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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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

2015-2016 Season Concert Dates & Locations




No upcoming dates scheduled

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



Wed, April 15, 2015
Posted by Marlene Pauley on April 15, 2015 @ 4:19pm
Marlene’s Musings
April, 2015

The Russian composer, Rimsky-Korsakov, had never heard an orchestra until his father took him to St. Petersburg to enroll in the College of Naval Cadets. He was 12 years old. When he went to the opera it was not the stage spectacle or the singing, but the great sound rising from the pit that excited him most. Early in 1857, he wrote home:

Imagine my joy, tod...    Read More

Wed, January 28, 2015
Posted by Marlene Pauley on January 28, 2015 @ 2:15pm
January, 2015


This is my fifth season as Music Director of the wonderful Wayzata Symphony Orchestra. I’m thrilled that a hallmark of the season will be our performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Orchestra Hall on Feb. 22.

I have been a lover of great singing since I was a kid. My paternal grandmother, though not an opera singer per se, was soprano soloist in their Lutheran Church in Austin,...    Read More

Sat, November 1, 2014
Posted by Marlene Pauley on November 1, 2014 @ 1:22pm
Marlene’s Musings
November, 2014

Never say Never

When I was interviewed for this job, I was asked what repertoire I thought the orchestra could perform. I said, “We won’t be able to do Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra but there are so many other things we will be able to do.” This orchestra has grown so much and committed to such excellence that we are now ready for the Bartok.

Why i...    Read More


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