Introducing the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1971, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra provides symphonic music at the highest degree of excellence through performance opportunities for regional musicians and educational programs for our community’s youth.
Audience members are delighted each year by the classical and pops concerts presented by the Wilmington Symphony in the Wilson Center at CFCC. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra includes 65 to 70 experienced musicians from around the Cape Fear Region. Dr. Steven Errante is Conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Music at University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
In addition to its concert series in the Wilson Center, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra provides both performance opportunities and an array of unique educational programs for Wilmington and Cape Fear Region residents through its Music For Youth education programs. These education programs include the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, a Free Family Concert, the annual Richard R. Deas Young Artists Concerto Competition, and Artist-in-Residence Programs in area schools. The Music For Youth education programs impact 2,500 students in Southeastern North Carolina each year!
The Symphony’s Impact on the Cape Fear Region
A symphony orchestra is a sign of a mature, forward-thinking and comprehensive community. A local symphony helps improve the quality of life and attractiveness of a community, and a community with the widest variety of cultural amenities has the edge in attracting and retaining businesses, in enhancing images and community relations, in attracting top notch employees and their families, in drawing tourists and conventions, and in creating markets for new business.
The Wilmington Symphony has grown into a multi-faceted asset for Wilmington and the Cape Fear Region providing value in cultural arts and entertainment, music education, economic development, identity and image, pride and prestige. The Wilmington Symphony is local art that creates community connection, aids in economic development, strengthens our region's shared identity and adds significantly to the quality of life in southeastern North Carolina.
The Wilmington Symphony's concerts provide a gathering point of community pride for residents to be involved, engaged and connected with one of our region’s distinctive local cultural treasures. Educational initiatives contribute to the life-long learning opportunities available to residents, especially for area youth.
A Brief History