What is Symphony by the Sea?

Symphony by the Sea is an all-professional chamber orchestra performing classical symphonic music ranging from Baroque to Contemporary for audiences North of Boston.

The orchestra was founded by Royston Nash, conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony and former Music Director of London's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and a group of local and Boston area musicians desiring a professional but local alternative to community orchestras. The orchestra made its public debut at the Peabody Essex Museum in June 1981.

Since its inception, Symphony by the Sea has brought a standout array of soloists to the listening public, including such celebrated artists as Sarah Heaton, Pamela Frank, Stephanie Chase, Paula Robison, James Buswell, Frederick Moyer, Carol Wincenc and Augustin Hadelich, as well as outstanding members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Current Music Director Donald Palma served as a guest conductor several years ago.

In addition to regular subscription concerts, the orchestra has performed in various locations over the years, including Hammond Castle in Gloucester and the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington as well as Boston venues including Jordan Hall, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church and the Hynes Auditorium.

The orchestra is committed to introducing young people to the world of classical music. As part of an Education and Outreach service, classroom visits in schools and school concerts can be arranged. Our subscription series concerts have regularly featured emerging young stars of the music world.

New volunteers to Symphony by the Sea's staff and board of directors are always welcome. If you would like to play a role in the exciting cultural work of our organization, please contact us at info@symphonybythesea.org