In Tune

“Where words fail,
music speaks.” 

Hans Christian Andersen


To promote classical music to the youth of Lancaster County and encourage interest in symphonic music.

Our History

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.

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 Finalists

This annual competition is sponsored by the Women’s Symphony Association.

Due to the pandemic and the uncertainty it creates, this year’s Youth Instrumental Music Competition will be held virtually.  Click on the button below for more details and the application.

The 2020 Junior and Senior finalists were as follows:

Junior Division
1st- Kevin Zhang
2nd- Daniel Huang
3rd- Holly Bogel
Senior Piano Division
1st- Katrina King
2nd- Shichang Chen
3rd- John Adkins
Senior Strings Division
1st- Lola Rublesky
2nd- Sarah Stoltzfus
3rd- Grace Naughton
Overall WSA $5000 Scholarship Winner
Katrina King

Youth Instrumental Competition Highlights

2020 Fashion Show- November 7, 2020

Thank you to everyone who has supported this year’s Virtual Fashion Show Luncheon  The ladies of the WSA are looking forward to seeing you Saturday from 11 am – 12pm for your lunch pick-ups

Our annual fashion show and basket raffle luncheon will be held a little differently this year.  For everyone’s safety we will be holding our fundraiser virtually.  Your event ticket includes access to our virtual fashion show, lunch catered by Greenfield Restaurant with 4 convenient pick up locations on November 7th.  In addition to the fashion show and lunch, your will also have 20 raffle tickets for entry to win our amazing raffle baskets plus entry for our $100 door prize.  Raffle winners will be announced during the Fashion show which will be accessible on November 7th here.

Click here for the J. Jill Fashion Show



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.

Organizations We Support

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

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 Orchestra Lancaster

Allegro has partnered with the Women’s Symphony Association to bring a fresh and exciting new perspective to the Youth Instrumental Music Competition.

Music for Everyone

A non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources to strengthen the roll that music plays in our schools and communities.

Gretna Music

Enriching the lives of audiences by bringing world-class musicians to perform great enduring music.

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.

Women’s Symphony Association
P.O. Box 6154
Lancaster, PA  17607
Women’s Symphony Association is a 501(c)(3) organization.