The August Symphony Orchestra (TASO) is a non-profit organization whose objective is to enrich the Garden State community by offering an accessible way for classical orchestral music to be performed, listened to, and appreciated by all. TASO’s mission is to provide a platform for people from all walks of life– professionals, amateurs, students, retirees, anybody with a love for performing classical music, to take part in a high-functioning Symphony Orchestra that makes its concerts available for everyone.
TASO’s renowned conductor and music director, Michael Avagliano has served as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony since 2008,and was recently appointed music director of the Summit Symphony. He is on the faculty of Drew University as conductor of the Drew Chamber Orchestra and violin professor. Mr. Avagliano is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor, making his European debut with the Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria. Recent appearances include the Plainfield Symphony, Opera Forza, the University of Oregon Symphony, the Northern Dutchess Symphony in New York, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey.
TASO’s mission is to maintain a high standard of quality and performance while bringing people together and upholding a spirit of accessibility, community, and mutual love for classical music. The orchestra welcomes and appreciates the financial support from the public as well as from local companies, financial institutions, and New Jersey state grant foundations.