Behind the Music
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) engages the Greater Kalamazoo community in compelling musical experiences. Whether in the concert hall or in the classroom, music reaches into our hearts and inspires the best from us all.
Yet, before the first note is played, many work tirelessly to ensure the quality and excellence you expect from our first-rate orchestra. Staff, board of directors, conductors, musicians, and supporters each play an important role (click for details).
Concert seasons are planned months in advance. Venues and guest artists are contracted, promotional materials are designed, and funds are raised up to two years before some events take place.
Similarly, we work with teachers, administrators, and other to plan our education programs months in advance to ensure that KSO programs complement the comprehensive curriculum of the schools.
With over 200 performances during a single season, literally hundreds of thousands of hours (and dollars!) go in to planning, practicing, rehearsing, and preparations of all kinds. The resulting concerts and programs truly transform lives, contributing to a vitality and quality of life rivaling the best cities in the U.S.
Your Award-Winning KSO
Over the past decade, the KSO earned awards and accolades from near and far. The honors not only spotlight the orchestra, they also illuminate the excellence of the Greater Kalamazoo community to the entire nation.
Some notable honors include:
2008 MetLife Award for Arts Access
2007 Music Alive Meet the Composer/League of American Orchestras award
2003 League of American Orchestras Silver Award for a KSO Education program
2000 Ford Foundation leadership grant