Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for the people of Northwest Connecticut through high quality orchestral performances and experiential music education programs. Read our entire Mission/Vision statement here. 

About the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Founded in May 1938 under the direction of Maestro Mario DiCecco, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has spent the past several decades promoting the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of symphonic and orchestral music. Originally incorporated as the Waterbury Civic Orchestra (1940), the Symphony and its mission have grown in both vision and artistic merit, expanding from a community orchestra to the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (1956). For the past 20 seasons, the WSO has been led by Leif Bjaland.

The Symphony draws over 100 talented musicians from across New England to perform in our concert series at the Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center in Waterbury and various locations throughout Litchfield County.

  • Through continued growth and development, the WSO aims to create and maintain a deeper connection with the local community. Additions to its concert series, fundraising events, a volunteer league and expanded educational programs are just a few ways the Symphony makes this happen.

    Strategic Plan and Artistic Vision

  • A clear Strategic Plan and strong Artistic Vision will lead us forward. Click to read these documents.


Leif Bjaland, Music Director and Conductor

A masterful conducting style and artistic vision accompany Leif Bjaland’s seasons with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. A Michigan native, Bjaland received his Master's in music from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of Gustav Meier and Elizabeth A.H. Green. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Music degree, awarded by Susquehanna University.

Following his debut conducting the New World Symphony in 1989, Maestro Bjaland received all-out praise from critics who have called him "a young sculptor in sound," and "one of the key figures in the development of the New World Symphony."

Bjaland has traveled the world throughout his career, guest conducting for several symphonies across the United States, Europe, Asia and New Zealand.

Maestro Bjaland has been a professor of music (Yale University, 1980s) and takes an active interest as a music director. He has also served as a conductor for several operatic productions. His skills and dedication make him an incredible addition to the WSO.

Board of Directors and Administrative Staff


Employment Opportunities

Being passionate about making a difference in people's lives is what working at Waterbury Symphony Orchestra is all about. Since our founding in 1938, we have maintained our mission to improve the quality of life for the people of Northwest Connecticut through high quality orchestral performances and experiential music education programs promoting the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of symphonic and orchestral music. Go to employment Opportunities



Would you like to be more involved with your Waterbury Symphony Orchestra? Become part of the WSO family – all ages welcome! Volunteers are a diverse group of individuals dedicated to supporting the Symphony’s music and mission.

You will support the WSO in cultivating patrons, building audiences, generating positive word of mouth and raising awareness of the Orchestra in its communities. Volunteer opportunities generally coincide with our performance season, which runs from September through June. Current projects include:

  • Greeting fellow patrons in the concert hall.
  • Assisting at special events and receptions.
  • Contacting patrons to thank them for their support.
  • Promoting performances in your community.
  • General office support.

New volunteer opportunities are being developed for the 2016-2017 season – we urge you to check back soon!

Interested volunteers should contact Kathleen Foltz at kfoltz@waterburysymphony.org


Program Notes

What is Accent? The new on-line essay notes which will fill you in before hand what the musician or music is all about.
Go online to check it out! www.waterburysymphony.org, go to
Program Notes.
Each event Waterbury Symphony concert-goers open their programs to read about the drama, the passion, and the inspiration behind the music they're hearing. You can read our exciting program notes online one week prior to select concerts. click here


Conductor Notes

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra would like to share with our patrons the Conductors Notes!
We strive to create a closer relationship with our various constituencies both inside and outside the organization; this includes, audience members, community supporters, staff, Board of Directors, musicians and the general public.
The Goal is to keep you informed! This newsletter fills you in on the upcoming concert events with the WSO but also other organizations in the community!

We would like to provide an opportunity to highlight extraordinary achievements of WSO stakeholders in our community.

To keep you informed on upcoming events across all areas of the WSO. Eduction Initiatives, Bravo Waterbury!, Classical and Pops Events of the Symphony, special event venues and so much more.

Call us! 203-574-4283 or e-mail to kfoltz@waterburysymphony.org We would love to hear about your ideas and suggestions on what you want to read.

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