About the Westfield Symphony Orchestra (WSO)
The Westfield Symphony Orchestra is among New Jersey’s premiere fully professional symphony orchestras. Founded in 1983 by New Jersey citizens who believed that the expression of history and culture through the performance of symphonic music adds value to the quality of community life, WSO has grown to become New Jersey’s second largest professional orchestra, having a presence throughout the cultural communities of New Jersey, and appearing as far afield as Carnegie Hall on a regular basis.
Now moving into its 26th season, with multiple performances, the Symphony is viewed as one of the cultural jewels of the metropolitan area. Cited by the Star Ledger as “the leading professional freelance orchestra in NJ”, WSO is recognized by the NJ State Council on the Arts as a Distinguished Arts Organization and is the resident orchestra of Union County. In 2009, the WSO was further honored with a Citation of Excellence from NJSCA. In addition to an adventurous subscription season, popular concerts near and far, and a renowned New Year’s Eve celebration, the WSO sponsors educational programs for school students throughout the state of New Jersey.