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. Maestro  Boyagian, Music Director of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Opera Theater, has been praised as a “born conductor” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and has dedicated himself to symphonic music and opera. Producing performances of compelling artistry and beauty, Boyagian “appears to be a conductor for whom the music is the sole point of standing before musicians.” (Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer)

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Maestro Boyagian is the proud son of internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera Verdi Baritone, the late Garbis Boyagian, who inspired his son’s innate passion for opera and appreciation for vocal artists. In 2000 Boyagian came to the USA to further his musical studies, after receiving diplomas from Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and  Conservatorio “G. B. Martini” in Bologna, Italy; and he holds degrees from  the Cleveland Institute of Music and California State University, Northridge. In recognition of his burgeoning talent, Boyagian was named “one of 10 most successful Italians in the U.S.” 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, Ohio.

Young Soloists Concerto Competition

About the Competition

Spring 2021 Winners

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. All orchestral instruments, including piano, are invited to audition. 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.

Audition Info

Auditions in November,
Concerts in February

Congrats to our 2021-22 winners, performing Feb 13!

Marina Ziegler, violin
Marina Ziegler, violin
Matthew Chang, piano
Matthew Chang, piano
Isabelle Liu, violin
Isabelle Liu, violin

Interested in Joining the Orchestra?

We’d love to hear from you!  We are actively recruiting players for 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. New members are accepted throughout the season, so contact us any time!

 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.