November 2018

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), the boundary pushing community ensemble dedicated to the performance of video game music, announces its fall 2018 concert, “New Perspectives,” Sunday, November 18 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Md. The one night only show will feature a multi-movement original composition inspired by the game “Dwarf Fortress.”

WMGSO has earned a reputation for putting a classical music twist on modern video game music that is accessible to all. The ensemble continues that tradition with Songs of Zavazsil, a multi-movement musical experience composed by WMGSO trombonist Josh Haas.

“In its current form, the soundtrack of Dwarf Fortress is only a couple of enchanting solo guitar tunes recorded by the developer. This isn’t the whole story, though. Everything in Dwarf Fortress is procedurally generated, from the world itself all the way down to the musical instruments and scales,” explained Haas.

“Songs of Zavazsil is an exploration of these unique musical creations - the songs of the dwarves themselves. They include languages from the game, rhythms that are difficult to listen to, and scales alien to Western musical tradition,” he added.

The two hour concert will include music from “Luigi’s Mansion,” “Fez,” “Kerbal Space Program” and other video game titles. WMGSO’s small ensembles, a beloved staple of each show, will also grace the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center stage.

WMGSO’s “New Perspectives” concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Tickets cost $10 online, $12 at the door. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.wmgso.org/events.

Media inquiries about the WMGSO and game music in general should be directed to Melissa Apter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WMGSO’s main telephone line: 559-964-7612.

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and choir whose mission is to share and celebrate video game music with a wide audience by putting on affordable, accessible concerts in the Washington, D.C. area.

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April 2018

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), the first community ensemble of its kind, celebrates five years of performing video game music with a special 5th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, May 19 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Md.

WMGSO has come a long way since its humble beginnings. What began as 15 musicians auditioning in a local church basement has blossomed into a 100-member full orchestra and choir that has played to sold out audiences in the Washington, D.C. metro area. WMGSO most recently played to a standing-room only crowd of 3,000 at Super MAGFest at the National Harbor, Md. This summer, WMGSO will head into the studio to record its debut album, which is slated for release in Fall 2018.

“At our premiere concert five years ago, we set out to showcase to the community the depth and breadth of video game music and, perhaps somewhat ambitiously, to bridge the gap between gamers and classical music lovers,” said WMGSO President Ayla Hurley. “Each progressive season, we’ve raised the bar on our performances, challenging ourselves and our audiences to explore this rapidly expanding genre."

The 5th Anniversary Concert will highlight WMGSO’s greatest hits from popular video game titles including “Final Fantasy,” “Undertale,” and “Ori and the Blind Forest.” Due to the unique nature of WMGSO’s repertoire, all compositions are arranged in-house.

WMGSO’s 5th Anniversary Concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Tickets cost $9 online, $10 at the door. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.wmgso.org/events.

Media inquiries about the WMGSO and game music in general should be directed to Melissa Apter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WMGSO’s main telephone line: 559-964-7612.

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and choir whose mission is to share and celebrate video game music with a wide audience by putting on affordable, accessible concerts in the Washington, D.C. area.

WMGSO is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.



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November 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- On the eve of its fifth anniversary, the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) is taking its mission global to share quality video game music through the recording and releasing of a full-length studio album. To make this dream a reality, WMGSO has launched an Indiegogo campaign that will run through the beginning of the new year.

As a non-profit, all of WMGSO’s funds go back into its mission of bringing affordable and fun video game music concerts to the D.C. metropolitan area. To offset album production expenses, and so as not to take away from its live performance budget, WMGSO turns to new and returning fans for assistance in raising $5,000 to cover its studio costs. Reaching an additional stretch goal of $8,000 will enable WMGSO to include small ensemble tracks - a fan favorite! - on the album. Should its funding goals be met, WMGSO will head into the studio in June 2018 and the album will be available for purchase in November 2018. Details of the campaign are available via album.wmgso.org

WMGSO grew out of the Gamer Symphony Orchestra at the University of Maryland, College Park, the world's first permanent collegiate orchestra devoted exclusively to performing video game music. Several graduates discussed creating a community-level orchestra to continue this mission - the first of its kind - and founded the WMGSO in the summer of 2012. After more than a year of preparation, the Board collected a repertoire and brought Nigel Horne aboard as music director and conductor.

The group's first rehearsal in August 2013 consisted of about 15 musicians and singers auditioning for spots. Since those humble beginnings, the group has grown to more than 85 performers. The WMGSO held its first public performances in the spring of 2014 and will soon appear at the 2018 Music And Gaming Festival (MAGFest) after having completed a successful fall 2017 concert series entitled “Symphonies of Light.”

Media inquiries about the WMGSO and game music in general should be directed to Melissa Apter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WMGSO’s main telephone line: 559-964-7612.

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and choir whose mission is to share and celebrate video game music with a wide audience by putting on affordable, accessible concerts in the Washington, D.C. area.

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October 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) presents "Symphonies of Light," an ode to video game music and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of "Final Fantasy." Audiences are invited to hear the combined orchestra and choir  Nov. 4 and 19, in Rockville, Maryland and Falls Church, Virginia, respectively.

In addition to honoring the brilliance of “Final Fantasy” composer Nobuo Uematsu, the two performances will feature 90 minutes packed with music from popular game titles, including “Banjo-Kazooie,” “Cave Story,” and “Chrono Trigger.” Each concert will feature the combined talents of WMGSO’s 85-member orchestra and choir, as well as select small ensembles.

The program will offer a wide variety of musical styles showing the many sides of video game music as we help push the genre the forefront of live music,” said WMGSO Conductor Nigel Horne.

WMGSO’s fall concert series begins 7 p.m. Saturday, November 4, at Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville, Maryland. The program continues at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 19 at Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. Tickets for each concert cost $9 online and $10 at the door. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.wmgso.org/events.

Media inquiries about the WMGSO and game music in general should be directed to Melissa Apter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call WMGSO’s main telephone line: 559-964-7612.

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and choir whose mission is to share and celebrate video game music with a wide audience by putting on affordable, accessible concerts in the Washington, D.C. area. 

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