About the Orchestra

Established in 1976, the KSO promotes its mission of to engage, educate, and enrich the community through music by:

  • Offering enriching performances of orchestral music for the region’s residents and visitors.
  • Providing orchestral music education for children and youth in the region, especially those who have limited access to such experiences.
  • Providing a means for professional and amateur musicians in the region to play interesting and challenging music in a full orchestral setting.
  • Providing opportunities for soloists and guest conductors, from the region and beyond, to perform before appreciative local audiences.


The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting.  The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians.  It began informally in 1976 and now engages in weekly rehearsals and an annual series of concerts.

At times, its programs are enhanced by including guest conductors and soloists from the region and beyond. The orchestra’s plans and policies are established by the Music Director and a Board of Directors composed of citizens from the community.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Awards

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra (KSO) has received the following recognition from the Illinois Council of Orchestras:

Joining the Orchestra

Musicians interested in becoming members of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra may contact Lynn Cook Hansen, Personnel Manager, at ksopersonnel@gmail.com (or 815-761-0687).

Other Instrumental Ensembles  

Lovers of instrumental ensemble music may find the following other local performing groups of interest:

DeKalb Municipal Band: www.dekalbmunicipalband.com/
Jazz in Progress: www.facebook.com/JazzInProgress
Kishwaukee Concert Band: www.kishconcertband.org
Northern Illinois University School of Music – Concert Schedule: https://niu.edu/music
Northern Illinois University School of Music – Ensembles: www.niu.edu/music/join-us/ensembles.shtml

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