Frequently Asked Questions

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets to the Federal Way Symphony are available via the Box Office at the Federal Way Performing Arts Center: https://fwpaec.org/federal-way-symphony/

How much do tickets cost?
Adult single tickets to the Federal Way Symphony cost $35.
Senior (55+) and military tickets cost $25. Youth (18 and under) are always free, but must have a ticket for entry.
Do you offer season tickets?

Yes! The Federal Way Symphony offers Season Ticket Subscriptions that go on sale in the summer and fall. Season tickets are discounted and offer a great savings both for standard adult tickets and seniors! Visit the PAEC box office https://fwpaec.org/box-office/ to buy your tickets. 

Where does the Federal Way Symphony perform?

The Federal Way Symphony is a resident arts organization in Federal Way, WA and plays all of its primary concerts in the Federal Way Performing Arts Center, 31510 Pete Von Reichbauer Way S, Federal Way, WA 98003. This is a state-of-the-art concert hall completed in 2018 with the support of the City of Federal Way, King County, and countless local donors. It is a wonderful home for us and acoustically perfect for our music, while being totally accessible and open to all members of our community. https://fwpaec.org/ 

When does the Symphony perform?

The Federal Way Symphony performs primarily on Sunday matinees, with occasional Saturday evening shows too. We try to plan our concerts around other local events and to make them as convenient as possible around other weekend obligations. See our schedule here

Is the Symphony accessible? What about parking?

Yes. The Federal Way Symphony is accessible for all patrons, and includes easy-to-find free parking. The parking lot includes ADA parking and the building has ADA access and special seating. The PAEC also has a “Hearing Loop” system for those with hearing impairments. More information on building accessibility can be found at https://fwpaec.org/venue-accessibility/

Is the Symphony a professional orchestra?

Yes! The Federal Way Symphony is what is known as a regional orchestra, and is made up of professional paid musicians. We maintain a regular concert season and hire our musicians on a contractual basis to perform individual works in our concerts. Those musicians are expected to learn that music on their own, then attend 2-3 rehearsals where we gel together as an orchestra prior to our first performance. We differ from major orchestras which have a permanent staff and rehearse regularly for long seasons, and from community orchestras, which perform irregularly on a volunteer basis. 

What concerts make up your season?

The Federal Way Symphony typically performs five concerts in a season: three concerts per year that are more traditional orchestral concerts, a jazz/swing/big band concert, and a holiday performance. 

What type of music should I expect to hear at your concerts?

All kinds! The Federal Way Symphony is known for its diverse and audience-friendly repertoire of music. Musical director and Conductor Adam Stern does his best at programming concerts for every member of the audience- works which are familiar, works that are unusual, and works that are thought provoking, all in the same concert. Whether you are coming to hear classics from Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, favorites from Chopin or Schumann or 20th century composers like Gershwin and Gould, you are sure to hear music you know and love, new takes on old favorites, and some totally new works too.  

Who attends the Federal Way Symphony?

Anyone who would like to attend! The Federal Way Symphony is known for its wide repertoire of music and the diverse region we hail from, which makes all attendees feel welcome. Whether you are a classical music enthusiast, or attending a symphony for the first time, you will be welcomed at our concerts and have an enjoyable experience. We particularly welcome people of all ages, whether you are coming from a senior living facility or bringing a young family, we believe music can enrich anyone’s life at any age. 

Is there a Symphony Dress Code?

Federal Way Symphony concerts are “come as you are” events. While some of our patrons dress-up for concerts, many more wear casual attire. From suits to dresses to slacks to jeans—we want you to wear whatever makes you comfortable.

Where is the Federal Way Symphony office?

The Federal Way Symphony maintains a separate office location. This office is located at 31919 1st Ave S, Suite 106, Federal Way, WA 98003. 

Who conducts the Federal Way Symphony?

The Symphony is led by musical director and Conductor Adam Stern, who took over for our founding conductor, Brian Davenport, following his retirement in 2020. Adam has brought a new vitality and fresh perspective to the organization, and programs concerts that are fun for all ages. Adam also loves to meet patrons, whether it be after the show in our lobby, or coming to schools and senior living facilities to give talks about music. Adam is proud and happy to be a part of the Federal Way Symphony and greater Federal Way music community. Read more about Adam here

How can I get involved in the Federal Way Symphony and/or South Sound Live!?

We are always looking for volunteers! Volunteers help us at concerts, help us with marketing, and with many other key functions of our organization. Volunteers often become members of our Board of Directors too: helping with long-term strategic planning, fundraising, and management of the orchestra and SSL! initiatives. For more information on volunteering, contact us here.

Who runs the Federal Way Symphony and South Sound Live!?

Both the FWS and SSL! are run by a dedicated team of volunteers that support the paid staff of the orchestra. Our paid staff is limited to an office manager, orchestra manager, music librarian, and musical Conductor, with musicians hired on a contract basis. All of the organizational work, future planning, fundraising, marketing, etc. are done by the FWS Board of Directors. 

How are the Federal Way Symphony and South Sound Live funded?

The Federal Way Symphony is a 501(c)3 registered charitable organization with the US IRS. We are funded through a combination of grants, ticket sales, and private donations. Major donors include the King County 4Culture, City of Federal Way, ArtsFund, and many local donors who are passionate about music in our community. Donations are 100% tax deductible. Click here to donate