In 1996, founding conductor and music director Stewart Kershaw assembled a talented group of regional musicians to form a symphony orchestra. The fully professional Auburn Symphony 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 classical music lovers from throughout King and Pierce Counties and beyond.

The Symphony has musicians and ensembles available to perform for schools and community groups. You can see a list of available educational outreach programs by clicking the tab "schools/community" located at the top of the page.

The orchestra's home is the Auburn Performing Arts Center in downtown Auburn. Parking and pre-concert lectures are free.

Chamber concerts take place at the intimate St Matthew Episcopal Church in Auburn and at the historic Mary Olson Farm during the summer.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra's Mission, Vision, and Core Values reflect what is truly important to us as an organization.


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 includes -

  • 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.

Contact Us

PO Box 2186
Auburn, WA 98071