Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Ken Lam, is central Illinois’ largest professional orchestra serving over 35,000 patrons in the communities of Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and the surrounding region with symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, and Concerts for Kids series in each community. In addition to concert performances, the Orchestra's music education and outreach programs serve elementary schools through the Music Matters education program and reach middle schools, high schools, universities, community organizations and senior centers through guest artist residencies and ensemble performances. The ISO also has an active Around the Town Chamber Music Series. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra has a budget of approximately $1.2 million.