The organization was founded in 1996 as the Waynesboro Community
Orchestra under the baton of Eric Stassen. In the organization’s debut
concert, 23 musicians performed works by Lully, Bach and Haydn. At
the final concert of the 2005-06 season, which celebrated the orchestra’s
10th anniversary, the organization officially adopted its current name. In
2006, Jean Montès succeeded Mr. Stassen, leading the ensemble for a
single season. In May 2007, Peter Wilson was appointed the Waynesboro
Symphony’s 3rd music director. Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, the WSO
twice was recognized as a Prizewinner in The American Prize for “Best
Community Orchestra Performance.” Highlights from recent seasons
include performances of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 4th
Symphony, Holst’s “The Planets,” Saint-Saëns’ 3rd “Organ” Symphony,
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and “Triple” Concerto, and Mahler’s 1st
Symphony. The WSO also performs an annual fundraising pops concert
each fall at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. The orchestra
regularly collaborates with professional soloists and remains committed to
the WSO String School, which provides free, after school lessons to Boys
and Girls Club members throughout the school year. The organization in its 25th season.