LONGVIEW, Texas– The Wheaton Symphony Orchestra will perform at LeTourneau University’s chapel service at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the S.E. Belcher, Jr. Chapel and Performance Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Wheaton Symphony was founded in Illinois in1959 by the longtime manager Donald Mattison, who plays in the orchestra, serves on the board and manages the day-to-day operations of the group.
The Symphony is made up of both older and younger players, many of whom have played for the symphony for many seasons. The total number of performers ranges from about 85 to 90. The Symphony performs about eight concerts a year and performs as an offering of worship as an act of service and witness to their community and others.
Wheaton Symphony has an audition process, but once musicians make it into the Symphony, they do not have to audition again unless they have been absent for more than one year or seek to gain a better chair position.