Golden Valley Orchestra
The Golden Valley Community Orchestra, as it was known then, was established in the 1970’s as a small, reading community orchestra. Located at the Golden Valley Lutheran College, a two-year college, they set to set cultivate and nurture student interest and participation in music by giving an opportunity for self-expression as a member of a performing group.
In 1985, the college closed and reopened as the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Being displaced, the orchestra reorganized as a stand-alone and received funding through the city of Golden Valley, MN and performed their first concert as the Golden Valley Community Orchestra on November 24, 1985.
Over the years, the Golden Valley Orchestra has grown into a large classical ensemble and provides a supportive atmosphere for students, adults, composers, and soloists to explore their passion for making music for the community.
They continually work to be arts advocates and bridge the gap between youth orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra, & the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as other professionally paid arts.
Michal Sobieski is currently in his fourth season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Golden Valley Orchestra, to which he brings over 50 years of professional experience. Over the course of his career, Sobieski has led and coached both professional chamber orchestras and community orchestras.
Sobieski was a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) from 1979 until his retirement in 2013. During his tenure with the SPCO, he was featured as a soloist and chamber musician, performing with Josef Silverstein. in 1994, he won praise for his solo performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Iona Brown, the distinguished English violinist and conductor.
Before joining the SPCO, Sobieski had served as concertmaster of the Canton (Ohio) Symphony, first violinist of the Canton Symphony Resident String Quartet, the University of Akron Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras in northeastern Ohio. He also served as co-concertmaster of the Akron Symphony.