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History
1933 Springfield Symphony Society was formed with James Robertson conducting and composed of approximately 40 local musicians 1934 First concert was presented in Clara Thompson Hall on the campus of…
1950 David Blumenthal is appointed conductor, a position he holds until 1955 1955 Chester Moffatt succeeds Blumenthal as conductor of the orchestra 1956 Springfield Symphony Women’s Division (now the Springfield…
1970 First annual children’s concerts presented 1973 Springfield Symphony sponsors first Young Artists’ Competition 1976 Ensembles-in-Schools program introduced into the Springfield Public School system 1978 Charles Bontrager is hired as…
1982 Springfield Symphony inaugurates first Firefall concert at the fairgrounds 1983 Springfield Symphony moves season performances to Evangel College Auditorium to accommodate increasing crowds; annual Firefall concert moved to Springfield/Branson…
1992 Springfield Symphony moves to the new Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 1994 Bontrager announces his retirement; national search put into play to find new conductor 1994…
2002 Hsu announces that her 8th season (2002-2003) will be her final season with the orchestra; national search for replacement begins 2003 National search results in 183 applicants from 35…
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