The South Shore Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit musical organization founded in May, 2010, by professional musicians who noticed a lack of quality orchestral offerings in eastern and southern Hillsborough County, Florida. The SSSO quickly gained a reputation for energetic and engaging concerts. The Orchestra grew in size and geographic scope. Under the baton of Artistic Director, Dr June C Hammond, the SSSO continues to provide a high-quality and diverse classical and pops repertoire to the entire Tampa Bay community.Type your paragraph here.

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​About South Shore Symphony Orchestra

January 29, 2017 Concert

A Few Moments  

2016 "Christmas Pops" Concert

​Meet Our Artistic Director


Capping Off the Season

Thank You Reception 

April 2, 2017

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Dr. June Carland Hammond is the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra.  She performs professionally in the Tampa Bay area year-round, both as a conductor and bassoonist.  Seeing new trends in conducting as a university conductor, she began study in 2012 as a Fellow at the Conductors Institute (USC).  In 2015 she earned the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Florida, post-doctoral.  

Highlights with the SSSO since her promotion to Artistic Director (2015) include concerti performances of Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, and Sarasate, as well as works by Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Smetana, Gould, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Bizet, Ravel, von Suppé, Brahms, Rossini, Gershwin, Gounod, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Copland, Strauss, Elgar, and Glinka. For the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, she successfully wrote grant applications funded by the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center. 

As a bassoonist, Dr. Hammond won a national audition with the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival.  She has performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Yanni, and The Moody Blues.   Her concerti performances include the works of Weber, Mozart, Bozza, and several of Vivaldi.

Tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Music in 2005 at Saint Leo University, Florida, she has taught conducting, music history, music theory, chorus, concert band, and chamber music. Her younger students have been successful at All-State and Solo & Ensemble competitions, and have won positions in prestigious ensembles such as the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.  She is a licensed Adjudicator with the Florida Music Educators’ Association.

Dr. Hammond holds a Doctor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from The Florida State University; a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance, and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics, from the University of Georgia; and a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, from Furman University.  The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Florida is the most recent conferral.

She competes and consults in musical freestyle dressage when time allows on her Hanoverian mare, Pretext.  She gained a modicum of notoriety at FSU, when she jumped her horse over her bassoon—but not the bassoon that she currently plays!
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