The Orchestra of Northern New York was founded by Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews in 1988. Now in its twenty-ninth season, the Orchestra’s mission seeks to enrich the quality of life in the North Country through live performances of orchestral music by outstanding musicians and to emphasize the engagement of area youth in the appreciation of music. ONNY is the only year round professional symphony orchestra from Rochester to Burlington and Syracuse to Ottawa.
With the help of public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Northern New York Community Foundation, and in-kind support from SUNY Potsdam and The Crane School of Music, the Orchestra has performed over 240 concerts. The Orchestra is proud to have educated and entertained thousands of people in Northern New York, the Adirondacks, Ontario and beyond. Over the past two decades, the Orchestra has featured many internationally renowned soloists including Tony Bennet, Marc O’Connor, Richard Stoltzman, Igor Kipnis, Jon Manasse, Claude Delangle, Alan Vizutti, Jaime Laredo.
The Orchestra consists of approximately seventy professional musicians from New York State, Canada, and New England, along with several Artists Faculty and a few exceptionally talented student apprentices from The Crane School of Music. Many of these musicians have performed with the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse Symphonies, and other major orchestras around the world.
The Orchestra earns approximately 30% of its revenue from ticket sales and concert fees, requiring it to seek significant financial assistance from businesses, local organizations and generous individuals. A growing core of support, with leadership from organizations like the Northern New York Community Foundation, NY Air Brake, Clarkson University, The Corning Incorporated Foundation, Pat Collins Real Estate, The Sweetgrass Foundation, Community Bank NA, and Stewart’s Shops has helped sustain The Orchestra of Northern New York’s exceptional quality. Corporate support also helps keep tickets affordable and all concerts free to children seventeen and under.
We encourage you to help ensure the continued vitality of our homegrown and locally supported professional orchestra by becoming an advertiser, a corporate sponsor or a donor.