ASO HISTORY

Founded in 1945, the Alton Symphony Orchestra is one of only a few organizations dedicated to the performance of live symphonic music in the southwestern Illinois region.  For over 7 decades, the symphony has provided quality orchestral music to the residents and artists throughout the Riverbend area.  ASO has continuously served the region as a cultural force, broadening the awareness and importance of the arts in the community, while making itself easily accessible to persons of all ages and backgrounds.

The purpose of the Alton Symphony Orchestra is to supply quality musical programs for an audience and present local musicians the opportunity to play.  Our current goal is to enhance the appreciation of fine music in a more diverse audience, develop the appreciation of orchestral music in children, and augment the number of young musicians in the orchestra.

Alton Symphony Orchestra Music Directors

2013-present
2011-2013
1993-2009
1991-1993
1979-1990
1968-1979
1964-1968
1948-1964
1945-1948
Wm. Shane Williams
Leon Burke III
Edward Dolbashian
Dr. James Richards
Clarence "Cy" Drichta
Kaid Friedel
Clarence "Cy" Drichta
Max Steindel
Dr. Bethuel Gross
2010 - present
2010 - present

Learn more about our current Music Director, Maestro Shane Williams.

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Address

Alton Symphony Orchestra

PO Box 1205

Alton, IL 62002

Email

altonsymphony@gmail.com

Portions of this season's programming are funded by generous gifts from the Alton Foundation, the Jacoby Foundation, Alton Community Service League, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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ALTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA