"Sharing a love of music with the Moreton Bay community"

Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra Inc. (MBSO) is a friendly community orchestra located in Clontarf, Moreton Bay, Queensland (Australia) that plays a selection of classical and contemporary music.

MBSO is made up of three main ensembles:

  • MBSO (open to all players of all ages; Grade 5 standard and above)
  • The MBSO Youth Symphony (an auditioned orchestra for players up to the age of 25 years; Grade 4 standard and above)
  • The MBSO Junior Strings (an auditioned string ensemble for primary and early secondary string players, up to the age of 15 years; Grades 1 – 3)

MBSO is under the professional musical direction of Bronwyn Gibbs and has membership of all ages and from all walks of life including music educators, working professionals, advanced students, keen amateurs and retirees. MBSO is a non-profit community orchestra, which means that members voluntarily give their time and musical expertise to play music - both for their own enjoyment and for the local community. The orchestra funds itself through members' contributions and performances.

MBSO, the MBSO Youth Symphony and the MBSO Junior Strings perform regularly throughout the year, presenting five concerts and performing at two or three other community events.

MBSO continues to promote musical excellence by featuring local talent in performances. Concerts include the work of local composers and soloists as well as school and community ensembles in choral and orchestral works. Recent concerts have included soloists such as singers Julie McCoy, Ros Booth and Judit Molnar, cellist Renat Yusupov, violinists Spiros Rantos and Verity Van Rooyen and pianist Brachi Tillies and the JAFA Community Choir. Players from the orchestra regularly play for Queensland Musical Theatre and JAFA musical theatre productions.

Players from MBSO and the MBSO Youth Symphony have toured both Toowoomba and New Zealand in past years. Tours are planned for future years.

Do you love playing music with others? Become a member of the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra and enjoy the experience of performing live and contributing to the MBSO kaleidoscope of sound!

Upcoming Events


Mendelssohn Concert   

Time:  2:00 PM

Venue:  Clontarf Beach State High School Hall, Isobel Street, Clontarf   (Map)


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Other Publications

MBSO Scholarship Application Form 2018.pdf (PDF)

2018 Concert Series.pdf (PDF)

Information Flyer for Youth and Junior Ensembles (PDF)

Become a Friend of MBSO in 2018 (PDF)

Application Form (for JS and YS) (PDF)


Go to Audition Excerpts page.

MBSO YouTube Channel


MBSO Perform's Mendelssohn

APRIL 28 AT 2PM - The Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra (MBSO), MBSO Youth Symphony & MBSO Junior Strings present a concert of the works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. Featuring Solo Violinist Andre Allavena from the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bronwyn Gibbs. Clontarf Beach State High School Hall, Isobel Street (Opposite end of Weaber Street), Clontarf. Tickets: Adults $20 Concession $15 Students: $10 Primary School: Free Tickets available NOW at:

MBSO Introduces Scholarships in 2018

 In 2018 the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra is providing scholarships that are open to players from primary school age to 25 years. A successful applicant will have a minimum AMEB Grade 4 standard in their chosen instrument for the MBSO Youth Symphony, and/or minimum AMEB Grade 5 standard in their chosen instrument if they wish to also play in MBSO. If you fit this category, and play either Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Bassoon or Tuba, you are invited to apply. The available scholarships include paid membership and free instrument hire (tuba and bass clarinet) for one year. Click on the 'MBSO Scholarship Application Form 2018.pdf' under 'Other Publications' on the right-hand-side column.

Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2018

Know someone who is learning an instrument or in school and playing an instrument? Love playing in an environment with like-minded people? Have a passion for music? Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2018! Click on the "Information Flyer for Youth and Junior Ensembles" under "Other Publications" on the right-hand-side column.