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Why invest in the Albany Symphony?

The Albany Symphony is one of this region’s most revered music and cultural organizations. When you support the Albany Symphony, you are supporting one of the country’s most innovative and creative orchestras, and a central facet of culture and vitality for our community. You are enabling our award-winning education and community outreach programs to grow, so we can spread the power of music throughout the community, the classrooms and the concert halls of the Capital Region.


  • Recorded the GRAMMY Award-winning CD of John Corigliano's Conjurer for percussion and orchestra, featuring soloist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
  • Recently proclaimed by the American Record Guide as “now one of the country’s great orchestras.”

  • One of the most innovative orchestras in the nation for contemporary programming and the support of living composers.

  • The only orchestra to perform on two "Spring for Music" festivals at Carnegie Hall, in May 2011 and in 2013.
  • Recipient of coveted Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding for new three-year “Composer to Center Stage" program.

  • Repeat participant in Meet the Composer’s highly-prized "Music Alive" program.

  • Nationally selected among orchestras for the Institutional Vision Program through the League of American Orchestras.


  • Innovative Educational Programs that reach a large portion of the Capital Region’s youth, including both Albany and Troy City School Districts, earning numerous awards including the Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.

  • Outstanding composer residencies that bring acclaimed living composers into our community to work with students of all ages.


  • Albany Symphony performs in 5 venues across the Capital Region serving more than 150,000 people within a 75-mile radius covering more than seven counties and parts of three states.

  • The orchestra attracts a diverse audience – in age, economic standing, and cultural background – to our performances.

  • We offer concerts tailored to many different musical tastes:

    • Tiny Tots performances for ages 3-6

    • Sunday Symphony Family Concerts appropriate for all ages.

    • Classical Concerts centered around adventurous programming that combine new contemporary music with classic compositions.

    • Dogs of Desire – Music-lovers of all ages delight in this adventurous and uniquely original new music ensemble.

    • Composer Readings that offer a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the compositional process and the best new talent of today.