Artistic Director & Conductor

Oliver Balaburski

HSO Artistic Director & Conductor

Oliver Balaburski, a Macedonian-born Canadian, began his musical studies at the age of ten. Attending an arts-focused high school, he was experienced a wide range of influences and became interested in composing and conducting.

Oliver was awarded a scholarship from the Macedonian government to specialize in conducting and in 1999 was awarded the Norman Del Mar Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, UK, where he specialized in symphonic repertoire. Returning to Macedonia, he was appointed artistic manager of the Opera of Macedonia National Theatre and until 2004 was principal conductor of the opera company. That year, in search of greater opportunities, he immigrated with his family to Canada, where he completed his Master’s degree in 2008. Since then, he has held the position of Conductor of the Hart House Chamber Strings.

Oliver commenced as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra in November of 2010. He continues as a guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Opera of Macedonian National Theatre. Oliver moved with his family to the city of Barrie in 2013, and he and his wife, professional soprano Aleksandra Balaburska, have established the Maestro Music Centre in Barrie.

As Artistic Director, Oliver Balaburski, combines his impeccable training, considerable talent, and professional experience to provide the artistic vision that the HSO can rely upon to steer us into the future in Barrie and across Simcoe County. He has increased the quality of the programs we present to the public by working with the musicians to build a better orchestra; he has the expertise, training and “ear” to find and fix aspects of the orchestra’s “ensemble” playing; and he has an artistic concept of the highest level to carry the finest musical expression to our audience.

About The Orchestra

A small baroque orchestra, performing in Collier St. Church, under the direction of Oliver Balaburski, was the genesis of the present day Huronia Symphony Orchestra. Now celebrating its 51th season, the HSO is the sole community orchestra in Barrie and Simcoe County. The orchestra is comprised of 55 talented and dedicated volunteer musicians from the community and five professionals who lead the major sections. Members are drawn from all walks of life and reflect the diverse social fabric of this dynamic region.

Whereas many musical festivals in town bring in professional ensembles and soloists from outside of Barrie, only the HSO represents this community’s own high level of orchestral music making.Thus the HSO is an established cultural institution of which everyone in Simcoe County and Barrie can be proud.

Our musicians are committed to developing the worthy tradition of sharing the excitement of live orchestral performance with a widening audience. We welcome you to come and share the experience.

We rehearse Sunday evenings from 7-9:30 pm. Our rehearsals are located at the Collier St. united Church, at 112 Collier St. Barrie, ON.

Additionally there are sectional rehearsals as necessary and scheduled in advance. Please contact us for the rehearsal schedule.

Core Musicians


Youth Program

With HSO Artistic Director Oliver Balaburski

The HSO Youth Program presents a unique opportunity for music students in Simcoe County to perform with a full symphony orchestra. The Huronia Symphony Orchestra’s professional conductor, core instrumentalists, and dedicated community musicians offer an enriched environment for students to discover a whole new world of music making. This opportunity is free of charge and open to all music students who live or study in Simcoe County.

Family Concert featuring Youth Program participants

Music students playing at a pre-orchestral level will participate in rehearsal workshops with HSO Artistic Director, Oliver Balaburski. They will then join the entire Huronia Symphony Orchestra to rehearse a youth orchestra arrangement of a well-known orchestral work.

The Huronia Symphony Orchestra Youth Program Initiative reflects the HSO’s engagement and commitment to youth music and concerts across Simcoe County.

2022-2023 Schedule

To participate, you must be available for rehearsal dates:

Please check the 2022/2023 application form for the rehearsal schedule.

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Click here for our Youth Program registration form, contact us at 705.721.4752 or email us at to get your young musician hooked on our program or for more information.

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