The newly named "West Virginia Symphony Orchestra - Parkersburg" (WVSO-P) was established in March of 1988, as the "Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society" (MOVSS). The purpose was to bring West Virginia Symphony Orchestra concerts to the Mid-Ohio Valley region from Charleston, and to provide a "second home" for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional, unionized orchestra. Its members are chosen by nationally competitive auditions. Most of them hold advanced degrees in music, and many perform on a regular basis with other distinguished ensembles, including the Cincinnati Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Music educators are also well-represented in the WVSO. Teaching members of the WVSO hold positions ranging from the elementary through the university level, and there are many others who teach their instruments on a private basis.
In its inaugural season, the MOVSS presented the WVSO in a successful three concert series. The Society sought to increase the number of concerts for the 1989-90 season and to expand its geographical audience reach. The MOVSS was the recipient of the Artsbridge "1990 Organization of the Year" award. The MOVSS continued with a four concert season until 2003-04 when it added a Holiday Pops concert to the schedule.
The MOVSS felt that it was vitally important to have musical programs in the school systems, and for that reason, began providing students with a "Young People's Concert" in 1993. The education program has continued to grow and now consists of four separate presentations for students of various age groups each year.
In January of 2004, the Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society changed its name to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to better reflect what it is. It will remain an independent Board of Directors dedicated to both its mission and to continue to provide the only regularly scheduled, fully professional, symphonic concert series in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Our Board of Directors
Mary Ann Osborne - Chairman
Beverly Kerr - Vice- Chairman
Sally Harris - Treasurer
Priscilla Leavitt - Secretary
Jane Harris - Corresponding Secretary
Sue Ellen Johnson