Provide inspiration and cultural enrichment through musical excellence, educational programs, and community outreach.
Transforming hearts, minds, and communities through music.
Goals & Objectives
Inspire people of all ages to develop an appreciation for symphonic music.
Provide accessible, real-life orchestral experiences for area children and students.
Create an outlet for talented musicians to share their passion for music with the community.
We honor our TEAM
We each CONTRIBUTE and COLLABORATE together to advance the DSO.
We cherish our COMMUNITY
We are OPEN and WELCOMING, RESPECTING the full diverse range of backgrounds and experiences of those with whom we interact.
We are committed to EXCELLENCE
We CONTINUOUSLY STRIVE to be our best and act with INTEGRITY.
Strategic Priorities 2021-2024
Drive organizational strength and effectiveness by attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent for board, volunteer and orchestra membership.
Cultivate diverse audiences and donors through inspirational orchestral, chamber, and small group performances.
Enrich our community and reach new audiences through targeted youth educational and community engagement programs
Sustain a solid financial foundation to support future growth through ongoing donor development, strong programming and sound financial practices.
Download a copy of our Strategic Plan here.
The DuPage Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization that was founded in 1954 with forty-five volunteer musicians. Russell Harvey, co-founder of the orchestra, led as Music Director for 31 years and Maestra Barbara Schubert joined in 1986.
Under her dynamic leadership, the DSO has grown to more than 100 highly talented volunteer musicians. In 2013, the DSO was named Community Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
We continue to recruit musicians with unparalleled skill and dedication, thereby strengthening the ensemble’s performance capabilities with an expanding repertoire, which in turn increases the musical knowledge of our audiences.
Our subscription and family concerts are performed at Wentz Concert Hall, the premier performance destination in Chicago’s western suburbs, on the campus of North Central College (located in the heart of downtown Naperville).
Download a copy of our 2019-20 Season Annual Report here.