Symphony Orchestra


The Great Woods Symphony Orchestra is a 70-piece college-community ensemble based at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  Our mission is to provide an opportunity for musicians of all kinds to experience the excitement and joy of playing in an orchestra.   We are comprised of members of the general public as well as Wheaton students, faculty, and staff.  No orchestral experience is necessary. Membership is free.

We are committed to performing a broad repertoire of music from around the world, especially music by composers from groups traditionally under-represented on orchestra programs.

We routinely collaborate within nationally-prominent artists. In recent seasons we have performed along with Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Victor Romanul of the Boston Symphony, trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos of the Canadian Brass, violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), multi-media artist DJ Spooky, and guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan.  We also frequently perform with Wheaton faculty soloists and student winners of out Concerto-Aria Competition.

For complete information about the orchestra and to schedule an audition, visit our website: Great Woods Symphony Orchestra.

Join Symphony Orchestra


Each semester, the Great Woods Symphony Orchestra rehearses Mondays from 7:00-9:15 pm in Watson Fine Arts, Room 222. Violinists should expect to meet for an additional weekly sectional rehearsal.


Auditions for the GWSO are held at the beginning of each semester for players on all orchestral instruments. Contact Delvyn Case to schedule an audition.

Academic Credit

Students may elect to receive academic credit for participation in any large department ensemble. Ensembles award .5 credit for two semesters of participation. Students may register on WINDOW during official registration periods. All ensembles are listed under “Music Performance.” Registration in the second semester of the course is not automatic. Students should register for each semester of participation.

Community Members

The Great Woods Symphony Orchestra welcomes community members. Interested players should contact Delvyn Case for further information on joining.