For more than 70 years, the Mid-Columbia Symphony has been a vital cultural resource for the Mid-Columbia region. Originally formed during World War II, primarily from the ranks of Hanford workers with a love for music and a desire for fellowship, the Symphony evolved through the years to become a respected cadre of dedicated, talented amateur artists performing under professional direction.
Today’s Symphony is a fully professional organization, with more than 40 of the region’s finest professional musicians under annual contract and 20 artists from outside the region contracted for individual concerts. Our programming is designed to entertain and enrich the wonderfully diverse population of the Mid-Columbia region.
The Symphony produces four to seven concerts annually, frequently contracting with featured guest artists and collaborating with other regional performing arts organizations. Mid-Columbia Symphony musicians also perform for other community events, including operas, festivals, and memorial concerts.
As part of our education program, we organize and sponsor an annual Young Artists Competition and feature the winners in one of our concerts each year. Many of the finest musicians in the region were nurtured through this program. We also conduct a Music in the Schools Program and feature youth performing arts groups in the lobbies before and during intermission of our concerts.
Our vision is for the Mid-Columbia Symphony to be the leading orchestral music organization that educates and inspires our region with live performances.
Our mission is to serve the Mid-Columbia region with live performance of professional quality orchestral music.
How did orchestra members look in the 1950s? Which “vintage” musicians still play in the Symphony today? Which guest artist came with her own lamb? Who were those conductors before Dr. Bode? And does Barry Bergstrom really wear sunglasses while playing the saxophone?
Walk down memory lane by viewing our 60th Anniversary Album, created in 2005 to celebrate our Diamond Anniversary!