About The Orchestra

Under the direction of American Prize-winning conductor David Anderson, the Lake
Geneva Symphony Orchestra continues to reach new levels of accomplishment for
a community orchestra. In 2019 the orchestra completed its nine-year “Beethoven
Project” with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. LGSO became the
first community orchestra to perform Disney’s Fantasia with live animation, and
performed Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Highlights
from 2022-23 included Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and a complete performance of The Nutcracker with the Dance Factory.

LGSO performs School Day tours to local elementary schools and continues its
private lesson scholarship program for students in Lake Geneva’s instrumental music
programs. Through the Fellows program, the LGSO offers college music students
a scholarship 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.

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.
Unique to a community orchestra, LGSO hosted a conducting workshop in May
2022 under internationally recognized conducting teacher Donald Schleicher.

None of these accomplishments would be possible without the dedication of LGSO’s
volunteer musicians, the professionalism of its musical staff, and the enthusiasm and
generosity of its audiences, volunteers, and supporters in the community.