About Aiken Symphony Orchestra
Who We Are
The Aiken Symphony Orchestra, a not-for-profit IRS 501 (c)(3) organization, brings a dramatic enhancement to the music culture of Aiken. Established in 2015 by founding board members Thomas Hofstetter, David Allen, Doris Begley, Sandy Costanzo, and Beverley Zigelman as well as founding conductor/musical director Dr. Donald Portnoy, the ASO represents an ensemble of some of the best professional classical instrumentalists from South Carolina and Georgia. On par with a number of regional orchestras from larger towns and cities, the Aiken Symphony Orchestra greatly adds to the vitality and sophistication required of Aiken in order to attract new businesses, employees, and recent retirees to our community.
The ASO also works to enhance music education among the students of the Aiken community. To read more about our educational outreach efforts and to view the generous sponsors of these programs, please visit our Educational Outreach section.
The Aiken Symphony Orchestra endeavors to provide artistic leadership to the greater Aiken community through the presentation of symphonic music that educates, entertains, and enriches the human spirit.
In April 2011, a professional symphony orchestra was assembled by Maestro Donald Portnoy to accompany world famous Metropolitan Opera star Frederica von Stade in her farewell concert held at the USCA Etherredge Center in Aiken. Originally named the “Orchestra of the Midlands,” its core musicians were among the finest professional symphony orchestra players residing in South Carolina and Georgia.
We are most pleased that Aiken has gained its own professional symphony orchestra. Befitting its new identity as “Aiken’s own,” the old name, “Orchestra of the Midlands” has been retired. In its place is a new identity, the “Aiken Symphony Orchestra.”
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Mailing Address: 262 Eastgate Drive,
Aiken, SC 29803