About The Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grand Rapids Symphony was established in 1930, when the community in Grand Rapids and West Michigan determined that an orchestra would strengthen the city and region. Following the decision to establish this important cultural resource, the steadfast commitment of visionary community leaders created an organization that is now recognized nationally for the high quality of its concerts and educational programs.
Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, the orchestra presents various concert series with performances designed to capture the imagination of young children and adults alike, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 200,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony has an annual operating budget of $9-10 million, of which 30% is derived from earned revenue during non-COVID times.
The Symphony’s Affiliated Organizations include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet.