Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Community


P.O. Box 60878Fort Myers, FL 33906 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To contribute to the cultural enrichment of Southwest Florida by producing and presenting a diverse, innovative and balanced season of community and educational projects, events, and performances that reach the widest possible audience.


Founded in late 1995 by its current music director and CEO, Dr. Andrew Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is now the second-largest non-profit performing arts organization in Lee county. The Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) endeavors to challenge convention-with its rich tradition of unique and innovative collaborations across multiple genres and disciplines, high-quality dynamic musical performances, active community engagement, and our commitment to social change through arts education. Our ultimate goal is to use music and the arts as a vehicle to unite and strengthen our community. The Gulf Coast Symphony is one of the cultural jewels of Southwest Florida and one of the most dynamic orchestras in the United States.

The GCS comprises the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective, and the Music & Arts Community Center (MACC) which opened in January 2021. This year over 100 programs will be offered that present the best in classical music, jazz, world music, dance, opera, film and musical theater. The Symphony will perform 15 shows at the 1850-seat the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, with the bulk of our performances at our more intimate 300 seat theater at the MACC. Additional outreach and run-out concerts take place throughout Southwest Florida. GCS is committed to equitable access, diversity and inclusivity throughout all its activities and operations.


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