Our History

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). Please visit our events page for a full list of our programs.

Clinton Symphony Orchestra Practice