Symphony Orchestra readies for 46th season, looks to recruit musicans


The Warwick Symphony Orchestra has put out a call for new members.

The WSO, which rehearses and performs from September through June, is asking that string, brass, woodwind or percussion players contact them through their website, Amateur, student, semi-professional musicians and music educators are encouraged to become involved in the WSO. The orchestra is particularly interested in clarinet, bassoon and French horn players as well as percussionists and orchestral string players plus those with experience on violin, viola, cello and bass.

Established in 1966 as the Warwick Civic Orchestra, this community ensemble of musicians, many of whom work in varied non-musical fields throughout the region, seeks to bring symphonic music to audiences that may not have the opportunity or means to attend other live musical events. More than 40 years of music-making later, the WSO currently performs statewide at schools, state parks, churches, senior centers and public housing complexes. With performances in November, December, May and June, the WSO is able to accept new members throughout the month of September and again in the month of January. The orchestra currently rehearses at the Shriners Imperial Room facility on the corner of Broad Street and Rhodes Way in the Pawtuxet Village neighborhood of Cranston, easily accessed from Interstate 95, Route 10, Route 37, and Route 117, Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The WSO year begins Thursday, Sept. 6 and culminates in four winter performances in communities throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. This year’s program includes music by Schubert, Dvorak, Reed, Vaughn Williams and Holst, among others. A major goal of the Warwick Symphony’s mission is presenting classical performances that are accessible to players of varied levels of accomplishment and experience and audiences with diverse musical tastes and interests.

The orchestra believes in the experience of live performance and the value of attending affordable, well-balanced and musically interesting programs by a community and for the benefit of the community. One of the few community orchestras remaining across the country, the WSO seeks to prepare programs to the highest level presenting a variety of musical styles to audiences of all ages.

Questions about the WSO, upcoming concert programs, or becoming a member can be directed to Music Director, Catherine Gagnon at

The Warwick Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 60 dedicated volunteer musicians who rehearse and perform as a result of their interest and love of music. The WSO provides a setting for musicians to continue their music education in a performance-based setting following formal years of schooling. As a touring symphony, the WSO brings live performances to communities who may not otherwise have access to such events.


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