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Springfield Symphony Historical Timeline 1930's & 1940's

1933

Springfield Symphony Society was formed with James Robertson conducting and composed of approximately 40 local musicians

James Robertson

1934

First concert was presented in Clara Thompson Hall on the campus of Drury College

1935

Springfield Symphony Board of Directors was formed

1941

Symphony performances moved to Central High School Auditorium to accommodate larger audiences

1941

1942

Springfield Symphony joins with 39 other orchestras across the nation to help found and become charter members of the American Symphony Orchestra League. Today the ASOL is the largest and most prestigious international body representing the orchestra industry

1943

Orchestra members begin receiving pay for their services; $.50/hr or $1.25 per service

Program

1946

Springfield Civic Symphony Association incorporated in the State of Missouri

1949

Richard Rodgers, of the legendary duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, guest conducts a performance of the Springfield Symphony


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