President's Message

Welcome to the Symphony!

Welcome to the Symphony and our 18th concert season!  Our last season was a huge success by many measures.  We transitioned to a new president and vice president, launched a new website and online ticketing platform, introduced a collaboration with student vocalists, and created a new scholarship for college bound seniors seeking a music degree.  Thanks to all of our loyal supporters, we were able to achieve these goals and now, we’re ready for a new year!

I think it’s important for me to continue to raise the awareness that the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) offers both musicians and concertgoers; a community experience that raises spirits and improves your quality of life!  Being a volunteer community orchestra allows people to create and enjoy music in a format that is not available in many other settings.  We bring musicians of all ages and levels of expertise together and Maestro Richard Chiarappa brings out the best in all of us.  

During our 18th concert season we will continue to celebrate classical music performed by local and guest musicians.  We hope to continue our partnership with local schools to highlight vocal talent and also will continue to raise support for our scholarship program.  In addition to providing funds for WHSO musicians and summer study, our board of directors will nominate and grant a scholarship to one student as they head to college.  The student musician does not need to play with WHSO in order to qualify, so if you know someone planning on college studies in music, contact a board member.

Even though we are a volunteer orchestra, we still depend on your support and there are many ways to help beyond attendance.  Consider bringing a friend and making our concerts an ongoing tradition.  Secondly, we always need volunteers to help before and during concerts.  Finally, ask local business if they would take out an ad with WHSO.  Don’t forget; WHSO rewards any audience member with a pair of complimentary tickets when they refer us to a new advertiser!

My continued gratitude to all of our advertisers, concertgoers, friends and parents for all of the financial support we receive beyond purchasing concert tickets.  If your employers offer a gift matching program through their charitable giving program.  Ask your employer if they can match your gift to the WHSO.

It’s going to be a great season and we are excited to bring orchestral music to the community.  Thank you for being part of this musical experience.


Thomas Caraher
President, West Hartford Symphony Orchestra