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Why Give?

The KSO is a leader in this region in so many irreplaceable ways, from our education programs that reach over 20,000 children each year to our Community, Masterworks, Pops and Chamber series concerts that entertain and enrich more than 200,000 people annually.

KSO musicians spend approximately 80% of their time in outreach endeavors on behalf of the Symphony. The costs involved in sending these professional musicians into area classrooms and hospitals are covered solely through grants and contributions. Unfortunately, the demand for these programs far exceeds our ability to fully provide them. With your help, we can continue to carry on our mission.

What does your gift support?

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra organizes numerous events throughout Knoxville and surrounding areas that support education.

Young People’s Concerts
Very Young People’s Concerts
Musical Story Time
In-School Performances

KSO supports the health and well-being of the community through programs in hospitals and recovery centers and free concerts in parks and public spaces.

Music and Wellness
Concerts in the Community

KSO members playing at UT Hospital


“I expected to wake up and have cancer today and to deal with treatment, but I did not expect something so beautiful in my day!”

~ Music & Wellness participant at UT Medical Center Cancer Institute

2021-2022 season highlights

• Young People’s Concerts and Very Young People’s Concerts reached more than 11,000 students in virtual and in-person performances in Knox and surrounding counties.
• The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association has 6 ensembles with over 300 students participating.
• The KSO reached over 6,000 people through free community concerts.
• In April 2022, the KSO presented the world premiere of Michael Schachter’s “Cycle of Life” violin concerto thanks to the generous support of many local donors and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

For more information on the KSO Education & Community Partnerships programs, please contact the Director of Education & Community Partnerships.