One of the many orchestral groups in the United States, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a regular at the Clay Center in Charleston, West Virginia. The WVSO is currently under the guidance of Artistic Director and Conductor, Grant Cooper, former Resident Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
The group formed when 55 musicians gathered under the direction of William R. Want. The first rehersal on September 19, 1939, marked the first time that the Charleston Civic Orchestra (as it was known then) they played together. The concert was held at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium on the 14th of November that same year, to a very welcoming crowd. The orchestra then went on to perform its first children’s concert, pops concert, and opera and ballet. The group was renamed the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in 1943, then went on to become the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 1988.
In 2003, the WVSO performed its Inaugural Concert at the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, as part of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. With the new hall, Charleston is now able to offer world-class accoustics, commendable sight lines and superior amenities for its artists and audiences. Since then, the Symphony Orchestra has played for three seasons, and is already in the midst of its fourth at the Clay Center.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 2292
Charleston, WV 25328
Phone: (304) 561-3500
Fax: (304) 347-3623