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Welcome to the Mission College Symphony

The Mission College Symphony is Mission College's own classical musical orchestra under the direction of Joseph Ordaz.

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Our 2019-2020 Season

"Hidden Gems" • November 9, 2019
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Mission Church


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“Hidden Gems”

Saturday, November 9, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.
Mission Santa Clara Church

CPE Bach: Sinfonia in b
Wagner: Prelude to Act I of “Lohengrin”
Wagner: Prelude to Act III of “Lohengrin”
Leo Weiner: Serenade for Small Orchestra, Op. 3 (selections) 
Saint-Seans: Morceau de Concert for Horn;  Armando Castellano, horn soloist

California Concerto Festival • January 18-19, 2020
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California Concerto Festival for Amateur Pianists

Gala Concert
Sunday, January 19, 2020 • 2:00 p.m.

West Valley College Theatre, Saratoga, CA

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Chamber Music Concert • March 8, 2020
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Gillmor Center
Gillmor Center


Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, March 8, 2020 • 2:00 p.m.
Mission College - Gillmor Center 103

​"Beethoven 250 Celebration - Part I" • May 3, 2020
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Beethoven at 250


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"Beethoven 250 Celebration - Part I"

CANCELLED due to Covid-19 public safety
West Valley College Theater, Saratoga, CA
“Corialon” Overture
Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat;  Gwendolyn Mok, piano soloist
Symphony no. 7 in A Major

Concert Information
  • All Concerts are FREE for Mission College Students with student ID.
  • Tickets available at the door
  • Open Seating
  • Wheelchair accessible
Tickets can be purchased online. A link will be posted shortly before each concert. 
Thank you to our Sponsors
Thank you to the following organizations/donors for their generous support:  
  • Mission College ASG  
  • Savage-Griffiths Family
  • ​Reza Ahmadi 
  • Joseph Ordaz    

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About the Symphony

Learn more about our Mission College Symphony and how you can get involved.

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California Concerto Festival

Each January, amateur pianists are chosen to perform with the Symphony.

Learn About the Festival
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Young Artist Competition

For students ages 12-18 and open to string, wind and brass players.

Learn About the Young Artists
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See where we perform and get directions to our concerts.

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Music Courses

Mission College caters to the musician. See our wide range of music classes for all levels and interests.

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Help the next generation of musicians by donating to Mission College's music program.

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Specifics About the Symphony

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Musical Director

Conductor, pianist and educator Joseph Ordaz leads the Mission College Symphony

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Chag-Hee Lee has served as concertmaster since 2008.

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Each year the Symphony includes a variety of talented artists.

Learn About Our Musicians
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Join Us!

Be a part of a gathering place for musicians of varying age and skill level.

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Previous Guest Artists

The Symphony has had many accomplished guest artists perform with them as soloist.

See some of our previous guests 
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Previous Recordings

Want to know what the Symphony sounds like? Check out some of our YouTube clips.

Listen to clips of music from the symphony.