Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra

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Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra
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Background Information




Royal Oak

Principal Conductor



(248) 549-0262

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1738,
Royal Oak, Michigan 48068-1738



The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1995 under the leadership of Peter Tolias. The ensemble is a cultural offering to Royal Oak and the neighboring communities. Formed specifically for area musicians who desire to continue making music a life long avocation, its purpose was broadened to offer its listeners opportunities to hear live performances of musical masterworks which have survived and been appreciated by audiences for hundreds of years. ROSO musicians is comprised of adults of all ages and professions who enjoy playing together and presenting concerts in the Royal Oak area.

Conductors over the past 10 years have included: John Robertson, John Dovaras, and guest conductors A new director and music director will be selected in spring-summer 2017. Three guest conductors for the 2016-2017 season include: John McLaughlin Williams, Adam Riccinto, and Kevin Fitzgerald.


The original orchestra was known as the Troy Community Orchestra (TCO) and functioned between December 1982 and May 1994. After the TCO disbanded, violinist Paula Savaglio sought to find a new Director and a place to hold rehearsals. Her perseverance eventually led her to the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools, where she met Mr. Peter Tolias of Kimball High School, who became the director/conductor of the orchestra. The first rehearsal was held in September of 1995. The membership of the orchestra is comprised of residents from Royal Oak and surrounding communities. Our group members come from a variety of professions, and greatly enjoy playing and bringing music to the Royal Oak area.

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External Links

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