ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA
The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. (LSA) is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) Virginia Corporation whose mission is to enrich our Community through Music. The vision of the Loudoun Symphony is to become a premier regional symphony through artistic excellence, championing classical music enrichment of our youth, and nurturing our musicians’ talents and aspirations. To achieve that mission:
We present a full season of five orchestral concerts
We offer free concert admission to youths 12 and under and reduced admission rates for seniors
We offer a youth orchestra program to train the next generation of musicians
We present an in-school concert series in Loudoun County elementary schools
The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has been providing first-class live classical music to the people of the Loudoun County region since 1990.
Our mission is to enrich our Community through Music. The vision of the Loudoun Symphony is to become a premier regional symphony through artistic excellence, championing classical music enrichment of our youth, and nurturing our musicians’ talents and aspirations.
The Loudoun Symphony was formed as the Loudoun Community Orchestra (LCO) in the fall of 1990 to provide musicians from Loudoun County and the surrounding area with the opportunity to play and present fine orchestral music to county audiences. The LCO gave its inaugural concert in March 1991 to nearly 1,000 people at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg. In 1992, the organization applied for and received not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) status and selected Jed Gaylin as Maestro. During this time, there were three multi-age performing ensembles for varying levels of proficiency: the Loudoun Chamber Orchestra, the Loudoun Community Orchestra, and the String Workshop. In 1994, the organization was renamed the Loudoun Symphony Association, and the orchestra became the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. In 1997, Maestro Mark Allen McCoy became Music Director and Conductor.
The performance ensembles and educational outreach programs have grown steadily in size and artistic quality over the years. The premier performance ensemble, with membership by audition only, is the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra (LSO). The String Workshop remains active and is available to all beginning string players without audition. In 1996, the LSO initiated an In-School Mini-Concert program, sending the Maestro and a chamber size orchestra or small chamber ensemble into the elementary schools each spring during Music in Our Schools month. In 1998, the LSO offered its first Instrument Petting Zoo in partnership with Loudoun County Public Libraries and Melodee Music. In 2001, the LSO established the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra (LSYO) for youths aged 12-18. Matthew Brown replaced Dr. Yeong-Su Kim as conductor of the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra in July, 2016. In July, 2017 a second youth orchestra was established. Brown conducts LSYO's Symphony Orchestra and Joseph Choi conducts LSYO's Concert Orchestra. Maestro Mark McCoy died on August 1, 2016 and on May 24, it was announced that Dr. Nancia D'Alimonte would be the new LSO's conductor.