Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Inc
Founded in 1996 by its current music director and conductor, Dr. Andrew Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony is the premier community orchestra of Southwest Florida and one of the most dynamic community orchestras in the United States. We are recognized for our high-quality symphonic performances as well as our active community engagement and commitment to arts education.
The orchestra’s yearly performance schedule includes over a dozen pops, classical, holiday and family concerts performed at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College. Additional outdoor pops concerts, chamber music recitals and outreach events are been performed throughout Southwest Florida.
The Gulf Coast Symphony exists to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Lee County by producing and performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public.
The primary goals of the Gulf Coast Symphony are: to help build general arts awareness in Lee County; to develop new audiences for the arts in our community; and to assist in the development of potential future performers. We have active partnerships with dozens of local community organizations both within and outside of the performing arts community.