The Maroondah Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra founded in 1964 and based in Ringwood, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Conducted by Willem van der Vis, we present four programs a year at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, in Ringwood, with repeat concerts at other venues.

New players are welcome. We currently have vacancies for string players, particularly violas and double basses. Players of other instruments are welcome to go on our waiting list. Please see the  new players page for details.

The 2016 Brochure is available here. Bookings for all 2016 concerts can be made using the TryBooking links below.

Sunday 4th September 2016, 2:30pm

Romantic Riches

Soloist: Samuel Payne, Cello

SamPayneSamuel Payne was born in Sydney and began learning the cello at the age of eight. He attended Sydney Grammar School on a music scholarship and in
2008, he received a Licentiate Diploma in Music with Distinction. In 2013, Samuel completed a Bachelor of Music, studying with Susan Blake and Julian Smiles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In the same year he spent a semester on exchange in Germany, studying at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen with Alexander Baillie.  Samuel is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying with Howard Penny.

Samuel has participated in masterclasses with Gautier Capuçon, Torleif Thedéen, Peter Bruns, Tim Hugh, Louise Hopkins, and Marko Ylönen as well as chamber music classes with the Borodin String Quartet, Australian String Quartet, Goldner String Quartet and the ATOS Trio.

A keen orchestral musician, Samuel has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra. He has been a regular participant at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, and has toured internationally with the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra to Germany, the United States, and New Caledonia.

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Schumann Cello Concerto in A min Op. 129
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F min Op. 36
George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School, Kalinda Rd, Croydon

Adult $25, Concession $20, Children under 16 free

Bookings:  Available via Try Booking (until 8pm Saturday 3rd September)

Download flyer: Flyer Sep 4 2016

Download program: Program 4 Sep 2016

This program will also be performed at the Aveo Cherry Tree Retirement Village, 67-81 Maroondah Highway, Croydon, on Sunday 28th August 2016 at 2:30pm. This concert is not open to the general public.

Sunday 20th November 2016, 2:30pm

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Operatic arias, duets and orchestral excerpts from operas by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini and others.


Nicole Wallace       soprano
Michael Lapiña     tenor
Michael Lampard  baritone
Lucas de Jong        baritone

Conductor : Willem van der Vis with

Guest Conductor: Lucas de Jong

Works include:

Offenbach Overture to La Belle Helene
Mozart ‘La ci Darem la Mano’ from Don Giovanni
Bizet ‘In the depths of the temple’ from The Pearl Fishers
Puccini ‘They call me Mimi’ from La Bohene
Rossini ‘Largo al factotum’ from The Barber of Seville
Bizet Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Puccini ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot
and much more !!
George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School, Kalinda Rd, Croydon

Adult $25, Concession $20, Children under 16 free

Bookings:  Available now via Try Booking (until 8pm Saturday 19th November)

Download flyer: Not yet available

Download program: Not yet available

2017 Concert Dates (Preliminary)

Proposed dates for concerts in 2017 are as follows. These are preliminary until venue availability is confirmed in November 2016. All performances will be at George Wood PAC, Yarra Valley Grammar, Ringwood except as indicated.

19 March   –  Dvorak Cello Concerto; Sibelius Finlandia etc.
26 March   (Cowes)

18 June

10 September
17 September (Cherry Tree Retirement Village, Croydon)

26 November – Choral concert