In Greek mythology, Thalia was one of the nine Muses – the goddesses who inspire poets and musicians to create their art. Thalia is also the name of one of the three Graces, the supernatural embodiments of beauty and charm.
The Thalia Symphony Orchestra began in 1949 when violinist, teacher, and conductor Mikael Scheremetiew founded it as an outlet for Seattle-area musicians. The legendary Stanley Chapple led the orchestra for many years. From 1987 to 2010 the TSO was under the direction of Dr. Eric Hanson and associated with Seattle Pacific University. From 2010 to 2013, TSO was led by Seattle Youth Symphony conductor Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. Currently TSO’s music director and conductor is Maestro Michael Miropolsky.
The orchestra operates under the umbrella of Thalia Allied Artists, Inc., a nonprofit educational and arts institution.