DuPage Symphony Orchestra History

Organization Mission and History

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is a highly accomplished community orchestra with the vision of transforming hearts, minds, and communities through music. Our mission is to provide inspiration and cultural enrichment through musical excellence, educational programs, and community engagement.

The DSO was founded by Dr. Russell Harvey in 1953 and performed its inaugural concert in 1954 (in Glen Ellyn) with just 45 musicians. The original Orchestra focused mainly on short works, early classical, light classical, and popular composers. The DSO registered as a 501(c)(3) on September 9, 1966.

Dr. Harvey retired after 31 years on the podium. After a season of guest conductors, the DSO Board and membership selected Maestra Barbara Schubert as his successor. Under her enthusiastic leadership, the DSO has continually grown in both quality and scope. It now offers a robust season that includes full symphonic concerts, family programs, and outreach events, for an enticing and educational listening experience. With ninety regular professional-level volunteer musicians, the orchestra rehearses and performs year-round.   

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