The Albany Symphony Orchestra is committed to the live presentation and recording of top quality musical programming, with an emphasis on the creation and promotion of contemporary or overlooked American works and its dissemination to a broad-based regional audience from all cultural and economic backgrounds. Through its many creative and innovative education, outreach and repertoire building programs, the ASO will lead the way nationally in inventing a viable, vibrant and flexible prototype for the “American Orchestra of the Future”.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by Professor John F. Carabella. Mr. Carabella was born in Rome in 1885, and was a favorite pupil of Pietro Mascagni, composer of Cavalleria Rusticana. He came to America in 1915 to become organist and choirmaster at St. Bernard's Church in Cohoes. What could have possessed Mr. Carabella 75 years ago, early in the Great Depression, to found the “People's Orchestra of Albany” with 24 brave musical souls? What a seemingly inauspicious time to found an orchestra. And yet, what better source of comfort and hope during bleak times than the life-affirming music he and his orchestra played?

The Orchestra has evolved artistically under the innovative leadership of music directors Carabella, Rudolf Thomas, Ole Windingstad, Edgar Curtis, Julius Hegyi, Geoffrey Simon, and David Alan Miller. David Alan Miller, former Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was appointed Music Director and Conductor in June 1992. Since affiliating with the Albany Symphony, he has established himself as one of the nation’s foremost conductors whose vision and artistry have propelled the Albany Symphony into a new era.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra is one of Upstate New York's oldest and most revered music and cultural organizations, having won numerous national awards for its adventurous programming of contemporary music and innovative educational efforts involving area schools for 75 years. We are the oldest and only professional symphony orchestra based in the Capital Region, serving more than 150,000 persons within a 75-mile radius covering more than seven counties and parts of three states.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra fulfills its mission by performing, commissioning, and recording the work of established and emerging American composers while respecting and bringing new vision to time-honored classical music. This marriage of new and old attracts a variety of music lovers, from seasoned devotees to curious listeners discovering symphonic music for the first time.
The ASO continues to lead all other orchestras in the promotion, performance and recording of adventurous American repertoire for an audience of committed and open-minded listeners.