The WARRNAMBOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Inc. was formed on 4th August 1988 at the instigation of Mrs. Robin Wright, a prominent musician and piano teacher, on her return to her native home, Warrnambool. The orchestra has been in continuous operation ever since.
The orchestra consists of mostly amateur musicians including secondary students, adult players and music graduate teachers. Players are expected to become members of the orchestra by payment of a modest subscription. Other sources of income are box office receipts from concerts, grants, donations and sponsorships.
The orchestra is an incorporated, not-for-profit association governed by a representative committee elected at the Annual General Meeting. The conductor is a member of the committee ex-officio. The committee meets monthly and deals with such issues as programming, choice of repertoire, dates, venues, publicity, pricing, social functions and administration
The Warrnambool Symphony Orchestra typically performs 3 concerts each year.
Many of the WSO’s players have progressed into the orchestra after having commenced with the Robin Wright Strings or school bands. Some have gone on to other orchestras and ensembles and even careers in music.
Prominent in the orchestra’s programming have been the popular Mothers Day concert and the November concert designed especially for children. Members of the orchestra contribute in other ways to the musical life of the city such as through playing for various musical productions, community fairs and festivals.