The Symphony of the Lake is seeking musicians interested in performing in the new ensemble.


The mission of the Symphony of the Lake is to enrich the cultural experience of residents and visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks region by providing access to the symphonic melodies and music of the world’s great romantic masters.


The Symphony of the Lake is seeking musicians interested in performing in the new ensemble.

The mission of the Symphony of the Lake is to enrich the cultural experience of residents and visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks region by providing access to the symphonic melodies and music of the world’s great romantic masters.

“Music provides hope for people, both as listeners and musicians,” said board member Nancee J. Byington.

For two successive summers, Kirk Trevor, the conductor of the Missouri Symphony Pops, has performed at School of the Osage. Trevor has since met with Symphony of the Lake board members, coaching them to develop a lake symphony.

Symphony of the Lake has developed its mission and vision statements, selected its name and logo, and secured its non-profit federal number. The next step in the group’s dream is to discover talented musicians.

Musician auditions in August

The next step is an urgent one. Symphony of the Lake needs to hear from 40 musicians who are interested in performing with the symphony, including 25 stringed instrumentalists. Symphony of the Lake has 10 musicians who have already joined the symphony. Musicians are asked to confirm their interest as soon as possible. Auditions will be held at the end of August.    

Committee members sought

Another key aspect of what’s needed is volunteer board members, committee chairs or committee members. At this time, the symphony has nine board members.

Reaching for the stars partnership

A “Reaching For the Stars” partnership campaign has kicked off in hopes of obtaining sponsors and advertising donors who will support Symphony of the Lake and receive a special return for their investment. Sponsors will be given special recognition for their generous support in press releases, advertisements, programs and at the concerts. Symphony of the Lake is excited to announce they recently received two bronze sponsorships.

Audience survey    

Symphony of the Lake recently conducted an audience survey with seven different groups. The survey revealed people at the lake did want a symphony. The survey also found people were willing to pay between $20 and $30 to attend a gala. Those surveyed also expressed an interest in increasing the talent base at the lake and they wanted the concert to be an upscale-gala event. Those surveyed expressed a preference for classic and classical music which is, according to Byington, exactly what they would be able to produce for them.

Gala festival weekend format

As part of the intention to distinguish themselves clearly from all other performing groups at the lake, Symphony of the Lake decided on a gala festival weekend format where musicians practice on their own and come prepared to rehearse with the rest of the symphony musicians on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with the gala concert on Sunday evening. The first event is scheduled 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7 at the R.C. Worthan Auditorium, located in Camdenton High School. A May 2011 performance date will be released at a later date.

At this time, board members said they are convinced Symphony of the Lake must import non-area resident musicians because string programs are non-existent in the lake area schools. The implementation of string programs in lake area schools is one of Symphony of the Lake’s goals. At this time, however, Symphony of the Lake expects to attract more than half the musicians, in the beginning, from outside the lake area. The expense of professional fees, travel allowances and overnight lodging will be significant and they hope to someday end up with 100 percent of the musicians being from the lake area.

“Musicians are encouraged to come forward now to claim their spot as part of the great music expected from having our very own symphony here at the lake,” said Byington.

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