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Grand Rapids Symphony

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The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America's leading regional orchestras.

More than eighty years ago, our community in Grand Rapids and West Michigan determined that an orchestra would strengthen the city and region. Following the decision to establish this important cultural resource, the steadfast commitment of visionary community leaders has created an organization that today is recognized nationally for the high quality of its concerts and educational programs.

Led by Music Director David Lockington and Associate Conductor John Varineau, the orchestra presents eight concert series with performances designed to capture the imagination of young children and adults alike, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles.

The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs.

The Symphony sponsors the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, Grand Rapids Youth Choruses, and it also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.


Our vision is for the Grand Rapids Symphony to be a more integral and indispensable part of the West Michigan community. The institution has long been an important part of the community, with musical excellence, diverse programming, collaborative spirit, and a commitment to learning all adding to the quality of life we enjoy in West Michigan.

However, by providing additional value to our community, we have an opportunity to become more integral and indispensable, to have people from around the region experience that we are integral to the vibrancy of our community.

Indispensable: is about sharing great concerts and educational programs with our community as Grand Rapids and West Michigan grows and evolves, becoming a center of regional excellence with a diverse population and business base. We have an important role in the continued development of West Michigan, helping to connect people with one another and supporting economic growth.

Integral: is about taking the organization to the community, not only inviting them to come to us. This impacts:

  • What is offered (type of programming, location of concerts)
  • Providing a full experience (beyond the music)
  • Making education a major element of our service to the community


To excel at providing distinctive musical experiences, with an emphasis on live orchestral music, for diverse audiences throughout West Michigan.


Our mission is to share great music that moves the human soul.

Key Initiatives

The Key Initiatives listed below support the Grand Rapids Symphony's vision, purpose and mission, and are contained within the organization's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.

  • Elevate our artistic excellence
  • Broaden engagement with our community
  • Build our audiences
  • Cultivate our educational programs
  • Design our electronic media presence
  • Strengthen our organization
  • Follow our financial roadmap

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