About The Orchestra

The South Orange Symphony is a full sized symphony orchestra that presents 3 concerts each year. The core of the ensemble is made up of volunteer amateur and semi-professional musicians with a wide range of musical backgrounds led by a professional conductor.

Our repertoire covers the full range of the classical literature from the 18th century to the present. Rehearsals and concerts are in Sterling Hall at the South Orange Middle School. The orchestra is managed and governed by a board of directors, most of whom also play in the orchestra. A 501C3 not for profit organization, SOSYM is funded primarily by donations and by funding from the New Jersey Council On The Arts.

HISTORY: The orchestra was founded as a reading orchestra in 1949 under the name South Orange Community Orchestra by the Educational Committee of the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church in South Orange. Marjorie Bram-MacPhillamy was the first conductor. By 1970, the name had been changed to  the South Orange Symphony Orchestra, and from the 7 adults and 16 teenagers in the original ensemble, the orchestra has grown to the full-sized independent performing organization it is today.
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