The Folsom Symphony was established in 2004 to bring beautiful symphonic music to the Folsom Lake region. Through the commitment of our three founders – Bruce Woodbury, Dick Merz and Marsha Williams – along with our first music director, Michael Neumann, our dedicated musicians and scores of hard-working volunteers, we are proud now to be the premier orchestra for Folsom and its surrounding communities.
Our mission statement contains two important goals: present high-quality symphonic performances for our audiences and educate young people to enjoy and appreciate classical music. With the retirement of Maestro Neumann, who remains as Music Director Emeritus, we begin our 11th season with a new music director and conductor, Peter Jaffe. Maestro Jaffe continues to lead exciting symphonic performances while bringing some new musical experiences to our patrons.
"What a wonderful sound the orchestra has! The whole program was just wonderful. I loved the special details that were in the program, especially Jesse and the runner. What a concept to have the runner in "Chariots of Fire." Had she been stage before? What a good voice and demeanor Jesse had. It was one of the best shows we've ever seen." - Pam McCoy, Mountain Ranch
“I moved here from Salt Lake City where I supported the symphony and ballet. I believe that the Folsom Symphony with the ease of parking and more intimate setting plus first rate musicians and a "teaching" conductor is just perfect for my daughter and me. February’s Tales of Love was delightful. Linda Wang and ‘The Butterfly Lovers Concerto’ was mesmerizing. Looking forward to more exciting music and talented solo artists.” – Doris Walters, Folsom
"The ‘Tis the Season holiday concert with Peter Jaffe was a visceral, bristling performance. The music was spirited, not often heard but very enjoyable. The blend too between choir and orchestra was perfect! A very nice showcase of amazing talent." – Lou Peele, Folsom
"A very enjoyable concert. It's always rewarding to hear familiar music live, especially true of Respighi." – Chuck Kooshian, Los Alamos, New Mexico
“Saturday, October 25, 2014 was a night to remember at the Folsom Symphony’s performance of ‘Majesty.’ Peter Jaffe, our new conductor, is totally involved in the music and is fun to watch as he conducts this talented group of musicians. Pines of Rome by Respighi, our favorite piece, was exciting, especially with the horn sections on both sides of the balcony above us. WOW!!! Can't wait for the next performance. – Bill and Carol Estee, El Dorado Hills
"Saturday night¹s performance of Pines of Rome was captivating and truly a world class performance by Maestro Peter Jaffe and the Folsom Symphony. The evening was filled with unique sounds that transported you back into Roman life complete with the sounds of swallows above and children playing; Gregorian chants and nightingales singing. The versatility of the Folsom Symphony is amazing and a treasure for the entire region. Magnificent performance!" – Marie Mitchell, El Dorado Hills
"I absolutely loved your "Out of This World" concert. Maestro Jaffe did a fabulous job leading the orchestra and engaging the audience. The energy was fantastic and the programming was a nice blend of light classics and pops music. I especially liked the excerpts from Holst's "The Planets," the "Star Trek" medley, and "Ride of the Valkyries." Maestro Neumann did a fine job bringing the orchestra up to this level and should be proud handing off the baton to such capable hands. Can't wait for the 2014-15 season!." – Bettina Uno, Walnut Creek Read More Testimonials