The Fremont Symphony Orchestra brings live classical music to the San Francisco Bay Area to enrich the quality of life in the communities it serves by:
• Maintaining and promoting a professional, regional symphony of the highest possible artistic quality
• Seeking to reach all parts of the diverse communities it serves through accessible and affordable programming, activity and outreach
• Securing the future of concert music by providing imaginative and enriching musical experiences for children
• Striving to increase both the numbers and the musical sophistication of the adult audience
• Broadening the Fremont Symphony Orchestra’s activities through creative partnerships with other educational and artistic institutions
Since 1964, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra has brought live, classical music to the San Francisco Bay Area. Shaped by the nuanced artistry of the premier Guest Conductor Series, FSO delights audiences and enriches the quality of life in the communities it serves
Over a half-century ago the Fremont Philharmonic was just a dream about to be born —the dream of musicians and music lovers to make their own music as an independent local organization. Eugene Stoia, the orchestra’s first Music Director, joined them in June 1964 to make plans which would quickly lead to the creation of the Philharmonic. The governing Society was formed. The very first rehearsal was set for September, and the first concert was planned for that winter at Mission San Jose High School. The musicians were not paid, because all that could be offered then was the opportunity to make music for the love of it. Yet play they did, with verve, skill, and the determination to mold a new sound in the community.
Following its modest beginnings, when musicians had to pay one dollar to join, the Philharmonic grew and matured impressively, both in quality and numbers. Music Director Eugene Stoia was succeeded by William Galbraith and Jason Klein. The Orchestra’s sound also improved as a few professional musicians were hired to fill strategic positions.
David Sloss was chosen as Music Director in 1980. By 1983, all musicians were paid and the caliber of musicians gradually upgraded to a fully professional organization. In 1994 the Philharmonic adopted the name, “Fremont Symphony Orchestra,” performing exclusively at the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at Ohlone College for the next twenty seasons.
In 2012, Gregory Van Sudmeier succeeded David Sloss as Music Director and served through the end of 2014. In January 2015, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra announced the launch of its new Guest Conductor Series.
In 2014, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church was introduced as an alternate performance venue.