Vision Statement

We are a catalyst for a music-infused West Michigan: leading, facilitating, connecting and collaborating with the community to stimulate cultural vibrancy, inclusivity and pride of place.

About the West Michigan Symphony

West Michigan Symphony is an anchor arts organization headquartered in Muskegon whose cultural footprint extends throughout West Michigan. Its Music Director is Scott Speck, a dynamic yet highly approachable artistic leader beloved by players and audiences alike. His leadership has attracted and cultivated an ensemble of 60-plus professional musicians who travel from throughout Michigan and nine other states to perform with WMS. The orchestra presents an eight-concert season that includes classical masterworks and pops at the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon.

Founded in 1939, the original symphony had 50 volunteer members and held its performances in area schools. In the late 1970s WMS moved its concerts to the 1,720 seat Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, which has been its home venue ever since. The Symphony’s compelling concerts, exceptional guest artists and far-reaching youth education programs contribute significantly to the fabric of our community.

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For Funders
Our 990 and Cultural Data Project Report (CDP Report) for the most recently completed fiscal year is available for download below.

Combined WMS and The Block 2019-2020 Independent Auditors’ Report
WMS 2019-2020 Form 990 (Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2020)

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