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History of the MSO

The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra (MSO) roots began in Framingham in 1973.  The group then rehearsed and presented concerts in the auditorium of the Framingham Civic League.  In 1979, Dr. Peter Cokkinias became the Music Director. He brought and brings a lifetime of professional conducting, musical performance, and teaching to the orchestra and to the audience.

In 1980, the musicians were invited to Marlborough. By then, Mayor,Joseph Ferrecchia, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, started to support the MSO. The following year, the orchestra became incorporated. Then, for 22 years, the group became known as the Greater Marlborough Symphony Orchestra.

In 2002, the organization changed its name to the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, to better reflect the population it serves. The orchestra’s musicians are residents of the Boston Metrowest community from all walks of life, from professional players to dedicated amateurs, who play for their love of music, and for the enjoyment of people of all ages in local towns.

In the succeeding 25 years, the MSO has continued to mature under the leadership and direction of Dr. Peter Cokkinias. The MSO performs a variety of classical and pops concerts in schools and public venues throughout the area, including Hopkinton, Framingham, Southborough and Franklin, in pursuit of its mission to provide musical enjoyment and opportunity for people in the Boston Metrowest community.

In 2018, the MSO began a relationship with Natick High School (NHS). The orchestra performs in the excellent Jeremiah Healy Auditorium. The orchestra is ready to provide many symphony performance opportunities for all capable Natick High School students and to provide special support for string students at NHS, as there is no formal string program offered by the school system. MSO is tremendously pleased to make Natick their home.

MSO support is highly varied and welcomed. Supporters include the audience at the performances, direct contributions by businesses and institutions, advertisements in our ad-book, fundraisers, donations, grants from the local cultural councils of Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Wayland, Southborough, Ashland, and the Massachusetts Cultural County. By far, it is the supporters and the volunteers behind the scenes that make all of this happen.

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