Organization Profile

Vallejo Symphony Association

What We Do:

The Mission of the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra is to present performances of symphonic music of the highest possible artistic excellence for the citizens of Vallejo and Solano County; to cultivate and nurture the appreciation and enjoyment of classical music in people of all ages; and to serve and shape the musical, cultural and educational interests of the people of Vallejo and Solano County.� (Vallejo Symphony Association bylaws)HISTORY The Vallejo Symphony, seventh oldest symphony in California, traces its roots to the early days of the Great Depression, when a small group of community leaders determined that local musicians needed a showcase for their talents and that other members the community would be enriched by attending live performances of timeless music. On February 21, 1931, a 60 piece orchestra conducted by Julius Weyand made its debut in the auditorium of the city's newly dedicated Veterans Memorial Building. Concerts were presented throughout the decade with Mr. Weyand and George Trombley conducting the orchestra during these formative years.Activity lessened, then ceased during World War II, until 1946, when the Vallejo Symphony was revitalized under the auspices of the Vallejo Recreation District and the Adult Education Department. Dr. Orley See became its conductor at that time. In 1950, Viril M. Swan took the conductor's baton to lead the orchestra until 1960, when Dr. George Wargo began his 21 year career as music director and conductor.The sixties saw the independence of the orchestra established, a subscription concert series launched, and supportive fund raising activities begun by the Symphony Association's Board of Directors. During the following decade artistic goals for the orchestra were set and an annual Major Gifts Campaign was established to support a professional orchestra and expand the concert season.The 1980's saw a dramatic improvement in the quality of the orchestra and programming when David Ramadanoff, a former associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and winner of the 1980 Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award, accepted the position of music director and conductor. Under his dynamic leadership the Vallejo Symphony has developed into an orchestra with regional appeal and has attracted some of the finest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.On November 21,1993 the Vallejo Symphony performed in Akashi, Japan to commemorate 25 years of Sister City status between Akashi and Vallejo. Under Maestro Ramadanoff the VSO, with local chorus and soloist, performed Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy) in Akashi's Municipal Hall.Under the leadership of Marc Taddei (2016 to present) the Vallejo Symphony now performs a subscription series, and, as part its commitment to the musical experience of Solano County's children, presents a popular series of entertaining and educational Mini Concerts in southern Solano County elementary schools. Once per season VSO invites 800 students to the Empress Theatre to hear the orchestra in concert.

Who We Are:

Produce quality orchestral concerts for the general public. Produce educational concerts, plus in school performances that reinforce the existing curriculum.

Vallejo, CA, 94590