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Serving the city of Portland, the state of Maine, and northern New England, the PSO is the largest performing arts organization in Maine. With critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement, the PSO is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country.

Year established: 1923

Music Director: Robert Moody

Chair of the Board: Gordon Gayer

Concertmaster: Charles Dimmick

Collaborative Partners: PSO has engaged in promotional and/or artistic partnerships with University of Southern Maine School of Music, Portland Public Library, Portland Ballet, Maine State Ballet, Choral Art Society, Portland Community Chorus, SPACE Gallery, and Portland Ovations. In addition, each year PSO donates tickets to local non-profits including Learning Works, an award-winning community service organization.

Support: The PSO enjoys corporate support from leading regional institutions such as Hannaford Supermarkets and IDEXX, and foundation support from local and national funders.

Business Holdings: PortTix (co-owned with Portland Ovations), Portland Presents (co-operative venture with Portland Ovations, Portland Stage Company and City of Portland)

Annual Operating Budget: $2.4 million

Musicians: The orchestra is comprised of 82 professional musicians, half of them residing in Maine and the rest coming from the greater Boston area, New Hampshire and Vermont

Administrative Staff: 10

Board Members: 35 Board of Directors, 28 Advisory Trustees, 7 Distinguished Service Trustees

Volunteers: In addition to the board and its various committees, PSO volunteers provide invaluable support in fundraising, concert assistance, special events and other projects.

Primary Performance Venue: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

Merrill Auditorium is a 1,908 seat performing arts facility located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, Maine. The Auditorium was originally built in 1912 to replace two former halls both destroyed by fire. Cyrus Curtis, a publishing tycoon, donated the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, a celebrated instrument with 5,000 pipes of varying sizes that was incorporated into the stage.

In 1997, through efforts of the City of Portland, Portland Ovations (then PCA Great Performances), the Portland Symphony Orchestra, concerned citizens and the corporate and philanthropic communities, Merrill Auditorium was completely renovated with improved acoustics, sightlines and stage facilities. Since the restoration, Merrill Auditorium has established itself as one of New England’s finest performing arts centers.
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