About the

The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra (SHSO) was formed in 2014 as a result of overwhelming interest in establishing a symphony orchestra in the region. The founding Artistic Director and Conductor is Dr Allan Stiles.

Our mission is to provide live performances of music at a high standard. Over 60 musicians from the Highlands and surrounding districts, make up the SHSO. The orchestra includes: professional musicians, semi-professional musicians as well as other highly qualified musicians who cover a range of professions including: law, medicine, IT, media, teaching and publishing. Music students are invited to attend rehearsals.

The orchestra has now become a significant feature of the educational and cultural life in the Southern Highlands. 

The orchestra has performed many premiere performances by Australian composers.

Soloists from the region, overseas and nationally have performed with the orchestra.

The SHSO has four concert series a year

Chair  Jenette Stiles
Deputy Chair Gerald Power
Secretary Eliza Jane Corley
Treasurer Elizabeth Dalton
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Dr Allan Stiles

Member Roma Dix OAM
Librarian April Butcher
Member Robert Arthurson
Member Judith O’Brien OAM


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Ann Carr-Boyd AM

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Andrew Ford OAM

Andrew Ford OAM

Get Involved

Become a Subscriber

We are once again offering Subscriptions for the 2023 Season with tickets closing on the 20th January 2023. Why become a Subscriber:

Priority seating
Discounted pricing

Become a Supporter

As a community orchestra we welcome extra help to ensure that we run smoothly and successfully. Some essential areas we need assistance in are:

Front of house at concerts
Set up and pack up
Publicity & marketing

Become a Sponsor

Corporate sponsors are very much appreciated, along with individuals who sponsor musicians' chairs. These tax deductible donations allow:

Other orchestra activities
Bursaries for young musicians

Our Sponsors

Highlands FM