"Lovely afternoon spent listening to this amazing group! Don’t miss it!"
"The enthusiasm and talent shared by all members of the orchestra is exhilarating."
"It was my first time to listening to Olympia Symphony... And I had a great Sunday with the wonderful music!!!"
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.
Six conductors have led the OSO to date, including outgoing Music Director Huw Edwards, who held the position from 2003-2020 (read Huw's farewell messages here). Our typical season includes five regular season concerts at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, a free outdoor summer concert and holiday concert, and various chamber music performances at retirement communities, schools, and public events. Personnel include 65 contracted musicians, a full-time Executive Director, and part-time administrative and orchestral support staff. The OSO is supported by a dedicated 10-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 hope to expand our educational programs and outreach in the coming years. We have long-standing relationships with other arts organizations such as Ballet Northwest, Olympia Youth Chorus, Emerald City Music, Bridge Music Project, and Olympia Choral Society.
The Symphony is supported by donations from community partners including businesses and individuals who share the desire to see classical music flourish in live performances.
The Olympia Symphony is a proud member of: