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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ROCKVILLE, Md. -- After a successful debut of small ensemble-focused concerts in the fall of 2016, the next iteration of the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra’s (WMGSO) “Chambers and Consoles” series will take place on Saturday, July 22 at Living Faith Lutheran Church, followed by a repeat performance Saturday, Aug. 5 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.

WMGSO, the premiere D.C.-area community ensemble exclusively devoted to the performance of video game music, debuts new, custom-arranged orchestral versions of video game music each concert season that appeal to a wide and always-growing audience. This installment of “Chambers and Consoles” will feature a selection from the orchestra’s 85 instrumentalists and singers performing pieces from popular titles such as "StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty," "Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles," and "League of Legends" in duets, quartets and chamber ensemble groups.

“With this concert series, we’re able to showcase the varied musical styles of contemporary and classic video games. We’re giving our audience a little taste of everything from wind quintet pieces to big band jazz songs,” said Katie Noble, WMGSO’s Small Ensemble Director.

WMGSO’s summer concert series begins 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, Maryland. The program continues 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland. Tickets for each concert cost $9 online and $10 at the door. As WMGSO events sell out quickly, 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 Mary Beck 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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ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), the premiere community ensemble exclusively devoted to the performance of video game music, will debut a custom-arranged “Undertale” symphonic suite at its “Downbeats with Determination!” spring concert on Saturday, April 8, at Rockville High School. This concert will also feature the first WMGSO Game Gallery to further enhance the audience experience.

“Undertale,” the wildly popular 2015 role-playing game created by indie developer and composer Toby Fox, tells the story of a human child who has fallen beneath the surface of the Earth and must combat - and befriend - monsters to return home. Fox’s creative composition inspired WMGSO horn player and arranger Jamin Morden to explore the more prominent thematic material from the game’s soundtrack. The result is a breathtaking piece that utilizes classical forms, such as Scherzo and Trio, as well as Sonata and Rondo, while drawing from the influence of modern cutting-edge video game music.

"Toby Fox has created an extremely economical and interesting soundtrack in ‘Undertale.’ He uses themes and motifs to draw attention to certain characters and events, all while varying and modifying those themes to fit specific circumstances and events in the game,” said Morden.

“One of the big goals in the symphonic suite is to essentially take a magnifying glass to those themes and their variations, so that the audience can hear and enjoy the common threads woven throughout the entire soundtrack," Morden added.

Tunes from “Chrono Cross” and “Overwatch” and WMGSO’s ever-popular small ensemble performances will round out the concert. Prior to the show, audience members can explore the WMGSO Game Gallery. There they can play and learn about the games that inspired this season’s musical arrangements, all while WMGSO pianist Jasmin Hottle gives a solo performance.

Since its founding in 2013, WMGSO has expanded from a small group of about 25 musicians to a 100-piece orchestra and choir. Over the years, the ensemble has been awarded several grants, with this concert being funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

WMGSO’s spring concert begins 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville, Maryland. As WMGSO events sell out quickly, audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at https://www.wmgso.org/events. Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the door.

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 Mary Beck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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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