Hans Christian Andersen
To promote classical music to the youth of Lancaster County and encourage interest in symphonic music.
In 1953 a group of 13 women joined together to promote local symphony orchestras. Their first project was to sell beverages during intermission at a performance at a local high school. From that humble beginning has grown an organization supported in part by the Maude Bates Fund (begun in 1981) and the Barbara Little Endowment Fund (begun in 2002). While these two trusts help the WSA accomplish its mission, the support of the community, its partners and volunteers – people like you – is what fuels the inspiration of so many young people.
The Lasting Influence of a Music Education
Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
Music lessons in childhood provide an added defense in advancing age against memory loss, cognitive decline, and diminished ability to distinguish consonants and spoken words.
Inspiring Young Musicians to Make a Difference with their Talent
As varied as the notes on a musical score, so is the depth and breadth of our organization. Here is just a sampling of our focus areas:
Youth Instrumental Music Competition
This annual competition is sponsored by the Women’s Symphony Association in partnership with Allegro Orchestra. The 2019 Junior and Senior finalists were as follows:
First Place and $5000 Academic Scholarship Winner
Dawson Freeman, Pianist- Attending Millersville University
Second Place Winner
Jonathan Helm, Clarinetist Senior at Lancaster Country Day
Third Place Winner
Naomi-Jeanne Main, Violinist Sophmore at J.P. McCaskey High School
Other Finalist that participated
Sarah Stoltzfus, Violinist Lancaster Mennonite High School
Joselyn Castaneda, Flautist J.P. McCaskey High School
All Finalists competed in the Young Music Masters Competition, performing with the Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, on
Watch for the 2020 Application here.
Member Appreciation Event
Stay tuned for our Fall Members Meeting and Appreciation evening. Coming in September.
2019 Fashion Show
Our annual fundraiser – fashion show, luncheon and gift basket raffle – provides for music student scholarships while showing that classical music is always in style!
The latest fashions will be provided by Clementines
November 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Bent Creek Country Club
Organizations We Support
The core purpose of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is to enrich, entertain and educate the South Central Pennsylvania Community through unique live musical performances and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages.
Allegro has partnered with the Women’s Symphony Association to bring a fresh and exciting new perspective to the Youth Instrumental Music Competition.
A non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources to strengthen the roll that music plays in our schools and communities.
How You Can Make A Difference
The Women’s Symphony Association is hard at work in our community to promote classical music to young people and to encourage interest in symphonic music. With your help, the WSA can do even more to bring the classics to future generations. Become a WSA member, or become an individual/business partner, or volunteer with one of our many initiatives – all by following the steps on the membership form. The lives of countless young people will be enriched by your partnership.
P.O. Box 6154
Lancaster, PA 17607