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Our Mission Statement

The Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra is a community-based, professional ensemble dedicated to providing an opportunity for talented area musicians to perform a variety of high-quality concerts and educational programs that augment the cultural life of the community.

Director of Music Robert Mirakian
Conductor Robert Mirakian is currently Music Director of the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra. In February, 2015 while conductor and Assistant Director of Toledo Opera, he conducted the Company's innovative new production of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, with world-renowned baritone Mark Delavan as Olin Blitch. Robert has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in their Neighborhood, Regional, Educational, and Music under the Stars concert series throughout Northwest Ohio, including performances with pianist Awadagin Pratt. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Jacksonville and Quad City Symphony Orchestras. In Virginia Mirakian was Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra from 2007-2012, winning two National Endowment for the Arts project grants. He has also served as conductor and general manager of the Brevard Music Center's Janiec Opera Company, and assistant conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra.

While on the conducting staff of the Toledo Symphiony Orchestra,Robert created two ensembles for training young string players (the Cadet Strings and Vivace! programs), and conducted the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras' Concert Orchestra. He previously served as Director of Orchestra Studies at Christopher Newport University in Virginia and conductor of the University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra, conducting symphony, choral, and opera performances at both schools.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Robert there distinguished himself as a Senior Fellow and Presidential Scholar, winning the Liebowitz Prise for Performing Arts, and the Heiman-Rosenthal Award for Exccellence in Music. He later earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying conducting with Donald Schleicher. Robert holds a doctorate in orchestra conducting from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he was an instructor in the school's opera department and studied with David Effron.

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Our Rich History
The Perrysburg Symphony was founded in 1961, under the guidance of founder Juliet Beck and its first conductor, Frank Menichetti.

Under the direction of conductor Joesph Morin, the orchestra began performing throughout the Toledo area, offering music in many genres at varying levels of difficulty.

Achieving symphony status by 1970, conductor the late Samuel Szor guided the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra for the next twenty years. During Szor's tenure, he brought a higher level of sophistication to the orchestra program. The concerts had central themes and often featured soloists and ensembles.

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