About Us

Clinton Symphony Orchestra

of the Mohawk Valley

Our Mission

The Clinton Symphony Orchestra promotes and presents classical music

of substance, beauty, and noble design to citizens of the Mohawk Valley.

2017-2018 Board Members

Dr. Rand Carter, Mrs. Joan Fargnoli, Mrs. Faye Cittadino,

Mr. Frank Cittadino, Dr. Roger Moore, Dr. Roger Thompson, Mrs. Cynthia Killian


Music Director
Charles Schneider
General Manager
Marilee Ensign



The Mohawk Valley of Central New York has seen a recent decline in professional, classical, symphonic music programming. Our region is on the cusp of change and growth. The Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley, Inc. (aka the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, or CSOMV) seeks to be a part of a vibrant cultural community every growing area needs and deserves. Since the fall of 2011, there had not been a local professional symphony presenting concerts of classical music. Consequently, on June 3, 2014, local resident Dr. Roger Moore and Maestro Charles Schneider, Music Director for the Catskill Symphony and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestras, gathered a group of community leaders to engage in a conversation about forming a new professional symphony to serve the Mohawk Valley. The atmosphere at the meeting was positive and cautiously optimistic.

Shortly thereafter, a smaller group formed a board of directors for the CSOMV to run as a program of the nonprofit Greater Utica Choral Society, Inc. This group organized and presented a premiere concert at the Clinton Central Schools Performing Arts Complex in Clinton, NY on December 14, 2014. It was at that time decided that the orchestra would take its name from this state-of-the-art theatre and region the CSOMV serves. The concert attracted an enthusiastic audience of nearly 200. Charles Schneider, the group’s music director, served as the conductor of a group of 44 local, professional musicians. The concert featured composer Ben Moore and pianist David Kim (both originally from Clinton).

Encouraged by this initial success, we added members to our core board of directors and presented three more highly successful, well-attended concerts in April and December of 2015, and June of 2016. In February of 2017, the orchestra performed Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Andrew Russo, soloist, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. These last two concerts were sponsored by The John Winter Family Fund, who provided free tickets to students. We have also added pre-concert educational lectures, presented by Maestro Schneider, to engage and educate concert-goers of all ages about the music they will be hearing that evening.

Given the success of these concerts and our continued growth, the board plans to continue with two-concert seasons until finances enable us to move on to a three- or-four-concert season. We plan to spend 100% of our time on programming, fundraising, and education. The board is dedicated to ongoing fiscal solvency, and in the future intends to move ahead with a strong fundraising program through grants, as well as through corporate and individual gifts. The CMV plans to engage, encourage and interest the youth of our community through education, performance opportunity, and scholarships.

Read more about our history and mission here