On June 3, 2014, local resident Dr. Roger Moore and Mr. Charles Schneider, Music Director for the Catskill Symphony, the Schenectady Symphony, and former Utica 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.
Consequently, a smaller group formed as a board of directors and organized a premier concert presented at the Clinton Central Schools Performing Arts Complex in Clinton, NY, on December 14, 2014. It was then decided that the orchestra would take its name from this state-of-the-art theatre. The concert attracted an enthusiastic audience of nearly 200. Charles Schneider, the group’s founding music director, served as conductor to a group of 44 local professional musicians. The concert featured music by composer Ben Moore and pianist David Kim played Beethoven’s concerto No. 1. Both featured guests are Clinton, NY natives,
Encouraged by this initial success, the board of directors added to its membership and presented a second concert on April 10, 2015, featuring the music of Copeland, Barber, and Tchaikovsky. Since then, the orchestra has continually presented an average of 2 highly successful concerts a year (excluding 2020).
WHO WE ARE
The Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley was established to reinstitute an 80-year legacy of professional, classical symphonic music in our region. Our professional musicians, most of whom are from Upstate New York and have vast experience here and abroad, are vetted and invited to join the orchestra by our music director.
All communities benefit from strong local arts scenes. The arts bring a critical energy to the economy, help draw new businesses, bring vibrancy to neighborhoods, attract residents and visitors, and augment the educational system. Artistic institutions broaden social horizons, foster a pride of place, keep our region’s historical cultural significance alive, and create an enduring legacy for generations to come. The Mohawk Valley is fortunate to have a rich cultural landscape of art museums and galleries, theatres, performing arts centers, music and ethnic festivals, and various other culturally enriching organizations and events. This symphonic orchestra seeks to be a part of that vibrant cultural community every growing area needs and deserves.
Like any nonprofit, the symphony also holds other events featuring special artists and local celebrities, as well as themed events with food and entertainment. There are also volunteer opportunities for you and your family to get involved in our community’s arts scene as a fundraiser, board member, event planner, event and concert supporter, and more.
Take advantage of all the Mohawk Valley has to offer! Broaden your horizons and bring the family with you. We are committed to programming that will cater to youth and their talents and help them explore what music can do for them. Is a professional symphony new to you? Attend our Maestro’s pre-concert talks – for the whole family – and be introduced to the compositions to be played that evening. The music will draw you and your family into a world of new ideas and images. You will experience the joy of opulent music, as you relax into your seat, or jump up from it to applaud the finale of an inspiring piece. Open your world beyond what is, to what could be. Strengthen and enhance the education of the whole family – artistically, educationally, and socially. You will leave the concert moved, soothed, inspired and awed. The symphony is committed to you and your family to help you experience all that music of this caliber has to offer.