If you love making music in groups and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow musicians, the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra is for you!
Now starting our 34th season, the WPO is the community orchestra that is Waltham’s longest-running classical music organization. We pride ourselves on high-quality performances and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The WPO is a non-audition orchestra that performs a great mix of beloved standard pieces and more challenging, creative programming. Our award-winning Music Director, Michael Korn, sets a standard in which our musicians push the envelope of their talents, yet have a very satisfying experience and sense of accomplishment after every concert.
In addition to the orchestra, we form chamber groups that perform at various functions throughout the city. We care about our musicians, foster a congenial atmosphere, and even have complimentary refreshments at rehearsals.
Come and check us out; we’ll be happy to discuss our upcoming season and how you can become a part of the best classical performances to be found in Waltham and the surrounding MetroWest area.
Recently featured as the young artist of Winsor Music and a rising star at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s gala, Mitsuru Yonezaki studies with Joanna Kurkowicz, having begun the violin with Fudeko Takahashi. During her time at the NEC Prep School, Mitsuru was frequently the youngest member of the orchestras, including the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at age 11. In 2012, Mitsuru was a junior finalist at the Music Teachers National Association as the state and regional representative. She also earned the Grand Prix and Special Award for Artistic Excellence at the Kobe International Music Competition, which resulted in performance engagements in Japan and Italy. Other travel experiences include tours to Costa Rica, Slovakia, Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland, which have led to performances in Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Berlin Philharmonie, among other venues. She anticipates a tour to Brazil this summer with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, of which she is the current co-concertmaster, and will return to the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School for her fifth summer.