The Thayer Symphony Orchestra, based in Leominster, Massachusetts, has changed the name and is branding now as New England Symphony Orchestra. With this new name the orchestra will continue serving its present audience while also reaching out, expanding and performing for a greater area and a larger audience. « The new name reflects this larger ambition, and also acknowledges that our orchestra members are some of the finest freelance musicians of several New England states, » the orchestra says in a press release.

The orchestra has a 42-year history and was once affiliated with the Thayer Conservatory at Atlantic Union College in Lancaster. « Even though there are no longer any connections with the conservatory or the college, this association has been a source of confusion over the years, » the orchestra said.

The New England Symphony Orchestra is led by music director John Roderick MacDonald.


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