David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

It is with deep regret and sadness we report the passing of a dear member of the Newport Symphony family, David Ogden Stiers. David has been a guiding light for the NSO since its founding as well as serving as its resident conductor.

Music Director Adam Flatt: "All of us at the NSO are heartbroken. David Ogden Stiers was a generous, loving, and inspirational friend and pillar to our orchestra, and, indeed, to all of us individually. Our orchestra would not be here if it weren't for his great support and inspiration over three decades. His depth of musical feeling, love for our musicians, and charisma made his performances soar when he was on our podium. We will all work to keep David's spirit alive in all of our performances."

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NSO’s Music Education Programs

In addition to presenting high quality classical music concerts, the NSO is committed to serving the Lincoln County community with a variety of education programs. These programs include:

Music Education Outreach

Musician Visits to Local Schools
NSO Music Director Adam Flatt, select NSO musicians, and many of the symphony’s guest soloists visit Lincoln County classrooms when they are in Newport for concerts. If you would like your class/school to be considered for such visits, please contact the NSO office.

Free Concerts
NSO is committed to making live orchestral music experiences accessible to wide audiences. The NSO presents an annual free, family-friendly performance on the 4th of July at Newport High School. This popular event is made possible by the generous support of Mo’s Restaurants, Oregon Coast Bank, and other local business sponsors. Each spring, the Salem Youth Symphony Philharmonia Orchestra visits the coast to perform for local school groups at the Performing Arts Center, and then gives a free evening concert for the public. Look for announcements of these and other free concerts on this website, or contact the NSO office for more information about upcoming events.

Symphony for Seniors
The NSO partners with the Newport Senior Center to provide outreach lectures and reduced price tickets and transportation to select concerts.


Youth Orchestra

Young Musicians
The NSO supports the Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC), a growing youth orchestra for young musicians of all instruments, including strings, woodwinds, and brass. Each spring, The NYSOC collaborates with the Salem Youth Symphony’s Philharmonia Orchestra (SYSPO) to offer intermediate and advanced students an opportunity to experience playing in a full ensemble. The youth program also offers a fun week-long summer music daycamp.

Find a Private Teacher
The NSO maintains an on-line directory of music instructors.