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The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) is a nonprofit community orchestra based in the D.C.-metro area. Our mission is to share video game music with our community by producing affordable and accessible concerts, recitals, live-streaming events, and albums.
Crystals In Time will be our second studio album and a celebration of WMGSO’s 10-year anniversary! The current plan is to record 12 unique tracks arranged by our very talented members and featuring our entire ensemble, then to release the album as a CD and on streaming platforms. The album is themed around the Final Fantasy video game series, and we hope to feature favorites like One-Winged Angel, Liberi Fatali, Battle on Big Bridge, and more.
We are fundraising to cover licensing costs, time in a professional recording studio, production of the final tracks, manufacturing physical CDs, and other operating costs. We will be headed into the recording studio in June 2023, and plan to have the album complete by Winter 2023.
We are aiming to raise a total of $27,000 to fund the Crystals In Time album. Earlier this year we ran a very successful Indiegogo campaign, during which we raised $15,697 -- that's 58% of our goal! We are so grateful to everyone that has supported the album so far, and are now working toward the additional ~$12,000 we need.
This Givebutter campaign allows you to make a tax-deductible donation toward our Crystals In Time project! We appreciate any amount you can give and your support sharing the campaign. All non-anonymous contributors will also receive a personalized thank-you email and your name will be included in our album's liner notes.
We are also running an auction here on Givebutter from April 10 - 16! Check out the auction tab at the top of this page to bid on some fun video-game and album related items. Please note that additional shipping will need to be charged if you are not available for local pick-up. All proceeds from the auction will go toward funding the album, and we thank all those that donated items!
WMGSO is a community ensemble with over 130 active members participating in our full orchestra and choir, and we arrange and perform music exclusively from video games!
Because most video game music is not written for an orchestra and choir, our musicians must transform the original compositions into an orchestral version called an arrangement. Arranging is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of what we do.
The vast majority of our repertoire was arranged exclusively for WMGSO by our own members. Our music is based on a wide range of video games: classic to new, popular to obscure. Several of our arrangements also draw on and incorporate classical works and traditions, making them even more unique and special. We’re nerds who are committed to the source material and the classical art.