HISTORY

Kenosha Symphony Orchestra history runs deep and continues to strive for excellence in music selection, performances and outreach to Kenosha families as we endeavor to make quality music a part of our community. One of our fundamental goals is to provide a bridge between the community and the arts. We believe that the Kenosha Symphony is the gateway to expanding a base of support for the arts in the area. This year, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra will perform a series of three symphonic concerts as part of our 78th Anniversary Season, as well as two free youth concerts for fifth-grade students from throughout Kenosha County.

Our History

1940 – With the help of the City of Kenosha’s Recreation Department, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra was formed.

1950 – The Kenosha Symphony’s impact evolved into an arm of the Kenosha Public School District’s recreational department.

1964 – The first Youth Concerto Competition was held.

1968 – The Helmut Schaeffer Award for outstanding service to the orchestra was first awarded.

1990s – The Kenosha Symphony became an independent non-profit organization and launched funding drives to ensure their continued relevance in the community.

2012 – Maestro Robert G. Hasty is hired as Conductor and Music Director of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra.

2017 – The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra becomes a Board driven organization. The goals of the Board include: strengthening financial development using traditional and non-traditional non-profit strategies, expanding outreach, and leading the symphony into a new era of community and cultural relevance.