The Mission of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra is to engage, enrich, and inspire people at all stages of life through great music.
The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is proud to serve the people of our region by providing engaging performances and meaningful educational programs of the highest quality. Each season, the TSO presents a subscription series, Young People’s Concerts, a POPS in the Park event at Southwood’s beautiful Central Lake Park in April, and several other musical events. We provide a variety of educational programs for both young and old. Thanks in large part to Florida State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and their outstanding faculty as well as very talented community musicians, the TSO brings an extremely high-level concert experience to its patrons.
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 after the 2004-2005 season, and a conductor search carried out during the 2005-2006 season ended successfully with the appointment of Maestra Miriam Burns as the fourth TSO music director. Her debut with the orchestra occurred on October 14, 2006. In 2012, the TSO embarked on its search for a new artistic leader, which resulted in the appointment of Maestro Darko Butorac as its new Music Director in May of 2013. Darko was the unanimous favorite of patrons, board members, and musicians. Maestro Butorac brings a new dynamic, fresh approach to all aspects of the organization and is a consummate musician.
The Board of Directors oversees the activities of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. The Board of the TSO is a group of hard-working volunteers who are active in our community and who are committed to serving its artistic needs. The Tallahassee Symphony Society was formed in 1993 to support the programs of the TSO through a variety of fundraising activities. The Symphony Society is open to any community member who wishes to participate. 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.