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Winter Concert

Sunday, March 4, 4pm.
Winter Concert at the Washington Center

Featuring Northwest artists Carrie Rehkopf and John Michel performing the Concerto for Violin and Cello by Brahms

We welcome back Rehkopf and Michel to the stage performing with the Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Maestro John Welsh.  The duo are artists in residence at Central Washington University where they teach. Both have an eclectic career as soloists and chamber musicians. They have returned to perform with Welsh for his final season with SOGO before retiring the baton in May.  The duo will be featured in the Concerto for Violin and Cello with Orchestra by Brahms and the Conservatory will also perform Respighi’s Pines of Rome. The Brass Choir, directed by Greg Allison, will perform Gabrieli’s Canzon XII, Bach’s Wachet Auf, and Joplin’s Bray Elite.
The Academy and Debut Orchestras will be performing arrangements of works by Brahms, Beethoven, Smetana, and Rossini

Tickets: Online at Washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360.753.8586
Distinguished Sponsor:  Olympia Federal Savings



After 18 years with the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, Maestro John Welsh will be retiring the baton. Welsh has been with the organization since the beginning.  Hailing from the East Coast, Welsh brought a wealth of experience, leadership, and direction to the members of SOGO.

This 2017-2018 season we celebrate his retirement with a walk-through memory lane as Maestro Welsh conducts some of his most beloved symphonic works and features many of his favorite soloists.

Candidate Auditions

Candidates for the SOGO Music Director position are now being auditioned during the Conservatory Orchestra rehearsal. The community is invited to attend and observe between 6:30-7:30pm at Calvary Chapel Olympia (main sanctuary) on Sunday, January 14, 21, 28, and/or February 4.


2017-2018 Placement Auditions

Schedule your appointment TODAY!

Experience weekly rehearsals with professional conductors and teaching artists and performances on the Washington Center stage.  This and much more, including music theory and history add to a challenging opportunity afforded to young musicians in the South Sound area.

Call SOGO’s office at 360-352-1438 for a placement audition time.  There is a $45 non-refundable fee charged for the audition.

Tuition:  $425 for Debut and Academy Orchestras and $495 for Conservatory Orchestra for a full season.  Musicians placed after the first concert pay 70% and after the second concert 40% of the full tuition fee.

For information about the placement audition process, go to our Join SOGO page.

REHEARSAL: 5pm – 7:15pm
Advanced musicians (high school – college)
Mr. Welsh, Conductor

REHEARSAL:  4:30 – 5:15pm
Mr. Allison, Conductor

REHEARSAL:  3pm – 4:45pm
Intermediate (middle school – early high school)
Mr. Lund, conductor

REHEARSAL:  4:30 – 5:15pm
Mr. Allison, Conductor

REHEARSAL:  3pm – 4:45pm
Two years experience – early middle school
Jennifer Marin & Travis Sipher, Co-Conductors