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Who We Are

Mission Statement

We are GNSO.

We believe communities are enriched by the power of live orchestral music.

We provide a place where people from all backgrounds can come together and hear a high quality orchestra made up of members from their own neighborhoods.

We promote a broader understanding of different cultures and histories through the exploration of orchestral master works, both old and new.

We strive to make these performances available and affordable to everyone.

And that’s why we’re here.

Classical Concerts And So Much More

2016-2017 marks our 22nd season, and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra has grown to become one of the most respected cultural resources in Orange County and the Mid-Hudson River Valley. Dedicated to presentations of great music performed by skilled musicians who are also your neighbors, the GNSO offers a full concert season, a highly regarded choral ensemble, educational outreach through its Side-by-Side program, and a glorious  summer pops concert.

Engaging and Inspiring Concert-Goers of All Ages

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Woomyung Choe, and led by George Handler and Fred McCurdy, the GNSO’s first presidents, the orchestra has succeeded in reaching wider audiences every year. This season we welcome our new Music Director, Russell Ger, to the podium, after an extensive, two-year search of over 100 candidates. Maestro Ger is dedicated to  continuing the tradition of the Newburgh Symphony offering music that appeals to all ages and tastes – including exciting original compositions — is a hallmark of GNSO concert programming. Delighting young people is an essential goal, underscored by our free admission policy for students, a special Family Concert offered every January, the annual “Side by Side” concert where our orchestra members play alongside student musicians, and the magical “Pops” concert in July.

Performance Venues

The majority of concerts take place in beautiful Aquinas Hall in Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. We also travel to venues such as Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Newburgh Free Academy and other local high schools. The GNSO plays an educational role through the pre-concert previews offered by cellist Gordon Shacklett, who gives the audience an “inside look” at the pieces about to be performed.

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