President's Message

Welcome to the Symphony!

I expect many would agree that we live in very interesting times. Given the advancement and mobility of technology, most of us have unlimited access to both music and the arts in the palm of our hand. However, there is no experience quite like a live orchestra to inspire the senses, calm the soul, or to allow yourself to be part of a community experience and revel “in the moment.” 
This is what the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) offers to both musicians and concertgoers; a community asset that truly raises spirits and improves your quality of life!

As we begin our 17th concert season, we are launching into a new chapter of the WHSO. The departure of long-time WHSO President and Percussion Principal, Ron Reisner, creates opportunity for new leadership, new challenges and, of course, opportunity to excel musically through new programs and exciting concerts. This season will not disappoint; it begins with a tribute to Russian composers in our fall concert and includes a spring ballet collaboration. Please be sure to check our website and all social media platforms to get updates throughout the season.

We want you to think of the WHSO as YOUR orchestra and we realize the impact that everyone, from musicians to audience members, has on the experience. We need everyone’s support and there are many ways you can participate beyond attendance. First, consider bringing a friend and making our concerts an ongoing tradition. Second, we always need volunteers to help before and during concerts. Finally, consider asking local business if they would advertise with the WHSO. Something new this year; the WHSO will reward any audience member with a pair of complimentary tickets when they refer us to a new advertiser!

I would also like to thank our advertisers, concertgoers, friends and parents for all of the financial support we receive beyond purchasing concert tickets. Even though the WHSO is a volunteer community orchestra, we have expenses that exceed ticket revenue. When new instruments, sound systems and music stands are needed, that challenge is often met with support from donors who generously support the WHSO.

Additionally, we provide scholarships to our musicians that are funded exclusively by the dedicated fund raising at each concert. Please continue that crucial support as it is appreciated and truly needed. Also, many of your employers may offer a gift matching program through United Way or their charitable giving program. Ask your employer if they can match your gift to the WHSO.

In closing, it’s going to be a great season and we hope you continue to be part of the WHSO experience! We’re excited to bring orchestral music to the community and we are forever grateful for the opportunity to bring live music into your lives.


Thomas Caraher
President, West Hartford Symphony Orchestra