Music Director Scott Speck will lead West Michigan Symphony through 2022

Muskegon, Michigan, September 29, 2018—Music Director Scott Speck, whose 16-year tenure has marked the growth of West Michigan Symphony into a regional professional orchestra, will continue to lead the organization through the spring of 2022. Executive Director Andy Buelow announced the extension of Speck’s contract at the season opening concert on September 28. “One of […]

West Michigan Symphony musicians take front and center

Percussionist Matthew Beck and tubist Clinton McCanless featured as soloists in unusual concert lineup Muskegon, Michigan, September 21, 2018—If a marimba soloist is rare on the season lineup of most symphony orchestras, a tuba soloist is virtually unheard of. But that’s exactly what’s on the bill for the second concert of West Michigan Symphony’s 2018-2019 […]

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provides support for West Michigan Symphony

Muskegon, Michigan, September 20, 2018 — West Michigan Symphony has been awarded a grant of $19,500 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding. Organizations receiving a […]

West Michigan Symphony season opens with festive program

Bernstein’s Candide, Berlioz’s Roman Carnival, Respighi’s Roman Festivals highlight the concert Muskegon, Michigan, September 7, 2018 – West Michigan Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 28 with a concert featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Roman Festivals and Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival. This will mark the start of Music Director Scott Speck’s 16th season with […]

4,000 Area Students Will Attend Interactive Symphony Concert

Children from six area counties will play recorders along with West Michigan Symphony MUSKEGON, MI, April 5, 2018—West Michigan Symphony (WMS) is a longstanding participant in Link Up, the internationally-acclaimed music education program provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. More than 4,000 students in third through fifth grades, representing 54 schools in six counties, […]

West Michigan Symphony concert will feature award-winning Argentinian tango dancers and leading Spanish-American soprano Camille Zamora

Muskegon, Michigan, April 2, 2018—Concertgoers will be transported to exotic Argentina when West Michigan Symphony presents Tango Caliente on April 27 at the Frauenthal Theater. The concert will feature the leading Spanish-American soprano Camille Zamora, a singer who “blazes with passion,” according to Opera Magazine. Joining her will be four award-winning Argentinian dancers and acclaimed […]

More than 40 young musicians featured in Debut Strings concert

Muskegon, Michigan, March 21, 2018 — Music from Bach to The Beatles will be featured by the 40-plus young musicians of Debut Strings, performing in concert at The Block in downtown Muskegon this Sunday afternoon. A program of West Michigan Symphony and The Block, Debut Strings is a student orchestra for beginning and intermediate level […]

West Michigan Symphony and vocalist Cathie Ryan to bring a Celtic Christmas to Muskegon

Muskegon, Michigan, Nov. 7, 2017 – Muskegon’s West Michigan Symphony takes a fresh look at holiday programming with their Dec. 15 Celtic Christmas concert featuring Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan and her band. WMS music director Scott Speck and the orchestra will join Ryan for the world premiere of a brand-new seasonal program that reflects her […]

West Michigan Symphony selects Executive Director

Muskegon, Michigan, Nov. 6, 2017 – Muskegon’s West Michigan Symphony (WMS) will have a new executive director at the helm come the new year. After nearly a decade with Symphony Tacoma in Washington State, Andy Buelow has notified stakeholders that he will be joining the West Michigan Symphony in January as its new Executive Director […]