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ABOUT THE OSO

"Lovely afternoon spent listening to this amazing group! Don’t miss it!"

"It was my first time to listening to Olympia Symphony... And I had a great Sunday with the wonderful music!!!"

"The enthusiasm and talent shared by all members of the orchestra is exhilarating."

The Olympia Symphony is a semi-professional orchestra based in Olympia, Washington, that serves the South Puget Sound region. Our mission is to provide the highest quality live music to enrich, educate, and entertain an expanding audience. The orchestra gave its first concert in 1947. Over time, the OSO has grown to become the premiere orchestra in the South Sound, acclaimed for its commitment to both community and artistic excellence.

 

Seven conductors have led the OSO to date, including Alexandra Arrieche, who was appointed to the post in 2022. Our typical season includes a series of subscription concerts at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, a free outdoor summer concert and movie music concert during the holidays, and various chamber music performances throughout the community and at public events.  Personnel include 65 contracted musicians, a full-time Executive Director, and six part-time administrative and orchestral support staff. The OSO is supported by a dedicated 11-person Board of Directors.

Education is a core element of our mission. We are proud of our collaborations with Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) and have relationships with other arts organizations such as Ballet Northwest, Olympia Youth Chorus, Emerald City Music, Bridge Music Project, and Masterworks Choral Ensemble.​

 

The Symphony is supported by donations from community partners including businesses and individuals who share the desire to see symphonic music flourish through live performances.

The Olympia Symphony is a proud member of:

 

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