Education & Community Initiatives

The WSO maintains a firm commitment to produce education programs that are of value to program participants, our production partners, and the greater Waterbury community.  This commitment is rooted in our core belief that the study of musical instruments and participation in musical performance is an essential part of every child’s education, every citizen’s contribution to society, and every person’s spiritual totality.

The future of the WSO stems from the work we do in the community. We are proud of our continuously growing array of educational and outreach programs. From young children to older adults, the WSO covers a wide spectrum that includes access and engagement, paving the way for shared cultural experiences amongst individuals of all ages.

Throughout the school year, the WSO provides educational programming five days or more per week, through after-school and instructional residency and mentorship programs. This is supplemented by special workshops and presentations, such as pre-concert and community lectures by special guests, The Great American Songbook Project at Taft School, and Creating Musical Readers, a musical literacy program with an ever-expanding regional presence. We look forward to continuously exploring the ways that we can serve Waterbury and the surrounding communities.

Our programs are produced by a wide ranging coalition of community partners; WSO musicians, staff and board members; and volunteers.  Overall conceptual guidance is provided by the WSO Education Committee.  The Committee is comprised of diverse individuals from within the WSO and throughout the greater community. 

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The WSO builds connections across the region with exploratory concerts, events, and educational programs. The WSO maintains a firm commitment to produce programs that are of value to its patrons, participants and community partners. This commitment is rooted in the Symphony’s core belief that music education and shared cultural experiences are essential to creating community.  Founded in 1938, the Symphony has assembled over 100 of the most talented musicians across New England to perform throughout Northwest Connecticut.  The 2019-2020 season celebrates Maestro Leif Bjaland’s 25th Anniversary as Music Director & Conductor with the WSO.

The Symphony has been the Orchestra-in-Residence at Naugatuck Valley Community College since 1992. 

Naugatuck Valley Community College

750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

The Palace Theater

100 E. Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06702


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160 Robbins Street

Waterbury, CT 06708

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