Founded in 1949, the Florida West Coast Symphony enjoys the distinction of being the oldest continuing orchestra in the State of Florida, serving both Sarasota and Manatee counties. Today we are a dynamic, multi-faceted organization dedicated to excellence in both performance and education:

The Symphony’s performing ensembles include the Florida West Coast Symphony and four resident chamber ensembles. More about our musicians.

For over 50 years we have involved our community youth in the classical music experience. The Youth Orchestra Program and its faculty have received commendations from school districts, professional organizations, and community service groups.

The Florida West Coast Symphony offers music classes for the young and young at heart. Enthusiastic students of all ages and abilities can select from a variety of classes to suit their particular interests, age, and skill levels.

For 42 years, the prestigious Sarasota Music Festival has provided exceptional chamber music experiences for college-aged students from around the globe. The Florida West Coast Symphony brings the joy of music to youngsters and plants the seeds for a lifetime love of classical music through our community outreach programs. A variety of concerts and workshops presented by FWCS supplement the music programs offered in our area schools.

Hundreds of volunteers support the Florida West Coast Symphony through our auxiliary organizations. We invite you to get involved in special projects that raise funds for our educational programs while enjoying the company of fellow music lovers.