A cornerstone of culture
Founded in 1987, the Henderson Symphony Orchestra (HSO) delivers on its mission to promote classical music appreciation to a diverse audience, through performance, educational outreach, and artistic collaborations.
Led by Music Director Alexandra Arrieche, the HSO engages over 80 musicians in concert performances, training programs, and special events each season. Our ensemble of volunteer artists and professional guests rise to the challenges of many musical styles, genres and periods as they offer entertainment, inspire unity, and enrich the cultural landscape of Southern Nevada.
Join us as we make music that brings people together.
Alexandra Arrieche is starting her fourth season as the Music Director of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. She is also the Principal Conductor of the Emmy Award-winning spectacle “Night of the Proms” .
Alexandra has guest conducted the most prestigious orchestras around the world such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, São Paulo State University Orchestra, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra, OFUNAM, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Sarasota Orchestra, Medellin Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony.
She has received numerous awards for her conducting, including the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Maestra Marin Alsop. In 2012, Alexandra was invited to attend the Aspen Music Festival and in the same year, she won the prestigious BSO – Peabody Conducting Fellowship. The BSO extended her contract for an additional season offering her the position of Assistant Conductor. She also served as Maestra Alsop’s Assistant at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (USA – CA) and Campos do Jordao Music Festival (Brazil).
Alexandra collaborated with the most iconic soloists from the classical and the pop world such as Cynthia Yeh, Tambuco, Petrit Ceku, Time for Three, Seal, Natalie Inbruglia, Bryan Ferry, Earth Wind and Fire, Suzanne Vega, Natasha Bedingfiield, Simple Minds, Joss Stone, Joe Jackson, Ronan Keating, Melanie C (Spice Girls) and John Miles among others.
News and events
Typically, the HSO is proud to perform around ten times a season between September and June, including community celebrations, a movie and music event, and our master series which is offered free to the public - an opportunity made possible by our partners, the City of Henderson and Lake Las Vegas.
All concerts transform the traditional concert format to a dynamic 90 minutes long, including introductions by the Music Director, and without an intermission. We are nomadic as we await the Henderson Pavilion renovation and look forward to performing at various venues around the valley.
Our 2020/2021 Season is yet to be revealed, but you can enjoy all of our news and future announcements in our monthly newsletter the HSO High Notes.
The HSO provides energetic educational programs and activities for youth, emerging artists, and experienced professionals that promote diversity and inclusion in symphonic music including:
HSO Young Artists Concert and Competition
HSO 4Kids Music Concert
HSO Conductor Camp
HSO Harold Farberman Prize for Conducting
Unlike most music competitions for youth, the HSO's Young Artists Competition, does not require the applicants to adhere to a list of solo pieces, but gives them the opportunity to choose so they may discover their own style and personality as they grow without limitations.
The 4Kids Music Concert is often a powerful first encounter with live music for kids and adults. Thousands of public school students enjoy this immersive classical music experience where they can touch and try orchestral instruments, conduct the orchestra, interact with the musicians and Music Director and even decide how the music is going to end or not!
Our Conductor Camp is a concept originally developed by HSO Music Director Alexandra Arrieche for her Brazilian friends and inspired by the lack of opportunities they encounter in their country. The original Camp's success grew the project to a multi-dimensional training program involving career mentorship, creative programming, rehearsal technique, and audition prep.
HSO launched its own annual Conductor Camp program in 2019 with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council and we look forward to hosting more conductors from around the country and beyond for years to come.
On a mission for over 30 years, the Henderson symphony Orchestra continues to provide access to the Arts through performance, education, and artistic collaboration, along with our partners. Join us with your investment in local culture today an be in good company!
Contact to discuss various options for support including donations, sponsorships, and partnerships.
Thank you to our Community Partners and Sponsors for making the music possible. We simply cannot do it without your support!
Henderson Symphony Orchestra
393 Steprock Ct.
Henderson, NV 89014
Tel. +1 702 808 6668