About Music Worcester

Our vision, mission and history

More than 155 Years of Music and Culture

Vision Statement

To be a community-minded, professionally-managed arts organization through the presentation of extraordinary performances by some of the world's most distinguished artists representing the symphony, chamber, dance and jazz genres.

To generate interest in music and enhance its understanding among people of all ages, including outreach to children in schools.

To be a cultural resource that contributes to the economic well being of the greater Central Massachusetts region.

History

Music Worcester, Inc., originally known as the Worcester County Music Association, for years ran the Worcester Music Festival. Current programs reflect the merger in the mid-1990s of the Festival with International Artists Series and the MA Jazz Festival.  Great performances by world-renowned orchestras and guest soloists, chamber music, ballet, world music and dance, jazz and choral masterworks are hallmarks of Music Worcester's annual operations. Multiple educational programs currently serve youth and families of greater Worcester: Music-To-Go, Tickets to Opportunity, Festival Singers, Symphonic Project, in-schools residencies, and the Young Artist Competition.

Music Worcester also welcomes the activities of two subsidiary groups each year - The Worcester Chorus, which has been an integral part of the Worcester Music Festival since the very beginning in 1858, and The Music Guild, Music Worcester's volunteer league.