Mission & History

The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1979 and continues to bring music to Tallahassee today. The TSO is funded entirely by donations and public support to provide the community with an exceptionally high-quality orchestra.

Our Mission

The mission of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra is to engage, enrich, and inspire people at all stages of life through great music. The TSO Board strives to create an organizational culture that recognizes and respects the humanity of our diverse community stakeholders. We are committed to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion, focusing intentionally on organizational policies and operational practices.

Each season, the TSO presents many outstanding music events for the community. We also provide a variety of educational programs for both young and old.

Our History

Founded in 1979 by Nicholas Harsanyi, the TSO grew under his leadership until his death in 1987.

David Hoose became the Orchestra’s third music director in 1993.

After 11 years at the helm of the TSO, Maestro Hoose retired, and Maestra Miriam Burns’ debut with the orchestra occurred in 2006.

In 2013, the TSO appointed Maestro Darko Butorac, bringing a new dynamic and fresh approach to all aspects of the organization.

The TSO is a member of the League of American Orchestras and is funded by the generous support of patrons, businesses, private foundations, and grants, with thanks in large part to Florida State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and their outstanding faculty.