In 1996, Founding Conductor and Music Director Stewart Kershaw assembled a talented group of regional musicians to form a symphony orchestra. Now under the direction of Wesley Schulz, the fully-professional Auburn Symphony Orchestra has become one of the most acclaimed orchestras in the Northwest with its core of musicians from the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Each year, the Orchestra performs symphony programs and chamber ensemble concerts for orchestral music lovers from Western Washington and beyond.

The Orchestra's home is the Auburn Performing Arts Center in downtown Auburn. Chamber concerts take place at the intimate St Matthew Episcopal Church in Auburn and at the historic Mary Olson Farm during the summer.


Mission Statement

Auburn Symphony Orchestra changes lives and our South Puget Sound community through the shared experience of live orchestral music performances and by nurturing the relationship between our audience and our artists.



A community connected and nourished through live orchestral music.

Our present and future include

  • Frequent opportunities to engage with the musicians and other orchestral music fans.
  • An inclusive atmosphere that is welcoming and fosters a sense of belonging.
  • The active development of the next generation of artists and patrons.