In October of 1965, the President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (William & Mary's music fraternity) released a statement calling for the technicians and performers of the College to join him in his mission to create a student-run light opera company. To finance the first show, shares of Sinfonicron were sold to members of Delta Omicron (now Delta Tau Omicron) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. With this, Sinfonicron was born--a hybrid of Sinfonia and Omicron. After 18 years under the name Sinfonicron Opera Company, we became known as the Sinfonicron Light Opera Company in 1983. Student-run theater has been a core element of the arts at William & Mary for nearly a century, and we are proud to carry on this special tradition.
Sinfonicron is student-run on every level of production, from set design and construction to direction, costuming, and administration. Members are drawn from William & Mary students, many of whom belong to one of the company's four parent organizations: our three music fraternities: Delta Omicron, Phi Mu Alpha, and Nu Kappa Epsilon, and the Theater Students’ Association. Sinfonicron produces one show every January on a two-year schedule of one Gilbert and Sullivan show and one non-Gilbert and Sullivan show.
Sinfonicron is not your run-of-the-mill college theater company. Students come back to William & Mary several weeks before the official start of the spring semester, giving up the second half of their winter break to spend the month of January living and breathing Gilbert & Sullivan. Members of the company work every day to mount a truly superlative production in only a few weeks. Sinfonicron prides itself not only on contributing to Williamsburg's vibrant arts scene, but also on providing its student participants with invaluable skills, experiences, and relationships that will stay with them for years to come.