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About the Orchestra

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The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra began as a chamber group in 1990.  Over the years, the group gradually added more instruments and is today a modern symphony orchestra. It performs a full range of orchestral literature from the classical to modern periods.

The orchestra plays four regular concerts each season at the Franco Center in Lewiston and the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham.

A community-based organization, the orchestra draws players and audiences from south of Portland to Rockland along the coast, and inland from Augusta to the Lewiston-Auburn area.  Its members all volunteer their time to practice and perform with the Midcoast Symphony.

The group has expanded in size and capability under the leadership of Rohan Smith, Conductor and Music Director since 2003-2004.  As its reputation grows, the orchestra attracts ever more professional-caliber musicians and award-winning guest artists.

Our performances are made possible by the operational and financial support of many individuals, businesses, and foundations.   Thank you, supporters!


Board of Directors, 2023-2024 season:

  • Tim Kenlan, President
  • Denise Shannon, Secretary
  • Carol Preston, Treasurer
  • Quinn Gormley
  • Kathryn Krott
  • Denise Shannon
  • Rachel Stettler
  • Ted Walworth
  • Ex Officio: Michael Levine, Executive Director



Photo credit: Keith Spiro Photography