The group was founded in 2012 by students of Adam Sweet and the Sweet Music Studio then located in South Hadley.  The first performance of the Orchestra was at the South Hadley Town Hall January 15, 2015.

The Studio moved to Holyoke in 2017, but the orchestra maintains its presence in South Hadley.  Performances include works of Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Vivaldi.

Sweet Music, provides private and group lessons on mandolin-family and violin-family instruments including mandolins, mandolas and mandocellos; as well as violins and violas.  In addition, we provide entertainment services including the music of Celticado (traditional Irish Ceilidh-style dance music and song), The Americana Project (traditional Old Time and Bluegrass music and song), and Zis Tantsn  זיס טאַנצן (traditional Israeli and Klezmer dance music).