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.”
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.