Established in 1983, the PSO is a fully professional symphony serving North Texas. Originally named the Plano Chamber Orchestra, the change to "Symphony" in 1998 reflected a broadening of scope and repertory. The PSO presents eight subscription concerts, a five-concert, interactive Family Symphony Sunday series, and over 100 solo, ensemble, and educational programs. The PSO embodies outstanding artistic excellence, active community engagement, and sound fiscal responsibility. The PSO strives to bring top guest artists to perform with the Orchestra to support its mission of engaging the community in the enjoyment of great music. Notable past guest artists include Sharon Isbin, Kenneth Broberg, Joshua Bell, Sandi Patty, Haochen Zhang, The Texas Tenors, and The 5 Browns.
The Plano Symphony offers comprehensive music education programs, their purpose being to: educate students utilizing TEKS-based curriculum; build ongoing musical participation; increase lifelong interest in music; enhance the academic performance of students; contribute to the quality of life for our senior residents; and make a positive impact on our community. It's the PSO education vision to ensure that music is available to as many people as possible regardless of age, race, ethnicity or socio-economic status. To achieve this, the PSO offers many of its education programs for free or a nominal charge. Examples of free programs include The Instrument Petting Zoo, Healing Notes, the Salvation Army After School Program, and the School Concert Series.