Quincy Symphony Orchestra

Mr. George M. Irwin founded the “Quincy Little Symphony” in 1947. The Orchestra was expanded in 1952 and re-named the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, presenting five concerts annually. Music Director Bruce Briney is the seventh conductor, and has led the QSO since 2007.

Dr. Briney strives to craft a season of diverse musical styles and performers. His commitment to the creation of new music by collaborating with and supporting living composers has led the QSO to commission and perform fourteen world premieres since 2007, and to the introduction of several composers to our community through pre-concert lectures. The QSO seeks collaborative programs with area arts and non-arts organizations, recently receiving the statewide 2011 Community Relations of the Year Award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras.

Approximately 75 musicians from all walks of life from Quincy and the surrounding region rehearse with the QSO Weekly from September to April. Most are volunteers, and many have been loyal members of the symphony for 25 years or more. Students and music faculty from several area colleges and high schools participate regularly. The QSO prepares five concerts each season, including a joint performance with the Quincy Symphony Chorus and a special day of concerts for elementary school students in March.

Auditions are held once a year in late August for open positions and for the substitute musicians list.  String players who are new to the community may audition throughout the year by special arrangement.  Please contact the Symphony Office for audition information – 222-2856.