Rainier Symphony is an artistically distinguished, 75-member community orchestra founded in 1981. The orchestra is composed of talented musicians ranging in skill from well-qualified students and amateur players, to internationally-renowned professionals. Our season includes five pairs of concerts plus an annual holiday concert performed at venues in Tukwila and other area locations.
The orchestra rehearses Tuesday nights from September through May on stage at the Foster Performing Arts Center in Tukwila, which was designed by renowned architect Armand Marion. Our orchestra members are volunteers who have auditioned and demonstrated a high level of proficiency. Our orchestra draws from a wide range of vocations and professions; people who see music as an avocation and who love music.
Mission: To provide the finest community orchestra in the Puget Sound area by creating an atmosphere that attracts and retains musicians committed to individual and ensemble excellence.
History: We've compiled a listing of every Rainier Symphony concert since the very first in November 1981.
- Jeffery N. Lund
- David Waltman, Music Director Emeritus, 2014 - present
- David Waltman, 2002 – 2014
- Paul Mori, 1996 – 2001
- Joseph Pollard White, 1986 – 1996
- Donn Weaver, 1983 – 1985
- Donald Hartman, 1982 – 1983
- Richard Polf, 1981 – 1982
Non-Discrimination: Rainier Symphony is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, and concert attendees. The Symphony does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or veteran status in any of its activities or operations.