Northwest Sinfonietta is a vital part of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene and widely recognized for its extraordinary performances, innovative programming, and unique collaborations. Since its founding, NWS has held a unique position as the region’s only professional chamber orchestra, and is the only Washington orchestra to regularly perform in multiple cities of residence: Seattle, Tacoma, and Puyallup.

In 2012 and 2013, NWS was only the third American orchestra to tour and perform in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, prompting Governor Christine Gregoire to proclaim Northwest Sinfonietta as “Washington State’s international cultural ambassador.” In 2014, it became the fifth professional chamber orchestra in the world to adopt an innovative Artistic Partner leadership model and began transitioning from the single-music director model. The 2016-2017 season will be Eric Jacobsen's 3rd year as Artistic Partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta.