The Olympia Symphony is a semi-professional orchestra based in Olympia, Washington, that serves the South Puget Sound region. Our mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain an through performance, collaboration, and education. The orchestra gave its first concert in 1947. Over time, the OSO has grown to become the premiere orchestra in the South Sound, acclaimed for its commitment to both community and artistic excellence.
The OSO is led by Music Director Alexandra Arrieche, who was appointed in June 2022. A typical season includes subscription and movie music concerts at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, free outdoor summer concerts, education programs, and various chamber music performances at retirement communities, schools, and public events. Personnel include approximately 65 contracted musicians, a full-time Executive Director, and part-time administrative and operational staff. The OSO is supported by a dedicated 11-person Board of Directors.
The Symphony is supported by donations from community partners including businesses and individuals who share the desire to see orchestral music flourish in live performances.