Now in its 36th season, Symphony New Brunswick has evolved from a strong community desire for classical music to a fully professional quality orchestra.
The orchestra roots go back to 1950, with the latest iteration founded in 1983. The first series concerts were presented in Saint John in the season of 1985-1986. In the autumn of 1987, the orchestra began its transformation as obtained the status of a regional professional orchestra under the direction of Nurhan Armin. At this time also, the orchestra members chose to join the AFof M and the Saint John String Quartet was hired as principal strings in the orchestra and as the basis of the popular Virtuoso Series.
In 1990, the organization changed its name to Symphony New Brunswick to better represent its mission to serve the whole province. As the only fully professional orchestra in the province, SNB serves Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John equally in both official languages. After an extensive search, Michael Newnham became the Music Director for 8 years until 2018 and led the orchestra through a period of strong artistic improvement. Since this time, SNB has had a season of guest conductors and a major conductor search and hopes to see a new SNB Music Director in the province by the 2020-2021 season.
The eight core musicians of the orchestra offer chamber music concerts in Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, Sussex and surrounding areas. In various groups, the core also presents at least 40 free school and community outreach concerts each season, reaching close to 12,000 students. As individual groups, our musicians have musically traversed Canada, the US, Europe, China and South America.