The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra-In-Residence at MassBay Community College  (781) 235-0515

Players Note! The March 29 rehearsal is a full rehearsal, split rehearsal is April 5 -- questions? email

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All concerts held at MassBay Community College Auditorium, 50 Oakland St, Wellesley, MA

Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month at the WSO Family Concert hosted by Brian Hagar-McKee. This concert features our Young Soloist Competition winner flutist Elizabeth McCormack, WSO Orchestra member Ray Boggs on Tubby the Tuba and the Wellesley Middle School 6th Grade Chorus directed by Lauren Connors Narrated and hosted by Brian Hagar-McKee.

At 1:30 try the instruments at our instrument petting zoo, and at 2:15 enjoy the Show'n'tell with Leslie Holmes. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at Walgreen's in Wellesley, Wellesley Books, Steinert Pianos in Natick, on-line ( and at the door.

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Hailed as one of Boston's most versatile musicians, Max Hobart enjoys a highly respected position as a performer, conductor and teacher. Recently retired after 27 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hobart brings a rich perspective to his responsibilities as Music Director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra.

While Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO under Erich Leinsdorf, Willian Steinberg and Seiji Ozawa and as featured soloist with the Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, Hobart performed concerts at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and on frequent radio and television broadcasts as well as on numerous recordings for Phillips, DGG, Nonesuch and RCA. Concert tours have taken him throughout the United States and South America, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Soviet Union and China.

Prior to his arrival in Boston, Max Hobart was a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the National Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. As Concertmaster, he served the Boston Opera Company and the Handel and Haydn Society under Thomas Dunn in addition to the BSO and Pops.

A frequent guest conductor throughout the region and beyond, Hobart has led performances with the Boston Pops, the Pops Esplanade, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the New York All-State Orchestra and the Port Au Prince Symphony in Haiti, among others.

Max Hobart's diverse musicianship is augmented by a calling to share his knowledge and inspiration with his many students. His teaching engagements have included terms at Boston University, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center.

All concerts held at MassBay Community College Auditorium, 50 Oakland St, Wellesley, MA

Sunday, May 7, 3:00pm* - - All Russian

Season Finale featuring pianist Victor Li

The Wellesley Symphony presents Victor Li with Tchakovsky's Piano Concerto #1.
Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suite No. 2

Pre-concert talk with Leslie Holmes at 2:15

Click here to purchase May 9 tickets on-line

Tickets may be purchased in advance at
Walgreens (266 Washington St, Wellesley)
Wellesley Books (82 Central St, Wellesley)
on-line (above),
and at the Ticket Table at MassBay an hour before the concert.

Previous Concerts this Season

Sunday, October 16, 3:00pm* All Beethoven!

Overture to Prometheus, Romance for Violin, and the incomparable Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" Subscription series*

This all Beethoven concert featured his Symphony No 3, Overture to Prometheus, and Romance in F for violin - featuring Subaiou Zhang.

Pre-concert talk with Leslie Holmes at 2:15

Sunday, November 20, 3:00pm* Opera and Beyond Celebrating the World of Wellesley

The Wellesley Symphony welcomes baritone John Castillo with operatic arias by Mozart, Rossini, and Bizet. Rossini - "The Barber of Seville" Overture, Dvorak - Two Slavonic Dances and Enescu - Roumanian Rhapsody no. 1
Pre-concert talk with Leslie Holmes at 2:15

Sunday, December 18, 3:00pm - - Holiday Pops! Nancy Hoffmann Gerber, soprano with Douglas Gerber, guest conductor

Vocal selections from "Suddenly Christmas Eve" by Stephen Gerber
Our traditional "Two Front Teeth" Contest Winner, the audience holiday singalong, a visit from Santa and much, much more. Fun for the whole family

Sunday, February 5, 3:00pm* - - Classical Potpourri Tribute to Joseph Silverstein featuring BSO violinist Lucia Lin

Guest artists: Wellesley High School Chamber Orchestra
Sergey Khanukaev, guest conductor
William Grant Still - Dances of Panama Debussy - Children's Corner Suite Bruch - Scottish Fantasy, Lucia Lin, violin, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, March 19, 3:00pm -- Wellesley Symphony Family Concert

Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month at the WSO Family Concert, spotlighting musicians from the Wellesley Public Schools and the winner of the 2016 Young Soloist competition

Tubby the Tuba and much more. Narrated and hosted by Brian Hagar-McKee. At 1:30 try the instruments at our instrument petting zoo, and at 2:15 enjoy the Show'n'tell with Leslie Holmes.

1:30 Try the Instruments at our Instrument petting zoo
2:15 Show'n'tell with Leslie Holmes

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** Painting by Howie Green of the Wellesley Symphony. Mr. Green donated this picture, based on a picture by Mickey Goldin, to MassBay Community College in February of 2015. His work can be seen at
Play with us! -- Violinists / Violists / Cellists / Bassists

You'll love playing with us -- click on 'Tickets & Concerts' to see the season.

Rehearsals begin September 7, 2016 Wednesdays 7:15-10:00pm MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills
just off Route 9, near Riverside and Woodland T stops.

Interested? Questions? You know someone who might like to play with us? Contact

"Max brings a rare level of musicianship and leadership to the orchestra. I learn at every rehearsal and concert!" - WSO violinist

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Our mailing address is: Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 81860, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
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History of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1948 as the Wellesley Community Orchestra, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra was the brainchild of Wellesley residents: BSO violinist Rolland Tapley and Mrs. William Vogler. Maestro Tapley served as music director and conductor for nearly thirty years, offering three or four concerts each season, including a Pops Concert and a Youth Concert. Performances were held in various locations in Wellesley, Littleton and Framingham. Mr. Tapley retired in 1973 and was succeeded by Robert J. Prins (1972-1991) and Michael Webster (1992-1993). Max Hobart has been at the helm since 1993. Since 1984 the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra has been orchestra-in-residence at MassBay Community College.

Leslie Holmes, WSO President

Soloist, narrator, teacher, writer, and Wellesley College alumna, Leslie is an exciting performer rich with experience on radio, stage and in the classroom. Her vibrancy and expertise draw voice students from all over Boston, and she thrives on developing young artists who benefit from her dynamic experience. Leslie is also on the Board of Boston Singers Resource, Hosts the Cabaret Open Mic at the Amazing Things Arts Center, and is on the Advisory Board of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists and the Maud Powell Society.

The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra
Music Director
Max Hobart
Assistant Conductor
David Archibald
Board of Directors
Leslie Holmes
College Liaison
Dante DeGruttola
Vice President
Jan Schwaner
Young Soloist Competition
Dianne Mahany
Elaine Wu
Tim Hill
Susan Chudd
Penny Post
Database, Web Site
Chris Ten Eyck
Carol Davidson
Douglas Olsen
Associate Directors
Norman Abbot
Julian Marsh
Jennifer Belli
Sandra O'Connor
Wil Breden
Bill Costley
Honorary Board
Julia Scott Carey
Virgina Eskin
Bayla Keyes
Laura Carlo
John Finney
Thomas Oboe Lee
Ron Della Chiesa
John Harbison
Ned Rorem
Phyllis Curtin
Robert Honeysucker
Jayne West
Thanks to the Mass Cultural Council

The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition

In November each year, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra conducts its Young Soloist Competition. The Competition is generously hosted by the Dana Hall School of Music, whose Music Building at 103 Grove Street in Wellesley provides a friendly atmosphere and well appointed rooms for musicians and their accompanists to warm up and to perform for the judges. The audition room has two pianos.

The 2017 competition will be held on a Saturday in November, to be announced by Labor Day. The application will be very similar to last year's; Click here for the 2016 audition application

There is no application fee.

Each participant selects a concerto movement suitable to be performed with the WSO at our March family concert at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Auditions should be about 10 minutes long, and each participant is responsible for making arrangements with an accompanist. In addition to performing with the orchestra the following March, the winner receives a $500 award.

(NOTE: Applications for the WSO Young Soloist Competition are posted here on or before Labor Day each year. If you have any questions about the competition at any time, please contact Dianne Mahany by email at or by telephone at 978-443-5212. It is important to apply early; for the past several years, all slots have been filled almost 2 weeks before the published application deadline, and a waiting list has been put in place.)

We have a wonderful group of participants each year, including about 30 young musicians up to the age of 18 (the youngest in recent memory was 8 years old.) We welcome all orchestral instrumentalists and pianists to our competition. (It is always very difficult for the four judges - including Max Hobart, our Music Director, and David Archibald, our Assistant Conductor - to make a selection. We have occasionally chosen a runner-up.)

2016 Competition Winner - Elizabeth McCormack

Our 2016 competition winner is Elizabeth McCormack, a wonderful young flutist who played Fantaisie by Georges He, and it was just a terrific performance. She will perform with the orchestra at the WSO Family Concert on March 19, 2017.

Elizabeth is in the 11th grade at Needham High School. She started playing the flute when she was 10 years old and has received her training with Judy Grant at the Boston Flute Academy (BFA) where she is a member of the Conservatory Program.At BFA, Elizabeth has performed in master classes with world class artists such as Elizabeth Rowe, Linda Chesis, Marianne Gedigian, Geralyn Coticone, Christina Jennings, Linda Toote, Cynthia Meyers, Trudy Kane, Leone Buyse, Lady Jeanne Galway, Catherine Payne, Barthold Kuijken, and Carol Wincenc.

As an 8th grader, Elizabeth was a featured performer at Sir James Galway's concert at the BFA, and as a 9th grader she was awarded the BFA Citizenship Award. Elizabeth won the position of Principal Flute in the Massachusetts Eastern district orchestra for the 2017 Senior Eastern District festival, and was previously selected for the 2015 and 2016 Massachusetts Senior District festivals. She was also selected for the 2016 and 2017 Massachusetts All-State Festivals, as well as the 2017 All-Eastern District Honors Festival, which will take place in Atlantic City.

Elizabeth will be playing the He Fantaisie with the Boston Civic Orchestra, conducted by Max Hobart, in a concert at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire this June. She is a member of the Rivers Youth Symphony Orchestra and winner of the 2016 Rivers Concerto competition. Since 2013, Elizabeth has been a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She performed the Chaminade Concertino as winner of the 2016 BYSO Repertory Orchestra Concerto competition, and performed the iconic flute solo from Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf in Symphony Hall with the Boston Youth Symphony. Elizabeth was honored to represent BYSO at the Youth Arts Action Retreat with MassCreative at Artists for Humanity.

Also an accomplished piccolo player, Elizabeth has performed Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra under the direction of Federico Cortese and Orff's Carmina Burana under the direction of John Finney. During the summers, Elizabeth has studied at the BU Tanglewood Institute, NEC's Festival Youth Orchestra, and the Bonita Boyd International Flute Masterclass at Eastman School of Music.

In her free time, Elizabeth also enjoys figure skating, swimming, and playing with her golden retriever, Macy.

October 16, 2016*
November 20, 2016*
Opera and Beyond
December 18, 2016
Holiday Pops!
February 5, 2017*
Classical Potpourri
March 19, 2017
Family Concert
May 7, 2017*
All Russian
Ticket Prices - Adult: $25, Senior/Student: $20, Children under 12: free, MassBay Students/Staff/Faculty: free with Massbay ID