THE STAFF OF THE
BURLINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Harmonic Brilliance: The Burlington Symphony Orchestra
The harmonious symphonies and guest musical artists presented by the Burlington Symphony Orchestra are crafted and orchestrated by a team of deeply dedicated and talented individuals. They not only bring musical brilliance to the table but also ensure the seamless operations of this esteemed organization.
Maestro Denis Mastromonaco stands as an epitome of symphonic and operatic prowess. Denis directs with passion and expertise at the helm of this enchanting orchestra, guiding the orchestra through the vast landscape of classical music, making every Burlington orchestra event an unforgettable experience.
His international acclaim has seen him conduct esteemed ensembles, including the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Steeped in a rich musical education from McMaster University and the University of Toronto, Karen Stothart has adorned numerous hats in arts administration. Celebrating the golden jubilee of the BSO in 2023, Karen, a force in secondary music education for nearly 40 years, rejoined the orchestra as the Operations Manager.
Appointed in 1995, Prof. James R. McKay, after nearly two decades, retired as Music Director and Conductor. His rich legacy is celebrated with the title of Music Director Emeritus. An active bassoonist, conductor, and academic, McKay’s contributions resonate across various recordings, broadcasts, and the invaluable ‘The Bassoon Reed Manual’.
Dave has been a Professional Nikon photographer since 1996 with a passion for capturing and documenting everything from high performance sports, racing the Arts and product stills. Dave is no stranger to orchestras, having played trumpet himself. During the past 15 years Dave has turned his cameras to focus on orchestras capturing the artists doing what they do best. In Nikon’s 100th year Anniversary International Photo contest, drawing 82,000 entries, Dave was a finalist with a photo from his youth orchestra collection. Dave also has a strong McMaster University connection being the longest serving Head Coach in McMaster’s history.