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.
Like every performing organization, the UMW Philharmonic has had to forego our usual routines during the coronavirus crisis: in 2020-21 the entire season was virtual. The 2021-22 season is happening, but as the local situation develops, each event might be subject to different restrictions. These will be posted for each event (as the details are known) on the events calendar.