Mission and Objectives
The Salem Philharmonia Orchestra provides an opportunity for musicians and audiences in Salem, Oregon and surrounding communities to participate in affordable performances of high quality symphonic literature in Salem, Oregon.
The objectives of the symphony are simple: to make live symphonic music easily accessible to the community at a low cost, and to give community members of all ages and ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to play in a symphony orchestra.
The Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, a semi-professional community orchestra, was formed in 2012 to fill the void in the region’s musical community caused by the absence of a symphony orchestra. The first rehearsal on February 7, 2012 was the culmination of three years of planning by Dr. Sean Paul Mills, Artistic Director, and Terry Rohse, President.
Repertoire is selected from the wealth of literature available for full symphonic orchestra. Examples of literature to be performed include: overtures by Mozart, Schubert, and Rossini; short works by Barber, Lara, and Mendelssohn; symphonies by Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert; and concerti by Bach, Mozart, and Brahms. Programs may also be developed around selections from light operas and musicals as well as themes.
Highly skilled members of the ensemble will have opportunities to perform as soloists, thereby acquiring additional experience at a level of musicianship not traditionally available to them. When member soloists are not available, inspiring guest soloists from the region will be approached to appear with the ensemble.