What Makes Us

The Boston Civic Symphony


Founded in 1924 by the late educator, conductor, and composer Joseph Wagner, the Boston Civic Symphony is the second oldest symphony orchestra in the city. As one of Boston’s most respected musical organizations, the Civic has distinguished itself from other local musical groups through its focus on engaging exceptionally skilled student and amateur performers, and through its emphasis on developing a broad-based audience.

The Civic’s presentation of works by masters like Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms is balanced by its performances of pieces by contemporary American composers. Concerts are held at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and the Fine Arts Center at Regis College in Weston, MA, where the Civic is the orchestra in residence.

Our Mission

To encourage attendance by a diverse population from the Greater Boston area by offering moderately priced tickets and by distribution of a number of free tickets to underserved populations in Boston.

To provide orchestral training and experience under competent direction for teachers, students of music who are preparing for professional careers, and skilled amateurs.

To offer performances of unusual and contemporary works, with a special focus on American compositions, with leading soloists. The Civic performs four major concerts, which offer a range of classical and contemporary music.

our staff

Music Director
Francisco Noya

Music Director Emeritus
Max Hobart

Executive Director
Michele Mortensen

General Manager
Thomas Engeln

Director of Marketing and Communications
Dana Ciccotello

Operations Manager
Nicole DeMaio

Paula McDonald

Assistant Conductor
Matthew Scinto

Board of Directors 

Jan Steenbrugge, President

Michael Cirami, Vice President

Debra Minard, Treasurer

Kerry Thompson, Secretary

Kimberly Bishop

Charles Kawada, M.D.

Michael O’Brien

Eric Stein

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