The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra is a talented group of more than seventy musicians, working under the leadership of award-winning Music Director Charles Schneider. To reach a broad audience, we provide live performances of classical music in several formats and venues.
Traditional programs in our four-part subscription series feature strong solo performances by Symphony members and guest artists. Our repertoire includes consistent favorites and introduces lesser-known works, as well as works by local composers. Occasional family concerts provide music in a short program format that appeals to all ages, while our free outdoor summer concerts draw local families and adult audiences from the surrounding community.
The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra provides an outlet for the talents of accomplished musicians in the community by seeking the best musicians available by holding annual auditions. We recently surveyed our musicians and discovered that 90% lived within a 45-minute radius of Schenectady. These talented musicians are part of the fabric of that community as music teachers, business owners, doctors, engineers, community volunteers and many other capacities.