The Orchestra

The Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra owes its existence and its success to the dedication of its volunteer musicians, the professionalism of its musical staff, and the enthusiasm and generosity of its audiences, volunteers, and supporters in the community.

Under the direction of Music Director David Anderson, with leadership from Concertmaster Lisa Gauslow, the orchestra has accomplished performances almost unheard of for a community orchestra, including the Shostakovich Fifth, Tchaikovsky Fourth, and Mahler First Symphonies, as well as eight Beethoven Symphonies in eight seasons. This “Beethoven Project” will conclude in 2019 with a performance of the Ninth Symphony, another rare accomplishment for a community orchestra.

Guest artists of national and international stature, including Rachel Barton Pine, Frank Almond, and Christopher Martin, have not only performed on stage with the LGSO, but taught local students in masterclasses and visited schools to talk with and perform close-up for middle, high school, and college students in Walworth County.

LGSO musicians have taken time from their workweek each season to perform engaging orchestra music for thousands of elementary school children since 2001. LGSO offers college music students a travel stipend to come to Lake Geneva to rehearse and perform with the orchestra. Extraordinarily talented student musicians in southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois compete for the opportunity to perform with the LGSO in the Young Artist Competition. LGSO has collaborated with—to name just a few—The Rotary Club of Lake Geneva, the Friends of the Phoenix Park Bandshell, Aurora University, the Calvary Church Choir, and the choruses Voices In Harmony and Voice of Praise. This season adds college choirs from UW-Whitewater, the University of Northern Iowa, and Moody Bible Institute to the list of LGSO collaborators.

All this comes from a shared passion for the greatest music ever written and the desire to bring that music to our community. If an LGSO performance stirs you this season, join the club! Volunteer your time. Make a donation. But most importantly, tell your friends. The LGSO family hopes to see you and them at many more performances.