The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra...engaging, educating, inspiring and enhancing the cultural environment of Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois for more than 75 years.
What We Do
The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra strives for excellence in our music selection, performances, and our outreach to Kenosha families, and 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 four symphonic concerts as part of our 77th Anniversary Season, as well as two free youth concerts for fifth-grade students from throughout Kenosha County.
The Board of Directors
Thea Keshavarzi - President
Kenneth P Lenz - Vice President
Stephen Matthews - Treasurer
Elizabeth Tercek - Secretary
Roberta Puntillo - Member At Large
Paula Williams - Member At Large
Scott Plank - KUSD Representative
Pete Rodriguez - Orch. Representative
Reuther High School, located at the corner of 58th Street and Sheridan Road in Kenosha, is the current home of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. This historic building features a neo-classic auditorium of 1,400 seats with commissioned original oil paintings by Chicago artist Gustave Brandt, including a 44-foot fresco over the proscenium symbolizing Kenosha history over a century, with emphasis on the arts and sciences. The auditorium features two back-lit, leaded stained-glass ceilings over the orchestra floor and balcony.
Reuther Central High School generously provides this auditorium for Kenosha Symphony rehearsals and performances, including our annual classical, pops, and youth concerts. The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra is honored to perform in such a historic and beautiful venue.
Interested in learning more about Reuther Central High School? Visit their website here.
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.
2016 - The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra hires its first full-time Executive Director in order to expand development, expand outreach, and lead the symphony into a new era of community and cultural relevance.