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Excellence: We strive for the highest quality in performance, community service and organization

Passion: We bring determination, great energy and vitality to our work and project a sense of pride in everything we do

Education: We seek to ensure greater understanding and appreciation of music by all ages

Engagement: We listen to and believe in involving the community, our artists, and volunteers in shaping the future of classical music and ensuring its impact on the broader community. 

Innovation: We embrace and anticipate change, experiment with new practices, and shape the future of classical music.

Financial Responsibility: We generate and steward programs and resources which meet the needs of present and future generations of the symphony.

Bruce Kiesling

Music Director

Active in a wide variety of music, Bruce has a national profile as a conductor and music educator from coast to coast, from classical repertoire at Carnegie Hall to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl conducting with Stevie Wonder and Latin superstars Juanes and Gloria Estefan.

Bruce has been the Music Director since 2009. During these years, our symphony has enjoyed balanced budgets and dramatic increases in ticket sales including multiple sold-out performances, and the budget has more than doubled. Before each performance, his pre-concert comments and insider stories have become popular additions. The orchestra's artistic profile has grown in scope and quality, including all of Stravinsky's ballets, several Mahler symphonies and a cycle of all of the symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

Bruce is also the Music Director of the Adrian Symphony in Michigan and Artistic Director and Conductor of the School of Orchestral Studies at the NY Summer School of the Arts. Currently, Bruce conducts the University Orchestra and Opera at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Bruce holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Miami, and the University of North Carolina School of Arts. Recent guest conducting appearances include Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony and the Youth Artists Orchestra at Tanglewood.