About the Symphonic Orchestra
The William & Mary Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1932, has as its mission the preparation and performance of a wide range of orchestral music at a high artistic level. The Orchestra generally presents at least four concerts each academic year, including a Halloween "pops" concert, a concerto competition in the spring, and end-of-semester concerts in December and April. In past seasons, the ensemble has performed orchestral masterworks by such composers as Bartok, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Chadwick, Dvorak, Mahler, Ravel, Rossini, and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra has also collaborated with the Concert Choir to perform major choral works such as the Mozart Requiem and Haydn Te Deum.
Awards received by the WMSO include the third prize in 2017 in the college division of The American Prize, and also the American Prize “special judges’ citation for exceptional orchestra of Non-Music Majors” in 2018.