About the LSO

Enriching Our Community Through Music
with cultural experiences, educational programs and performance opportunities.

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FIREBIRD SUITE – Infernal Dance
Hear the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra in live performance, November 3, 2015

Callaway Auditorium,  LaGrange, GA
Richard Prior, Music Director and Conductor

Since 1990, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has been enriching the local community through music.

Reaching across a broad spectrum of ages and interests, we are proud to play an integral role in the LaGrange – Troup County arts scene.  Whether performing selections from classic composers or premiering new works from today’s modern musical catalog, the orchestra demonstrates exquisite quality and musical versatility throughout each season.

Our organization also provides a wide range of programs for youth. Each spring the the Orchestra partners with music educators in Troup, Chambers and Meriwether Counties to present an enriching orchestral Children’s Concert.  These concerts involve over 2,400 area public, private, and home-schooled children.  The Symphony also brings the magic of music into local schools with its Musicians in Schools program.  This endeavor sends small ensembles into area classrooms, reaching 1,500 children annually.


Structure and Leadership

The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra is a publicly-supported 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.  The organization consists of both the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra (LSYO).  Together, they are governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.  This Board, which supplies strategic guidance and long-term planning, has been selected from the local community, and from the orchestra.  They carry representation from varying areas of expertise.  The Executive Committee consists of a President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past-President.  The President position is a two-year term.  After this term, the President-Elect moves into the new role of President and Vice-President moves to President-Elect.  At that time a new Vice-President is carefully chosen from the group of Directors. This provides the President with a minimum of five years experience within the organization and indispensable support from Past-Presidents.

Key Positions

The Music Director/Conductor is a member of the Board ex officio, and reports to the Executive Committee. They select music and arrange performances, lead rehearsals and conduct performances.

The Executive Director is a member of the Board ex officio, and reports to the Executive Committee.  They oversee staff, all day-to-day operational decisions, and are responsible for driving overall organizational advancements that are specified by the Executive Committee.  They meet regularly with the Board and are responsible for marketing, fundraising, program development, HR management, and accounting.

The Director of Educational Outreach is a member of the Board ex officio, and reports to the Executive Director.  They are responsible for overseeing the Youth and Educational programs of the organization.

Artistic Vision

The artistic vision of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is to sustain and advance a symphony orchestra of the highest possible artistic standards for the enrichment, enjoyment, and cultural well-being of LaGrange and the surrounding region.  The LSO seeks to educate and entertain people of all ages; to cultivate talent, create future audiences, nurture intellectual development, and inspire creativity.

Mission Statement

The mission of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra is to enrich our community through music, connecting with audiences, creating memorable experiences, education programs and performance opportunities.

Dedication to Education

Providing education through musical opportunities is one of the important ways the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra fulfills the mission of enriching our community through music. Whether it is the moment that a student first learns about a brass instrument, or the moment of warm applause the young musicians experience after a performance, each of these opportunities help create memorable moments of music that the children, and their parents, will relive for years to come.

As a non-profit organization, we also appreciate any volunteer or financial help, so please take time to check out the SUPPORT section and consider including the LSO in your generosity.   It is our hope that you will join us at our next concert, whether it is an LSO event, or an LSYO event.  You won’t be disappointed!

Below are the most recent photos of a few of our many friends.