WSO People

My hope is that from the seeds we have sown here the interest and love for good music will continue to grow in Windsor and that this fine city will be proud of its cultural development, as I am proud to be a Canadian and a Windsorite.”   (Matti Holli, Windsor Daily Star, February 7, 1951.)

 

Maestro Laszlo Gati conducting trafficMaestri/ Conductors

A conductor of a modern orchestra is a true multi-tasker.  One has to be a good leader, educator, fund-raiser, entertainer and most of all, a well-rounded musician.  If the position is a combination of a conductor and music director, then the person must also take on the tasks of planning and programming the orchestra’s annual season and overseeing the educational component of the orchestra’s structure. For information on individual conductors,  Read more…

Musicians/ Orchestra Members

Having a symphony orchestra in a relatively small Canadian city such as Windsor has been a boon to local musicians, and Windsor is fortunate to have a nexus of talented people from the area and abroad who play in the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  Many of the early orchestra members who had a day job elsewhere played with an orchestra just for the chance to play in a larger group. For information on musicians and groups,  Read more…

Multiculturalism and Outreach

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra has always reflected Windsor’s rich multicultural history in its programming, outreach and artists. This began with founding conductor Matti Holli, who often demonstrated pride in his native Finland in his music. Holli often drew on other talented new Windsorites to perform with the WSO, such as baritone Petro Boyan Bolechiwksy who shared Ukrainian folk songs during a 1950 WSO concert. For information on multiculturalism and outreach,  Read more…   

Women 

As an organization, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra has not only welcomed women to its corps of musicians, administration and management but without the leadership of women volunteers, the WSO would not have existed.   The Art Gallery of Windsor and the Windsor Public Library have similarly benefitted from the work of women. For information on women,  Read more…

PBJ string pluckingChildren

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra has provided music for children and many opportunities for children and teens to play and perform with the orchestra. “Young People’s Concerts” were announced as part of the regular season in the 1962-63 season brochure, with concerts held on Saturday mornings at the Cleary Auditorium.  For information on children,  Read more…

Fundraising/Volunteers 

It is a challenge to fully acknowledge the hours of dedicated labour, privately-donated millions of dollars and goodwill that the volunteers of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra have offered to the organization through the decades, and still do today. For information on fundraising/volunteers,  Read more…

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