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.

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 2018 Junior and Senior finalists were as follows:

Finalist in the Junior Competition
(students in grades 7-9):

  • Kevin Zhang, piano

Finalists in the Senior Competition
(students in grades 10-12):

  • Ethan Kim, piano
  • Dawson Freeman, piano
  • Jamie Chon, strings
  • Alex Markley, strings
  • Michael Rublesky, brass, woodwinds, percussion
  • Megan Lausch, brass, woodwinds, percussion

All finalists competed in the Young Music Masters Competition, performing with Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, on Sunday, June 10, at 3:00 p.m. at the Ware Center.

2018 First Place Winners

Dawson Freeman

Jamie Chon

Megan Lausch

Final Young Masters Competition Winner

Megan Lausch


Download the 2019 Application here.

2018 winners

Member Appreciation Event

To thank our members for their continued support of the Women’s Symphony Association and its mission, we held a Home and Garden Tour & Light Lunch on June 6, 2018.

It was a lovely event and we thank former Millersville University professor Dennis Denenberg for his gracious hospitality.


2018 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 J. Jill.


November 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Bent Creek Country Club

2017 Fashion Show Photos

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.
In memorium

Harriet Robbins  

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Board member Harriet Robbins. Harriet was the Immediate Past President of the Board and a long-time generous supporter of the organization. She will be greatly missed.

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.