Since 2006, the NSO has sought to fulfill our mission of contributing to the community’s quality of life through free public performances of classical music, while providing a fulfilling artistic experience for adult professional, amateur, and advanced student musicians on Long Island.
Our predecessor organization, The Northport Community Orchestra, was formed as an affiliate of The Northport Chorale, Inc., and we held our first rehearsal in January of 2007.
Under the leadership of Music Director Richard Hyman, an East Northport resident and award-winning music educator, the orchestra debuted in of May 2007 at the Northport Chorale's 25th anniversary concert.
In 2008, the orchestra incorporated as its own entity. The orchestra serves as the only community orchestra on the North Shore of Suffolk County, New York, that rehearses in the evening, thereby offering musicians who work during daytime hours the opportunity to rehearse and perform classical music in an orchestral setting.
In January of 2010, we officially changed our name to the Northport Symphony Orchestra.
2016 saw the orchestra celebrating our 10th anniversary. The orchestra's success comes from our stability. Many of us, from the music director to the musicians to our devoted audience, have been with the orchestra since the very beginning, and the orchestra has grown with an influx of new members, young and old, all looking to become a part of our music-making family.
Our members, who are selected by audition, come from all walks of life. We are music educators, physicians, attorneys, engineers, librarians, business owners, retirees, and college students.
Many of us have been playing our instruments our whole lives. Some of us are musicians rediscovering our love for our instrument.
One thing, though, is certain: the enjoyment of playing music and of making it accessible to all members of the community through free concerts keeps us together and motivated.