To provide and promote excellent symphonic music to our region with a quality orchestra that enriches, educates and entertains an expanding and diverse audience.
Nearly 50 years ago, patrons of the arts began raising funds for the brand new Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. They felt that with two colleges and a university, a constant influx of new people along with our own residents, there should be musical talent in Johnson City, and that the community should have the opportunity to hear these talented musicians perform!
JCSO began with about 28 members and has grown into a 70 piece orchestra. Today, JCSO has achieved recognition for its sustainment of the arts in Northeast Tennessee. The Orchestra has always seen itself as a service organization, providing quality entertainment and music education to young and old alike. Through the years, both individuals and local businesses in the community have contributed to JCSO so it can continue in its mission to provide and promote excellent symphonic music to the region with a quality orchestra that enriches, educates and entertains an expanding and diverse audience. The 2018/2019 season will mark JCSO’s 50th season.
Since its organization, the orchestra has performed under nine conductors. They were: Mr. Gil Oxendine (1969-74); Dr. Lewis Songer and Mr. Richard Compton (Co-Directors 1974); Dr. James Marable (1974-82); Mr. Thomas Hinds (1982-83); Ms. Antonia Joy Wilson (1983-89); Mr. Lewis Dalvit (1989-2004); Mr. Thomas Stites (2006-08); Rob Seebacher (2008-Present).