The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra

The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra brings together acomplished and passionate musicians to engage the community with enlightening concert presentations. Guided by principles of excellence in performance and organization, members enjoy an environment of fun, trust, honor and exchange. Read More >
MUSIC DIRECTOR
Marlene Pauley
Photo: ©2013
Dawn Anderson

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Give To The Max Day is November 13, 2014. Please make the WSO one of your donors this year!



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Notable Quotes



"Working with the WSO was a joyful, and heartfelt experience. Serving the community in such committed way has infinite value. WSO is everything a community orchestra should be!"
- Tony Ross & Beth Rapier, principal & assistant principal cellists, the Minnesota Orchestra

"The musicianship of the ensemble is nothing short of remarkable. Every musical element was presented with a crystalline clarity that made the music come to life for me."
- Kevin Gibbs, composer

"We really enjoy the historical and educational nature of the concerts. It is extraordinarily interesting to hear about where the music came from. The enjoyment of the music is enhanced when you understand what brought it to life."
- Steve & Laurie Johnson

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Contact Us



Wayzata Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 697
Wayzata, MN 55391
info@thewso.org

2014-2015 Season Concert Dates & Locations



Oct 12 @ 3:00pm
Wayzata Community Church
Nov 16 @ 3:00pm
Wayzata Community Church
Feb 22 @ 3:00pm
Orchestra Hall
Mar 1 @ 3:00pm
Wayzata Community Church
Mar 22 @ 3:00pm
Wayzata Community Church
May 3 @ 3:00pm
Wayzata Community Church
May 9 @ 7:30pm
Roseville Lutheran Church


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Become a Member



Being a part of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra is an enviable position. The level of musicianship, the obvious camaraderie, and the pure fun the musicians have on stage is palpable.

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Free Concerts!



  • No tickets needed
  • Donations gratefully accepted
  • Free parking

Marlene's Blog



Sat, September 20, 2014
Posted by Marlene Pauley on September 20, 2014 @ 6:56am


SO excited to be starting my 5th season conducting the WSO – and what a season it will be! We open with Osmo Vanska playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto! Since my first exposure as a young clarinetist, I have welcomed every opportunity to delve deeper into this beloved masterpiece. To have Osmo Vanska in the house to perform it is such a thrill. NOT TO BE MISSED!

Two other audience favo...    Read More

Wed, April 16, 2014
Posted by Marlene Pauley on April 16, 2014 @ 8:44pm
Studying scores is a blast for me. But, studying a score that is brand new is even better. Holding a new score in your hands is a humbling thing, sort of like holding a new-born baby in your arms. You feel the wonder of a new creation and you feel the tremendous responsibility to try and nurture its path forward. The task is to figure out what is there, beyond notes, rhythms, articulations and...    Read More

Sun, January 26, 2014
Posted by Marlene Pauley on January 26, 2014 @ 8:18pm
Inspiring Voices – singer, Bruce Henry and composer, Florence Price

Back in 2003 I heard a podcast of Joe Carter and Krista Tippett (MPR "ON BEING") talking about the 'back stories' for the Negro Spirituals.  Normally I do other things while I listen but that day I sat down and listened to the entire show.  What intrigued me was how VERY little I knew about those extremely familiar songs.  I he...    Read More


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