The Mary Washington College and Community Orchestra was founded by Dr. James Baker in 1970, and has served as a vital public face for the university and for the music department. From the start, the ensemble brought together student, faculty, and community musicians in order to perform orchestral repertoire together–on campus and elsewhere (in Carnegie Hall, in various cities in the United States, and on several international tours). Dr. Baker, Kevin Bartram (under whom the name of the ensemble changed to the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra), and now Glenn Quader have developed substantial community support for the orchestra, providing each year scholarship awards to every student in the group and enabling partnerships with a wide variety of artists over the years.
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The 2021-22 Season Finale is April 16 at 8:00 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. The concert is free, and no reservations are required. COVID protocols have been relaxed: masks are strongly encouraged, but vaccination cards or negative tests are no longer required for admittance.