MissionThe mission of the Washington Symphony Orchestra is to 'entertain, educate and inspire the community through excellent musical performances.'To accomplish this, seasonal performances are designed to balance well-known, accessible works with more contemporary compositions. Our performances at Trinity High School provide a state-of-the-art concert hall experience, and our annual Spring Chamber Concert allows our audience to enjoy this specialized music in a more intimate setting. Our concerts emphasize the virtuosity of our performers and showcase popular local and regional guest artists. We seek to expand our audience through affordable, excellent concerts that expose them to familiar and diverse music.The WSO encourages and educates young musicians through our annual Young Artist Competition, a juried event which provides a small award to an outstanding area high-school music student. In addition, the WSO participates with several local educational institutions in our annual side-by-side concert (in which local high-school students play alongside Orchestra member for a concert performance), and through collaboration with area colleges and universities.WSO concerts are free to local public and privately-schooled music students.We are proud that approximately two-thirds of our orchestra members are volunteers whose commitment to music and performing impels them to work long hours and study extraordinarily hard to deliver concerts of professional quality.The Washington Symphony Orchestra has established itself as a regional leader in the performing arts since its founding in 2002. We appreciate the support of the individuals and organizations that have made our growth possible. About WSO:The Washington Symphony Orchestra was founded in early 2002 by Marianna resident Dave Owens. Music Director Owens had a vision for an exceptional orchestra that would be supported by the greater Washington community and that would, in return, enhance the quality of life in the Washington County area.The Orchestra's first rehearsal took place in April of 2002, and was attended by twenty-four musicians. Soon, the Orchestra had grown to a full symphony of over 50 musicians performing pops, classical and light classical music for the tri-state's residents and visitors. The Orchestra is proud to begin its tenth season continuing its mission of "entertaining, educating and inspiring the community by presenting excellent musical performances.