The West Jordan Symphony exists for a two-fold purpose. Individually it provides opportunities to perform and develop musical talents (including those of young musicians). Collectively, it creates a venue for participation, education, and appreciation of the performing arts for the community through scheduled concerts and other events. Our basic belief is that much of music and the arts are what make us civilized people because they appeal to our better nature. The mission of this symphony is to be composed of musicians who have a great love of the fine arts.
The West Jordan Symphony began in 1984 under the direction of Dr. Marden Pond. They performed concerts occasionally until the city began sponsoring an annual Messiah Sing-a-Long at Christmas time of 1993, which has continued since then. This featured the symphony, soloists and recently the Mountain West Chorale. Since there were so many fine musicians in the community coming together for these performances, it was decided in 2003 to make the symphony a full-year performing organization to be able to do other concerts as well. Larry White stepped down as Music Director in December 2015 after 12 years of service. Shane Mickelsen is the current music director.
Besides the annual city’s Art Council Christmas Open House program and occasional July 4th in the park and Memorial Day presentations at the cemetery, they have performed full Spring and Fall concerts. These concerts have included the best of classical music from the great master composers as well as 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.
In addition to annually performing Handel’s Messiah, some of the works also performed include symphonies by Beethoven, Hayden and Dvorak. They have also done different concertos for Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet and Bassoon with 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. Besides Dr. Pond, other musical directors since then have included Don Findlay, Jenna Baumgard, Dana Bentley, Larry White, and (currently) Shane Mickelsen.