self defense

It is with a grateful heart that I introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. As an alumna of Pacific Lutheran University, I am happy to return to Tacoma from the cold winters of Sun Valley, Idaho where I served as the martial arts director teaching classes on self defense, at the same time at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, I begin my work with the TSO. I look forward to reuniting with old friends and developing relationships with you, our dedicated patrons, in the coming season.

As we embark upon our 2003-2004 Diamond Anniversary Season and I am thrilled to be a part of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. With the inspired musical leadership of Maestro Harvey Felder and the success that has come from his dedication over the past ten years, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra is in a position for future growth and will continue to be a strong presence in the Northwest performing arts community.

Our community can rely on high quality music and dedicated outreach of our organization through your continued support. I extend a warm invitation to you to join the Symphony family this season whether through sponsorship, in kind donations, endowments, contributions, season subscriptions, or as a valuable volunteer. Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Development Director, Shelly Harris, will be delighted to answer any questions and guide you in your support of our many giving opportunities.

If you are already a member of our family, I thank you! Your dedication allows the TSO to continue to grow musically, expand our reach into the community, and to touch the hearts and lives of our audience members. The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra is a source of pride in our community and we are eager to celebrate with you during this Diamond Anniversary of Maestro Harvey Felder.

This year promises a delightful season of music and I am proud to be a part of one of the finest symphonies in the Northwest. I look forward to serving the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Tacoma community and you, an important member of the Symphony family.

Warmest Regards,

maestro’s corner

Dear Friends of the Symphony-

The 2003-2004 season marks my 10th year, a “Diamond” anniversary as Music Director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. It hardly seems possible that nine seasons ago I arrived in Tacoma to begin the work of building a professional symphony. Faced with an illustrious tradition to grow, I began an artistic journey that has come to define me as a conductor and a person. The time has flown by, a true indication of the joy and pleasure which is the essence of my work in Tacoma.

During our 2003-2004 Diamond Season, I want to recognize the accomplishments of our entire organiztion. Building the orchestra would not have been possible were it not for the tireless work and dedication of many individuals. My heartfelt appreciation extends to the talented musicians, the dedicated Board of Directors, the hard-working administrative staff, the generous individuals, foundations and corporations and to you, the community.

We highlight this sparkling season by bringing back some of your favortie artists, presenting top selections of the past decade and showcasing TSO musicians as soloists. Additionally, we will play compositions never-performed in Tacoma and a few surprises as the season unfolds.

I invite you to join us as we celebrate this milestone year in the history of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Tacoma now has one the finest symphonies in the Northwest. Let’s rejoice in our accomplishments and look to the next 10 years for even greater achievements. In this 2003-2004 Diamond Season, I am proud to conduct YOUR orchestra.


Tacoma Symphony Education Programs
Pre-Concert Conversations or lectures are open to all ticket holders prior to each Classical concert. Dr. Gregory Youtz, Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, presents a lively and educational “conversation” about the concert to be performed after the lecture.

Other Education Opportunities:

*Master Classes with visiting guest artists are offered in cooperation with the University
of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. Admission is free and dates are based
on artist availability.

*Maestro Lectures by Harvey Felder are available for college or private groups of over
30 people. Educational lectures dealing with repertoire to be performed during the season can be requested based on Maestro Felder’s availability.


Tacoma Symphony’s fifth grade education program, Simply Symphonic has become an
educational mainstay in Pierce County – providing innovative and inspirational instruction,
creative ideas for teachers and musical links to all areas of curriculum. Visiting musicians
talk about the value of teamwork, communication and perseverance: successful trits in
high-acheiving adults. Open to public, private and home-school groups in Pierce and
South King County, registration begins in October 2003. Curriculum materials are
delivered in April 2004 and bus-in concerts will occur at 10:00 and 11:30 on May 4, 5
and 6, 2004.

“The music was phenomenal and beautiful. I wish I could have had it last longer, but I couldn’t stop time…”

Cory, Salter’s Point Elementary
Steilacoom School District

“This unique experience helps instill an affinity and immediate
reg ard for the cultural arts in our students, providing a
foundation for life-long arts appreciation which will mature as
they do.”

Dr. Jim Shoemake, Superintendent
Tacoma Public Schools

“I think this program was an exceptional opportunity for fifth-graders. I heard many positive comments from students and parents. The Teacher’s Guide was terrific! Well done on all counts…”

Teresa Jeffries, Salter’s Point Elementary

Additional Simply Symphonic funding generously donated by:

Baker Family Foundation
E.K. & Lillian Bishop Foundation
Dimmer Family Foundation
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Hearst Foundation Endowment
Florence Kilworth Foundation
Rainier Pacific Foundation
Union Bank of California Foundation
Washington Mutual Foundation
Corporate Council for the Arts
Pierce County Arts Commission


During the past decade Geoffrey Paul Boers has emerged as one of this region’s leading choral conductors and teachers. His choirs have performed at national and regional conventions of choral conductors and music educators, earning high praise for their expressivity and technical artistry. Recent conducting engagements have included Fawshawe’s African Sanctus at the Sydney Opera House, last season’s Mozart’s Requiem and Vespers at Carnegie Hall and the Northwest premier of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings with the renowned Kronos Quartet. He has also conducted in London, England, Bangkok, Thailand, and the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.

In addition to his work with the Tacoma Symphony Chorus, Dr. Geoffrey Paul Boers is in his eighth year as Choral Director at the University of Washington, in Seattle, where he conducts the UW Chamber Singers, a choir of graduate and advanced singers, and the University Chorale, the department’s premier undergraduate vocal ensemble. This season the Chamber Singers will be performing for the National Convention of the Association of Schools of Music as well as presenting Bach’s masterpiece B Minor Mass in June.



1. Do you offer group discounts?

-20% for groups of 8 or more.

2. Do you have a Senior/Student Discount?

-No, we do have $10 Rush Tickets for Seniors/Students at the door (One hour before the performance)

3. Entertainment Book Tickets

-After ordering your tickets, mail in your entertainment coupon. The coupon entitles you to a 2 for 1 deal in any section.

4. Ticket Donations

-If you cannot attend a concert, you can donate your tickets 24 hours in advance of the concert, and you will be mailed a tax-deductible receipt for the full price.

5. What credit cards so you take?

-Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express.