The Kennett Symphony of Chester County is Chester County's only professional orchestra. Our mission is to present a wide range of symphonic music to entertain and enrich the lives of our audience; educate young audiences; and provide opportunities for young artists and capable musicians to perform.
The Kennett Symphony of Chester County is an all-professional orchestra which presents six public performances a year, including a free Children's Concert. Mary Woodmansee Green has served as Music Director and Conductor for 19 years.
The Kennett Symphony was founded as a volunteer orchestra in 1940 by Dr. Duer Reynolds and Ray Lyman Ott. The Orchestra evolved from a volunteer association to an orchestra composed wholly of area professionals. Throughout the history of the Orchestra, the purpose has remained to provide an opportunity for the residents of southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and northern Maryland, to hear live symphonic music and to encourage young musicians and tomorrow's audiences with an extensive outreach program. The Orchestra now performs six public performances (five season subscription concerts and our Annual Children's Concert) at venues throughout Chester County including Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre, Emilie K. Asplundh Hall at West Chester University, and the Kennett High School Auditorium. In addition to our public performances, the Orchestra also holds three annual competitions (instrumental, voice and junior instrumental). In 1990, the Orchestra expanded its educational outreach initiatives through the formation of the Kennett Symphony's Children's Chorus for student vocalists, ages six through eighteen. Our public performances attract audience members from Chester County, as well as nearby communities in surrounding counties and the states of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
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