About the Orchestra

About the Orchestra

The Orchestra of Northern New York was founded by Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews in 1988. ONNY opened its 34th season in October 2021. Its mission is to enrich the quality of life for all people, especially youth, in the North Country, Adirondacks and Eastern Ontario by inspiring the enjoyment and appreciation of music through diverse and inclusive live and online programming by professional musicians. It is the only year-round professional symphony orchestra from Rochester to Burlington and Ottawa to Syracuse.

With generous funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, Northern New York Community Foundation, and in-kind support from SUNY Potsdam and The Crane School of Music, the Orchestra has performed more than 400 concerts in three decades. ONNY is proud to have educated and entertained thousands of people by featuring such internationally renowned soloists as Anthony McGill, Tony Bennet, Marc O’Connor, Richard Stoltzman, Igor Kipnis, Jon Manasse, Claude Delangle, Alan Vizutti, and Jaime Laredo.

ONNY consists of approximately seventy professional musicians from New York State, Canada, and New England, along with several faculty and a few exceptionally talented student apprentices from The Crane School of Music. Many ONNY 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 budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2023 is $321,000.

ONNY earns approximately 24% of its revenue from ticket sales and concert fees. Generous contributions from individuals, small businesses and regional corporations, local civic and service organizations, and foundations account for 54%. The ongoing well-being of this cultural gem in the region is dependent on this support. Fundraising events generate only 4% and government support brings in 18% of needed revenue.  For information about becoming a sponsor, donor, or advertiser, contact Kathy Del Guidice, Executive Director, at executivedirector@onny.org or 315-212-3440.