History and Mission
Since its founding in 1980, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra has evolved from a small yet highly respected community-based chamber orchestra into a professional orchestra of the highest artistic quality. Offering orchestral, pops, and chamber music concerts, as well as lecture events, children’s programs, and innovative collaborative programming, the orchestra is Princeton’s hub for classical music knowledge, a gateway to the greater Princeton cultural community, and a means of connecting with like-minded music enthusiasts.
Now in his third season with the PSO, Music Director Rossen Milanov continues to take the orchestra to new artistic heights. Under Maestro Milanov’s direction, the PSO has received praise for offering audiences “the best of all interpretive worlds,” turning Princeton into “a serious cultural destination” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2010).
Guided by an extraordinary Board of Trustees, the orchestra is now widely recognized as one of the region’s finest music organizations. As a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community, the PSO regularly partners with local organizations such as the Princeton University Art Museum, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Princeton Public Library, and the Arts Council of Princeton, in addition to dozens of Central New Jersey school.
The PSO is proud to be a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ highest honors: a Citation of Excellence and designation as a Major Arts Institution. In June 2011, the orchestra was nationally recognized with a prestigious ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for Adventurous Programming.
The PSO is a member of the League of American Orchestras, a professional organization dedicated to helping orchestras meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The mission of the PSO is to provide extraordinary musical experiences and to do so as an integral part of the greater Princeton community. To accomplish its mission, the PSO will:
• Attract and support outstanding musical talent;
• Present artistically excellent performances of traditional and new classical music, bringing musicians and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy;
• Provide children and adults with educational opportunities that build understanding and appreciation of classical music, musicians, and music making;
• Connect concerts with innovative programs and events in partnerships with local organizations, attracting a diverse audience and enriching the cultural life of our community.