Now in its 101st season, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra played its first concert on December 28, 1913, under the organization and imagination of G. Herbert Clarke, a Kingston violin teacher with a passion for music and a vision of shared musical fellowship with the community.
Today's orchestra comprises all professionally trained musicians who come from diverse academic backgrounds, a variety of countries, and who bring a world-class level of precision, skill and dedication.
With the exception of two years during World War II, the orchestra has been in continuous operation since 1913. In 1973 the orchestra became a chartered, non-profit corporation and experienced a period of significant growth in both programming and support.
Under the guidance of Music Director and Conductor Steven Karidoyanes, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra has taken its place as a major cultural force in southeastern New England. Today, the Phil plays to critical acclaim, premieres pieces from leading composers, performs with world-renowned soloists, and has performed in venues across the region.
Beyond the concert season, the Phil presents a wide range of live music and educational programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. Working with educators, leaders and community partners, the Phil reaches well beyond Plymouth, serving as innovator and advocate for music for all.
Since his appointment in 1994, Steven Karidoyanes continues to raise the orchestra to new levels of distinction with a commitment to artistic excellence, music education, and community outreach.