory of Music which was launched in 2001.


  • Emil First, 1953 - 1957
  • Eric Woodward, 1957 - 1974
  • Metro Kozak, 1975 - 1997
  • Victor Sawa, 1997 - present


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