Now in its 41st season, Philharmonia Northwest was established in 1976 by Frances Walton as the chamber symphony arm of the Thalia Symphony. It has been an independent branch of Thalia Allied Artists since 1985, taking its current name in 1987 under long-time Music Director Roupen Shakarian. The Orchestra is comprised of approximately 40 musicians from the Puget Sound area, who volunteer their talents and perform music ranging from the works of the Baroque era to world premieres. Currently, Philharmonia Northwest makes its concert home at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle.
Philharmonia Northwest contributes to the vitality of the classical music community in the Pacific Northwest by presenting professional level concerts highlighting the diverse past and present repertoire for chamber orchestra. It is dedicated to promoting local composers and performers, and its outreach programs educate and inspire younger musicians and audiences of all ages.