Welcome to the Northwest Symphony Orchestra

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra completed it's 2013 - 2014 season in April. The NWSO is a major supporter of Pacific Northwest composers and soloists providing a venue to showcase their talent. During the 2013 - 2014 season the original compositions performed by the NWSO were Finale from Suite for String Orchestra by Peter Seibert, Salsa by Ian Guthrie a student composer from Portland, Oregon, Motet by Clement Reid, and For My Daughter by Huntley Beyer featuring soprano Alexandra Picard. See Northwest Composers for more information.

Celli SectionNWSO performs a full spectrum of classical music. Some of the pieces in the 2013 - 2014 season includedYoung Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten, Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Capriccio Italien by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, El Salon Mexico by Aaron Copland, Bolero by Maurice Ravel, Symphony No. 8 by Anton Bruckner, and Symphony No. 3 by Johannes Brahms.

The NWSO once again performed in the Symphony Guild's annual benefit concert at Benaroya Hall with proceeds benefiting uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital. LENS, A Symphony of Perspective, composed by Northwest composer Mateo Messina, included performances by Imogene Heap, Pomplamoose, Dance Contemporary, the Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Children's Hospital patient and pianist Max Wu, and the University of Washington Chorale.

The NWSO has performed with a variety and eclectic mix of internationally known artists including Alice In Chains, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Joshua Roman, Natalie Cole, and most recently, John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting and Vicci Martinez, finalist on NBC's "The Voice".

 Look Ahead

Exciting pieces are programmed for the 2014 - 2015 season, some of which include The Holy City by Alan Hovhaness, The Planets by Gustav Holst with Highline School District school choirs, Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Romeo and Juliet by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Clarinet Concerto by Gerald Finzi with clarinet soloist Sean Osborn, Symphony No. 5 by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler. See 2014 - 2015 Concert Season schedule.

We look forward to you joining us.

 Orchestra Openings and Auditions

The NWSO is an audition orchestra and has the following openings for the 2014 - 2015 season.

  • Section Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
  • 2nd Trombone
  • Bass Trombone

Please see Auditions and Rehearsals for detailed information.

 About NWSO

The mission of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) is to be the premier orchestra in performance and promotion of music by contemporary Northwest composers while also performing, promoting, and educating the public about the full spectrum of classical music. The NWSO is generously underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NWSO's Composer-In-Residence, Mentoring, and Symphony for Students programs provide educational enrichment to the Highline School District (South Seattle, WA) and the surrounding communities. These programs have proven to be highly successful, and our musicians have made positive impacts on program participants, from being role models to exposing audiences to classical music. Some of today’s young players will become professional musicians, but almost all of them will become part of an educated classical music audience.

 Our Supporters

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, KING FM 98.1, City of Normandy Park, City of SeaTac, City of Burien, Washington States Arts Commission.


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Northwest Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization dedicated to providing outstanding performances and music education to Seattle and Tacoma area communities.