The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is the first and only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines. Launched in 2008, FASO takes pride in its members who come from various professions of the Fil-Am community with a variety of musical background experiences. It is our goal to cultivate and foster Filipino artistry as well as develop love and pride not only in music but also in ourselves. Our diverse programming strives to infuse the classical repertoire with pop culture along with keeping in touch with our unique Filipino culture and its rich artistic heritage.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, FASO and its Board of Directors dedicate themselves to making music and running the orchestra, ensuring its success for future generations of Fil-Ams to enjoy and partake in the rich artistic and cultural traditions of the Philippines. We are committed to encouraging orchestral music and its traditions along with cultural diversity by developing and promoting Filipino-American artists through programs dedicated to educate and enrich the community. We give Filipino artists wings to fly.
Maestro Robert Shroder has served as artistic director since FASO’s inception. "The orchestra not only provides enriching orchestral Filipino music experience to the community, but it also serves as a vehicle for promoting and supporting so many talented Filipino-American musicians and artists," said Shroder. FASO has collaborated with a wide variety of local and visiting artists and composers.