Though the pandemic interrupted the DSO’s 55th season and forced a too-long intermission, we have been busy. DSO’s planning for the short term involves new expenses for technologies and licensing as we offer expanded opportunities to enhance the community quality of life. And, so we come to you this year with a special plea for your generosity as you consider a tax-deductible, year-end gift. Please respond as generously as you are able. Every gift is important, and we are grateful for your making a tangible commitment to a brighter future.
The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra was formed by DeKalb College at its inception (now Georgia State University) in 1964 and has performed at its campus in Clarkston since l965. In 1984, the Orchestra incorporated as an independent organization and was subsequently granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.
The DSO usually offers a subscription season of 7 Concerts and has an 8th as a free Community Concert. Using a core of paid, professional musicians and a general membership of approximately 60 unpaid players, the DeKalb Symphony is able to produce an impressive number of high-quality performances at a surprisingly modest cost.
With a 38 year history, the DSO Children's Concert is an annual tradition with multi-generational followers. This concert is also for many attendees their first time hearing a full orchestra. After the packed hour of music and narration, the orchestra members invite attendees to come and "visit" instruments, offering an up close view and answering questions.
The DSO is able to keep admission charges for all of its concerts at a minimum. Such concern for accessibility is a key ingredient of many aspects of the activities of the DeKalb Symphony.