The West Jordan Symphony provides opportunities to perform and develop the musical talents of musicians of all ages. It creates participation, education, and appreciation of the community's performing arts through scheduled concerts and other events.
Much of music and the arts make us civilized people because they appeal to our better nature. This symphony's mission is to be composed of musicians who have a great love for the fine arts.
The West Jordan Symphony began in 1984 under the direction of Dr. Marden Pond. They occasionally performed concerts until the city began sponsoring an annual Messiah Sing-a-Long at Christmas time of 1993. The event features symphony, soloists, and the Mountain West Chorale. In 2003 the symphony became a year-round performing organization. Denisse Vallecillos and Dr. Robert Bott are the current music directors.
The symphony performs Spring and Fall concerts. These concerts have included classical music from the great master composers and pops, show tunes, movie soundtracks, and patriotic music. The members are very dedicated and talented musicians who come together and volunteer their time for the love of the music and community service.
They also present the annual city's Art Council Christmas Open House program, July 4th in the park, and Memorial Day presentations at the cemetery. Besides performing Handel's Messiah, some works performed include Beethoven, Hayden, and Dvorak's symphonies. They have also done different concertos for Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, and Bassoon with the orchestra. Other works have included the 1812 Overture, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty Waltzes by Tchaikovsky works of Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Bach, Borodin, Smetana, Sousa, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Liszt, Copland, Mozart, Elgar, Debussy, Wagner, Rossini, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, etc. Other musical directors since Dr. Pond include Don Findlay, Jenna Baumgard, Dana Bentley, Larry White, Shane Mickelsen, Denisse Vallecillos, and Dr. Robert Bott.