The Amherst Symphony

The Amherst Symphony provides Amherst and Western New York communities with a series of four free concerts a year from October to April. All (4) concerts are performed at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Amherst, NY.  The October, December and April concerts are presented Sunday evenings at 7:00pm, with pre-concert events at 6:15pm.  February's concert aims at family involvement with themes relevant to children, and is presented on Sunday at 3pm with pre-concert at 2:15. Each concert provides a variety of music designed to appeal and entertain those of all age groups and musical backgrounds. Outstanding talented special guest artists, often from the area, are featured at each concert. The concerts are family community "happenings" at an exceptional high artistic level.summerconcert

The orchestra is actively involved with school outreach programs to inspire young musicians and engage future audiences. The orchestra is involved in Amherst’s community life, by participating in such public activities as the annual Arts in Amherst day, Taste of Williamsville day and a Summer POPS concert at the Amherst Museum.

The purpose of the community orchestra experience is to provide a friendly atmosphere for volunteer, professional and amateur musicians of all ages and exciting guest artists who create the joyful sounds that are symphonic music. The musicians represent many different professions and many different western New York communities; they play for the love of making good music.

Become an orchestra member

Opportunities to perform in the Amherst Symphony, either as a substitute or as a regular full time member, do occur from time to time. The Amherst Symphony consists of approximately 75 full time members and 20 part time substitutes. We encourage prospective members to contact Richard Sowinski, Personnel Director, 8600 Northfield Rd,Clarence Center, NY 14032 or call 716-741-9264. New members will be mailed a packet of information consisting of rules, rehearsal times and concert dates. The success of the Amherst Symphony depends on the dedication of the membership. We have been extremely fortunate is securing avid professional and semi-professional musicians during the 64 year tenure of the orchestra. Attendance at rehearsals and concerts has been exceptional throughout the years and has contributed greatly to the success and notoriety of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. The Amherst Symphony consists of a variety of personnel from all walks of life. Teachers, doctors, housewives, professional and avid amateur musicians are just a few of the types of personnel that make up the roster of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. If you love music and want to pursue your interests as a performer, please consider joining the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.

Application for Membership Form download here