Schedule of Events and Concerts

The Willmar Symphonic Orchestra is pleased to announce that we will present our 2021 Young Artists Concert in the Willmar Arts and Education Center, 611 SW Fifth Street in Willmar at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2921. The concert will be open for a limited audience and tickets are free. (See below)

The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra is happy to announce the winners of its annual
Young Artist Competition.
Two winners were selected. They are Greta Hulterstrum and Rachel

Greta Hulterstrum is a junior at Litchfield High School. She will be playing Concertino by
Chaminade with the orchestra. Greta is the daughter of John and Katie Hulterstrum. She is
studying flute with Bethany Gonella, and previously studied with Yvonne Rammel. She was a
member of the 2020/2021 MMEA All-State Symphonic Band and received Best at Site for solo
and ensemble contest in 2019.  Greta is involved in her school’s band, marching band, choir,
and theater programs.  Outside of school Greta works at Meeker Manor, and likes to spend her
free time biking, or skiing in the winter. 

Rachel Lanning is a senior at Willmar Senior High School. She will be singing “Son
Pietosa, son bonina” by Joseph Haydn. Rachel is the daughter of David and Margaret Lanning.
She loves every minute of studying vocal music with Cheryl Schmidt. Rachel is involved in
many fine arts activities, such as theatre, choir, violin and voice lessons, and speech.
Her favorite four-legged friend is her five-year-old husky named Kira.

Tickets for the concert will be FREE to all but must be gotten ahead of time for reserved seats.
The audience will be seated following socially distanced guidelines and all attending must wear a face mask.

Concert Tickets

The Free tickets may be gotten on or after April 24 by calling Whitney Music at 320 214-9433 or 888 516-8742 who will email the tickets out.  You may also visit Whitney Music in person at 913 Highway 71 Northeast in Willmar during their business hours, 10 to 5, Monday through Saturday. Baskets will be available for donations at the auditorium.

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Watch this page for news about more concerts this summer and our next season beginning next fall!

WASO Educational Orchestral Instrument Showcase Video

The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra recognizes the challenge the past year has been for music teachers. Since we were unable to perform our annual spring children's concert and realize that instrument recruitment is difficult right now, we decided to use funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board Grant to hire a videographer, Graywood Films, to help us produce a 15-minute educational video.

We hope it will be a useful tool in the current situation and for years to come for music teachers, students, and parents. Volunteers from WASO showcased their instrument and shared something personal about why they chose and/or enjoy their instrument.

It is geared toward 3rd-5th graders and the adults in their lives. WASO sent it out to over 50 area schools to use as they wish.

We hope you enjoy the WASO Educational Orchestral Instrument Showcase as well and feel free to share it with anyone!  


Bio of our conductor, Stephen J Ramsey

The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra is a 501 (C) (3) non profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.