About the Suburban Symphony
The Suburban Symphony Orchestra occupies a unique position in the rich musical community in Northeast Ohio. In a city alive with music making, Suburban bridges the gap between the area’s renowned professional organizations and its many volunteer ensembles. The orchestra, based at Beachwood High School, has built a solid community following over the past 65+ years, presenting five free concerts throughout the season.
A number of the orchestra’s members are music professionals. Other members are well-trained volunteer musicians with chosen vocations in other fields ranging from medicine to education. All are highly skilled instrumentalists who are true lovers of their art.
Music Director Domenico Boyagian
Maestro Domenico Boyagian was appointed Music Director of Suburban Symphony Orchestra in 2018, following the long tenures of Robert C. Weiskopf and Martin Kessler. Mr. Boyagian is the Music Director of Cleveland Opera Theater. In addition to local appearances, he has conducted across the United States. In recognition of his talent, Boyagian was named “one of ten most successful Italians in the US” by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in New York City and is a “Most Distinguished Artist” grant recipient from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland.
Young Soloists Concerto Competition
Check back soon for details on our 2021-2022 competition
Each year, talented Northeastern Ohio music students in grades 7-12 (ages 13-18) audition for the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the Suburban Symphony. For many, it is their first opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra. This tradition has been in place since the orchestra began, and is an essential part of the orchestra’s purpose. Many concerto winners, including pianist Orion Weiss and Cleveland Orchestra members Eliesha Nelson and Diane Mather, have gone on to distinguished professional careers.
Due to Covid 19, our spring 2021 winners performed a virtual concert with piano accompaniment. Performances were streamed live on Facebook May 16, 2021 at 3pm.
We are grateful to the Ohio Arts Council for their support of this year’s competition.
Interested in Joining the Orchestra?
We’d love to hear from you! We are actively recruiting new strings, particularly in our violin and bass sections.
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7:30-10:00 pm at Beachwood High School late August through mid-May. We perform five concerts per year on Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals for 2021 start August 25, but we accept new members throughout the season.
Contact us to inquire about joining! Be sure to give some background information about what instrument you play, teachers, and prior orchestral experience. You’ll be invited to join a rehearsal or two to try us out and then asked to perform an brief audition of two contrasting selections of your choice after rehearsal.